Venus And Mars (Paul McCartney Archive Collection)

Paul McCartney
Venus And Mars - Archive Collection
Venus And Mars - The Archive Collection
Label Hearmusic (Concord)
Catalogue No. HRM 35652   (Barcode: 8 88072 35652 8)
Release date 3rd November 2014
Total time 1 hours 59 minute and 2 seconds
C.D. 1 - 42:48
C.D. 2 - 50:36
D.V.D. - 25:38
U.K. Album Chart Detail :
Entry Date :9th November 2014
Highest Position :49
Weeks in Chart :1
Detail : Originally in 1975 Paul's sixth "solo" album release (as "Wings") - this version was part of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection
For detail of the original 1975 album see here: Venus And Mars

The November 2014 archive re-issue was released in multiple formats:
Standard edition 2-CD - the original 13-track album on disc one. 14 bonus tracks on disc two.
Deluxe Edition 2-CD/1-DVD;
                          The original 13-track album remastered at Abbey Road,
                          A bonus audio disc with 14 tracks,
                          A DVD featuring previously unreleased and exclusive content,
                          a 128-page numbered hardcover book,
                          Assorted memorabilia (and a download link).
Remastered vinyl 2-LP gatefold version containing the contents of the standard edition and a download link to the material.

9th November 2014 this collection entered the chart at no. 49.
16th November 2014 this had disappeared from the chart.

The three disc deluxe edition comes in at less than 2 hours (!) ...
The bonus disc has just 14 tracks, quite a few of which have appeared before.
And then less than half-an-hour on a DVD.
Oh dear. Not quite what one would call value for money.


Disc One - The Original Album

Track Composer Recording Information Time
Venus And Mars McCartney Supposedly, Venus = Linda, Mars = Paul ... but
they claimed it was about an imaginery friend, whose friend was an astrologer(!)
Rock Show McCartney Written specifically as an opening number for the next Wings world tour.
Guest musicians, Allen Toussaint on piano, Afro on congas.
Love In Song McCartney Geoff Britton on drums, so a 1974 session recording. 3:04
You Gave Me The Answer McCartney Shades of "Honey Pie" ? 2:14
Magneto And Titanium Man McCartney Not surprisingly, inspired by Marvel comics characters. 3:16
Letting Go McCartney Geoff Britton on drums, so a 1974 session recording. 4:32
Venus And Mars - Reprise McCartney Just what it says. 2:05
Spirits Of Ancient Egypt McCartney Paul emulating a T.Rex feel. 3:03
Medicine Jar McCulloch-Allen A rare Wings release, NOT featuring Paul or Linda on lead vocals !
Geoff Britton on drums, so a 1974 session recording.
Call Me Back Again McCartney The least memorable song on the album. 4:58
Listen To What The Man Said McCartney Guest musicians, Tom Scott on saxophone and Dave Mason (guitar). 4:01
Treat Her Gently/
Lonely Old People
McCartney It was the "loneliness" of these that inspired Paul to record the next track ! 4:20
Crossroads Theme Hatch Paul's version replaced the normal Crossroads T.V. theme for some time.
"Crossroads" was an ATV production running from 1964-1988 (4,510 episodes !) ... it has been recently revived.

Disc Two - Bonus Tracks


No. Track Recording Information Time
1 Junior's Farm The 1974 single 4:23
2 Sally G B-side of Junior's Farm single 3:40
3 Walking In The Park With Eloise 1974 single by The Country Hams 3:09
4 Bridge On The River Suite B-side of "Eloise", above 3:11
5 My Carnival B-side of "Spies Like Us" 3:59
6 Going To New Orleans (My Carnival) From the 1974 sessions 2:07
7 Hey Diddle Ernie Winfrey Mix 3:51
8 Let's Love Demo for Peggy Lee 2:05
9 Soily From "One Hand Clapping" 3:57
10 Baby Face From "One Hand Clapping" 1:42
11 Lunch Box/Odd Sox Recorded 1975 released as b-side to Coming Up 3:55
12 4th Of July Demo of a song given to John Christie 3:49
13 Rock Show (Old Version) Alternate take 7:09
14 Letting Go Single Edit 3:36

Disc Three - DVD

25:38 - Just 4 chapters

No. Track Recording Information Time
1 Recording My Carnival Footage of the band in New Orleans 3:07
2 Bon Voyaguer Footage of the band in New Orleans 8:17
3 Wings At Elstree Rehearsing songs from Venus And Mars 13:03
4 Venus And Mars TV Ad Original TV commercial 1:11

For all Paul's albums in date order: McCartney LP Discography

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