Paul McCartney reveals demo with Elvis Costello

Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello in 1988
Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello in 1988

Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello, ‘Flowers In The Dirt’ recording sessions, 1988. Photo: Linda McCartney.

Stripped back version is a rarity included on the forthcoming reissue of McCartney’s No 1 album, ‘Flowers In The Dirt’

The 10th release in the multiple-Grammy Award-winning Paul McCartney Archive Collection has been confirmed for release on 24 March, with the 1989 international No 1 album, Flowers In The Dirt. This is the latest of McCartney’s classic solo work to get the special treatment across a multi-format reissue released by MPL/Capitol/UMe, which includes an original demo version of Twenty Five Fingers – a song co-written and performed with Elvis Costello.

Nominated for both BRIT and Grammy Awards, Flowers In The Dirt saw McCartney team up with Costello to co-write a third of the album (My Brave Face, You Want Her Too, Don’t Be Careless Love and That Day Is Done) as well as boasting producers such as Mitchell Froom, Trevor Horn, David Foster, Steve Lipson, Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney himself. Pink Floyd guitar legend David Gilmour makes an appearance on We Got Married and George Martin’s string arrangement on Put It There is amongst the many album highlights.

In addition to its wealth of audio and video content, exclusive features of the Deluxe Edition include a 32-page notebook of Paul’s handwritten lyrics and notes, along with a custom-created 112-page book telling the complete story of the album. The Deluxe Edition also includes 18 bonus audio tracks across two discs, featuring previously unreleased demos, written and performed by McCartney with Elvis Costello.

Speaking about these tracks McCartney said: “The demos are red hot off the skillet and that’s why we wanted to include them on this boxed set. What’s great about these songs is that they’ve just been written… So that was the kind of great instant thing about them. I hadn’t listened to them in ages but when I did I knew we had to put them out. We made a little tape of them and sent them to Elvis, who loved them too. We said we should put out an EP or something and now the moment’s finally arrived.”

The DVD that comes with the Deluxe Edition includes all the music videos from the album, three new short films with unseen archive material that show some of the creation process of the album, and the documentary Put It There, originally released in 1989. The two-CD Special Edition includes the remastered version of the album on the first disc, and the second disc includes McCartney and Costello’s previously unreleased original demos.

The Paul McCartney Archive Collection release of Flowers In The Dirt was personally supervised by Paul himself. Find out more at

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