Paul McCartney announced Aug. 27 that due to production issues, the release of the latest albums in the Grammy Award-winning Paul McCartney Archive Collection will be pushed back to November. The newest reissues of the Wings albums “Venus and Mars” and “At The Speed of Sound” will now be released on Nov. 3 in the UK and Nov. 4 in the U.S. and not the previously announced September dates.
The delays are not a complete surprise. Though not official, the release dates of the two albums had been pushed back on Amazon.com a week from the original U.S. release date of Sept. 23 to Sept. 30. McCartney's press office could not confirm the actual delay until the announcement was made today.
According to the original announcement of their release, both albums will be available in a variety of physical and digital formats. Each will be available in a standard two-disc version. The first CD will contain the remastered album, the second with demos and unreleased tracks. A three-disc (2CD, 1DVD) Deluxe Edition will include a hardback book with unpublished photographs, new interviews, material from Paul’s archives and expanded track-by-track information. A bonus DVD will also be included. The albums will also be available in digital versions on iTunes and in hi-res formats and on vinyl.
Since launching the Paul McCartney Archive Collection in 2010, McCartney has received two Grammy Awards for the releases. In 2012, he won an award for Best Historical Album for “Band on the Run” and this year the reissue of “Wings over America” was honored for Best Boxed or Special Edition Package.
That was the same night that McCartney achieved a personal career high of winning five awards in just one night. Additionally, the reissue of “RAM” was nominated for Best Historical Album in 2013. All aspects of these reissue projects have been overseen by Paul McCartney.