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We previously reported that Paul McCartney is reissuing his albums “Wild Life” and “Red Rose Speedway” as part of an upcoming box set “Wings 1971-73” on December 7th. Now he’s giving fans a preview of the deluxe reissues with two unheard versions of his John Lennon-inspired track “Dear Friend.”
The song was originally featured on Paul McCartney and Wings’ debut album 1971 “Wild Life,” recorded as a sort of olive branch to Lennon, who he claims to have written over 300 songs with. Now fans can listen to a home-recorded take as well as a brand new remastered version, two of the many bonus tracks featured on the expanded reissue of “Wild Life.”
In a statement, McCartney talks about the emotional meaning behind the song. “That’s sort of me talking to John after we’d had all the sort of disputes about The Beatles break up,” he explains. “I find it very emotional when I listen to it now. I have to sort of choke it back.”
The limited edition box set can be pre-ordered HERE. Check out the recordings above.