Paul McCartney spoke about the upcoming release of his third solo album, Wings' 1971 debut Wild Life, which will be reissued as a super deluxe edition on December 7th — 47 years to the day of its original release.

During a chat on his official website, PaulMcCartney.com, McCartney shed light on the plaintive ballad he wrote to Lennon on the album, recalling, “With 'Dear Friend,' that’s sort of me talking to John after we’d had all the sort of disputes about the Beatles' break up. I find it very emotional when I listen to it now. I have to sort of choke it back. I’m not going to cry in front of all you lot though! But, for me, it is a bit like that. I remember when I heard the song recently, listening to the (rough mixes) in the car. And I thought, 'Oh God.' That lyric: 'Really truly, young and newly wed.' Listening to that was like, 'Oh my God, it’s true!' I’m trying to say to John, ‘Look, y'know, it’s all cool. Have a glass of wine. Let’s be cool.'”

He went on to say, “And luckily we did get it back together, which was like a great source of joy because it would have been terrible if he’d been killed as things were at that point and I’d never got to straighten it out with him. This was me reaching out. So, I think it’s very powerful in some very simple way. But it was certainly heartfelt.”

McCartney remembered that he recorded Wild Life very quickly with none of the gloss or overdubs he utilized on his previous album, the studio tour-de-force, Ram: “I wanted to make an album just like that (clicks his fingers)! And Bob Dylan had just done an album in a few days, kind of thing. So I thought, 'Yeah,' y'know. 'That’d be good. Give it a freshness.' That was the approach for putting Wild Life together.

Paul McCartney explained how relieved he was that he and John Lennon ended their relationship on a high note starting in the mid-'70s and carrying on through 1980: “But in the end, we persevered long enough for it to break through. Music brought us together. He said, 'Have you heard that record?' — 'I Can Help,' (by) Billy Swan and he'd play it for me. And so, that was one of the things I was really grateful for was that we got it back together before he died, 'cause, y'know, it would've been, like, very difficult to deal with; I mean, it was difficult anyway, but it would've been especially difficult. So, it was kind of good. . . a really good relationship. And we just talked kids, and baking bread, and ordinary stuff, y'know?” at Tokyo, Japan's Tokyo Dome.

IN OTHER BEATLES NEWS

Stern Pinball, Inc. in collaboration with Ka-Pow Pinball, has announced the one-of-a-kind officially sanctioned Beatles pinball machine.

The official announcement reads in part:

“Only 1964 units will be produced in recognition of the year in which the world forever changed when Ed Sullivan introduced America to four young mop-topped musicians from Liverpool, England. The game is available in three models named for the recording industry's sales award levels.

The Diamond Edition, the highest level and most difficult to attain, is limited to only 100 units. The Platinum Edition is limited to only 250 units. The Gold Edition is limited to 1614 units. The game also features iconic introductions by Ed Sullivan along with custom speech and callouts by legendary New York City disk jockey, Cousin Brucie.”

The Beatles pinball machine “will immerse players in 1960's Beatlemania” and features eight “Fab Four” classics: “A Hard Day's Night,” “Can't Buy Me Love,” “Ticket To Ride,” “All My Loving,” “Help!,” “Drive My Car,” “It Won't Be Long,” and “I Should Have Known Better.”

Source: Pulse of Radio