McCartney III — 3×3 Edition will be released in three randomly distributed configurations, each featuring one of three unique combinations of multi-color vinyl and prints of Paul’s handwritten draft lyrics or of his hand-drawn album artwork sketch: the Tri-color vinyl + “Pretty Boys” lyric draft; the Three-striped vinyl + album artwork sketch; and the Swirl vinyl + “The Kiss of Venus” lyric draft.
Additionally, all copies of McCartney III — 3×3 Edition will feature new cover art and will include a poster of Ed Ruscha’s hand-sketched draft for the original McCartney III album artwork.
Originally released on December 18, 2020, McCartney III is the third in a trilogy of home-made self-titled albums that began with Paul’s milestone 1970 solo debut McCartney, and continued in 1980 with the bold, experimental McCartney II.
All three albums were written, performed, and produced by Paul in varying states of isolation, all showcasing his unique creativity and inspired spontaneity. Recorded in “Rockdown” in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, McCartney III saw Paul turn unexpected time on his hands into an opportunity to get into the studio on his own. An intimate and revelatory record, McCartney III features Paul’s melodic gift at its forefront throughout. Upon release, McCartney III charted at No.1 on both the UK’s Official Album Charts and Billboard’s Top Album Sales Chart.
In other exciting McCartney news, the icon is gearing up to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Wings’ Band on the Run. Prior to the reissue, Paul McCartney unveiled an “Underdubbed Mix” version of the hit title track.
McCartney explained, “This is Band On The Run in a way you’ve never heard before. When you are making a song and putting on additional parts, like an extra guitar, that’s an overdub. Well, this version of the album is the opposite, underdubbed.”
The 50th-anniversary edition of Band on the Run is set to be released on February 2. The multiple Grammy-winning No.1 smash was originally released in December of 1973. Featuring the immortal title track, worldwide hit “Jet,” the wistful “Bluebird,” long-time live staple “Let Me Roll It,” the multi-faceted “Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me),” and climactic closer “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five,” Band on the Run is undoubtedly Wings’ most successful and celebrated release ever.