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Hear Paul McCartney’s Rollicking, Unreleased ‘Twenty Fine Fingers’ Demo

Elvis Costello-penned track features on upcoming ‘Flowers in the Dirt’ reissue

Ahead of Paul McCartney‘s Flowers in the Dirt reissue, the rollicking “Twenty Fine Fingers,” an unreleased demo featuring McCartney singing alongside Elvis Costello, has been unveiled.

“Twenty Fine Fingers,” often bootlegged but never officially released, is presented twice on the Flowers in the Dirt reissue. The version above is the “original” take on the track, while the song’s 1988 demo is also included among a batch of 18 demo recordings featuring Costello unearthed for the reissue.

The massive Flowers in the Dirt deluxe box set, featuring three discs, a DVD and a 112-page hardcover book, is due out March 24th. The reissue will also be available in other formats.

McCartney recruited Costello to collaborate on the 1989 album, with Costello’s co-written “My Brave Face,” “Don’t Be Careless Love,” “That Day Is Done” and “You Want Her Too” making the cut. Other demoed tracks like “The Lovers That Never Were,” “So Like Candy” and “Playboy to a Man” ended up on other albums by both artists, while “Twenty Fine Fingers” and “Tommy’s Coming Home” remained unreleased.

“The demos are red hot off the skillet and that’s why we wanted to include them on this boxed set,” McCartney said of the Costello tracks in a statement. “What’s great about these songs is that they’ve just been written. So there’s nothing more hot off the skillet as I say. So that was the kind of great instant thing about them. I hadn’t listened to them in ages but when I did I knew we had to put them out. We made a little tape of them and sent them to Elvis, who loved them too. We said we should put out an EP or something and now the moment’s finally arrived.”

Flowers in the Dirt also features guests like Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour (“We Got Married”) and producers George Martin (“Put it There”) and Trevor Horn.

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In This Article: Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney


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