April 21st, 2010
11:22 AM ET

McCartney catalog to be re-released

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Get ready for a deluge of Paul McCartney music.

The ex-Beatle and Wings-man, 67, has agreed to let Concord Music Group market and distribute his entire solo catalog. The new agreement will kick off in August with the re-release of 1973's "Band on the Run" album and include all of Macca's post-Beatles work, starting from 1970's "McCartney" and running through last November's "Good Evening New York City."

McCartney first teamed up with Concord in 2007 when he signed a deal with Hear Music - Concord's partnership with Starbucks - to release "Memory Almost Full." Most of the albums from his catalog were originally released by Capitol/EMI, though McCartney did have a stretch in the late '70s and '80s with Columbia.

"Since the release of 'Memory Almost Full' in 2007 I've had a good working relationship with Concord and enjoyed our mutual love of music," McCartney said in a statement. "I'm looking forward to continuing this relationship with the new catalog campaign."

Concord, an independent record label owned by TV producer Norman Lear, has been particularly aggressive of late in buying up other record companies and marketing its artists. Its labels include Fantasy, Stax, Telarc, Specialty and Rounder, which means its catalog includes works from artists such as Creedence Clearwater Revival, Little Richard, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and Alison Krauss.

McCartney's Beatles work will continue to be sold through the Capitol/EMI label, which reissued the entire catalog of Beatles albums last September.

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  1. David

    Great news to this 39-year-old. I've been a Beatles fan for 20 years, and have long felt McCartney's solo material is long overdue for rerelease and more importantly, re-examination.

    Most McCartney solo albums have at least 2-3 classic songs, though some are low-profile enough these tunes are virtually unknown to the masses. Songs such as Tug of War, Back Seat of My Car, Put it There, Wanderlust, Mr. Bellamy, Jenny Wren, This One, Only Mama Knows...even Mull of Kintyre, which was never released in the States and isn't on any of his US albums – despite being one of the top-grossing singles in UK history. Most of these great songs are known only to the those that've searched them out. But in terms of quality they're right there with the Band on the Runs and Maybe I'm Amazed's

    I am very much looking forward to getting his best early and midrange solo albums on rerelease: Ram, Band on the Run, Tug of War, Flowers in the Dirt.

    Though I wonder if there's any need to rerelease his last several albums, which are arguably his best: Chaos and Creation, Memory Almost Full and the Fireman album Electrc Arguments. Every Beatles fan should check those three albums out – fantastic stuff!

    June 2, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. CarolAnn

    Paul has spanned the generations....a favorite of mine when the Beatles first came over, a hit with my daughter in her time, and now A-1 with my granddaughter! That's the true test of a great entertainer, to be able to hold the interest of three generations and possibly more~

    June 2, 2010 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mark McKee

    He can still sing Yesterday. He's one of the greatest bass players ever. Lennon used to give him crap for being too sappy, but Lennon didn't write Helter Skelter, which could be classified as one of the earliest pure punk songs. I refuse to let the stupid Manson hippies ruin that song for me. I guess when we're pointing out the dangers of long term marijuana use to our kids, we can point to Paul and say, "you don't want to end up like him!" or not....

    April 21, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. MixMasterJames

    Bring it on! Can't wait to hear RAM remastered.

    April 21, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Allison

    I love Paul. I just saw him in concert a few weeks ago in Miami and he was AH-MAZING! @ 67 he still commands an audience and is truly my all time favorite artist.
    ❤ Paul
    ❤ The Beatles

    April 21, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Morgan

    The man is a genius; he has had 3 or 4 different careers in the past 45 years and personifies what it means to be a professional entertainer of the highest caliber.

    April 21, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Head Diva In Charge

    Sir Paul is not exactly the first guy who pops into my head when I think "I want to listen to music". But truth be told, there are some really amazing songs in the catalog. Looking forward to revisiting.

    April 21, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |

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