In addition to the regular and deluxe versions of Paul McCartney's “New” album that comes out Oct. 15 in the U.S., there are several exclusive versions, including a new one just confirmed Oct. 12 with retailer FYE that may be the best one of all.
Those buying “NEW” from FYE, but only in stores and not by mail, a FYE store clerk told us Oct. 12 is a light cube with the “New” logo and Paul's signature on front that changes colors. This was sent to reviewers and is a neat little thing to see. (Update: Many indies are also offering the cube. Call them and check.)
Best Buy's "exclusive" deluxe edition will include photo cards and an album laminate, according to the information on the sticker. This can be ordered online and, if the past is any indication, a good way to get it right away. If you can't wait, it's already on eBay.
Target's “Only at Target” version of the deluxe edition will include a DVD called “A Rendez-Vous With Paul McCartney that “includes interview with rare backstage glimpse from the historic Out There Tour!” Reportedly, all of this footage has been online. And the disc is also already on eBay.
Other retailers will have the regular 12-track version or the deluxe 15-track version without any extras. Both will come with the hidden track “Scared.”
A quick poll we took on Facebook asking people which exclusive version they preferred seemed to indicate Target got the nod. However, that FYE cube is a nice little offering.
There have been rumors that another track, “Struggle,” may be offered in Japan only. We finally saw evidence -- the Japanese cover -- that there may indeed be a track. (We said there wasn't, so we're eating our hat.) No one has heard it yet, but rumored lyrics have been posted elsewhere. You'll find a Japanese cover in the slideshow with "Struggle" listed.)
TIMES SQUARE: For those who couldn't the Times Square show, there are a bunch of clips on YouTube, including a video of the whole show.
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