Paul McCartney to issue a 3-track cassette for Record Store Day

Paul McCartney has announced that three tracks from the ‘download-only’ section of his forthcoming Flowers in the Dirt deluxe edition will be issued on cassette tape for Record Store Day.

The tracks in question are the three so-called ‘cassette demos’ recorded with Elvis Costello, namely I Don’t Want To Confess, Shallow Grave and Mistress And Maid. These tracks do not appear in any form on either CD2 or CD3 of the Flowers in the Dirt reissue, they are only available as ‘free’ downloads when you buy the £135 box set.

While thematically these rough and ready demos make some kind of sense on cassette, SDE readers who have been following the Flowers in the Dirt saga will surely agree that it is ironic that they are coming out on tape when they were denied a release on CD partly because Paul wants to stay ‘modern’ and embrace/drive people to streaming!

So to be clear, these three tracks are not available on CD or vinyl as part of the reissue campaign, just download (if you buy the deluxe) and cassette tape (if you are lucky enough to secure one on RSD from a participating store). It’s not even clear if you get a download code with the cassette, since it’s not mentioned in the announcement (we’ve asked). Update: This does come with a download code!

The other 13 download-only tracks on the Flowers deluxe remain download-only. Paul McCartney chose NOT to listen to what the fans said and didn’t take up SDE’s representations about offering buyers of the deluxe edition (that requested it) a free CD of the 16 download-only tracks.

Flowers in the Dirt is reissued at the end of next week (24 March 2017).

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Flowers in the Dirt - 4-disc deluxe book edition


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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


Flowers in the Dirt / 2LP vinyl

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

LP 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)


Flowers in the Dirt / 2CD Edition

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

CD 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)

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More nonsense from Capitol and McCartney’s mgmt. & MPL. I won’t be buying this cassette for three tunes especially since they’re not going include a 5th CD for the FITD box set.


If fans boycotted the boxset release, it may drive the price of it down, and certainly would teach Mr mccartney alesson!
I think the reason many artists (or at least their record companies) take the p**s ripping fans off, is bacause they know there are people out there who will blindly pay the high prices without questioning it.

Charlie Waffles

Hey, Mac. What are you smoking now? This entire box set is bizarre.


And then we wonder why the music business is having hard times

adam shaw

Lets be honest here , any one who gets one of these cassettes are not going to buy it for playing purposes .
Its a promo tool thats all and will become collectable .


Very fair and valid response


Hey Paul – what happened to that Trevor Horn interview about Flowers In The Dirt, that you teased in the newsletter?


Oh By The Way
Young people are falling in love with cassettes. U can record your band super cheap & make a bunch of copies. Radio Shack & some Wal Marts still sell them. I still have my Luxman K10 Pro & Nakamichi 1000 decks and play them often. If you don’t have the Retro Tape Deck & Realwave apps get 1 soon. Big Fun

Sadly, I just spoke to my local independent store and the odds of getting this cassette are slim to none. I guess I will have to track it down on Ebay

I have never heard FITD. I gave up after Wings Over America, but I think I will buy this at Best Buy so Sir Paul can sell @ least one of these things. Thanks for posting the video Paul. Very cool watching Elvie & Sir P. I think this disc might be fun but will wait & see. Will not be doing and downloads though, I don’t have the time or the patience for this type of nonsense


CD burners are about $50 and blank CDs are 0.25 cents each. They are considerably better than cassette tape. I used to record onto cassette 25+ years ago and the ones I have left are mud.


The demo for ‘Distractions’ has surfaced via the NME. It’s really good too:


Am I right in assuming that this is not included on the SDE of ‘Flowers…’? I can’t see it listed above. Looks like it’s download-only from Macca’s site.

Ben Williams

You are correct, not on the £134.99 reissue…

The insanity of MPL continues.


Nice troll Paul (Macca) ! I will continue to buy the “normal” edition of these reissues, more than enough for me to go with the 4LP collection that I copped on a great price thanks to Paul (Sinclair) !

DJ Boji

Macca and his very clever manager seem to be absolutely lost in music formats. A laughing stock.


I was thinking of the words to describe issuing music on cassette rather than CD or even vinyl.
You said it perfectly ‘laughing stock’ is how I describe bringing out music on a format I used to buy over 25 years ago and happily will never buy again as most of the prerecorded tapes ended up turning to shite.

Nick Preece

Must be bad when you get dementia Mr McCartney! You refuse to release certain tracks off flowers in the Dirt Deluxe edition on Vinyl or CD and only release them on download as you say ….. that’s the future….. your words! So you release this on cassette? Oh dear He’s lost the plot and a few more fans…..”

Frank Otero

So, there will a cassette released for RSD. Wonder if this will add more controversy to the debacle.


If no one will buy this SDE then I can propose a song that frusteared McCartney can sing, it’s called You Never Give Me Your Money. Maybe Sir Paul knows that song as someone mentioned to me that he thinks that Paul was in The Beatles but I doubt it.


Although in hindsight it adds insult to injury – I can only assume this Record Store Day cassette release was planned yonks ago – it is in the spirit of the original tape so I’ll consider it as a quirky bonus hoping that I’ll manage to get my hands on one…
Can you actually pre-order it from any participating shop? I though Record Store Day releases were on a first come first served basis…


Hell hath no fury like a Macca fan scorned!

Mr X

The Trump analogy is a good one!
His spin team just put their head in their hands and think “how – in some way do we spin this to sound good?”

Pretty much like the interview sde Paul had with macca’s guy.

(And like Trump, no one has the balls to question the divine McCartney’s ideas)


I was hoping for a cassette box set: 3 cassettes (each one with one song) + T-Shirt and a button for 115 £ (plus a download code for another demo song)

peter chrisp

Back from the dead? A blast from the past. With so many formats in regards to music if my memory serves me well, i will never forget after buying vinyl way back in the 70’s and on import it was great to have brand new albums from your fave artists, and you could by blank tapes and
each tape could have been 60 or 90 minutes or 120? The good thing you is you can “tape” your
vinyl onto the cassette and have a lot of extra music and listen to it in the car or at home on your tape deck and lend it to your friends, what memories, talk about nostalgic, is this the future of music? Uhhhh let me know!


I have a Sony radio tape player so I could play the cassette but this day and age I do not want to as I prefer CD quality so this Paul McCartney release might as well be on an old tangled up 8 track cartridge, a cracked and dusty 78rpm record or a creased flexi disc for all I care.

Dr Volume

Not sure this was as pre-planned in advance as The Other Paul thinks – it really doesn’t take that long to get a tape manufactured (there are still factories in operation where you can get them done – like this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMTpvr9HXeI) and the lead times are a few days – a tiny fraction of Vinyl pressings. The latter will be even worse for the past 3 months as all available presses will have been churning out inessential reissues, novelty picture discs and vanity projects for RSD 2017.

The tape market has indeed come back somewhat, not least as a niche DIY format that is easy and cheap to produce for bands and has a bit of quirky appeal that a CD-R doesn’t have – they’re something to sell fans at the merch table and frankly how more weird is it to sell a tape with a DL code than it is a 7″ single? In many cases neither physical item will be played.

There are weird and wonderful avant garde/electronica/esoteric artists making contemporary Tape releases today which make a feature of the LoFi sound quality and in some cases these sell like hot cakes and become very collectible. I’ve got a few of these things, and also things like the Marine Girls (Tracey Thorn’s first band) Cassette reissues and bought an old Sony Walkman on eBay so I can play them.
It’s a bit of fun and there’s something quite enjoyable about hooking up a tape to your system and hearing some hiss and that compressed sound you only get from Tape.


So – he can’t produce an extra CD (costing pennies) with the download only tracks and then let purchasers of the SDE download everything in hi-res (24-96 usually) – keeping to the “thee shall stream” (even if downloading isn’t actually streaming – but he can produce an expensive self-degrading product with a half-life of a few years and charge a wad for it.

Am I right?

Just want to know which way round to insert the pineapple.


While Sir Macca is going all retro on us, any chance the dvd will get a solo release for the View-Master?


Peculiar. This is precisely what RSD is about.

Nick Preece

Erm….. Record store day is for erm…… records…. it’s all in the Name, if they want to do this save it for Tape store day! …….


I thought streaming was the future, macca….


I bloody hope Streaming is not future or the music chart will be full of s**t music by only a few artists that kiddies listen too.


elliott buckingham, maybe the tape inlays were written by some lowly-paid MPL interns? PM should have been tied by the ankles to a desk and MADE to write out those inlays, as compensation for the negative feelings generated by FITD SDE! ;-)

I wonder if all these tracks will be available on a regular, standalone CD, once the fun of RSD has died down? I don’t imagine that Paul McCartney is much bothered!

Mark Reed

Dear Superdeluxeedition,

We have done this just to insult you further. Do not get ideas above your station.


Paul McCartney’s Arrogant Management Team.

Stevie B

He should get a No 1 out of it though…last week’s cassette chart topper in the UK was Sleaford Mods’ English Tapas, which shifted 164 copies.


To quote Saxondale: Bit of a dick.

Paul Muckartney

What next a 78 rpm shellac release?


can’t* justify


If this RSD cassette contained exclusive songs NOT on the Deluxe Edition download – then I would be up in arms. I can see they were trying to release something that was a part of the 1989 times – but it would have been nice to get a remix of sorts on a 7″

But it still sort of sticks it to the fan whom can justify a $100+ box set for some of these songs.

Hopefully the tapes are not more than $10. I’m sure eBay prices will be double the retail.


“Give My Regards To The CASSETTE” ! :)
Dolby NR or not? :)


“Rumor” is that a “For True Collectors Only” version is being simultaneously released on
8 Track, in Quadrophonic sound. That’s the real deal. Saving my confederate dollars for that……


What about a weekly magazine with a cover mounted Flexi disc containing one download only track each week. Step forward deagostini. The rest of the series could be a 200 part build your own macca turntable to play them on.

Mark Phillips

I would suggest a release on Edison cylinder, but that’s already been done with a Tiny Tim track.

Perhaps the tracks were originally on a cassette and this is a replica for the fans?

After all a lot of Springsteen stuff was made on cassette originally. Nebraska springs to mind.

However the RSD prices are normally way to high, and a tenner or more for a cassette would be outrageous!


Sad that all this is happening with the only McCartney SDE I was interested in.


Ditto. :(


So, since his manager told SDE that McCartney chose streaming over CD because Macca wants to do things in the way of the future, he has:

1) Released a colouring book
2) Announced a cassette release

McCartney is out of touch and his manager’s comments sound like something coming out of the Trump administration. The way Flowers in the Dirt is being handled is farcical.


Haha, love the Trump analogy. The BS his handlers are spreading is indeed just as astounding as this nonsense!

Ian McJannet

Well thanks for nothing Paul .. Why are you so stubborn about listening to your fans.. I for one won’t be buying this album in ANY format and I only wish ALL your others fans would boycott it too.. I’d just LOVE to see it bomb completely … You deserve it !!


I’ll eat my shoe if that Flowers In The Dirt SDE won’t end up in a massive salesbin due to these ridiculous shenanigans. And then I’ll still won’t buy it.

Steve Edwards

Yesterday, all my daftness was so far away.
Now it looks as though its here to stay.
Oh I believe in Yesterday.

Rough cut

This is the worst.

Ken Croteau



I feel a t-shirt coming on … one for the SDE shop methinks ;-))


That’s a good one. But to top it I would suggest a SDE just for the cassette which will include a t.shirt, a picture of Paul wearing that t. Shirt and a voucher of £1.00 for buying the actual SDE of what I call Download in the dirt.
Sorry of I sound a bit bitter but aren’t we all?

Paul English

Enough is enough.

Have just cancelled my Amazon UK pre-order of the Flowers In The Dirt SDE.

Ollie Carlisle

Taking a positive outlook, I’m just pleased all this bizarre format experimentation is happening to an album of his I’m not very keen on. I’m pretty sure this wouldn’t have happened to one of the big hitters like Band On The Run and I’m glad it’s not one of the less-obvious ones I enjoy like Flaming Pie which I still hope will get the traditional deluxe treatment in due course.

Perhaps it’s just a way of sabotaging it to distract from the real reason people won’t buy it (i.e. it’s not a particularly great record to start with, at least in comparison to much of the rest of Macca’s catalogue).


In the Paul McCartney canon only Band On The Run has made any lasting impact. Everything else is just filler with an occasional good track here and there including this one.


That’s not true! Ram is at least as good as BOTR!

Mark Franklin

The irony here is incredible. Record Store Day and Paul releases a cassette. This really isn’t his year is it.


No irony really. A cassette, much like vinyl, is still a recording.


So is a wax cylinder. Are we doing those too for RSD?

Randy Metro

I have very fond memories of my first cassette tape deck and my library of mix tapes. But that was in the early 70’s. I retired my last deck when I bought my first stand-alone CD burner in Y2K. I have some CDRs which are copies of my cassette tapes which are of course copies of my vinyl.


That’s big of him. Probably cost a tenner.

el nino

Dear Sir Paul,
Could you please put this out on 8-track? Also any DVD releases should be on Super 8mm.

Mike the Fish

Promo videos should be released as a series of lenticular rulers.

Mike the Fish

Maybe someone is working on a series of limited edition artwork cave drawings.

elliott buckingham

i wonder if the insert is handwritten by macca which as a rsd release there shouldn’t have been that many to do


In my opinion it shouldn’t be ANYONE’S handwriting – it just looks like some cheap home-made effort! That’s why I see it as an insult to RSDers as well – if you expect people to fork out for such guff, at least put some effort into artwork and packaging. Why on earth should I buy something that I could just make myself?


With the multiple “Compare and Pre-Order” links every time it’s mentioned, SDE sure are plugging Flowers in the Dirt despite their misgivings! I suspect that many SDE expressing their displeasure will set aside their own misgivings and click on the links and buy it. Not a McCartney fan myself but I do know what it’s like when you need to buy albums you don’t really want just to complete the collection (VU’s Loaded SDE, the last couple of volumes of Hip-O Select’s James Brown: The Singles, etc.).

Randy Metro

….The Grace Jones Living My Life Deluxe Edition. I’ve had my own home-made version for years but will cough up the cash anyway when it (hopefully) is released this year.