Paul McCartney Releases ‘Beautiful Night’ EP from Upcoming ‘Flaming Pie’ Reissue, Recreating Original 1997 Maxi-Single (Listen)

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The new Flaming Pie reissue from Sir Paul McCartney is coming soon — on July 31, to be precise — and on Friday the man affectionately known as “Macca” released a new EP from the lavish re-release of his 1997 album.

((Click here to pre-order Flaming Pie on 2-CD, click here for 2-LP and click here for 3-LP). 

The Beautiful Night EP recreates the original ’97 “Beautiful Night” maxi-single (remember those?), and came with a remastered music video for the song, which was a single from the record back in the late ’90s. (Note: The music video will premiere at 12 p.m. EDT/9 a.m. PDT on Friday):

“Beautiful Night” was one of the first collaborations between Sir Paul and his old pal Ringo Starr since the Beatles went their separate ways.

Said Paul McCartney of the song and reconnecting musically with Ringo, in a statement:

I’d been saying to Ringo for years that it’d be great to do something, because we’d never really done that much work together outside The Beatles. One night Jeff Lynne suggested, “why don’t you get Ringo in?” and I said, “OK!” It just sort of happened.

I had this song Beautiful Night which I’d written quite a few years ago. I’d always liked it but I felt I didn’t quite have the right version of it.

So I got this song out for when Ringo was coming in, and right away it was just like the old days.”

Stream the Beautiful Night EP below, via Spotify:

As is custom with most Macca reissues, Flaming Pie will be released in a number of formats, catering to fans of all levels:

5CD/2DVD/4LP Collector’s Edition (Click here to pre-order)
5CD/2DVD Deluxe Edition (Click here to pre-order)
3LP (Click here to pre-order)
2LP (Click here to pre-order)
2CD (Click here to pre-order)

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.

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