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Paul McCartney unveils Egypt Station ‘Traveller’s Edition’ box set

Super Deluxe Edition of Egypt Station • Pre-order open tomorrow


It’s strangely in keeping with its theme of travel and trains (at least for those of us in the UK) that Paul McCartney‘s Egypt Station box set arrives so late. The fact that a box set was in production was clear from day one, but details of this ‘traveller’s edition’ super deluxe have only just been announced and the set itself won’t be shipping until May, eight months after the album was released. Read on to find out the details of this limited set…

Perhaps aware that some were left disappointed with the level of availability of the Paul McCartney & Wings 1971-1973 box set, Paul’s team are at pains to inform fans that this new box will be ‘strictly limited’ and will have a one-time-only pressing of 3,000 units.

The box set – the Traveller’s Edition – is packaged in a vintage style suitcase and promises “previously unreleased tracks, hidden rarities” and more but as will become apparent it is one of those sets that ‘gathers’ bits together rather than presenting something entirely unique.

Here’s what is inside the box:

  • Limited Edition Concertina Tri-Fold Deluxe 180G Vinyl Double Black Disc Pressing of Egypt Station
  • Exclusive Limited Edition Bonus 180G Vinyl Pressing of Egypt Station II in “Night Scene” blue, featuring three previously unreleased tracks — ‘Frank Sinatra’s Party,’ ‘Sixty Second Street’ and extended cut of Egypt Station single ‘Who Cares’ — as well as four live performances of Egypt Station tracks taken from Abbey Road Studios, The Cavern Club, LIPA, and Paul’s iconic performance at Grand Central Station
  • Limited Edition Egypt Station Concertina CD
  • Exclusive Limited Edition collector’s Egypt Station Blue Cassette
  • HD Audio of all tracks upon shipment
  • Additional rare performances footage hidden inside


Here’s the other ‘stuff’ or what Paul’s team are calling ‘special features’:

  • Luxury vintage-style embossed Egypt Station artwork suitcase
  • An exclusive copy of a handwritten note from Paul
  • Fold out, vintage-style Egypt Station illustrated map suitable for framing
  • Travel memorabilia including “travel itinerary”, postcards, baggage tickets and first class ticket
  • Egypt Station luggage stickers
  • Travel journal featuring copies of Paul’s handwritten lyrics
  • Two Egypt Station lithographs of Paul’s paintings
  • 500+ piece jigsaw puzzle
  • Egypt Station playing cards
  • And additional hidden surprises and rarities


This box set is being promoted as an ‘event’ and fans are being encouraged to sign up here by the end of today, and they’ll be emailed a unique link for access to the pre-order. This means it’s a D2C (direct-to-consumer) offering and won’t be available via normal retailers. The Traveller’s Edition box will ship on the 10 May 2019.

This release represents the ninth physical edition of Egypt Station. What do you think of it? Leave a comment on SDE.

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Craigh

Did I miss the SDE unboxing vid of this ? Just interested in seeing what you got for the large outlay e.g. quality of the case etc

Roger Schermerhorn

Hi Paul,
I must be daft or blind. I can’t find the info that provides a website or URL to download the High-Resolution music files. Where is that info in this box set? I’ve not found any clue or information card in my suitcase. Did I not look in the right place or did they just forget to include the info? Thanks from the “Blind Guy”

Geert

I pre-ordered it. Then cancelled it a few week’s later. It was a relief to realise that I may need EVRYTHING that McCartney releases, but this box just won’t do …

[…] Edition’ that offers all the extra audio contained within the expensive ‘Traveller’s Edition‘ without all the gubbins. This edition will be available as a two-CD set or 3LP vinyl […]

Chris

I may have been suckered into buying the big Wings 1971-73 box set, but this Egypt Station box set isn’t doing it for me. I’d rather preorder the 2CD set to hear the bonus audio.

[…] was ‘getting back’ to releasing decent products again. That was until this week, when fans were informed of the ‘Traveller’s Edition’ deluxe box set of Egypt Station. We knew an Egypt […]

stevieb

I can happily ignore the absurdity of this version. As it says on the full press release, a 2CD set featuring all of the audio content will be available from May 17th. I’ve held off getting Egypt Station in the hopeful anticipation of something like that, So I’m quite content.

Peter Kersten

360 GBP on his website.
Alittle…….. toooooooo much

Dave

A lot too much!

Rich459

I stand by what I said – I think he could have at least signed one of the artworks to give it a unique selling point. I’m on the fence about signed editions but I seem to remember Roger Waters managed it for his super deluxe Wall box set.

I am going to be very controversial however and state I actually don’t dislike the contents it all blends nicely with the artwork and theme etc at least. Less obnoxious than the PF Immersion sets with random marbles and scarfs and more recently the god awful Oasis box sets.

Though price here is the issue. £315.00 signed with perhaps a DVD/Blu Ray? He’d have gotten away with it.

Current product at £150.00 – probably acceptable.

Jules(Rules)

The marbles were a joke by Storm Thorgerson himself, though.

Robert

Got one for $477CAD – Free Shipping
Such a deal.

AdamW

Consider that the cost of this thing is likely more than what you will end up paying for the SDEs of Sgt Pepper, The Beatles and (eventually, you know they’re going to do it) Abbey Road COMBINED.

It’s more than two decent tickets to one of his concerts.

It’s almost three entire years’ worth of Apple Music or Spotify.

I hope that whoever buys this *really* likes it. Because given the opportunity cost… it seems simply absurd to me.

DonnieBiscuits

At a time when I’m back-filling my Macca collection with original pressings and really, really enjoying his talent, this seems like a travesty to me. I do like Egypt Station, to be able to turn at a tune like he does at any age is to be admired. I totally agree with some of the posters on here. who on Earth on the team is coming up with this stuff and surely PM gets some kind of a say. IF he decided this was OK, it makes you wonder what he’s thinking. There is a history of unnecessary box releases in his canon but this is beyond the pale. I thought the Spotify-only green vinyl was bad enough. Exclusive physical product for super streamers. How about Limited McCartney Meat for chosen vegetarians? It worries me that when he’s no longer around, things like this will be his legacy instead of the decades of wonderful music.

hendry doran

Got the link to open this time. £315 in the UK

AdamW

US $360. Plus shipping and taxes, $396.

Simply, no thanks, not even at half that price. Love the guy, but even if I loved the album (and I do like it, but I don’t love it) the musical-value-for-money on this thing is preposterous.

I do like how they give you financing options, though. Seriously.

Sorry, Paul.

Dave

It’s weighing in at a hefty £315…

Hmm… think I’ll hold fire for a Beatles Abbey Road box instead.

Robert

A good point…Abbey Road Deluxe box set.
Hopefully they will open Abbey Road Studio A for tours this summer to commemorate
the crosswalk photo.

anthony wolkowski

Just took a look at the pre order. THREEHUNDRED AND FIFTEEN POUNDS. YES,£315 PLUS post. Beggers belief. Paul,what are you doing to your fans. This is just crazy stuff.

Cezar

Price?

Gareth Jones

Pre-sale now available. £315. Must be April 1st??

hendry doran

Just got the email inviting me to pre-order. Click on a choice of 2 links and guess what-this page cannot be found. The shambles continues

Nowhereman

Just got the email and clicked to preorder. Takes me to Paul McCartneys own site and a message saying that the travellers edition is unavailable!

Ben in Colorado

Just got the link for the US edition: $360

Limit of 2.

No way

Cosmo Castanza

Having just read the comments on this site…….a site frequented by music nuts ……..they are almost all negative to this boxset.

Can we just have a two or three cd (with vinyl and download options) of London Town and Back To The Egg …….thanks.

colm47

360 dollars plus 107.81 dollars shipping to Ireland from the US of A. 467.81 grand total.

Harald

Did anyone receive the email with the ordering link, yet? I registered yesterday but never received any confirmation email.

In the meanwhile Universal has taken down the umusic and Bravad pages where the set was listed for 360 Euros.

Bjarne

Same here!

Nowhereman

Yip I registered as well and have heard nothing

Harald

The Email with link has arrived right on the spot!

Will skip this release, though. Apparently this set was made for a much much younger generation…

FANS ON THE RUN!

Despite repeated warnings, I want nothing for free. Do it now? Get started? I don’t know! Got enough. Who cares?

colm47

Email is at 2pm Greenwich meantime. Got mine, links to shop in dollars not euros or sterling!!

Charles Christopher

Oh dear. I can picture Paul (from SDE, not McCartney) deciding the whole concept/industry of deluxe editions has jumped the shark, saying “that’s it, I can’t go on”, and shutting this place down.
This seems like a collection of party favors.

Gareth Jones

Unlikely to buy this anyway, but I’ve still not received the pre-sale email. Says on the website it goes on say at 2pm today. Does the email arrive minutes before that?!

Daryl

So what this basically boils down to is an extra 10 tracks – some of which are live versions – and a casserole of nonsense. This sooooooooo could have easily been a double-CD/double vinyl re-release. Oh, Paul.
The final two tracks feel somewhat ironically titled…

Egypt Station
1. Opening Station
2. I Don’t Know
3. Come On To Me
4. Happy With You
5. Who Cares
6. Fuh You
7. Confidante
8. People Want Peace
9. Hand In Hand
10. Dominoes
11. Back In Brazil
12. Do It Now
13. Caesar Rock
14. Despite Repeated Warnings
15. Station II
16. Hunt You Down/Naked/Clink

Egypt Station II
1. Frank Sinatra’s Party
2. Sixty Second Street
3. Who Cares (Full Length)
4. Come On To Me (Live At Abbey Road Studios)
5. Fuh You (Live At The Cavern Club)
6. Confidante (Live At LIPA)
7. Who Cares (Live At Grand Central Station)

Also included:
1. Get Started
2. Nothing For Free
3. Get Enough

Ben Williams

I’ll play the tambourine lol

gwynogue

I can’t sing or play a note, but if you need a ‘Bez’…

Colin Harper

Count me in. Can we have a side-project called Farrago of Codswallop?

Glen

First I have to start my band: Smashing Wonka.

Marc

In the last years I bought some box sets. For example
– The Beatles Mono Vinyl Box Set. A loevely set with beautiful replicas of all albums. All analog.
– Queen Box Set. Also a lovely box with replica colored LPs and a great book
– The George Harrison vinyl box set. What a beauty!
– Beatles white album cd box set
– The David Bowie five years vinyl box set or
– Ray Charles the atlantic years vinyl box set in mono etc.
All great box sets with great music, replicas of the albums and maybe a add. great book
I want music – not puzzles, playing cards or other nonsens. I am not 5 years old!

Bob McTell

What’s that sh*t…!?!?!

Alastair

Such a pity. This is a missed opportunity. I was hoping for a package similar to the ‘New’ Collector’s Edition, with the album on one CD, all the other tracks which came out in different forms, including the live tracks, on a second CD, and a DVD of the promo videos, Carpool Karaoke, and any other live things, in a nicely designed book. After PMcC and his team got the Wings 72/74 box so right, this is a let down. Are there two teams working for him, one that loves music and one that’s so ‘wacky’ it hurts?

DaveM

, exactly my thoughts, totally agree.

Sard Harker

It’s depressing that novelty-laden kak like this keeps coming out but we can’t get Flaming Pie on vinyl…

Dave

Oh dear! I do sometimes wonder about the advice Paul gets. After some wonderful special editions last year from The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Kinks, John Lennon and Paul himself this is frankly only just worthy of an April Fool’s jape. Jigsaws, suitcases, playing cards etc. Somebody needs to hit the reset button. This is an entirely ridiculous effort that is unworthy of a musician of Paul’s calibre. The question is why? There were so many ways that a deluxe edition could have been a triumph but this is not it. He can do these things very well, but this is literally a travesty. If there are tracks, video, photos, recording stories give them to us in a viable package that everyone can buy. This expensive, limited edition, vaguely described (hidden items?) case of junk is not what these things should be at all. This album is not my favourite but I would have supported a nicely curated special edition centred around Paul’s music not something that reminds me of a thing we used to buy as young children from the corner shop called the ‘lucky bag’ or ‘jamboree bag’. But they were a few pennies not hundreds of pounds.

Lately Paul seems to be having a huge amount of trouble in hitting the target with these sets (downloadgate, the BBB set which left many who would have liked the live set out in the cold etc.) Egypt Station seems to have been a very messy release in terms of how it has been made available and now we have certainly hit a point where I am throwing my toys out of the pram and not playing ball any more. Sorry about the mixed, if linked, metaphors but boy am I annoyed and thoroughly disappointed.

Stan Butler

It’s all getting rather silly now. I feel the shark has been jumped.

anthony wolkowski

I speak as a massive Beatles and Wings fan. Sadly,I despair at all this. Paul has the money, about 800 million, to give free concerts and give away freebies. NOT to charge a fortune for tak.
Its not a great lp anyway and the voice is not what it was. I will stick with my originals and try and remember the great times.
Great site by the way,I tune in daily. My pocket will certainly not be troubled by this though.

andrew R

If it was simpler and contained a real handwritten note
by Mccartney explaining some aspect of the recording
or even” Hey mr 1120 enjoy this deluxe set” it would be
something worth investing in,but this childish travesty is brought about
by the realisation that baby boomers have money but little time left.
Ibet there are 3000 in the world that will spring for this because if you collect an artist
as culturaly as important as Paul mc you have to have it all.
So “the beat goes on”

Simon Franklin

absolute nonsense, waste of money and sucking in the collector? what is this anyway?
‘exclusive copy of a handwritten note’????? WTF! a photocopy!

Don’t waste your money! seriously don’;t – paul doesn’t need it :)

Tom from FIN

And only ordinary black vinyl, not coloured!

Colin Harper

I smiled at that too – an absurd oxymoron dressed in in marketing spin: ‘an exclusive copy’. Dear oh dear.

ANDREW R

No marbles, coasters or scarves or will they be in the next incarnation?

Tom from FIN

Well, there is a jigsaw puzzle! This is worthy of a one proper deluxe edition tag, indeed. Sir Macca crew has had fun producing and valuing it. Actually I love this, but me neither for rumoured price minimum of 350 USD + shipping and 3 000 copies is quite a lot globally for that.

Jim Galvin

When this doesn’t sell they’ll use it as an excuse to screw up London Town & Back To The Egg.

Onur Sen-Chadun

I’m just gonna wait for all the “unreleased footage” and “unreleased songs” to get on YouTube and I’ll just download them

Pau

Yeah I suspect a lot of people resort to this. I’ve done similar. And the acts just can’t complain when they are taking the Mickey out their own audience.

And I say this as a mug who has multiple copies albums in multiple formats for all my fave acts

Heath

YAY! I cannot wait to not waste my money on this POS.

The album was good, but… c’mon!

Rodolfo Martin

I am going to start thinking that music is a business.
Hopefully, Japan releases a more humble edition that included the bonus material without the stickers and posters included in this box. Is Paul MacCartney so desperate for making some $$$? Is his share of the Beatles not giving him enough? Are his investments not producing the money he wanted? How much of those 3000 boxes can end up in his bank account? Let’s think about it. One third of the retail cost? I don’t think so. Does he need to upgrade his car? Hi has been touring non-stop, selling out every concert with expensive tickets. This box set would have made sent if it was release simultaneously with the original album. There is nothing artistic that Macca is proposing here. It is just the work his graphic design team. I do not care about the live recordings because his singing is very deteriorated. I pass on this one while I wait for a Japanese release or even a Russian bootleg with the extras.

Craig B

I think Tori Amos said it best when talking about the Music Business when she said that just becacuse it has the word ” Music ” in the title, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s about music, it isn’t…it has nothing to do with Music !

Ao

Hi.

It is further proof that all Paul wants is to make money. He laughs at us. The edition of one of his albums never ends …

For me the special editions are disappointing. The one of ‘Speed ​​Of Sound’ for example. A lot of paper and little music. There are hardly any alternative takes and yes home demos of questionable quality. ‘Flowers in The Dirt’ seems more made for Elvis Costello than for the fans. There were no high definition downloads of the B sides and yes of the demos. Amazing. Really, I still don’t understand it.

The amount of things that there are in the archives of the Beatles and the few that there are in the archives of Paul McCartney, does not it seem strange to you?

Another thing. Why is there no possibility of downloading the books? The paper, in a few years, will be broken and a digital download would make the edition was forever and so the investment would be worth it. Because, that’s another thing, in order to have the endless collection of Paul McCartney one has to have a good salary. Lots of money for such a questionable result. But no problem: Within five or six years there will be another special ‘definitive’ edition of all the material again (surely in ONE blu-ray in high-resolution audio) and within eight or ten years another one, etc, etc

I’m not saying I do not like the editions but I think they could be better. I have been a fan of Paul for many, many years but I am tired of seeing so much of his picture -making the fool in most of them- and so little music.

Take a look at the editions of other artists: Good packaging and MUSIC

Peter Muscutt

I agree… although personally I’m not inthe market for McCartney special editions I do feel for the fans who WANT to like the editions he puts out, yet are exhausted trying to keep up with the endless box sets and lack of actual
Music in them. Feels with this suitcase edition that the marketing people have lit a firework and then stepped back to see what carnage will be unleashed….

Bridge

$550 CAN (+ Shipping + import fees). Are you daft Mr McCartney?!
I’ll wait until all the unsold copies find there way to Amazon at half the price!

Icke

is not on Amazon only udiscover site

Inge Kjetil Bratset

I’m gonna use the money that I’ll save by not buying this, and travel to the real Egypt.

colm47

Good plan Inge! Make sure you go to Karnak.

Matthew

What a load of tat! Fun though.
Plus you’d be surprised how long some cheap vehicles fitted a cassette player as standard, my 2008 combo van had one.

Ben Williams

Saw a comment on a forum earlier tonight that did make me chuckle: If the wife found out how much I paid for this box set, at least I’d have a suitcase for when she kicks me out!

Also read that there is apparantly a smaller media-only CD coming out, not sure the basis of Daily Beatle Blog’s claim mind.

Stuart S

What a load of kak!

AndyB

OMG! I didn’t really read the text of this article, but I was looking at the image…and is that a friggin’ jig-saw puzzle? I actually laughed!

John Orr

Words fail for this kind of ridiculous price and contents. I hope Paul wasn’t part of this.

Jarmo Keranen

Is this the same Paul McCartney who was once in a group called The Beatles? He made great music then. If he is the same guy, what i heard here, there and everywhere, he hasn’t done nothing really good since then!

Phil

I was up for this but after reading all the comments I’ve come to my senses! I’ve already got the orange/blue album. I really don’t need to spend £300 plus just to have a suitcase with stuff in it. So I’m going to pass and I’ll wait till the music is available online (which it will be at some point).