Deal alert / Paul McCartney: Flowers in the Dirt super deluxe edition box set

Stunning deal!

Not many box sets have created as much controversy as Paul McCartney‘s Flowers in the Dirt super deluxe edition. Very expensive and with key content delivered as downloads, it was in many ways an easy box to avoid, which is a shame since the core content of the Costello demos and the 1988 band demos (the latter exclusive) are superb. When SDE reviewed it, we called it “beautiful, but flawed”.  Anyway, with a fantastic price in Amazon Italy today, the time may have come to finally pull the trigger and complete your ongoing Paul McCartney Archive Collection!

This package which includes four books, three CDs (also included as hi-res files) and a DVD and *those* downloads is just £78 (€87) right now compared to £124 in the UK!! A stunning price and by far the cheapest this has ever been (at least on this side of the Atlantic).

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Paul McCartney

Flowers In The Dirt


Deluxe 3CD+DVD book edition

1. My Brave Face (2017 Remaster)
2. Rough Ride (2017 Remaster)
3. You Want Her Too (2017 Remaster)
4. Distractions (2017 Remaster)
5. We Got Married (2017 Remaster)
6. Put It There (2017 Remaster)
7. Figure Of Eight (2017 Remaster)
8. This One (2017 Remaster)
9. Don’t Be Careless Love (2017 Remaster)
10. That Day Is Done (2017 Remaster)
11. How Many People (2017 Remaster)
12. Motor Of Love (2017 Remaster)
13. Où Est Le Soleil? (2017 Remaster)

DISC 2: (original Elvis Costello demos)
1. The Lovers That Never Were (Original Demo)
2. Tommy’s Coming Home (Original Demo)
3. Twenty Fine Fingers (Original Demo)
4. So Like Candy (Original Demo)
5. You Want Her Too (Original Demo)
6. That Day Is Done (Original Demo)
7. Don’t Be Careless Love (Original Demo)
8. My Brave Face (Original Demo)
9. Playboy To A Man (Original Demo)

1. The Lovers That Never Were (1988 Demo)
2. Tommy’s Coming Home (1988 Demo)
3. Twenty Fine Fingers (1988 Demo)
4. So Like Candy (1988 Demo)
5. You Want Her Too (1988 Demo)
6. That Day Is Done (1988 Demo)
7. Don’t Be Careless Love (1988 Demo)
8. My Brave Face (1988 Demo)
9. Playboy To A Man (1988 Demo)

Original B-sides, remixes and single edits:
1. Back On My Feet
2. Flying To My Home
3. The First Stone
4. Good Sign
5. This One (Club Lovejoys Mix)
6. Figure Of Eight (12” Bob Clearmountain Mix)
7. Loveliest Thing
8. Où Est Le Soleil? (12” Mix)
9. Où Est Le Soleil? (Tub Dub Mix)
10. Où Est Le Soleil? (7” Mix)
11. Où Est Le Soleil? (Instrumental)
12. Party Party (Original Mix)
13. Party Party (Club Mix)
Cassette demos:
1. I Don’t Want To Confess
2. Shallow Grave
3. Mistress And Maid


Music Videos:
01. My Brave Face
02. My Brave Face (Version 2)
03. This One (Version 1)
04. This One (Version 2)
05. Figure Of Eight
06. Party Party
07. Où Est Le Soleil?
08. Put It There
09. Distractions
10. We Got Married

Creating Flowers in the Dirt:
01. Paul And Elvis
02. Buds In The Studio
03. The Making Of ‘This One’
(The Dean Chamberlain One)

Put it There:
01. Put It There Documentary

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Bummer. Third party seller at amazon.de (moviemars.de) has cancelled my order due to “error in the listed price”. It was €77…


Yep, got the same cancellation email. Not even a huge McCartney fanatic but have the original album and thought this would be a nice upgrade. Oh well.


Still expensive! I feel sorry for Paul as his bank account most be low in money.


Still waiting for more new Archive Collection releases (still missing Wild Life, Red Rose Speedway, London Town, Back To The Egg). Does anyone know?

Bobby's Dad

Still using Italy as a reference, it’s now gone up to €118.18 from Amazon Italy. [£106.47, which is $178.87 in Aussie $’s, not including postage.]

Paul English

Got it at €88 from Amazon Italy.
Thank you Paul

Matthew Charles

Damn, didn’t get an email for this one…


I pre-ordered it after a lot of thought , and am not disappointed by the musical content . I would much prefer a physical copy of the download only content , but it is what it is . What I really would like in the future is less bookage . I really didnt need a book of Barney Bubbles drawings in the Wings Over America set . Four books in this package is 3 1/2 books too many . The Ram set was perfect , but so far that was the only set that met and exceeded my hopes and expectations . Lets hope the Red Rose Speedway set is more to OUR specs , not Pauls accountants . I did notice no ” coming next ” was included this time …


I agree, no matter how many books they stuff into a box set, I never touch them. It’s mostly pictures anyway. To me the box sets are all about the music. The Verve’s Urban SDE has a small booklet and 5 discs of music and a dvd. That’s an outstanding boxset to me. No nonsense with coffee table books, books with photographs, excessive amounts of dvd’s, it should all be about the music.
The new U2 Joshua SDE, it’s kind of mediocre. It contains a giant book with photographs by The Edge. Sorry but couldn’t care less. A guy who plays guitar pretty well now forces us to look at his photographs. It’s a bit pathetic to me. Where are the demo’s, alternate takes and outtakes of the Joshua Tree sessions? That box doesn’t give us much insight into the entire creative process behind one of the most successful albums of all time. A shame.
Paul, may be we should have a discussion about what fans really like in box sets. When they are willing to fork out large amounts of money and when not. I bet most don’t care about the fancy books, the additional vinyl when you buy a cd box set and keep dvd’s to a minimum.


I totally agree. I like box sets with a cardboard flip top lid with the CDs in mini LP style sleeves and concise liner notes. Good examples include The Smiths Complete and the recent Luke Haines’ solo collection. Neat and small, not to mention space saving. No excessive read it / look at it once nonsense. It is, like you say, all about the music.


It’s an interesting topic… I’m just getting into collecting box sets .. for me as a musician I love listening to demos of future classic material… e.g. Beach Boys “Good Vibrations” box set.
Presentation is also very important .. I want something reasonably conspicuous on the shelf that draws interest. Stevie Wonders ” Close of a Century” is beautiful .. and is a great example with accompanying quality biography.
Agree don’t something indulgent and gimmicky .
The whole package should be musically valid and look good.


I’ve enjoyed it. It took too long for the deal, Temptation got the better of me.


good deal but ill wait for better. I got the 2 cd release of the new album and the original cd so ill be okay. I think Had they released this package without the downlaod only stuff, and included all that on a cd in the box this would have been a 180 degree reversal and we the fans would have super praised this to the ceiling and above, and jumped on this deal no questions.


“Deal” is over, guess I’ll have to wait! I did pick up Dylan’s “Basement Tapes Raw” (Bootleg Series Vol. 11) on Amazon US for only 48.99 USD…and I signed up for the Amazon credit card which knocked off $20, so the grand total with tax was 33.52 USD. Not a bad deal!


Thanks Paul and it’s a pretty good deal but Black Friday’s not that far away so think I’ll wait and see…


Thanks Paul. I’d seen this recently go up in price and thought I’d missed getting a deal on it. Checked a local record store last week and it was still €159. Sub-€100 is good psychologically!! As I’ve said before, although the amount of music and rarities disappoints (and I really wanted a CD with Flying To My Home to be in this box) everything else in these editions is generally excellent – lots to read and get stuck into, high quality materials etc.


For USA buyers this does not make sense. A third party seller has this up on Amazon.com for $93 + $4 shipping. The total including shipping on Amazon.it comes out to $118.
I’d buy it for may be $60. An average album, made better w the Costello songs, but still wayyyy overpriced. Just no words for how Macca is shamelessly ripping off his fans left and right.
Check out other artist 3cd +1dvd boxes, they are half the price and also include a nice book. At this price, still a firm no from me.


Sold out at amazon.de from third party seller :-/


I always play my records into my turntable, despite to be golden, blue or black… I love “touch” the music. Am I a mad?


No, you’re not.


In 12 months time the people who like to “hold music in their hands” will be able to pick up a lovely golden brown coloured vinyl copy of the original album (that they’ll never play!) for a bargain forty quid.


Hey RJS! That hits a little too close to home!!!!! We nerds are supposed to stick together!


It’s €77 on amazon.de (other sellers) !


£69.53 on Amazon Germany!


Agreed still way overpriced, not a good deal for one short extra disc of demos, downloads which are freely available now and dvd no one watches.

Ken Croteau

A UK ebay seller was offering these for $70 shipped this week. Like others here my limit was $60 but I had generated some ebay Bucks and just went for it. Looking forward to it’s arrival.

Mark Turrell

Still way overpriced with missing content. I’ve managed to pick up most of these sde’s for between $35 -$70 by waiting for special deals, and I won’t pay more than $40 for this.


Me too Mark


Agreed!! I’ll do may be $60 but not a penny more!!!


Yup. Ain’t touching it at that price….

Richard Bristow

I work it out to be around £87 with post and packing and a currency transaction charge on your credit card :o) still ordered it though, thanks Paul

Stevie B

Great Deal. Thank you. I wonder if ‘Give my Regards to Broad Street’ will ever get the Super Deluxe Edition treatment? I do hope so it’s a gem of an album and difficult to get even the CD release (with a couple of bonus tracks) from a number of years back.

Steve Hawes

It’s the one I’m waiting for too Stevie!

Stevie B

Thanks (the other) Stevie B. I’d love an SDE of London Town. There’s loads of unreleased stuff out there for all of the Wings albums, just check out the stuff posted on YouTube in the last couple of months.

Andy P

Sorry to be pedantic, but with the best will in the world 87 euro is nowhere near £68, I think you will find £78 is nearer the mark. Still a good deal though compared to the previous price. Cheers