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 It's been a busy year for Sir Paul McCartney. In the midst of reaching out to a jailed George Michael, mocking jerky cyclists, and designing tattoos, the former Beatle has had his hands full preparing for the first release from the Paul McCartney Archive Collection: Band on the Run. Several special editions of the seminal 1973 effort from McCartney's Wings is out today.

In a new interview with NME, McCartney tells Kasabian's Tom Meighan that the album's original demos were actually nicked when he was robbed while recording the album in Nigeria.

"There's, like, about four or five of them and then there's a little one and he's got a knife," said McCartney, who initially thought he and wife Linda were getting a ride from some friendly locals.

"So we go, 'Oh, you're not offering us a lift at all! You're robbing us.' So I had all my demo cassettes for the album and they took them all… I had to remember the songs. Luckily I did. I'd written them not too long ago so I'd kind of remembered them," he added.

The newly remastered Band on the Run was completed at Abbey Road and comes in several formats to many collectors’ delight. The three-disc stunner (2CD, 1DVD) comes with its original nine-track set plus nine additional bonus tracks, including “Helen Wheels.” Plus, there’s some previously unseen video footage of the McCartney’s travels in Lagos as well as other audio and video goodies. The four-disc package includes an incredible 120-page photo book featuring some never-before-seen photos from Linda McCartney. All fantastic stuff!

Check out McCartney’s official site for more details and remind yourself why tunes like "Jet," "Bluebird," "Mrs. Vanderbilit" and "Band On the Run" remain as timeless as ever nearly four decades on.

Wings – "Helen Wheels"

Wings – "Band on the Run" (Live)

Other notable albums out this week:

Cheryl ColeMessy Little Raindrops
CornershopThe Battle of New Orleans EP
Elvis CostelloNational Ransom
Brian EnoSmall Craft on a Milk Sea
The High DialsAnthems for Doomed Youth
The FallThe Wonderful & Frightening World of The Fall (4-CD box set reissued)

In other music news:

– English soul songstress Adele is readying the release of her second album, 21. It's the "Chasing Pavements" star's follow up to her UK No. 1 debut, 2008's 19, which earned her a Mercury Music Prize nomination as well as four Grammy nods. British knob twiddler Paul Epworth (Bloc Party, Kate Nash) produced the album, which will arrive Stateside on February 22. (Billboard)

Garbage will return, confirms frontwoman Shirley Manson. The Scottish-born singer and her new husband, American record producer Billy Bush, recently chatted with students at the University of the West of Scotland about the ups and downs of working in the music business. There, Manson revealed that she and her old bandmates – drummer Butch Vig, guitarist Duke Erikson, and bassist Steve Marker — are indeed working on new material, their first since 2005's Bleed Like Me.

"I'm working on a record right now with the band," she said. "It's the first one in a long time. I took about five years off. I'd like to do some touring next year." (The Herald)

– It's been nine years since Richard D. James aka Aphex Twin issued his last proper set of new songs with 2001's Druqks. But the Welsh-born electronica legend has recently resurfaced to announce that he has a solid new stash of material ready to go.

"I've got six completed," he said. "Two are very non-commercial, abstract, modular-synthesis, field recordings – those I finished four years ago. Another one is Melodies From Mars, which I redid about three years ago. There's one of stuff I won't go into; a comp of old tracks which is never really finished and always changing; and then one I'm working on now. There are also loads of tracks which don't belong anywhere." Sound about right. (Fact Mag)

Amy Winehouse's rendition of Lesley Gore's "It's My Party" has descended the web with a bang. Here, Grammy-winning producer Mark Ronson offers his usual glossy finish to the 1963 hit, which is included on Quincy Jones' forthcoming tribute album, Q: Soul Bossa Nostra. It's fantastic having Winehouse back in rare form again, but I find her performance to be slightly sloppy here. What do you think? (Rap-Up)

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By MacKenzie Wilson