Paul McCartney Archive Collection - Flowers In The Dirt*

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  1. Joao Carlos

    Joao Carlos Well-Known Member

    Best DVD of the Macca deluxes so far
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  2. PaperbackBroadstreet

    PaperbackBroadstreet Forum Resident

    So after some time, here are my thoughts (this covers both the 2 cd and the 3 cd 1 DVD deluxe edition):

    This is a long post, grab your favorite beverage.

    1.) Good to have Put It There officially released onto DVD here in the US. The performances do hold up well.

    2.) Seeing the behind the scenes bonus footage of Elvis and Paul is amazing.

    Some more random thoughts/review below:

    I like that on the DVD (Creating Flowers In The Dirt) [about 21 minutes long] the My Brave Face run through is rougher from this 1987/1988 period. It would have been great on something like Elvis Costello's albums blood and chocolate, spike,etc.

    Also nice to see more of Paul's studio in this footage.

    On the same section of the DVD, the box drum version of 25 Fingers sounds great. Also great to see the rickenbacker bass again.

    Also on the DVD, under Buds In The Studio (about 7 minutes long).

    Good to see Trevor Horn. Also interesting that with this footage we don't see the whole band yet (the 1989/1990 touring band), but Hamish, Paul, Elvis, Chris Whitten, and someone else I can't remember right now.

    From the DVD Making of This One Dean Chamberlain (about 7 minutes and 35 seconds long).

    His directing of the This One Video is very Sgt Pepper in its look.

    As far as the videos contained on the DVD, some thoughts:

    We Got Married - I don't ever remember seeing this video being played a lot in the US. The video reminds me of the old VISA commercials with Paul from the 1989/1990 tour.

    This One- I prefer the Dean Chamberlain version. I know the Indian version was good but the eyes always creep me out (yes, I get its part of the culture on their paintings of the various deities, but still creepy with the big eyes painted on their eyelids).

    My Brave Face- The right version was used as the video for this single (with the collector obtaining Paul's items- the more famous version).

    Ou Est Le Soleil- Ok, as a generation X, I love the super Mario video game vibe of this. With that said, what was Paul thinking with the sombrero?!?!?!? WTF?!?!?Thank goodness this video didn't get much us airplay. I probably didn't see it until this release, don't remember it played at the time of the release.

    The books and thoughts on them:

    Purple book- This book is the most essential. There is a nice photograph of Paul and Elvis in 1995 contained in the book. There are even a few photos of David Foster and Paul from 1984 which illustrates how far back some of the material was started. Also some nice Paul and George Martin photos. Great to see them especially now.

    Black book- This has the handwritten lyrics and trinkets. I'd say that this is the second most essential book in the deluxe set.

    Red Book- This has photos from the This One video (both versions). Nice, but not essential.

    Yellow book- Alternate shots of the cover art. Least essential on this set.

    Some more final thoughts:

    It would have been nice to have the downloads on a physical cd. Let's just say my never to be named contact came through with burned cd of these songs. I should not have to worry about downloading a file (all showed as really small on my iPad) and convert from a flac to wav file (which I could not do at all).

    Next time Paul should put the all material on the physical set.

    Don't make us work and worry about a flack to fleek to fluke to wav file and carry the 1 just to burn it to a cd-r.

    It's like only giving someone 70% of a pizza and making them pay for a whole one without a refund.

    Overall I am glad to have the set. I know I am a completist. The DVD is the most generous as others have noted.

    I hope the series does continue with generous physical cds, a plethora of material on DVD, and informative notes and essays about the album and time period.

    Paul, his management, and Capitol records should keep all this in mind.

    Now bring on the following: Flaming Pie, Give My Regards To Broad Street, Press To Play, London Town, Back To The Egg, and Wild Life to the archive series!

    Thanks to the 4 people still on this forum for reading all of this.
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2017
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  3. jordanlolss

    jordanlolss Forum Resident

    I finally got around to purchasing the FITD set, but before going through it decided to go through all my deluxe archive sets again (it's been forever since I had, so everything was like new again!) Anyways, I finished the FITD set today and am just now sitting down and going through the DVD. I have to agree with everyone, this footage is amazing!! I've always been interested in behind the scenes footage (be it for movies, music, etc.) but THIS is something else. Seeing Macca and Costello working in the studio is absolutely incredible. I love it.
  4. joannenugent

    joannenugent Forum Resident

    East Coast USA
    Just noticed the FITD Deluxe version is out of stock on
    Is this set going out of print already? I seem to remember the other Archive Collection deluxe sets being on sale forever?
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  5. PaperbackBroadstreet

    PaperbackBroadstreet Forum Resident

    I noticed that as well. There may be a few possibilities.

    1.) The set is already out of print (possibly sold a lot more than anticipated or less were made to begin with).

    2.) Amazon is planning on restocking them shortly.

    I did notice one set earlier today stating ships from and sold by Amazon, but it disappeared.
  6. What's really weird is that the DVD soundtrack of the Put It There special is in mono. When the program was originally shown on cable TV and released on VHS, it was in stereo.
  7. Oyster Boy

    Oyster Boy Forum Resident

    FITD Deluxe is still topping my list of reissues of the year with the Pepper Deluxe in second place. Unless the Neil Young Original release boxes prove to be more played and enjoyed, I reckon FITD will still finish first amongst the stuff I buy..
  8. OobuJoobu

    OobuJoobu Forum Resident

    Leeds, UK
    They also went to the trouble of editing the Jimmy Savile part of it out to avoid controversy. Understandable, though also a little annoying.
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  9. Ringmaster_D

    Ringmaster_D Surfer of Sound Waves

    Chicago, IL
    I can't believe this set is out of stock on Amazon already and cannot be had for less than $150! This is the only Archive set I don't have. I couldn't bring myself to buy it because it was so ridiculously overpriced compared to the others. I'm still hoping Amazon will get more in stock and list it as a "Gold Box" deal around the holidays.
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  10. DeeThomaz

    DeeThomaz Senior Member

    In The Felony Room
    Snap it up now. It only gets worse from here.
  11. Darrin L.

    Darrin L. Forum Resident

    The thing is essentially junk anyway...with all the pertinent material as download only, and not even remastered.
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2017
  12. Why don’t you sell your copy to Ringmaster_D, then? Kill two birds with one stone.
  13. johnny moondog 909

    johnny moondog 909 Beatles-Lennon & Classic rock fan

    The previously unknown Macca-Costello cowrites
    1. So like Candy
    2. Playboy To A Man
    3. Tommy's Coming Home
    4. Twenty Fine Fingers
    5. Flying To My Home

    Allowed me to play excecutive producer, dump a couple weaker tracks ( or relegate them) to a bonus disc... How Many People, Oui Est Le Soilel, Rough Ride,

    My new 12-13 song Flowers using some of the better songs, elevates the quality of Flowers to BOTR, Tug Of War, or anything since the Beatles.
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  14. Darrin L.

    Darrin L. Forum Resident

    ...because, thankfully, I already unloaded it.
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  15. Thrillington

    Thrillington McCartney Scholar

    Cardiff, Wales, UK
    Alas, this is the risk you take by playing the waiting game.
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  16. Lewisboogie

    Lewisboogie Forum Resident

    Previously unknown?

    Also Elvis didn’t co-write Flying to My Home.

    Anyway, point taken and Lovers That Never Were should have been on there. Best Of the bunch.
  17. LonesomeDayBlues

    LonesomeDayBlues Forum Resident

    Long Beach, CA
    So what's the track listing?
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  18. Ringmaster_D

    Ringmaster_D Surfer of Sound Waves

    Chicago, IL
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  19. johnny moondog 909

    johnny moondog 909 Beatles-Lennon & Classic rock fan

    1. My brave face
    2. This One
    3. Put it there
    4. You want her too
    5. We got married
    6. Distractions
    7. Playboy to a man
    8. So like Candy
    9. Figure Of Eight
    10 Twenty Fine Fingers
    11. That day is done

    Something like that
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  20. Brian from Canada

    Brian from Canada Forum Resident

    Great White North
    I would have preferred something like…

    SIDE A:
    1. Figure Of Eight
    2. Rough Ride
    3. You Want Her Too
    4. So Like Candy
    5. Distractions
    6. We Got Married
    SIDE B:
    1. My Brave Face
    2. The Lovers That Never Were
    3. This One
    4. Put It There
    5. I Wanna Cry
    6. That Day Is Done
    With the CD bonus track being "Motor Of Love."

    "Back On My Feet" would have been slotted into All The Best!

    CD single 1: "My Brave Face" / "Flying To My Home" / "Ou Est Le Soleil?" / "Good Sign"
    CD single 2: "This One" / "The First Stone" / "Twenty Fine Fingers" / "Party Party"
    CD single 3: "Figure Of Eight" / "Rough Ride" (rehearsal) / "How Many People" / "Don't Be Careless Love"
    CD single 4: "Distractions" / "We Got Married" / "The Long And Winding Road" (rehearsal) / "Loveliest Thing"
    CD single 5: "Put It There" / "Mama's Little Girl" / "Same Time Next Year" / [live track here]

    There would be two 12" singles – "Figure Of Eight" (7" remix) / "This One" (love joys) / "Good Sign" (groove mix) is the first, "Ou Est Le Soleil" remixes the second.

    That leaves the cover tracks (which could be an EP or LP release of their own), "Playboy To A Man" and "Tommy's Coming Home."

    The latter two I would include in Off The Ground's set after some slight work.
  21. Thrillington

    Thrillington McCartney Scholar

    Cardiff, Wales, UK
    Is this any good for you?

    Deal alert / Paul McCartney: Flowers in the Dirt super deluxe edition box set
  22. Ringmaster_D

    Ringmaster_D Surfer of Sound Waves

    Chicago, IL
  23. PaperbackBroadstreet

    PaperbackBroadstreet Forum Resident

    The more I listen to the demo of Distractions, that the finished version should have sounded more like the demo. In other words a simpler sound would have really fit the song.
  24. Brian from Canada

    Brian from Canada Forum Resident

    Great White North
    I don't know if this is the right place to post this, but a new Christmas collection out today has another remake of "Wonderful Christmastime," this time by Paul & The Roots.
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  25. soundQman

    soundQman Forum Resident

    Arlington, VA, USA
    What's the title of this collection?

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