Coming on July 12th is the latest series of Paul McCartney vinyl reissues. The albums, which will also be available digitally and on CD, will all be released in both black and limited edition colored vinyl. This marks the third batch of McCartney colored vinyl reissues over the past three years.
The latest vinyl run includes 1976's chart-topping triple-album set Wings Over America on transparent red, transparent green, and transparent blue vinyl; 1988's early rock covers album — CHOBA B CCCP — aka “The Russian Album,” which translates “Back In The U.S.S.R.” — on opaque yellow vinyl; 1993's concert collection Paul Is Live on opaque baby blue and plush peach white opaque vinyl; and 2007's low-key L.A. record store gig, Amoeba's Secret on clear and hazy amber transparent vinyl.
According to McCartney's press release:
Amoeba Gig has been newly remixed by Paul’s engineer Steve Orchard.
To date only four songs have seen wide release as the Amoeba’s Secret EP, two of which were nominated for Grammy Awards in 2008: “That Was Me” for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and “I Saw Her Standing There” for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance.
A few years later in November 2012, an extended 12-song excerpt of the Amoeba show titled Live In Los Angeles – The Extended Set was made available free to PaulMcCartney.com premium members for a limited period.
Hamish Stuart, who joined Paul McCartney's band in late-1987 not long after the CHOBA B CCCP sessions, was on board for McCartney's two world tours between 1989 and 1993 — and is featured prominently on 1993's Paul Is Live. Stuart told us that Paul's wife — and their late-bandmate — Linda McCartney was always an integral part of Paul's music: “Ah, Linda was great. She got a lot of bad press. She wasn't there because she was a great musician; she was there because she was Paul's partner. I remember there was one day early on when she didn't turn up for rehearsals, and it didn't feel right. She was lovely.”
CHOBA B CCCP, “Macca's” 1988 early-rock covers set, was originally released in Russia in a limited edition run of 400,000 copies. Western fans had to wait until 1991 for an official domestic CD release. Paul McCartney recalled that for the Beatles, rock's initial impact during the mid-1950's was powerful, immediate, and all consuming: “And then suddenly Elvis (Presley) arrived, and Chuck Berry, and Fats Domino, and all the guys — Jerry Lee (Lewis) and y'know, Little Richard, all the rest of 'em. That really did it. From then on you were into rock n' roll, and mainly, that was the whole direction.”