As far as 20th century songwriters are concerned, Paul McCartney will likely go down in the books as one of the most prolific crafters of pop tunes that ever was. Even outside of the innovative and titanically influential catalog that he put together with John, George and Ringo, or the expansive body of work that he and his late wife Linda brought into the world, Macca’s solo work has produced time-honored classics like “Arrow Through Me,” Ram On” and “Uncle Albert” amongst countless others. But it’s his collaborative game that sets McCartney apart from virtually any other songwriter of this or the last century. The list is expansive with legends like Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Steve Gadd, Stanley Clarke and damn near every luminary of pop that ever was, whether they be leading man or studio session champ.
On October 2nd, the Fab Four alum will be reissuing his fourth and fifth solo records, Tug Of War and Pipes Of Peace, each with remastered recordings and a grip of bonus material that should keep the devout McCartney fans busy well into the new year. And as an added gift from him to you, he’s dug deep into the vault and unearthed some archival footage that details some of his most cherished collaborations from a much spier Macca. You can watch Paul McCartney speak on his time in the studio with Stevie, MJ, Gadd and Clarke in the video below. Preorder Tug Of War and Pipes Of Peace on iTunes today ahead of the double rerelease.