More, More, More Paul McCartney Colored Vinyl (Blue, Gold, Pink) – How Do You Like it?

Well, here we are, another fine May evening; warm, sunny, green – basically a lovely day.

What makes this evening even better is the unexpected early arrival of some new vinyl. Better yet some new Paul McCartney vinyl! And colored vinyl to boot!!

You see my local record store just put out some tasty colored Paul McCartney vinyl albums that are due to be released tomorrow, May 18th – “Wings Greatest” (blue vinyl, with poster), “Chaos and Creation in the Backyard” (gold vinyl) and “New” (pink vinyl) – and of course I was there to scoop them up.

These new reissues are part of Capitol Records celebration of McCartney’s return to the label and a nice way to get McCartney product back on the shelves under the Capitol banner and also nice additions to the more in-depth Paul McCartney Archive Collection releases from the last ten years or so.

(Note: One more title, Thrillington” (red and black vinyl), is due out tomorrow as well but alas I don’t have that one – yet.)

These groovy new vinyl reissues are also available in black vinyl as well as the colored vinyl but the colored vinyl is more limited and only available for purchase at independent record stores or from paulmccartney.com or Universal Music online.

Last November eight other Paul McCartney albums were reissued on colored vinyl and I highlighted those on an earlier blog post, tonight you can feast your eyes on three of the latest releases (above).

Of these three new reissues, the “Wings Greatest” album holds by far the most sentimental place in my heart. I remember getting this album on vinyl in December 1978, when the album was first issued, and playing it to death.

I also hung the nifty poster of the then three Wings members on my wall and watched it grow tattered and torn over the years. (You can see the nicely reproduced version that’s included in this new issue which looks great – nicely done and thicker paper than the original too).

I must say this new “Wings Greatest” reissue sounds superb and as the back cover states was remastered at Abbey Road Studios. I’m sure this new mastering is part of the same mastering that’s been going on for McCartney’s Archive Collection but nevertheless the album sounds great.

I did need to clean it a bit as there were a few pops here and there but the bass on this new edition just sounds wonderful and much deeper and richer than my original vinyl issue from the 1970s.

The other two albums are of a much more recent McCartney vintage and are what I consider two of McCartney’s best later day albums and stand among my favorite work from his solo career.

These new vinyl additions also have the benefit of sounding better than their CD counterparts as these two albums on CD are mastered a bit hot and sound more compressed and these vinyl editions tone that down and make for a much more enjoyable listen.

I have these two albums on vinyl from their original releases as well as these sound pretty much the same – superb!

I will say the new “New” reissue is lacking the gatefold cover and booklet of the original vinyl release (too bad) but the vinyl is nice and quite and looks lovely in pink and is the best way to listen to this collection which is one of McCartney’s best which is saying a lot as he has released quite a few great albums.

The original “Chaos and Creation in the Backyard” vinyl release was also issued with a gatefold cover but since that issue has gotten to be expensive this new reissue is great as the vinyl sounds so good that the non-gatefold cover is no big deal (to me anyway).

If you’re looking to add some McCartney vinyl to your collection, these three albums are a must.

And if you’re just out for the best sound and could care less about spending a few more dollars for the colored vinyl, the regular black vinyl editions will work just fine.

Of course if you’re a nutty collector like me try and track down the colored vinyl issues – they’re just great. Lovely reproduced cover art and well-made vinyl in purdy colors – what’s not to love?!!

Until next time, be well and happy shopping!

 

 

 

“A Hard Day’s Night” in Italy and Japan – DeAgostini Beatles Japanese Vinyl Collection Magazine/Album

 

Who would have thought that in 2018 vinyl records would have made such a dramatic comeback?

I mean as of the late 1990s vinyl records were nearly an extinct format, or so it seemed at the time.

In this era of streaming, vinyl records are now seen as “hip” and “cool” by twenty-somethings (or so I’ve read, I’m not even remotely in that age bracket!), who would have thought?

AND vinyl sales hit a Nielsen Music-era high accounting for 14 percent of all physical music sales in 2017 – impressive. Most impressive (think Darth Vader/ James Earl Jones voice.)

Anyway, a spin-off of the vinyl trend has also reached die-hard Beatles collectors.

An Italian company called DeAgostini has issued what they call The Beatles Vinyl Collection which are available in newsstands or through mail-order subscriptions in eight countries – Italy, UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Spain and Japan.

These Beatles albums supposedly use the same mastering as the 2012 vinyl remasters that were issued worldwide and have been avaialble to purchase in newsstands because they’re accompanied by a small magazine that details the album in question.

I guess DeAgostini is well-known especially in Italy and the UK for their vinyl record issues and they have a good reputation for quality products/pressings. Since they’re not available in the States I’m not familar with them.

For the past year and a half or so I’ve read online mostly positive reviews of these mysterious pressings and hav been dt\ying to find one and try it out. (Not that I need any more Beatles vinyl but that’s beside the point!)

The following Beatles albums have been released in the DeAgostini collection:

Please Please Me
With The Beatles
A Hard Day’s Night
Beatles For Sale
Help!
Rubber Soul
Revolver
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Magical Mystery Tour
The Beatles
Yellow Submarine
Abbey Road
Let it Be
The Beatles/1962-1966
The Beatles/1967-1970
Past Masters
Live At The BBC Vol. 1
Anthology 1
Anthology 2
Anthology 3
1
Love
On Air: Live At The BBC Vol 2

I’ve read some people online think these discs sound a bit better than the 2012 vinyl reissues so of course that peaked my interest – A LOT! Plus I’ve also read that the Anthology discs sound a lot better than their original vinyl pressings from the 1990s which of course REALLY makes me want to find them – ahhh!

Actually I’m kind of thankful I don’t have easy access to these sets as I may not be able to control myself. I KNOW I can’t conteol myself!

BUT this past month I did finally track one of these mysterious DeAgostini discs down (A Hard Day’s Night) and as it happens it’s a Japanese version of the magazine box lol. I just can’t escape Japanese pressings!

Above you can see photos of this groovy magazine and album – it’s really a nice presentation, too bad I can’t read Japanese!

I’ve had the pleasure of listening to this pressing and I must say it sounds soooo good. It was perfectly quiet, not one pop or click and sounds pretty much like the 2012 vinyl remasters. I’ve not done a side by side comparison but it did sound a tad bit muted which is what the 2012 pressing sounded like as well.

I will say that it did not have a clipped first note on the song “A Hard Day’s Night” which I read was a problem with the UK and Ireland pressed discs. I guess they did a repress and the one for Japan – at least my copy – sounds just fine.

I actually loved how this disc sounded which of course wets my appetite for more DeAgostini discs – maybe with the magazine in English which would be nice. I’m guessing it’s pretty much in line with the 2012 discs but the sound improvements of the Anthology discs would make me break down and buy more for sure.

Until I find more DeAgostini discs though this one will do quite nicely.

A Hard Day’s Night is one of my favorite early Beatles albums as it just encapsulates Beatlemania for me and I don’t think they made a more joyous record – every song is a pop/rock gem.

If you’ve never heard or seen one of these DeAgostini discs, feast your eyes.

Until next time, be well!

Blangggggg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (If only I  had sound, that opening cord to “A Hard Day’s Night” would be the perfect way to close this post!!!)