Listen to Previously Unreleased Versions Of ‘Dear Friend’
TAKEN FROM THE FORTHCOMING REISSUE OF PAUL McCARTNEY AND WINGS’ DEBUT ALBUM WILD LIFE REISSUED ALONGSIDE THE 1973 ALBUM RED ROSE SPEEDWAY ON DECEMBER 7TH VIA MPL/CAPITOL/UME
With less than a month until the forthcoming reissues of Paul ’s 11th and 12th classic works from his revered catalogue, ‘Dear Friend’, the John Lennon-inspired closing track to Paul McCartney And Wings’ debut album Wild Life, has been made available to hear as two special instant grats. The first a remastered version, and the second a beautifully intimate unreleased home recording. The re-releases come fully remastered and expanded across multi-format installments of his GRAMMY-winning Archive Collection, to be released December 7, 2018 via MPL/Capitol/UMe.
Speaking of the track, Paul comments “With ‘Dear Friend’, that’s sort of me talking to John after we’d had all the sort of disputes about The Beatles break up. I find it very emotional when I listen to it now. I have to sort of choke it back. I remember when I heard the song recently, listening to the roughs [remastering works-in-progress] in the car. And I thought, ‘Oh God’. That lyric: ‘Really truly, young and newly wed’. Listening to that was like, ‘Oh my God, it’s true!’ I’m trying to say to John, ‘Look, you know, it’s all cool. Have a glass of wine. Let’s be cool.’ And luckily we did get it back together, which was like a great source of joy because it would have been terrible if he’d been killed as things were at that point and I’d never got to straighten it out with him. This was me reaching out. So, I think it’s very powerful in some very simple way. But it was certainly heartfelt.”
Take a musical journey from the intimate unreleased home recording to the recently remastered at Abbey Road 2018 of ‘Dear Friend’ Below: