Reissue coming; Pure McCartney omission deliberate
Paul McCartney has acknowledged that Flowers in the Dirt will be his next ‘Archive Collection’ release and has revealed that his co-writer for four of the tracks on the record, a certain Mr Elvis Costello, is ‘tickled pink’ with some of the bonus material included…
In an interview with The Washington Post, the ex-Beatle also reveals that, Nancy Jefferies, an MPL staff member in his New York office “came up with the first playlist” for the recent Pure McCartney compilation before he got involved. The interviewer jokingly chastises Nancy for not including any tracks from 1989’s Flowers in the Dirt on the compilation and McCartney responds by saying “You know why, because it’s about to be reissued. It’s our next big box set. We’re working on that at the moment. So she would avoid that”. Fairly much exactly what SDE and many other commentators thought!
Paul is then asked by the interviewer, “Will it be released in its entirety? There are all those songs you wrote and recorded with Elvis Costello, many of them not officially released,” to which he responds: “That’s one of the real exciting things. Those demos. We’re releasing them as part of this package. I’m not sure I’m supposed to be telling you this. . . . It’s great that you’re a fan of Flowers in the Dirt. Cause you’ve got a real nice release coming out. We showed it all to Elvis, and he was just tickled pink.”
You can read the interview in full here. The Flowers in the Dirt reissue is expected in October this year. Pure McCartney is out now.