Flowers in the Dirt
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|Flowers in the Dirt|
|Studio album by Paul McCartney|
|Released||5 June 1989|
|Recorded||September 1987 – February 1989|
|Producer||Paul McCartney, Mitchell Froom, Neil Dorfsman, Elvis Costello, Trevor Horn, Steve Lipson, Chris Hughes, Ross Cullum, David Foster (and Phil Ramone on CD reissue tracks)|
|Paul McCartney chronology|
|Singles from Flowers in the Dirt|
|Deseret News||(highly favourable)|
|Encyclopedia of Popular Music|||
|The Essential Rock Discography||6/10|
|Los Angeles Times|||
|The New York Times||(favourable)|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Flowers in the Dirt is the eighth studio solo album by Paul McCartney, it was released in 1989 on Parlophone. Upon release, It was considered a major return to form for McCartney because he was embarking on his first world tour since the Wings Over the World tour in 1975–76. Flowers in the Dirt was also celebrated due to its musical quality, which earned McCartney some of his best reviews in years. The album gained number 1 status in the United Kingdom.
The album was moderately successful, and produced several hit singles (particularly "My Brave Face", the last US top 40 hit featuring any ex-Beatle until Kanye West's "Only One," which featured McCartney on keyboards).
- 1 Background and recording
- 2 Release
- 3 Critical reception
- 4 Track listing
- 5 Personnel
- 6 Accolades
- 7 Charts
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Background and recording
After the meagre sales that greeted Press to Play, McCartney realised that he needed to work much harder on his follow-up. Thus, he not only teamed up with several different producers, but also spent the better part of 18 months perfecting Flowers in the Dirt. A highlight of the sessions was McCartney's productive alliance with Elvis Costello, with whom he composed many new songs. McCartney greatly enjoyed the new partnership, even finding that Costello mirrored John Lennon in certain aspects of his personality. Costello would also appear on the album, even co-singing "You Want Her Too" with McCartney. Another celebrity guest included was his friend David Gilmour from Pink Floyd, who plays the guitar on "We Got Married". On "Put It There", McCartney used an old Buddy Holly trick, the knee-percussion, that McCartney recorded on the same day as the backing track.
Knowing full well, he intended to launch the biggest tour of his career thus far, McCartney also put together a regular band to take out on the road, and who would appear in various forms on Flowers in the Dirt. Hamish Stuart was best known for his tenure in Average White Band, while Robbie McIntosh had been a member of the Pretenders. Filling out the sound would be Chris Whitten on drums and Paul "Wix" Wickens joining McCartney's wife Linda McCartney on keyboards.
Finally, early in 1989, the project was ready for release. In May, the Beatlesque "My Brave Face" was released as a single and promptly gave McCartney a US hit, reaching number 25, while reaching number 18 in the UK. In June, Flowers in the Dirt was released to high anticipation and immediately entered the UK charts at number 1, garnering very positive reviews from all around. In the US, the reaction was better than Press to Play, with the album reaching number 21, staying on the charts for a year and going gold, though it still sold beneath expectations. The second single, "This One", also reached number 18 in the UK. The follow-ups "Figure of Eight"/"Où est le Soleil?" and "Put It There" would all be minor UK hits.
The album cover artwork was photographed by Linda McCartney. The background canvas was painted by the British artist Brian Clarke, who was also responsible for designing stage backdrops for the world tour.
A limited-edition "World Tour Pack" of Flowers in the Dirt, sold in a facsimile trunk, was issued in Britain in October 1989, and America (with British catalogue numbers) in January 1990. The set included a bonus single of "Party Party" (mixed by Bruce Forest and released on a one-sided 7" single in vinyl editions of the "World Tour Pack" and a 3" CD-single in compact disc editions of the "World Tour Pack"). In March 1990, another limited edition of the album that featured a bonus disc was released exclusively in Japan and re-entered the country's chart. A remastered CD was released in 1993.
Reviewing for AllMusic, critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote of the album: "Paul McCartney must not only have been conscious of his slipping commercial fortunes, he must have realized that his records hadn't been treated seriously for years, so he decided to make a full-fledged comeback effort with Flowers in the Dirt."
|1.||"My Brave Face"||Paul McCartney, Declan MacManus||McCartney, Mitchell Froom, Neil Dorfsman||3:18|
|2.||"Rough Ride"||McCartney||Trevor Horn, McCartney, Steve Lipson||4:43|
|3.||"You Want Her Too" (with Elvis Costello)||McCartney, MacManus||McCartney, Dorfsman, Froom, Costello||3:11|
|5.||"We Got Married"||McCartney||McCartney, David Foster||4:57|
|6.||"Put It There"||McCartney||McCartney||2:07|
|7.||"Figure of Eight"||McCartney||Horn, McCartney, Lipson||3:25|
|9.||"Don't Be Careless Love"||McCartney, MacManus||McCartney, Costello, Froom||3:18|
|10.||"That Day Is Done"||McCartney, MacManus||McCartney, Costello, Dorfsman, Froom||4:19|
|11.||"How Many People"||McCartney||Horn, McCartney, Lipson||4:14|
|12.||"Motor of Love"||McCartney||Chris Hughes, McCartney, Ross Cullum||6:18|
|Bonus track appeared on CD and cassette version|
|13.||"Où est le Soleil ?"||McCartney||Horn, McCartney, Lipson||4:45|
|The Paul McCartney Collection's 1993 reissue bonus tracks|
|14.||"Back on My Feet"||McCartney, MacManus||Phil Ramone||4:24|
|15.||"Flying to My Home"||McCartney||McCartney||4:15|
|iTunes exclusive track|
|17.||"This One (Club Lovejoys mix)" (Remixed by Matt Butler)||McCartney||6:12|
Special Package (1990 Japanese tour edition)
Following tracks are included on bonus disc.
- "Message" – 0:28
- an environmental message from Paul to the Japanese fans.
- "The Long and Winding Road" (Lennon–McCartney) – 3:51
- From the video "Put It There".
- "Loveliest Thing" – 3:59
- "Rough Ride" – 4:53
- "Ou est le Soleil (7" Mix)" – 4:50
- "Mama's Little Girl" – 3:41
- an outtake from the 1972 "Red Rose Speedway" sessions.
- "Same Time Next Year" – 3:06
- an outtake from the 1979 "Back To The Egg" sessions.
- "Party, Party" (McCartney/Linda McCartney/Robbie McIntosh/Hamish Stuart/Chris Whitten/Paul "Wix" Wickens) – 5:35
- "P.S. Love Me Do" (McCartney–Lennon) – 3:40
|"The First Stone (McCartney, Hamish Stewart)"||Available on "My Brave Face" single|
|"I'm in Love Again (Fats Domino)"|
|"I Wanna Cry (McCartney)"|
|"Good Sign (McCartney)"|
|Exclusive download from Paulmccartney.com|
- Paul McCartney – vocals (lead and backing), guitar (acoustic, bass, electric, 12-string and Mexican), piano, synth, drums, tambourine, percussion, celeste, sitar, wine glasses, harmonium, hand claps, finger snaps, mellotron, flugelhorn, bongos, violin, keyboards, woodsaw
- Linda McCartney – Mini Moog, backing vocals, hand claps
- Robbie McIntosh – guitar (acoustic and electric)
- Hamish Stuart – guitar (electric, acoustic and bass), percussion, backing vocals
- Chris Whitten – drums, percussion, hand claps, synth drums
- Paul "Wix" Wickens – keyboards
- Elvis Costello – vocals (backing and co-lead), keyboards
- David Gilmour – electric guitar on "We Got Married"
- David Foster – keyboards
- Dave Mattacks – drums
- Guy Barker – trumpet
- Steve Lipson – computer & drum programming, guitar (electric and bass), keyboards
- Peter Henderson – computer programming
- Trevor Horn – keyboards, hand claps
- Nicky Hopkins – piano
- Mitchell Froom – keyboards
- David Rhodes – e-bow guitar
- Judd Lander – harmonica
- Chris Davis – saxophone
- Chris White – saxophone
- Dave Bishop – saxophone
- John Taylor – cornet
- Tony Goddard – cornet
- Ian Peters – euphonium
- Ian Harper – tenor horn
- Jab Bunny – tongue styley
- Eddie Klien – additional computer programming
- Clare Fischer – Orchestral arrangement on "Distractions"
|1990||Flowers in the Dirt||Best Engineered Non-classical Album||Nominated|
|1990||"My Brave Face"||Best Music Video||Nominated|
Certifications and sales
|Canada (Music Canada)||Gold||50,000^|
|Spain (PROMUSICAE)||2× Platinum||200,000^|
|Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)||Gold||25,000x|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Platinum||300,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
- A^ Aside from standard version, Double-CD deluxe edition subtitled Special Package released in Japan. In 1990, it peaked at No. 27 on the chart and entered there for 4 weeks.
- B^ Combined sales of standard edition and its expanded reissue.
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