On July 31, Sir Paul McCartney will release a special reissue of his 1997 album Flaming Pie, the product of recording sessions in 1995 and 1997 and featuring some songs originally written in 1992.
Today, Macca released a four-song EP titled The World Tonight, featuring the album’s first and only Flaming Pie track released as a single in the United States. The EP features a 2020 remastering of the song, which was produced by Jeff Lynne, as well as a home recording, a rough mix and “Ooobu Joobu Pt. 3.”
Stream The World Tonight EP below, via Spotify:
5CD/2DVD/4LP Collector’s Edition
5CD/2DVD Deluxe Edition
Some context regarding Flaming Pie, per a press release:
Originally released May 5, 1997, Flaming Pie ended a four-year gap between McCartney studio albums. Recorded largely in the wake of Paul’s involvement in the curation and release of The Beatles Anthology series, Flaming Pie was shaped and inspired by that experience, with Paul remarking at the time “(The Beatles Anthology) reminded me of The Beatles’ standards and the standards that we reached with the songs. So in a way it was a refresher course that set the framework for this album.” Produced by Paul, Jeff Lynne and George Martin and featuring a supporting cast of family and friends including Ringo Starr, Steve Miller, Linda McCartney and son James, Flaming Pie is equal parts a masterclass in songcraft and a sustained burst of joyful spontaneity. With highlights ranging from the uplifting and inspirational opener “The Song We Were Singing” to the raucous title track (named for a quote from an early John Lennon interview on the origin of The Beatles’ name: “It came in a vision – a man appeared on a flaming pie and said unto them, ‘from this day on you are Beatles with an A.’”) to the pensive “Calico Skies,” and featuring singles “Young Boy,” “The World Tonight” and “Beautiful Night,” Flaming Pie would represent yet another pinnacle in Paul’s solo catalogue: Released to rapturous reviews, the album would be Paul’s most commercially successful release of the ‘90s, achieving his highest chart positions since the ‘80s and would receive gold certifications in the US, UK, Japan and more.