Paul McCartney announced Feb. 24 that fans who order the digital version of the 2-CD special edition reissue of his 1989 album Flowers in the Dirt will be rewarded with a special gift: an early look at the making of the album. Orders include two of the album's original demos of “My Brave Face” and “That Day Is Done.” The two are among nine unreleased tracks included on disc two of the two-CD special edition.
McCartney also released vintage photos taken by the late Linda McCartney and Herman Leonard during the album's recording sessions. The photos feature the collaboration between McCartney and Elvis Costello, who co-wrote “My Brave Face,” “You Want Her Too,” “Don't Be Careless Love” and “That Day Is Done.” One photo also gives a view of McCartney and the late Sir George Martin, who was responsible for the string arrangement used on “Put It There.”
The deluxe edition of the reissue includes previously unreleased work-in-progress versions of the tracks, plus cassette demos, single edits and remixes. Some of the songs are available only by download, which caused some grumbling from fans when the set was first announced. This disc has remixes, B-sides and three cassette demos of “I Don't Want to Confess,” “Shallow Grave” and “Mistress and Maid” that show the songs in very rough, early form. "I Don't Want to Confess" features both McCartney and Costello.
The first disc of both the special and deluxe editions is the remastered album, while the second disc, available in the special edition, and the third disc, included only in the deluxe edition, are two sets of nine demos – the original demos and a second set from 1989 – that are working versions of the songs. The 1989 demos are clearly different versions than the original set and don't just have additional overdubs. The later versions are also clearly more developed.
A DVD, only available in the deluxe edition, features music videos and a vintage documentary and in-studio footage. The set, which hits the streets March 24, will be available in a 2 disc “special edition,” 2 LP vinyl and the deluxe edition with all the extras.