It's been rumored for months, but Paul McCartney officially announced today that three huge reissues coming this summer, led by the long-awaited reissue “Wings Over America” are coming May 28 in the U.S., and May 27 outside North America. Also coming is the tour documentary “Rockshow,” in theaters on May 15 and on DVD release, June 10.
The live album, which covers the band’s 1976 tour across North America, will be reissued in several formats. The biggest is the four-book, four-disc (3CD, 1DVD) Deluxe Edition Box Set, which will be deluxe in every sense of the word.
It will include the remastered (at Abbey Road Studios) two-disc “Wings Over America” album; a bonus audio disc recorded at San Francisco’s Cow Palace; a bonus DVD containing 75-minute television special “Wings over the World;” and “Photographer’s Pass,” a gallery of photos.
The Deluxe Edition Box Set will also include four art books packed with replicas of memorabilia and never-before-seen photos and art work from the tour. A 110-page commemorative tour book features backstage tales and photos, along with new interviews and liner notes from journalist David Fricke.
A leatherette-bound "Wings Over America," “Tour Itinerary” includes 8X10 photos, a backstage guest pass, facsimiles of the invitation to the end-of-tour party at the Harold Lloyd Estate in Beverly Hills, concert ticket replicas, album artwork, tour posters, set lists, lyrics, press materials and much more.
A special tribute to Linda McCartney's photography, “Look!," will feature McCartney and the band on tour. And the hardbound “The Ocean View” will include drawings and sketches by artist Humphrey Ocean of the band on tour.
The press release noted the the remastered album’s release is dedicated to late members Linda McCartney and Jimmy McCulloch.
The fully restored “Rockshow” will be released on DVD for the first time. As the announcement says, “ the complete full length concert is being made available fully restored from the original 35mm film and with restored & remastered sound, including a 5.1 mix for the first time.”