The Pound is Sinking: New price for Paul McCartney vinyl reissues

Coloured vinyl reissues are back (for now)

Those elusive coloured vinyl limited editions of eight of Paul McCartney/Wings albums reappeared today in the UK after being unavailable for 12 days.

They are up on various sites, including and at yet another price – the third price-tag since the announcement on 6 October. They were originally £35 (with some higher), then came down to £29.99 – then the mysterious vanishing act – and now they are back at the cheapest price to date, £26.

I say they are ‘back’, as some SDE readers have already noted, when these went up at around 10.30am this morning, some appeared to be sold out immediately. uDiscover had finally offered a bundle of all eight coloured pressings, but I haven’t heard from anyone who was able to order it. At the time of writing McCartney II and Pipes of Peace are the only two in stock. Incidentally, the bundle was exactly eight times the price of the eight individual vinyl records at £208. So apart from the ease of only having to buy one product instead of eight, there wasn’t much incentive to buy it!

The humble black vinyl editions are readily available however and you’ll find SDE pre-order widgets for all of them below.

The coloured and black vinyl pressings are released on 17 November 2017.

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Paul McCartney

McCartney - black vinyl


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Paul McCartney Linda McCartney

Ram - black vinyl


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Paul McCartney Wings

Band On The Run - black vinyl


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Venus and Mars - black vinyl


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Wings at the Speed of Sound - black vinyl


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Paul McCartney

McCartney II - black vinyl


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Paul McCartney

Tug Of War - black vinyl


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Paul McCartney

Pipes of Peace - black vinyl


87 responses to The Pound is Sinking: New price for Paul McCartney vinyl reissues

  1. John England says:

    The same fiasco with the latest set of releases. I wanted to order but was away on holiday when they came out. I asked uDiscover if I ordered them before release whether they could hold them for a week before despatch as I did not want them left in the doorstep. uDiscover said they could not delay despatch so I ordered them a few days after release only to find that two of the titles were awaiting more stock. I could have had the order split, but unlike Amazon who only charge the total order postage regardless of stock problems, uDiscover charge the same price for each despatch, so it would have cost an extra £4. Now the order has gone passed the 3-5 days delivery and I find that two of the titles are now sold out. Interestingly, my card was charged the day I ordered, but I have no idea when or if I will actually get these records.

  2. Steve says:

    Perhaps they were hoping people would just keep them sealed and put them on the shelf

  3. Steve says:

    Blimey, gobsmacked at the lack of quality control.

  4. Steve says:

    I’ve got the albums, all look great…
    Except RAM isn’t yellow vinyl, lime green!!!
    I’ve email the Paul McCartney website and the sound of vinyl website where I bought it.
    I’ll post if I hear anything.
    Anyone else have this issue?

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Mine’s lime green too. Presumably they all are. Even the sticker on the front that reads “Limited Edition Yellow Vinyl” is lime green!! Oh, and despite the cost of these they don’t come with poly-lined sleeves. Pathetic, really.

  5. Paul Spurgeon says:

    I ordered the coloured vinyl bundle and received an email from them yesterday now saying they have been dispatched!!!

    We seem to be moving forward…..

  6. Brad says:

    Our local indie has all the colored vinyl LPs for US $24.99 each, quantities good.

  7. Louise says:

    Universal/Digital Stores are terrible with customer service. I had to write twice before they sent me the same email Tony Orwell posted, and sadly with them it’s not the first issue I’ve had. Just hope they show up now and don’t get cancelled…. Great products, poor service sadly. Once had a vinyl album turn up packed in a plastic bag mailer. No packing!

  8. Tony Orwell says:

    new email just received

    Dear Customer,

    Thank you for ordering the Limited Edition Paul McCartney Colour Vinyl Bundle. Due to a delay during the manufacturing process your items will not ship until week commencing 20th November 2017.

    Apologies for the delay and any inconvenience caused.

    Kind regards,

    Digital Stores Customer Services

  9. Tony Orwell says:

    has anyone who ordered the 8 coloured vinyl lps received a delivery yet? The sound of vinyl have told me they are delayed??

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      How did you manage to get a reply from them? I sent an email on Friday and still no response?

      • Tony Orwell says:

        Hi Paul, it took 48 hours for them to respond but i did it through the sound of vinyl web site, here is the response, feel free to edit or not post
        Hi Tony,

        Thank you for your message.

        Unfortunately there has been a delay in receiving LIMITED EDITION PAUL McCARTNEY COLOURED VINYL BUNDLE from the supplier, but we should be receiving stock in the next 3-14 days.

        As soon as the item leaves our warehouse you will receive a shipment confirmation email from us.

        Please do let us know if you do not wish to wait for the item to come in stock and we can cancel the order for you.

        Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience or disappointment caused by this delay.

        Kind regards,
        Digital Stores Customer Services

  10. Martyn says:

    Surely it is time for some new music from Paul? As much as I enjoy the archive releases I would like to have some new Macca tunes to soundtrack this period of my life. How I long for the 70s / 80s when new albums were every year or two………

  11. Phil Davies says:

    I ordered the 8 disc coloured vynil bundle from udiscovermusic via Mccartney’s website a few days ago. However yesterday I received a suspicious e-mail asking me to provide further ID in the form of a bank statement/drivers licence/utility bill. Has anyone else had anything similar? Paul, can you shed any light on this?

  12. Chris Squires says:

    Well I finally bit the bullet and cancelled my order completely. The collector in me is still putting up a bit of a fight but the Mrs. and my bank balance are totally on-board.

    It has been a disaster from start to finish and part of me has a narrative in my head that this was all done on purpose to stoke interest and generate sales as the fear of missing out gains traction. Stupidly high initial price, withdrawn, still high second price, withdrawn – people talking, checking sites – then third launch at still high price but lowest yet, make parts of it unavailable have a bundle with zero discount which is also unavailable – then make it available and people will be grasping and desperate by now and will click on anything. So maybe not a disaster but a plan. I am not by nature a conspiracy theorist but……

    I was all of the above and have come to realize that £208 is too much for 8 x single LPs.
    There are more interesting things coming up that I will spend this money on.

  13. Auntie Sabrina says:

    The HMV prices include free UK delivery to your home or pickup at your nearest store…

  14. BRENEZ Alain says:

    If you order the coloured vinyl bundle, the best is to pay in $.
    It’s $ 248 and 240 in Euros and as the $ = 0.85 euro you can do the math.

  15. Steve says:

    Update: HMV have Coloured vinyl for pre order:
    McCartney / Tug of War / Pipes of Peace for £27.99
    McCartney II for £23.99
    Band On the Run for £29.99

  16. Steve says:

    Will the coloured vinyl be available anywhere other than Universal Music sites (Udiscover/TheSoundofVinyl/ are all the same company.
    I haven’t seen them anywhere else and the McCartney website points only to Udiscover for coloured vinyl. Amazon for black.

  17. Gareth says:

    There are so many negative comments about the pricing that I’d be totally surprised if they sell out, and I’m sure they’ll decide to reduce the prices a couple of months after these reissues go on sale. I’ve seen so-called “limited” coloured vinyl on sale in HMV which had had their prices slashed a few months later. Their “limited” gold Suede ‘Suede’ vinyl is now on a 2 for £25 offer, when it was about £22 originally on its own. Vinyl is popular and collectable again, but when you’ve got this many albums to purchase, even mega McCartney fans might wish to watch their wallets for a bit.

  18. Mar Wolfgang says:

    The black vinyl version at amazon USA er much cheaper, all at the moment at $16.99.

  19. Mike H says:

    Where are his superb Wild Life & Red Rose Speedway albums? I agree, wait for the box set(s). The George Harrison vinyl box set is superb, surely the way to go.

  20. Paul Wren says:

    I would have thought that these reissues will be in line for deep discounts in due course when they don’t sell very well – bide your time, people.
    And don’t forget that there are plenty of great condition original release vinyl’s out there from way back in time.

  21. Marc says:

    SOVMESSENGER voucher code works like a charm (@…..not at uDiscovermusic ;-) )

  22. Andrew r says:

    Why does Mccartney do it like this ? Endlessly mucking around with his back catalogue?
    Why not one or two big boxes like Harrison’s or even dare i say it Bowie’s containg vinyl couple of nice books etc . With a back catalogue like his surely a no brainer ?

  23. Chris says:

    Really really didn’t need more copies of these…but just ordered the bundle with the discount. Thanks for the discount code Carl.

  24. Colin says:

    £41.99 for the black vinyl Venus and Mars???? I only paid £26 for the coloured vinyl. What’s thst all about Amazon?

  25. Martin says:

    I see that keenly priced bundle is available – If you are clinically insane

    agree with many above that £15 is about right for these but at £23 no chance

  26. voxstarstream says:

    Apparently they not so “limited” after all…I smell a marketing scheme!

  27. Tony Orwell says:

    are the three companies that are selling ther bundles the same? Same web site design or close too it, same prices, same sale prices when they have sales and pretty much the same stock??

    • slade says:

      I looked into this with my son who is a web seller and he tracked down the big three udiscover, the sound of vinyl and recordstore are Universal Music Direct Limited (trading as Digital Stores)…check the terms and conditions for each site and you will see its the same company selling under different names.

  28. Tony Orwell says:

    one of the guys mentions a discount code above, it works if you type in in manually but it did not work for me when i copied and pasted

  29. Stu says: are awful, good luck to anyone who orders with them. Several bad experiences and general incompetence from them before I decided never to use them again.

    • Martin says:

      Totally agree mate absolutely shocking recent service never again – Funnily enough TSOV which is their ‘sister’ site have been great!!!

  30. Alan Jones says:

    I ordered the colour bundle on Record Store UK then I saw Carl’s post about the 10% discount on Sound of Vinyl. Record Store UK order cancelled, order with Sound of Vinyl placed, £20.80 saved. Thanks for sharing Carl.

  31. Phil says:

    Looks like bundle not available on Udiscover but all individual albums can be ordered at the moment

  32. Ian says:

    This is at least the 8th unique Vinyl version of Band On The Run, and as deceased artists are guaranteed a rerelease series, it won’t be the last.

    A good condition original with inner sleeve and poster; a US copy with Helen Wheels; 70s US picture disc in die cut sleeve; 70s purple vinyl; 70s yellow vinyl; 35th anniversary double; Archive Collection- any I’m missing?

    It’s a great album but I’m relieved that I am out of my completists phase. These look nice, but unless they somehow replace the Archive collection in quality or material there are better Macca collectibles to go after

    • Mike the Fish says:

      There’s a US half speed mastered edition from 1981 or Columbia, a UK Nimbus Supercut, and apparently red vinyl from Russia (1977) although I have no idea if that’s legit or not.

  33. Phil says:

    I managed to order the bundle

  34. voxstarstream says:

    The color vinyl bundle is back up on the U.S. uDiscover site as well:

    It’s also back up on their “sister site” in Canada – MusicVaultz:*/*/Exclusive-Colour-Vinyl-Bundle/5OW60000000

  35. Zongadude says:

    And we still don’t know what the labels will look like. Will it be a reproduction of the originals (even with the green Apple on RAM) ? Or will they be totally new labels (just like on some of Pink Floyd’s latest vinyl reissues) ?
    The answer to that question will determine whether I’ll buy this stuff or not.

  36. DaveM says:

    For information, Japanese SHM mini LP CDs coming out of these eight titles along with Japanese vinyl versions.

  37. Alan B says:

    All coloured LPs are currently available to re-order in the Universal Store including the 8 lp bundle

    Click on link at the top of the article.

  38. Carl Homes says:

    I was able to pre order all 8 on thesoundofvinyl website and used SOVMESSENGER discount code. Taking £20.80 0ff the total.

    Hope this helps

  39. Steve Miller says:

    Coloured ones are up at for ‘Pre Order’ now. Whether that means they will actually be able to fulfil the order is anybody’s guess, of course.

  40. Catweazle says:

    I just managed to order a yellow vinyl Ram from Udiscover, still heavily overpriced but it’s my favourite Macca LP so I had no choice :-)

  41. baward says:

    As I type this, the bundle is definitely available on udiscovermusic. Not that I want to buy it, mind…

  42. Chris K says:

    Links went live last night and were posted on the Steve Hoffman forum. I got the full £208 bundle from Sound Of Vinyl right away with a 10% discount code I had as I’d missed them both times before. Think a lot of folk had got theirs by the time the official email went out this morning. All the earlier albums then seemed to sell out right away….

  43. PChris says:

    Available at Udiscover again

  44. Lowell says:

    McCartney needs cash to buy back the Beatles catalog!

  45. Normand says:

    For Canadian prices (Color Vinyl bundle or individual color vinyl), GO TO:

  46. David Smith says:

    They are all available on The Sound of Vinyl both colour and regular £26 and £20 respectively. Some are under Paul McCartney, and some under Wings. Not going to lie, very tempted with Venus and Mars!

  47. colin says:

    These coloured vinyls will most likely be on sale in Sainsburys by release date in mid November!

  48. colin says:

    Coloured Vinyls available to order again. I just ordered Venus And Mars for £30 inc P+P. #chuffed

  49. Mike the Fish says:

    Having recently got an album in split coloured vinyl, I don’t think it’s a good idea for V&M. The album I picked up that was split had surface noise on one colour and not on the other.

  50. Kauwgompie says:

    The Paul McCartney money grab continues. I’m a casual fan (if that) so I’m out with these prices. To be completely fair, if it is true that these are already sold out then the prices they asked, were the right prices. Probably even too low. Macca and his record company are in it for the profit, nothing wrong with that. And if people actually pay these insane prices, then you can’t argue with them however much I hate it. So as long as people pay these crazy prices, we’re doomed.

  51. Mark H says:

    Just ordered BOTR & Venus & Mars coloured vinyl from UDiscover (1830 UK) £26 each -seems to have gone through OK so may be back in stock?

  52. Greg says:

    From the days of vinyl being the only option (other than 8 track & cassette), my recollection was colored vinyl was noisier then black vinyl. I tend to buy music to listen to it — if I want to look at something I’d by a book or painting. Has colored vinyl gotten better or are people collecting a visual that will always be covered?

  53. Chris says:

    All coloured vinyls and the bundle back in stock now!

  54. The Progster says:

    Vinyl punters are easy pickings for record companies to rip the fans off big time…why on earth would you want to pay £26+ for a product that is inferior to a CD or a download…for me personally it’s all about the actual music and a format that always sounds very good be it on an MP3 file or a CD…If you want plenty of choice in your music go for Spotify or Deezer…If you have plenty of surplus cash then pay out for umpteen variations of coloured vinyls and anniversary editions…each person to their own.

  55. Mark says:

    The abovementioned link is working as of now!

  56. The French Duke says:

    Venus And Mars (black vinyl) on Amazon (UK) is currently £41.99. Crazy!

  57. Chris Squires says:

    What I don’t understand is the vagueness of the term Strictly limited. For these to have sold out so quick, there cannot have been more than, what 1,500? 2,000? 3,000 of each? But no one is saying. Surely a low run would be worth shouting about if you are trying to justify a higher price.
    It doesn’t make sense to have sold out so quickly if it were 10,000 of each but surely if it were a small number that could sell out quickly they would be shouting about it….
    *NOTHING* about any of this makes any sense.

    • gootsy says:

      Well, you know, “strictly limited” has a different meaning in the macca world. I remember how I ran to buy the Beatles Mono box set back in 2009, being afraid that that I would arrive too late to have one and in some way the “strictly-limited-numbered-copy” argument justified an over-the-top price. Eight years later, the mono box set is still on sale, half price from what I paid, and they explained that “a glitch” happened about the first edition that was supposed to be numbered. So now, I’m expecting everything. I’m a Beatlemaniac and looooove Macca, but sometimes, you just have to say no (At least for me).

  58. RJS says:

    Are some people seriously prepared to shell out £200+ to buy albums they already own on coloured vinyl?!

  59. Marc says:

    The coloured bundle: Sorry Sold Out?
    So soon????

  60. Marc says:

    If I go to Udiscover, all I see is “Sorry Sold Out” for the coloured LPs

  61. Adam Shaw says:

    They all seem to be sold out now .
    Did anyone get one or more ?

  62. probablyrustin says:

    Still a totally ridiculous price to be honest. Almost all other artists charge at most a few dollars extra for colored limited editions. Considering nothing else is special about these releases, it’s still laughably overpriced. Did he make a bad investment or something? He seems particularly money hungry with recent releases.

  63. Auntie Sabrina says:

    Indie record stores are the ONLY physical retailers in the US to have the limited edition colored vinyl versions:

  64. Gis Bun says:

    Considering each are regular albums [i.e. not a double or triple vinyl], how the prices vary for some albums. Amazon Canada & UK [for example] mostly have the same price. Amazon Canada is all over the place.
    Pricewise, they seem to be a bit cheaper than most new vinyls.

  65. Ben Williams says:

    Amazon UK prices say £13 (or about that) but when you go to it, they’re over £20! These prices are so silly, how hard is it to price these Capitol?!? As Macca once sang, I’ve had enough!

    They actually say on that these are affordable reissues but this is anything but.. The Archive Collection gets it wrong yet again.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      That’s an amazon issue, I’m afraid.

      • Ben Williams says:

        Fair enough then, but still, for regular black vinyl I think anything over £20 for a single vinyl reissue is a bit steep really. If they want these to sell to a younger audience or to causal fans shopping in Sainsburys, I’d say £14.99 each for these basic no-thrills reissues.

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