Paul McCartney’s 10th solo album, 1997’s Flaming Pie, will become the 13th instalment in his Grammy-winning Archive Collection on 31 July. The acclaimed set, which featured such favourites as Young Boy, Calico Skies and Beautiful Night, has been remastered by Abbey Road’s Alex Wharton and will be released in multiple formats with a collection of home recordings, demos and other rarities.
Flaming Pie was originally released on 5 May 1997, ending a four year gap between McCartney studio albums since Off The Ground. It was recorded largely after Paul’s involvement in the curation and release of The Beatles’ Anthology series and took inspiration from that experience. Produced by Paul, Jeff Lynne, and George Martin and featuring a supporting cast of family and friends including Ringo Starr, Steve Miller, Linda McCartney, and son James, Flaming Pie is equal parts a masterclass in songcraft and a burst of joyful spontaneity.
Flaming Pie represented a peak in Paul’s solo catalogue. Released to rapturous reviews, the album would be Paul’s most commercially successful release of the ’90s, achieving his highest chart positions since the ’80s and would receive gold certifications in the US, UK, Japan and more.
Long time collaborator, Abbey Road’s Alex Wharton, was at the helm for the remastering process and spoke of his delight to work on the project: “Another honour and pleasure to work with Paul on Flaming Pie. From speculating on the Cosmic Solution to Angels of Love protecting us, this album definitely covers the intricacies of Life. We have given depth and warmth to all tracks while increasing dynamics from the original, to let the songs breathe and speak for themselves. The bonus tracks show the pureness and simplicity of Paul’s songwriting in the kitchen or lounge! Great stuff.”
The formats for the Flaming Pie archive sets include a 5CD/2DVD/4LP Collector’s Edition and a Box Set , 5CD/2DVD Deluxe Edition as well as 3LP, 2LP and 2CD formats. All digital pre-orders for the release will include Young Boy and The World Tonight, is also available as a EP.