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Paul McCartney delays archival release of classic Wings albums

Paul McCartney fans are just going to have to wait a bit longer for the next two releases in the "Paul McCartney Archive Collection." 1975's Venus And Mars and 1976's Wings At The Speed Of Sound -- "Macca's" final two studio chart-toppers with Wings -- were originally due out on September 23rd and have now been pushed back six weeks.

McCartney's label, Concord Records, issued a statement stating: "Due to production issues the release of the latest albums in the Grammy award winning Paul McCartney Archive Collection will be delayed. The classic Wings albums Venus And Mars and Wings At The Speed Of Sound will now be released on November 3rd in the UK and November 4th in the U.S. and not the previously announced September dates."

Although Wings was a massively successful band across the globe, they were especially big in America. Between 1971 and 1980 the band scored 13 Top 10 singles -- six of them chart-toppers; and eight Top 10 albums -- including five straight Number Ones, with the final chart-topper, 1976’s Wings Over America being a triple-record set. We asked Paul McCartney why Wings landed so large in the States: “We did bigger tours over there, I think, really. Simple as that. The records sold very well and the concerts we did over there, inevitably, had bigger venues, so we saw more people, we played to more people.”

McCartney's main musical foil throughout the Wings era was Moody Blues co-founder and multi-instrumentalist Denny Laine. Laine admitted that despite the band's success, being an active member of top act like Wings is hardly as easy as it looks: "Well, there's a lot of pressure on you when you're in a band like Wings -- to come up with the goods, to be continually working. It's not like taking it easy and taking it at your own pace. Y'know you're out there and you've got to do what the public expects you to."

The details for the Venus And Mars and Wings At The Speed Of Sound Archive Collections are:

Venus And Mars (1975)

Disc One - Remastered Album

"Venus And Mars"
"Rock Show"
"Love In Song"
"You Gave Me The Answer"
"Magneto And Titanium Man"
"Letting Go"
"Venus and Mars (Reprise)"
"Spirits Of Ancient Egypt"
"Medicine Jar"
"Call Me Back Again"
"Listen To What The Man Said
"Treat Her Gently/Lonely Old People"
"Crossroads Theme"

Disc One - Bonus Audio

"Junior’s Farm"
"Sally G"
"Walking In The Park With Eloise"
"Bridge On The River Suite"
"My Carnival"
"Going To New Orleans (My Carnival)"
"Hey Diddle" (Ernie Winfrey Mix)
"Let’s Love"
"Soily" (from One Hand Clapping)
"Baby Face" (from One Hand Clapping)
"Lunch Box/Odd Sox"
"4th Of July"
"Rock Show ("Old" Version)
"Letting Go" (Single Edit)

DVD – Bonus Film

Recording 'My Carnival'
Bon Voyageur
Wings At Elstree
Venus And Mars TV Ad

Wings At The Speed Of Sound (1976)

Disc One: Remastered Album

"Let 'Em In"
"The Note You Never Wrote"
"She’s My Baby"
"Beware My Love"
"Wino Junko"
"Silly Love Songs"
"Cook Of The House"
"Time To Hide"
"Must Do Something About It"
"San Ferry Anne"
"Warm And Beautiful"
Disc Two: Bonus Audio
"Silly Love Songs" (Demo)
"She’s My Baby" (Demo)
"Message To Joe"
"Beware My Love" (John Bonham Version)
"Must Do Something About It" (Paul’s Version)
"Let ‘Em In (Demo)
"Warm And Beautiful" (Instrumental Demo)

DVD: Bonus Film

"Silly Love Songs" video
Wings Over Wembley
Wings In Venice

Did you know?

• Since launching the Paul McCartney Archive Collection in 2010, McCartney has received two Grammy Awards for the releases.

• In 2012 he picked up Best Historical Album for Band On The Run, and this year, Wings Over America snagged the prize for Best Boxed or Special Edition Package on the same night that he set a personal best by picking up five awards in just one night.

• In 2013 Ram was nominated for Best Historical Album.

Fast Facts:

• Paul McCartney & Wings' Venus And Mars was released on May 27th, 1975 and topped the Billboard 200 album charts for a single week starting on July 19th, 1975. The album spawned three Top 40 hits, the chart-topping “Listen To What The Man Said,” a remixed version of “Letting Go” -- which stalled at Number 39 -- and a heavily edited version of “Venus And Mars/Rock Show,” which topped out at Number 12. The Venus and Mars album served as the backbone to Wings' 1975/1976 world tour.

• Wings At The Speed Of Sound was released on March 25th, 1976 and hit Number One on April 24th, 1976 and spent seven non-consecutive weeks at Number One while McCartney was back in the States on his sold-out Wings Over America tour. The album's lead single, "Silly Love Songs" spent a whopping five weeks on top of the Top 40 charts. Its followup, "Let 'Em In," also achieved saturation airplay hitting Number Three.

• In addition to rare and previously unreleased audio bonus tracks, the Venus And Mars collection will include a 128-page hardbound book, a DVD featuring previously unreleased and exclusive content -- including footage of the band in New Orleans and rehearsing the songs from Venus And Mars at Elstree Studios, along with the original TV commercial for the album.

• The Wings At The Speed Of Sound set includes a 112-page hardbound book, and features several outtakes -- including the long rumored version of “Beware My Love” featuring Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham on drums along with a DVD featuring previously unreleased 1976 footage of Wings in Venice, a new behind the scenes edit from Wings’ 1976 Wembley shows, as well as the original music video for “Silly Love Songs.”

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