Paul McCartney brings the spring and summer leg of his Freshen Up tour to a close Saturday night at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, and today (Friday) he is reissuing albums from some of his past tours.
Wings Over America: Released in 1976, is available as a double CD, a three-disc vinyl set, and limited-edition color vinyl (transparent red, green and blue). The original souvenir poster comes with both vinyl releases.
Paul Is Live: This 1993 collection has been remastered and is available as a two-CD set, a two-disc vinyl set, and a two-disc limited-edition color vinyl (opaque baby blue and plush peach white opaque).
Amoeba Gig: This is the first full-length commercial release of his surprise free concert at Hollywood’s Amoeba Music on June 27th, 2007. Only four songs were previously released on the Amoeba’s Secret EP. Now it's the full 21-song set, including a soundcheck recording of “Coming Up." This will be released on one CD, in a two-vinyl disc set, and as a two-disc limited-edition color vinyl collection (clear and hazy amber transparent).
Choba B CCCP: This live-in-studio album was released in the Soviet Union in 1988, making Paul the first Western artist to issue an album exclusively for that market. It's been remastered and is being reissued as the original 11-track Russian release, plus black vinyl and limited-edition opaque yellow vinyl. Loosely translated, the title means Back in the U.S.S.R., Again.
Paul McCartney talked about his Russian album:
“I enjoyed doing it. I really like that kind of music. I think the interesting thing is they’re not just all the songs you’ve always heard. It’s just like a cool idea when Glasnost came out. So I just said it’s got to be manufactured and only be available [in Russia] and that did piss the Americans off. They said, ‘What? Only in Russia?’ I said, ‘Yeah man.’ They just didn’t get it. It got the best reviews in America ever. ’Cause they couldn’t get it.”
Paul McCartney talked about why he still tours:
“It’s fun, you know, and yeah, I don’t even think about the physical side of it. I just get up there, I do it, and I feel better when I finish the gig. I might feel a bit knackered, you know, but I feel better than I did before the gig. It’s very energizing.”