How to buy… McCartney III

SDE examines the myriad of coloured vinyl pressings

There was much excitement on Wednesday this week when it was finally clear that Paul McCartney would indeed be releasing a new album this year, and that would be McCartney III.

Any new Paul McCartney album is a big deal, but I think it’s fair to say that his standing/popularity as a solo artist has ebbed and flowed somewhat over the last four decades. When he released Driving Rain in 2001, many people couldn’t have cared less and it stalled at a shockingly low number 46 in the UK album charts. Chaos and Creation in the Backyard from 2005 enjoyed critical acclaim, but it underperformed commercially, to the degree that Paul left EMI after more than four decades with the label to go and seek fresh ideas from Concord Music Group/Hear Music.

Since 2007’s Memory Almost Full, McCartney has issued two ‘proper’ studio albums: 2012’s New and Egypt Station from 2018, both of which used high profile producers like Mark Ronson, Paul Epworth and Greg Kurstin. In fact the last time Paul didn’t have any kind of production assistance was for 1980’s McCartney II. Even Paul’s ‘Fireman’ side-project albums benefit from the sounding board that is Youth, and we know what a great producer he is.

Paul McCartney has actually done something rather clever. Like a filmmaker who needs to put bums on seats, he’s opted for a ‘franchise’ album. You never really know what you’re going to get with a new Macca long-player, but if it’s a ‘McCartney’ album you do know – sort of. The key ingredients are that Paul himself plays all the instruments, he writes all the songs and he produces it. For better or for worse, it’s pure unadulterated, full fat, McCartney. Such a record is likely to produce nuggets of brilliance (‘Maybe I’m Amazed’, ‘Coming Up’) and probably some ‘what-was-he-thinking’ moments too (‘Kreen-Akrore’, ‘Bogey Music’).

One thing that is different is that the marketing machine, the social media, the global reach of the McCartney ‘brand’ is enormous these days. MPL and Capitol Records are not going to sit on their hands and just slip the album out casually on black vinyl and CD, they are going to collaborate and do exclusive deals all over the place to get ‘retail’ interested in Paul’s new record. To that end, they have created a large amount of coloured vinyl exclusives either for certain retailers, or global territories, or both. SDE examines all the options and indicates where you can buy them (if they are still available).

McCartney III: The 333 edition

Amazingly, McCartney III wasn’t announced first by Paul directly, but by Third Man Records, the independent record label founded by Jack White in Detroit, Michigan, in 2001. They promoted this special edition an hour or so before the official confirmation from team McCartney.

What’s different? This was limited to 333 copies and is pressed on ‘yellow-with-black-dots’ vinyl created using 33 recycled vinyl copies of McCartney and McCartney II by Third Man Pressing. Cover features a yellow dice and the Third Man logo, top right.

Where to buy: It sold out in about 20 minutes. These are now selling for thousands on eBay, even though no one actually has one in their hands yet.

McCartney III red vinyl

McCartney III pressed on red vinyl. Front cover artwork features a red dice.

Where to buy:

McCartney III alternative red vinyl

McCartney III pressed on red vinyl. Like the 333 edition this one is pressed at Third Man Records and is limited to 3000 units. It is distinguished from the *other* red version by the yellow Third Man Records logo, top right.

Where to buy: Paul McCartney’s online shop (but sadly sold out)

McCartney III blue vinyl

McCartney III pressed on blue. Front cover artwork features a the standard white dice.

Where to buy:

McCartney III ‘coke bottle’ clear vinyl

McCartney III pressed on ‘coke bottle’ clear vinyl. This was a Spotify exclusive and fans were emailed with the message “Paul McCartney made you something special”.

Where to buy: Now sold out, although this *was* the link.

McCartney III pink vinyl

McCartney III pressed on pink vinyl. Front cover artwork features a the standard white dice.

Where to buy: Now sold out, but was available at US retailer Newbury Comics

McCartney III white vinyl

McCartney III pressed on white vinyl. Front cover artwork features the standard white dice. This is an indies-only limited edition.

Where to buy:

  • The SDE shop (currently sold out, but hoping to get some more)
  • Rough Trade in the USA
  • Your local independent retailer

McCartney III green vinyl

McCartney III pressed on green vinyl. Alternate front cover artwork features a green dice.

Where to buy: Target in the USA

McCartney III black vinyl

The black vinyl

McCartney III pressed on black vinyl. Standard front cover artwork features a white dice. The irony is that this could become the rarest vinyl since everyone is opting for the coloured varieties!

Where to buy:

Compare prices and pre-order

Paul McCartney

McCartney III - black vinyl LP



What about CDs?

There are no CDs with any kind of bonus tracks, but Target in the USA do have a CD with alternate cover art (green dice rather than white). That same version is also available in JPC in Germany, so since Target won’t ship to Europe/UK then that is probably the best option if you want this.

McCartney III CD with green dice on the cover

Where to buy:

McCartney III standard CD

This is the ‘normal’ CD that is widely available.

Where to buy:

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Paul McCartney

McCartney III - CD edition


143 responses to How to buy… McCartney III

  1. Nowhereman says:

    Spotify coke bottle green vinyl now available from the Paul McCartney shop

    • Claus says:

      You missed the yellow edition (withouit black dots) and neither the yellow/black nor the rd verdion from third man records has the TMR-logo on the front, you can only identfy this verdion by looking on the limited numer (9200 or 3000)

  2. john alvarez says:

    Just Got My Deluxe White Vinyl Bit It Is Numbered 9625 From The SDE Store Now I’m Really Confused Help Paul Happy Holidays To All

  3. Robert Spinello says:

    Barnes and Noble Blue (2000 US) is one of the rarest.


    Me too, copy nr. 3206/9200. In Italy from the official store only red and blue version were available.

  5. Dean says:

    My red vinyl purchased from the official web store arrived yesterday. Can someone clear up my confusion? If you go the web store it states that it is limited to 3000 copies worldwide, not talking about the Third Man version here, and yet, the number on the back is 7140/9200.

    • Paul I. says:

      The McCartney web store original had it limited to 3000.
      I read separatly a few days later they increased the amount due to unexpected demand. Seems unfair, they should have done a slightly different version / colour.

    • TK says:

      The public was lied to about these Third Man hand numbered red vinyl copies being limited to 3000 world wide. There is a run of 9200. All to sell more records

    • Robert Spinello says:

      There is a second red gatefold edition of 3,000 in the US that sold out in 20 minutes. Up to $100. on ebay.

  6. Mie says:

    I was just checking the US Paul McCartney store, and whilst there I noticed that the Third Man red vinyl edition has had its image updated, it now shows the normal red dice sleeve with no Third Man logo, so is this a third red vinyl, a mistake, or was it always going to be the same ‘normal’ red dice sleeve?

  7. Jeffrey R says:

    Hold your horses kids… Here’s the latest and greatest PaulMccartney.com offering

    “You’re turning Violet, Violet!!”


  8. Lou says:

    Paul, I’ve been toying with the idea of getting the Japanese version of the CD, which according to the site has FOUR additional tracks, although no tracklist has been made available anywhere.
    I got the yellow vinyl just now through the official site. Hopefully music will match the hype!

    • beatlebob3 says:

      The four tracks are probably the secret demo tracks available on the 4 different color CDs that have one extra track on each.

    • ERIC PERBET says:

      I pre-ordered the Japanese version with said 4 bonus tracks from CD Japan about 2 weeks ago for £25 (including P+P). You can order either the white or red dice cover (only one item per customer) and the bonus A4 2021 calendar seems to be still available!
      CD Japan are very reliable and the packing is 1st class.

  9. Jeffrey R says:

    Yellow vinyl available now through Paul’s website. Hurry hurry.


  10. David H says:

    So now there a yellow version coming out and people are asking $300 for it already on eBay?! Who is releasing it? Getting crazy….

    • Jeffrey R says:

      This one seems a bit shady. All sellers list they have several. Some posts say yellow vinyl then black vinyl. None mention source. I’ll wait on this version.

  11. Brook A Barrett says:

    I bet thirty years from now if you see an album of McCartney III on a shelf somewhere…you are gonna get excited and quickly and quietly check and see what color it is hoping to find a super rare edition. So to my future self and all others…GOOD luck!

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  13. John says:

    And today we learn there is a 3,000 Worldwide Orange Vinyl Collectors Limited Edition. This is only available direct from udiscovermuisc.com. Good luck getting one asap while you can! :-)

  14. Paul Austin says:

    Better make that 10 vinyl editions. Orange uust entered the stage. UDiscover exclusive.

  15. Mike Thorn says:

    And now in Orange on Universal sites. UDiscover backtoblack etc.

  16. Martin Kilroy says:

    Now different colour CDs with exclusive secret bonus track – collect them all!
    When will this madness end? Even collectors must get hacked off with buying the same album 15 times (not even including the reissue mind)

    • Rpic says:

      Agreed….this is unreal, unique bonus tracks for a different colour CD. I’m betting the box set will have it all.

  17. Dulchinea says:

    2020, the year McCartney taught me that dice is plural, so it’s “one die”. Sounds almost threatening.

  18. Mike says:

    The UK Red vinyl IS different to the Third Man edition, as I received the following clarification:
    “I can confirm the version we are selling is hand numbered in silver ink and manufactured in the EU at Optimal Media, Germany.”

  19. Ballerkins says:

    I just had an email back regarding who is pressing this and if it it hand numbered as with the US version this is the reply

    “I can confirm the version we are selling is hand numbered in silver ink and manufactured in the EU at Optimal Media, Germany.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Which version and which seller?!

    • Mike says:

      Red vinyl

      • Guy.S says:

        Bravado and uDiscover Germany both state that the gatefold sleeve is hand-numbered on their online stores but Paul’s Official UK Store doesn’t mention any numbering but instead says that it is limited to 3000 Units. Both the Germany stores are sold out at the moment but Paul’s UK store is selling again after being sold out last week, if these vinyls are from the same 3000 why not have identical info on the different websites.

        • Paul Sinclair says:

          The white vinyl is limited to 3000 units in the UK but I have no idea if it’s numbered/hand-numbered at this point.

  20. Guy.S says:

    Paul, do you know of the Red Vinyl version if the 3000 is split between the official store UK with Bravado and uDiscoverMusic in Germany or did each of them have 3000 copies to sell (total 9000 copies of the Red Vinyl)

  21. R.naud says:

    The music had better be good because this is definitely the worst cover out of any McCartney release. Also as the (final) instalment of a trilogy of McCartney album, they could have kept some sort of continuity, that cover looks more like Venus & Mars (Part 2). The gatefold is in keeping with the gatefold photo patchwork off McCartney but that wasn’t really kept for McCartney II. Has anyone seen any photo of the back cover?

  22. Allan K Johansen says:

    Hi Paul,
    I know that I’m a bit late to contribute to this discussion, but wanted to conform whether Australian distributers had been mistaken in pricing the ordinary CD at A$ 38.99 and 42.99!!!! No, they were not, these are the prices on the websites of Australian JBHIFY and SANITY, respectively – on behalf of one of the richest musicians in the world. but is he aware of this root or does he not care??

  23. Larry says:

    Once upon a time, colored vinyl was unique. Now, it’s seems that almost every release in vinyl is colored. With very, very few exceptions, I hardly ever buy any vinyl except for thrift stores. A new vinyl lp these days will set you back around twenty-five bucks here in the states. I’m sorry, to me, it’s overpriced. But what do I know? To each his own.

  24. Jack DeKarup says:

    I love the first McCartney. I liked the second one when released . I re-listened to it recently as I was thinking about the huge box set. It does not hold up very well at all. His last albums have been okay at best. His colaberation ones[Firemen, for instance} have been great.
    If this turns out to be terrible, these editions will be worth nothing to a McCartney collector like myself. Limited or not.

  25. Jamie Crampton says:

    So Spotify as is well known is ripping off artists left right & centre by encouraging people to pay naff all for their non-physical music. And McCartney gives them an exclusive physical album to stick out, knowing it will easily sell out. Sorry I just don’t get it, why give money to those vultures? And yes I know there’s one for actual record dealers, but this sucks.

  26. Ian Burgess says:

    Having just read Paul’s weekly review piece about coloured vinyls, I am glad that I no longer collect vinyl. In my old days, yes I would have wanted all tthe issues, any one missing would not do. Would the Bowie random distribution be better? Whole new discussion. Thankfully though each different colour does not have a different track, or different mix of something on it. That would be the ultimate in rip off. I see the Joe Bonamassa album has a Target exclusive cd with two extra tracks. Presumably not in the limited tin case though.

    Gentlemen, open your wallets and repeat after me, help yourself. (Quote from the Goon show)

  27. Guy.S says:

    When the fun stops..STOP.

  28. Dave says:

    I have to say that Macca has finished my interest in collecting anything with his releases this year. Flaming Pie was massively overpriced, especially in a year such as this where economic turmoil is affecting so many. I was so pissed off with it that I have actually begun selling some of the Macca boxes I already had, not least because you cant eat CD boxes…
    To then produce this absurd number variations of McCartney 3 is really pushing it way, way too far for me. I know nobody has to buy them all, for some it’s a bit of fun, and that’s fair enough, each to their ow an I hope it,makes them happy.
    But for me, in the world that we are living in at present – where some of us who are of an age to have been buying his records are 45 years in my case, longer in others are beginning to wonder if we will ever work again – there is something pretty nauseating about it all. I’m out.

    • Stan Waterman says:

      So very true, Don’t think McCartney himself will know much about this, But to release 333 copies of the ‘ Wasp’ McCartney 3 making it now one of the most rarest Macca records ever is a crime. Should have been auctioned off or raffled for charity Shame on you MPL.

  29. Mike says:

    Does anyone know the zip code format required by JPC Germany when completing an on-line purchase order for an address within the United Kingdom – as when you select UK it won’t accept the UK format post code (zip code)?

    • Lloyd Evans says:

      Are you sure? I use the site regularly without issue. Have just tried now and it works fine

      • Mike says:

        OK Finally completed an order with JPC. I needed to register and create an account, and once completed it accepted my UK post (zip) code. My problem was trying to order an item using their one time order page (that’s without registration or creating an account, and is different to their registration order page) and that one time order page still does not accept the UK post code.

  30. bruce kelso says:

    highest bid for third man 333 yellow vinyl was $ 4 195, 54 bids, INSANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. Jeff D says:

    Green vinyl “preorders” at Target are sold out. Whatever one thinks of the marketing plan, it seems to be working.

  32. Jonathan says:

    Get the regular vinyl and a can of yellow/red/ etc spray paint. Job’s a goodun.

  33. Metal Mickey says:

    As a casual McCartney fan, and a CD user to boot (go ahead, sue me!), I don’t have a dog in this race, but for what it’s worth, when an artist of Macca’s stature releases something in a worldwide limited edition of just 333 units, I can’t help thinking they should have been auctioned (or even raffled) for charity or something… just going to the first 333 Third Man buyers feels a bit random to me, but what do I know…?

    • Jeff says:

      I totally agree with this comment. I have been a Vault subscriber and I subscribe to McCartney’s email. I never heard about it from either. Then I get Paul’s email a day later and all the color variations were sold out.

      • John Kauchick says:

        I read the 333 sale was an hour in advance of any announce. There were rumors of the album. It was gone in 20 minutes. Watching EBay they have gone from $1500-5000. Buyers can only hope sellers get delivery. After release date, many more will go for sale. Will there be a frenzy or fire sale? Who knows. It will be fun to watch. Yes, there are too many shops licensed to sell every color variant. One must choose carefully. I try for the lowest pressings. In general, the industry is not policing itself. Music media and fans are enabling the over production and lack of transparency.

  34. Jorge says:

    Seems awful ridiculous to grossly overpay for colored vinyl when you can get the black LP for $26.

  35. M says:

    Anyone given any thought as to the design of the McCartney iii album artwork – a dice has six sides, the McCartney albums 1, 2 and 3 totals 6 sides, the 3 dots of the dice – one for each mccartney album…anything else?
    The white vinyl poster – does anyone know what the poster features..is it the same as the red or yellow poster or different?

  36. Graham G says:

    Haven’t been able to find any exclusives for Canada. Looks like the black vinyl for me. ($33 on amazon v $94 to get a coloured vinyl shipped from Europe or the USA).
    I like having new shiny things, but cant justify paying three times as much for a pretty colour, even if it does have a handwritten number on it. It only becomes worth something when I die and my kids sell them all off.

  37. Eduardo says:

    this is just stupid! i like the music but now days is just annoying SO MANY “options”, some times is hard to be a fan…

  38. Dr Volume says:

    I think these look fun. Nobody is missing out on extra tracks, just a bit publicity for the record and a lark for those who want to chase down the different editions (although the eBay flippers are doing their best to remove any joy from the proceedings). It’s also a nice gesture to give different manufacturers, retailers & bricks & mortar stores a slice of the action too. I can see why it looks a bit cynical but that’s the reality of the physical music market today. Loads of bands and artists do special editions, and even if they don’t most vinyl and CD editions are by necessity, limited and unlikely to remain ‘on catalogue’ for as long as they used to unless they warrant a re-press (or don’t sell!)
    It all goes back to the fact that physical music is competing against Streaming – so this kind of thing is all about keeping the market for things you hold in your hands going. Whether you want a yellow spotted McCartney III or not, we all benefit as lovers of vinyl, CD and box sets.
    Macca doesn’t need the cash but he will still want a good crack at the Top 10 of course, even if it’s the same people buying multiple copies. It’s a bit cheeky, but this is not a new thing, in the 90s it seemed for a while every CD single was released as part 1 of a 3 CD set with different mixes. Not quite as underhand as the well documented stories in the 70s of record label reps offering tour jackets and bottles of Scotch to record shop owners in return for a few minutes alone with the chart-sales book and a Biro.

  39. Alain BRENEZ says:

    All these efforts to keep the music industry afloat…..
    Well I must say that I’m a victim of all these marketing tricks as I purchased 2 copies of the Third Man Records red vinyl.
    I will surely be punished by having to pay customs duties as they will be shipped from the US to Belgium. And Belgian customs employees are pretty nasty.

  40. Fogarrach says:

    Albeit late to the party, In the last ten years, due to cds from a kind ex colleague, I’ve been discovering Paul’s solo career. Moments of interest, genius, experimentation and mostly happiness and joy. That’s what I get out of his oeuvre.

    Paul McCartney has offers there for all people, from hardened beatle collectors to casual fans, we all know one or two of both those extremes. I much prefer this form of marketing over elvis costellos. (See other thread). The multi format marketing doesn’t change the music, and we can all get that at whatever cost we choose.

    Me? I really like the green one. And that has put me in an optimistic mood re the upcoming music. I don’t need to own it to associate a cover with the music. (It would be nice, though)

    Chris shaw. The wonderous guy from the ‘I am the eggpod’ podcast received dice as a consequence, he reckons, of his buying the Egypt station suitcase. There, it was worth it after all!

    To paraphrase Bowie “beatle’s on sale again”. Life is good.

  41. Larry Davis says:

    I’ll just buy the Target green dice CD…I may buy one of the not-as-limited colour vinyl variants eventually…see which one Looney Tunes has in stock…I have a friend who subscribes to the Third Man club, I wonder if he has access to the yellow/black dot or red versions?? I told him watch out if he does…jump at it…as for a deluxe edition in 2021?? Perhaps, and in another colour, like orange…as for those who are complaining, I have no problem with the different colours upfront…it’s not like there is 1 standard colour, then a new one comes out each week afterwards, that would be screwy…this reminds me of what Taylor Swift did with “folklore”, 8 different covers/booklets with diff pics in each & different coloured vinyl, 1 per edition, but first only offered on her website for 1 week (I bought 2, & a shirt, to save on shipping charges and sold 1 to a friend), then one of the covers becomes a Target exclusive (luckily one I did not pick), so I bought that too, then copies come out signed…the regular version sold in most stores, the tree version…but also limited and factory sealed (keeping sealed to retain the value), so I have 3 versions of “folklore” on CD…not going for all 8 CDs or the 8 vinyls, that would be too much…not sure how many different McCartney III’s I will have in the end, but my guess…the Target green dice CD and a different coloured vinyl…all are nice, but I somehow like the coke bottle clear vinyl, dunno why…

  42. Stan Waterman says:

    So how many copies of the Red numbered US, or the UK official site are there 3000 in total or 1500 of each? Somebody at MPL is taking the piss out of all of us!

  43. Steve says:

    The red vinyl from Bravado/universal DE also states ‘hand numbered’ 3000.
    I’ve got one on pre-order from there and a friend has one coming from Third Man, so we’ll see if they are pressed in the same place when they arrive and if there are 6000 red or 3000.
    Personally I love the choice, the collectors on the Hoffman site love the chase to find as many as possible and no one is left without the music.

  44. Michael says:

    Regarding the now sold out 333 yellow vinyl with black polka-dot records, I find it offensive they melted down black vinyl copies of “McCartney,” which I consider Paul McCartney’s masterpiece, to accomplish this. If “McCartney III” turns out to be sub-par, then they can melt down copies of that record to make a limited edition polka-dot coloured vinyl version of “McCartney.”

  45. M says:

    The Sound of Vinyl in Australia still has the spotify version for sale if people are after that.

    • anthony says:

      Just been reading that the Spotify version is only a 130g vinyl more like a flexi disc the STD black edition is listed as a heavyweight vinyl so would assume this is 180g, not sure of other colours but could be 130g or 180g depending on pressings.

  46. Martin says:

    To be honest will probably wait for a deal price on a copy – This release strategy s everything that is wrong with McCartney and more importantly the music industry. Milk an opportunity no wonder fans become disillusioned

    I will be happy to listen first and look for a deal price as for me £33 for a single colour vinyl is a bit of a joke price

  47. Craig B says:

    Thank goodness I only buy CDs !
    I can’t be doing with all this malarkey !

  48. Sascha H. says:

    Elvis would have said: ” What a frog ! ” First the stupid thing with the empty Bowie box, now Macca with his new album. Poor fans. Luckily I am not a fan ( anymore. )

  49. Bassel says:

    I’m not too optimistic about the music. When Egypt Station was released, he released two singles by the time it was announced. Yet no single , that i know of, has been released as if yet for McCartney III. Not saying it means anything but just an observation.

  50. Thomas Beattie says:

    to quote sir paul back in 79 ive had enough

  51. Ian McJannet says:

    $5250 for the 333 edition on e-bay !!!!!
    This should be outlawed !!!
    True fans don’t stand a chance !!!

  52. Magoo says:

    I’ll bet it’s another average effort from Mecca.
    I’ll also bet there will be a deluxe version early 2021.
    I’ll wait for the charity shop to receive it’s stock.

  53. Glenn Roger says:

    I am so over then”Paul McCartney” thing now. It has gotten to the point where there is just way too many versions out there of one simple album. And has anyone actually heard the album yet??? It sort of cancels everything out for me. And apparently, even though I found some of the color variants of vinyl appealing, it’s already been indicated that they are sold out and possibly being sold on EBAY for thousands. Really? Seriously? This takes away from the whole point of collecting and it’s a big turnoff that many are buying these items, not because they like Paul McCartney and his music, but because they want to make a killing on EBAY or the secondary market. The color variant vinyl of The Style Council’s “Long Hot Summers” is a classic example or Sade’s “This Far” vinyl box. I used to think collecting the color variants of albums was fun but now it has turned into a cutthroat kind of business and I am just not going to play the game and it has made me a little more vigilant and selective where my money is now spent. If I even get McCartney’s new album, it will be prob be just the reg cd or not at all.

    • oliver says:

      My grandpa collected stamps. I just imagine how he freaked out that the post office was always putting out new stamps and then also in ever new color variations. Greedy bastards.

      • johneffay says:

        Hi Oliver, your grandfather will probably remember that stamp collectors used to say that if a country put out huge numbers of special issues it was a sign that country was a banana republic. Some years ago, when the UK Post Office massively increased the number of special issues it put out a year, many stamp collectors stopped collecting them.

  54. Adey says:

    Personally i wouldn’t trust the quality control of any vinyl from third man records, but thats only my opinion…

    • Mike M says:

      Are you talking from experience Adey? Cos I have a quite few TNR releases and I must say they are very well done.

      • SimonP says:

        Using recycled vinyl is usually frowned upon in the world of record collecting, isn’t it?

        Still worth £4,000, though, it seems!

  55. Craig Hedges says:

    Just want a copy of the album on a lovely shiny silver compact disc
    Why just vinyl, why not cassette, minidisc, dat, 8 track, wax cylinder…… or just have Paul pop round and perform the album live in your living room, adhering to social distancing rule obviously.

  56. thewildeyedboyfromfreecloud says:

    Another note: The Red Third Man version is also hand-numbered.

  57. Col. says:

    I can’t believe people are actually asking where to buy the Rainbow Vinyl Edition – DOH! Actually be cool if it did exist, but then the flippers would get them all just like the yellow vinyl!

  58. CraigE says:

    Why people think this is a lot variants I’ve no idea, it wasn’t even the release with the most variants announced on that same day! And if people really are buying every variant then that’s on them, they should exercise some self control!

  59. Mike Smith says:

    Meanwhile about the Music…

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      We can talk about the music when its available. But if you’ve heard it then we are all ears…

      • Harcourt Fenton Mudd says:

        Re : the music.

        This is a Paul McCartney record.

        This man has been recording music for nigh on 60 years.

        SIXTY YEARS.

        If you are not sure whether you might like a Paul McCartney record by now, then there is no hope for you.

        • Paul Sinclair says:

          Er, Paul McCartney has made some bad records. Off The Ground was largely average-to-awful, and so was Driving Rain. Press to Play had probably two or three good songs on it. I’m a massive fan but I’m not so blinkered to believe that McCartney III is going to be great no matter what.

          • Jason Childers says:

            I get that, and I agree that Macca has released some less-than-par albums. But I haven’t heard anything unlistenable. (I can even get through “Liverpool Sound Collage” if I binge listen.)

            McCartney III may need to grow on some people, but I’m sure that people will listen a few times before making a final decision.

  60. Paul Wren says:

    Why do people have a downer on lots of different colour variants? It represents choice which is a good thing and nobody is making anybody buy anything that they don’t want to. It seems to me that there will be unsold stock in due course, i.e. better prices to be had then.

    • hendry Doran says:

      It’s not choice Paul if there are certain colour variants that are not available to you eg the USA colours for UK based collectors.

      Anyway roll on the picture disc and box set versions. It wouldn’t be a McCartney release otherwise

  61. Jim says:

    Target in USA indicates pre-orders for the CD and green vinyl versions are sold out. But for recent releases by other artists whose pre-orders were “sold out,” the items were available in-store on the day of release.

  62. J Douglas says:

    This is a new day. The full track listing is speculative, we have not heard a sample track or even musical snippet. So is there any reason for a rational music-loving consumer to buy this album today (100% unheard) on pre-order as black vinyl or CD? I suggest not, but pre-sales will exceed ten thousand because of the vinyl colour variants.
    On a more light-hearted note, were the 33 vinyl copies of McCartney I and II recycled for the 333 limited Third Man versions, 180 or 140 gram? That should matter if someone is going pay 1,000’s for a copy on eBay.

  63. Ian McJannet says:

    This has to be the biggest marketing con trick ever !!!
    and how the hell do they manage to get sold out so bloody quickly ???

  64. Carl says:

    I feel to old to chase after stupidly small editions that only those in the know know about . So i will pass on all of them.
    BTW someone said that coloured vinyls are more noisier than black , which may be the case but black is a coloured vinyl , virgin vinyl is clear.

    • Paul Taylor says:

      At the risk of repeating a story told a thousand times, black vinyl is not ‘coloured’. It is black due to the addition of Carbon Black for durability. Like car tyres, rubber hoses, hockey pucks etc.Virgin vinyl is new vinyl, not recycled vinyl

  65. ken.e says:

    It’s kind of fun to see all the different variations and a bit of me wants to have one however black it is. I do find I can get very good clean coloured vinyl and sometimes it’s not great with lots of surface noise. I have come to the conclusion it’s not the colour vinyl more the pressing however there are many who don’t like coloured vinyl and believe it to be inferior.
    I did pick up the new springsteen on grey at my local shop. What a well packaged album, great job with every detail including semi transparent inner sleeves, book, gatefold and pictures in the envelope of the sleeve.
    Surprised that we have not heard a tracks from the III album yet. Unusual not to have a few songs on spotify when an album is only a month and a bit away. Perhaps it will be better to hear it all at once when the album comes out.

  66. Paul Kent says:

    “MPL and Capitol Records are not going to sit on their hands and just slip the album out casually on black vinyl and CD” … which basically means that nobody, least of all McCartney himself, has the slightest confidence in the music selling itself without another shitty gimmick. This whole ploy completely undermines the beautifully simple “lay it down, knock it out” concept of McC I & II.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      It’s nothing really to do with confidence in the music. Albums are selling in much lower quantities no matter who you are, so this is their way of counteracting against that.

  67. Rob Deighton says:

    I see that the prices of standard ‘non-deluxe’ CDs are starting to creep up again. McCartneys being £12.99. Just because a its a big name shouldn’t mean the label should charge a few quid more. I think £9.99 is a fair price for a new album on CD, as in most cases an album is 35-45 minutes in length nowadays (partly because of vinyl) and artists no longer make full use of a 80 min cd anymore.

    • Kevin from Edinburgh says:

      But a cd was £9.99 (sometimes more) over 30 years ago. The cost of manufacturing may have gone down since then (no idea, but seems reasonable to suspect) but the other costs (shipping/storage/wages for all involved, etc) must surely have increased. That’s before we get to the value of royalties. If an artist is earning the same, in absolute terms, as they were earning more than 30 years ago, from the same output (an album, in this case) then they’ve effectively taken a big pay cut. Vinyl lps, which can sometimes seem expensive these days, better reflect – in economic terms – the passing of the years far more than cds do. £12.99 is only 99p (around 8%) more than I was paying in 1989. In the intervening years, the national average wage has increased by much more than 8%.

  68. Mark says:

    I’m confused. Ordered the 3000 only red vinyl on the day of release, an hour later it said sold out. Not it’s available again on the web site.

  69. Jeremy says:

    The red vinyl version was also briefly available from MusicVaultz in Canada. Now gone from their website.

  70. Happy Man says:

    The dice isn’t a dice. It’s volume and tone controls on a guitar pickguard. But why oh why are they all set to zero? Whatever happened to 11? Come on, Paul, we should be told!

  71. kenneth tilley says:

    this is just stupid, all these versions, no one has heard it yet.
    so much for letting the music do the talking.
    you can bet your life it’s not going to be one of his best albums.

    • BFWC says:

      I”m more optimistic for this record than most of his recent ones with multiple producers, maybe just with him on his own he could pull out a last great album?

  72. Dr Volume says:

    Here’s a question I’m hoping either Paul or a fellow Superdeluxe person out there can answer. How do pre orders like this work in terms of chart placing? I presume a lot of the appeal of having multiple pressings for Macca is that it gives him a run up at a No.1 album and no doubt he’ll be hoping that, like Bob Dylan and Rolling Stones this year, the fact that he’ll sell lots of vinyl and CDs to serious fans will be enough to propel him ahead of the Streaming popsters, if only for 1 week. So do all these pre-orders get totted up on the release date and added to the total sales in retail plus streams and downloads that week?

  73. Mike C. says:

    White Vinyl:
    USA Version: 4,000 copies w/poster
    UK/European version:3,000 copies numbered 4,001-7,000 and apparently no poster.

    Pink: 1,500 copies

    Blue: also available in Australia and NZ as exclusive.

  74. Gootsy says:

    I bought a red vinyl edition from the French store, it doesn’t have the third man logo but is said to be limited to 3,000 units worldwide too. Still available.

  75. Colin Harper says:

    I wonder what Fab Macca would have said back in the 60s, when millions were buying his records, if a time-traveller had told him, ‘In 2020, Paul, the record-buying market for you and everyone else will have shrunk to a fraction of what it is now, and there’ll be almost no record shops, but you’ll still be releasing albums and when you do, the same 20,000-odd punters that are left will want 20 different versions of your record with different coloured dots on them and only available from coffee shops and comic shops and the like…’

    The stuff around the selling of this album just feels wrong.

    • Mark says:

      I think he would have been astonished that anyone remembered him at all. In the earliest interviews from 1963 Paul and John gave the Beatles a year-or-two at best before they would try their hand as Tin Pan Alley songwriters.

    • Hugh Hall says:

      What about if a time traveller had told him “In 2020, Paul, you will be known as “Sir Paul’, you will be the richest musician in history, you will be a global superstar and a national treasure. You will still be releasing records, they will be generally well received and will sell well, though to a smaller customer base. They’ll still sell well on vinyl and CD. A CD is a small digital record. Digital, oh that’s 21st Century analogue. Oh and your music will be listened to a lot on mobile phones. Mobile phones? Oh I give up!” I reckon he’d have settled for that.

  76. Simonp2 says:

    I got very excited when I saw your Rainbow mock up vinyl – now that would be spectacular to own. You probably need to copyright it though or McCartney’s people will probably issue it

  77. Marc K. says:

    The Red edition also sold by Platenzaak.nl (Universal Music NL)
    Was sold out before, but they seem to have found some more copies

  78. Frankie says:

    What a hype! For all the McCartney fans, I hope that the music is worth it.

  79. Frank says:

    Where can you get the rainbow vinyl?

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      There isn’t a rainbow vinyl

      • Jabber says:


        Assuming Frank is talking about the pic you posted at the top of the article, I “hope” he was joking…

        Although, I’m sure it’s given marketing an idea… Hmmmm.

      • James Dawson says:

        “There isn’t a rainbow vinyl.” Dang — that’s the best one!!!

    • Col. says:

      Most likely (and hopefully – LOL) Record Store Day 2021

      • Rowly75 says:

        Yeah in a suitcase with 3 dice! £150! Whatever people think of the marketing at least you’re getting a nice coloured vinyl when you could just buy the black one if you want (which IS over priced IMO!). At least he’s not flogging empty boxes or random coloured / non coloured vinyls!

  80. probablyrustin says:

    wow this got comical three versions in! but NINE total versions? either paul’s getting particularly money-hungry or this speaks to the labels’ confidence in the material…

  81. Mark says:

    You can also get the blue vinyl and the green cd cover from jb Hifi in Australia and New Zealand.

  82. Marcel says:

    I ordered a red version from third man records that also shows a third man records logo on the front artwork. Paul, can there possibly be 2 different red versions?

  83. Steve W says:

    This is getting quite the push isn’t it?

    Well, it’s working – I’m not a huge McCartney fan – but even I am curious as to what it sounds like.

  84. Steve in Detroit says:

    The McCartney US store offered a red vinyl variant pressed by Third Man Records in Detroit with a TMR sticker on upper right corner and red die/dice on sleeve.

    It also sold out on first day.

  85. Paul Byrne says:

    You can use postal redirect services from the USA to Europe if your wanting the Target CD

  86. Rob says:

    So the Red is back in stock again? Is this still limited or 3000 worldwide?

  87. Jaime says:

    I was hoping that some of these editions would come with bonus tracks, but if the content is the same in all of them I don’t really care about the colour of the LP.

  88. Rak Nandwani says:

    Ah well. At least we didn’t get the “Bowie marketing plan” of random colour allocation.
    Sadly, I’m more excited about what the music may sound like.

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