Paul Mccartney has announced that his three critically-acclaimed solo albums are being packaged together for the first time in a limited-edition box set due to be released on August 5.
Titled McCartney I II III, the upcoming box set will include re-issued versions of the prolific artist’s career-defining albums McCartney (1970), McCartney II (1980) and McCartney III (2020). Every one of these records made it onto various Billboard charts, including the Billboard Top LPs and the Billboard 200.
The box set will be sold in three different versions: limited edition color vinyl (priced at $99.98), black vinyl edition ($89.98), and CD ($39.98). The sets will include three special photo prints and notes from the former Beatles member about each album. The art for the slipcases was designed by the American pop artist Ed Ruscha.
The first of the three, McCartney, had the legendary artist creating at an at-home recording studio where he played most of the album himself. Released in 1970, the album was recorded shortly after John Lennon’s private but significant departure from the Beatles in 1969.
McCartney II, released in 1980, came right before the break-up of his band Wings. McCartney recorded the majority of the instrumentals for the album himself, while his wife, Linda, contributed to additional vocals. This record was a game-changer as its sound departed McCartney’s usual style— relying heavily on synthesizers, the new wave movement, and electronica.
McCartney released the latest album in the set, McCartney III, in December of 2020 before including several features— Beck, St. Vincent, Phoebe Bridgers, Devonté Hynes, and Damon Albarn among others— for a companion LP, McCartney Imagined.
The news of the Paul McCartney box set and the release date (August 5) comes shortly after the last stop on the music icon’s North American tour and right before his 80th birthday. Fans can pre-order the box set now over at shop.PaulMcCartney.com