Paul McCartney Sets Wings’ ‘Venus and Mars’ and ‘At the Speed of Sound’ Reissue Dates
By Scott T. Sterling
It’s almost time to revisit “Listen to What the Man Said” and “Silly Love Songs.”
The reissues will hit U.K. retailers a day earlier on Sept. 22.
The reissues will be available in a variety of formats. The standard edition is a two-CD set that will feature remastered editions of the original albums and a second disc of bonus material, such as demo versions and unreleased tracks. Meanwhile, the deluxe edition will boast a slew of extras, including a hardback book with never-before published photos, new interviews with McCartney, “material” from the McCartney archives and additional track information.
It will also come with a bonus DVD filled with archival footage from the era, including some that’s yet to see the light of day until these reissues. The new editions will also be released in gatefold vinyl and digital formats.
Both albums hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 when originally released in the mid-’70s, with each having No. 1 singles as well — “Listen to What the Man Said” (Venus and Mars) and “Silly Love Songs” (At the Speed of Sound).
McCartney himself oversaw the new versions, with all remastering done at Abbey Road by the same crew that’s worked on the previous Wings album reissues and Beatles’ updates.
Paul McCartney is currently touring America, with upcoming dates in Minneapolis (Aug. 2) and Los Angeles (Aug. 10).