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Paul McCartney and Wings announce 50th anniversary release of Band on the Run

04 December 2023, 14:38 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

50 years to the week of its original release, MPL and UMe have announced the expanded anniversary edition of Paul McCartney & Wings’ iconic album, Band on the Run.

Te multiple GRAMMY-winning album was originally released in December of 1973. Featuring the immortal title track, "Jet", "Bluebird", Let Me Roll It", "Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me)" and closer "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five", Band on the Run is undoubtedly Wings’ most successful and celebrated release ever.

The 50th anniversary edition of Band on the Run will be available in a variety of formats beginning with the essential 1LP. This special vinyl edition was cut at half speed using a high-resolution transfer of the original master tapes from 1973 by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios, London. The single vinyl album configuration mirrors the US tracklist which features the song "Helen Wheels", and includes a Linda McCartney Polaroid poster.

Band on the Run (Underdubbed) presents Band on the Run’s nine classic songs for the first time without any orchestral overdubs, available digitally. The previously unreleased rough mixes were created by Geoff Emerick, assisted by Pete Swettenham at AIR Studios, on 14th October 1973. The track list, newly ordered as detailed below, mirrors the original analogue tapes discovered in the MPL archives.

Speaking about the “underdubbed” version Paul McCartney said: “This is Band on the Run in a way you’ve never heard before. When you are making a song and putting on additional parts, like an extra guitar, that’s an overdub. Well, this version of the album is the opposite, underdubbed.”

Band on the Run will also be available in Dolby ATMOS for the first time, newly mixed by Giles Martin and Steve Orchard.

Band on the Run 50th anniversary edition featuring previously unreleased “Underdubbed” mixes is set for release on 2 February, and is available to pre-order now.

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