- Audio CD (October 2, 2015)
- Deluxe Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 3
- Label: Capitol
- ASIN: B0131KAIW0
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
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Pipes Of Peace [2 CD/DVD][Deluxe Edition]
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The newest release in the Paul McCartney Archive Collection
Personally supervised by Paul McCartney
Newly remastered at Abbey Road Studios
DELUXE EDITION [2CD + 1DVD]
Deluxe 2 CD + DVD Numbered Edition
Newly remastered at Abbey Road Studios
Bonus audio includes previously unreleased and rare tracks, plus a new remix of Say Say Say
DVD features music videos from the album, behind the scenes footage and previously
unreleased home videos
Also includes a 112 page essay book and 64 page photo book about the music video for Pipes of
Plus downloadable high-resolution audio
Pipes of Peace is the fourth solo studio album by Paul McCartney. The album, released in 1983, was
produced by George Martin and includes the hit single Say Say Say, a duet with Michael Jackson that
stayed at #1 on the US Chart for 6 weeks.
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Concord Music's new 3-disc Deluxe Edition presents PIPES OF PEACE in best-ever sound quality. Unfortunately, it is a let-down as a follow-up to TUG OF WAR. It has its moments, though - among them, the title track (Macca's first post-Wings Number One in the UK); the international hit "Say Say Say," featuring a pre-Wacko Michael Jackson, who, unbeknownst to Paul, would buy the Lennon-McCartney songbook a year later; the hit ballad "So Bad," which I used to think was a little sappy, but have grown to appreciate it since Linda's death; the funky McCartney/Stanley Clarke instrumental "Hey Hey," which is slightly reminiscent of the Neal Hefti/Count Basie jazz standard "Cute," beloved by drummers and tap dancers everywhere; and the closing ballad "Through Our Love."
The main problem with this album is not George Martin's production (excellent) or the melodies (pleasant), but the lyrics, which are well below Paul's usual standards, particularly on the tracks "The Other Me," "Keep Under Cover," and "Average Person." I've seen greeting cards with better verses. I don't know if Paul was just tired, or whether he was ingesting too much pot, but not enough attention was paid to the lyrics.
The bonus audio CD features several demos from the album, the unreleased tracks "It's Not On" and the instrumental "Christian Bop," a demo of "Simple As That," the aforementioned "Twice In A Lifetime," "Ode To A Koala Bear" (the B-side of "Say Say Say"), and a new 2015 remix of "Say Say Say," with previously unissued Michael Jackson vocals.
The DVD features the music videos for "Pipes of Peace," "So Bad," and "Say Say Say" (a new video for the latter song, with the 2015 remix, can be found on Macca's Web site); a behind-the-scenes look at AIR Studios in Montserrat, and two home-movie segments, set to "Hey Hey" and "The Man" (the other McCartney/Michael Jackson duet on the album).
I would have liked to have had more bonus material, including the original 12" vocal and instrumental mixes of "Say Say Say"; the unissued song "Blackpool" and the instrumental version of "The Man," both of which were scheduled to appear on 7" and 12" single releases of "The Man," which never materialized; and the master version of "Simple As That," mentioned above. "We All Stand Together" is probably being saved for a future reissue of Give My Regards To Broad Street. I also wish that "The Girl Is Mine," the McCartney/Jackson duet from Thriller, would have been included, just for the sake of completeness. It probably would have been difficult to license that track from Sony/Epic (although "Say Say Say" does appear on The Essential 3.0 Michael Jackson).
The lavish packaging features a 112-page book of essays, photographs, and artwork, written by Annie Nightingale (who also wrote the TUG OF WAR book), and a 64-page book, containing behind-the-scenes photos from the "Pipes Of Peace" music video. A free high-resolution digital download of the remastered album and bonus material is also included.
Only 3 to 3.5 stars for this issue. Fortunately, Macca was to get a lot better in the near future. In fact, his only weak album since PIPES OF PEACE was 2001's Driving Rain.
Next scheduled reissue in the Archive Collection: 1989's excellent Flowers In The Dirt. Hopefully all of the bonus material will be included, from the CD and vinyl singles, the World Tour Pack edition, the 2-CD Japanese import, and, hopefully, a DVD of the Put It There video.