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Hear a Funky Remastered Single from an Eighties Paul McCartney Classic

Track precedes new reissues of iconic songwriter’s ‘Tug of War’ and ‘Pipes of Peace’

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Paul McCartney in 1981.

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Paul McCartney

Just two years separated Paul McCartney‘s second and third solo albums, 1980’s McCartney II and 1982’s Tug of War, but a lot changed for the ex-Beatle during that time. Two months after he reunited with Beatles producer George Martin in October of 1980 to begin recording Tug of War — which comes out as a deluxe CD/DVD reissue on October 2nd, along with its 1983 companion album, Pipes of Peace — John Lennon was shot and killed, and McCartney and Martin put their work on hold. They reconvened after a two-month break, bringing in high-profile guests such as Stevie Wonder (who would duet with McCartney on two songs, including future Number One “Ebony and Ivory”) and Carl Perkins. Wings guitarist Denny Laine was on board as well, but he would announce his split from Wings in April, 1981, effectively ending that band.

Despite all the turmoil, Tug of War would turn out to be a major success, going platinum and spawning two Top 10 hits. We’re offering an exclusive premiere of a remastered single edit of one of those songs, “Take It Away,” a version that won’t be among the many bonus tracks featured on the Tug of War reissue.

The new reissues are the latest volumes in the Paul McCartney Archive Collection, a series of deluxe versions of McCartney’s solo and Wings classics, personally supervised by the artist. The Tug of War and Pipes of Peace reissues each feature the original release, and one disc apiece of bonus audio and video. The new Tug of War also contains a 2015 remix of the entire album, while Pipes of Peace includes a 2015 remix of the McCartney–Michael Jackson team-up “Say Say Say.”

Here are the track listings for the new reissues:

Tug of War

Disc One: Remixed Album

1. Tug of War (Remixed 2015)
2. Take It Away (Remixed 2015)
3. Somebody Who Cares (Remixed 2015)
4. What’s That You’re Doing? (Remixed 2015)
5. Here Today (Remixed 2015)
6. Ballroom Dancing (Remixed 2015)
7. The Pound Is Sinking (Remixed 2015)
8. Wanderlust (Remixed 2015)
9. Get It (Remixed 2015)
10. Be What You See (Remixed 2015)
11. Dress Me Up as a Robber (Remixed 2015)
12. Ebony and Ivory (Remixed 2015)

Disc Two: Original Album

1. Tug of War
2. Take It Away
3. Somebody Who Cares
4. What’s That You’re Doing?
5. Here Today
6. Ballroom Dancing
7. The Pound Is Sinking
8. Wanderlust
9. Get It
10. Be What You See
11. Dress Me Up as a Robber
12. Ebony and Ivory

Disc Three: Bonus Audio

1. Stop, You Don’t Know Where She Came From [Demo] (previously unreleased)
2. Wanderlust [Demo] (previously unreleased)
3. Ballroom Dancing [Demo] (previously unreleased)
4. Take It Away [Demo] (previously unreleased)
5. The Pound Is Sinking [Demo] (2015 Remaster)
6. Something That Didn’t Happen [Demo] (previously unreleased)
7. Ebony and Ivory [Demo] (previously unreleased)
8. Dress Me Up as a Robber/Robber Riff [Demo] (previously unreleased)
9. Ebony and Ivory [Solo Version] (B-side of “Ebony and Ivory” 12-inch single)
10. Rainclouds (B-side of Ebony and Ivory 7-inch single)
11. I’ll Give You a Ring (B-side of Take It Away single)

Disc Four: Bonus Film

1. “Tug of War” Music Video (Version 1)
2. “Tug of War” Music Video (Version 2)
3. “Take It Away Music Video
4. “Ebony and Ivory” Music Video
5. “Fly TIA – Behind The Scenes on ‘Take It Away'” (new 18-minute documentary using previously unreleased archive footage)

Pipes of Peace

Disc One: Remastered Album (Stereo)

1. Pipes of Peace
2. Say Say Say
3. The Other Me
4. Keep Under Cover
5. So Bad
6. The Man
7. Sweetest Little Show
8. Average Person
9. Hey Hey
10. Tug of Peace
11. Through Our Love

Disc Two: Bonus Audio

1. Average Person [Demo] (previously unreleased)
2. Keep Under Cover [Demo] (previously unreleased)
3. Sweetest Little Show [Demo] (previously unreleased)
4. It’s Not On [Demo] (previously unreleased)
5. Simple as That [Demo] (previously unreleased)
6. Say Say Say [2015 Remix] (previously unreleased)
7. Ode to a Koala Bear (B-side of ‘Say Say Say’ single)
8. Twice in a Lifetime (bonus track from 1993
9. Christian Bop (previously unreleased)

Disc Three: DVD

1. “Pipes of Peace” Music Video
2. “So Bad” Music Video
3. “Say Say Say” Music Video
4. “Hey Hey in Montserrat” (previously unreleased home movie footage, three mins)
5. “Behind the Scenes at AIR Studios” (previously unreleased six min edit)
6. “The Man” (previously unreleased home movie footage, four mins)

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