Previously unreleased collaborations with Elvis Costello will feature on the new deluxe reissue of the Paul McCartney favourite Flowers In The Dirt.
Due out next March, the 1989 album will be the 10th instalment in the former Beatle’s Archive Collection program and, as with the others, will be available in a variety of configurations, including vinyl.
Flowers In The Dirt was a chart-topper on its original release, but it’s best remembered for the fact that McCartney wrote a third of the album with Elvis Costello. For the deluxe version, McCartney has unearthed a whole disc of previously unreleased demo versions recorded with Costello over a two year period.
“The demos are red hot off the skillet and that's why we wanted to include them on this boxed set,” McCartney says. “What's great about these songs is that they've just been written. So that was the kind of great instant thing about them. I hadn't listened to them in ages but when I did I knew we had to put them out. We made a little tape of them and sent them to Elvis, who loved them too. We said we should put out an EP or something and now the moment's finally arrived.”
The deluxe 3-CD/1-DVD version of Flowers In The Dirt will also include a 32-page notebook of Paul's handwritten lyrics and notes, a 64 page photo book and a 112-page book telling the complete story of the album through exclusive in-depth interviews with McCartney, Costello and other key contributors.