Legendary musician Paul McCartney is all set to reissue his 1982 masterpiece, the studio album Tug of War, along with its companion album from 1983, Pipes of Peace, on October 2 this year.
They will feature as the most recent volumes in the Paul McCartney Archive Collection, which is personally being overseen by the icon himself. The multiple-disc set will have each album along with one bonus audio and visual footage disc.
While Tug of War has been completely remixed, Pipes of Peace features a remix of “Say Say Say,” the 73-year-old’s collaboration with late pop genius Michael Jackson. After 33 years of its initial release, Entertainment Weekly premiered the revamped version of the song “Tug of War” on September 3.
Two months prior to the tragic death of his Beatles band mate, John Lennon, McCartney had returned to the studio in October 1980 to work on recording a new album. It hadn’t been too long since his McCartney II album was released when he started recording with George Martin, the longtime producer of his former band (The Beatles). The pair hadn’t worked together since The Beatles parted ways in 1970. Unfortunately, this new project got put on hold after Lennon’s death and the duo reconvened the following year to complete the album in the Caribbean.
The album also included collaborations with A-listers such as Stevie Wonder, Carl Perkins, and Denny Laine, as well as former Beatles member Ringo Starr. McCartney’s eulogy track for the late Lennon, “Here Today,” was also a part of the album. And at the end of it all, McCartney finally premiered Tug of War, his third solo album. The best part about the record is that the title track has stayed true to its strength, despite the remix.
Meanwhile, McCartney has been quite busy this year, headlining Dover’s Firefly Festival in June and Lollapalooza in Chicago in July, in addition to his 2013-initiated Out There Tour, which just noted five additional dates in North America.
Vain, M., “Paul McCartney debuts new version of ‘Tug of War’ from forthcoming reissue – exclusive,” Entertainment Weekly web site, September 3, 2015.