||Paul's thirty-seventh single.
Credited to "Paul McCartney"
Released as a forerunner to the album "Press To Play", which followed almost two months later, this single once again
appeared in a number of versions.
The first edition 7" was released ONLY in the U.K. and can be seen above. It contained the Hugh Padgham mix of "Press"
which ran to 4:20, coupled with 4:31 of "It's Not True".
BUT, the label says it is 4:20, but if you actually time it - side 1 is only 3:55 !
One week later the A-side was replaced with a Bevans/Forward mix of "Press" which was sub-titled as the "Video Edit" and was
a shorter version at 3:35.
The 12", which was released the same day as the original 7", already contained the Bevans/Forward "Press" mix, although in a
slightly longer form at 4:43. "It's Not True" was extended and remixed by Julian Mendelsohn to 5:51 and extra tracks were,
"Hanglide" (5:18) and a Bevans/Forward dub mix of "Press" (6:18). Later copies had "Video Soundtrack" printed extra on the
You can identify both the initial released versions by checking the run-out groove, both had the catalogue number followed
by A-1 ... the second editions of both have A-3.
One month later a limited edition 10" version was issued (only 6,000 copies), this included both the 7" mixes of "Press", and
the Mendolsohn mix of "It's Not True".
The sleeve of the 10" is circular and the picture of Paul on the rear is the same as the 12" rear. The sleeve then opens out
from the centre in two halves which reveal another picture of Paul, as seen on the 7". Then this picture again opens out in
two halves in the opposite direction to the front, to reveal the 10" vinyl.
In the run-out groove of the A-side of the 10" is also seen another number, LYN 17847-2E along with the words
"Ray", "Nickz" and "Penthouse".
On the B-side run-out groove is inscribed, LYN 17848-2E, plus "Ray" and "Penthouse".
IMPORTANT POINT (?) ... my ORIGINAL copy actually has in the run-out groove the proper catalogue number AND also has
R 6313 (!) ... which I guess was written on by a dyslexic engineer ... but, it IS there !
Paul filmed a promo video on June 16th on the London Underground. Shot by director Philip Davey, Paul can be seen on the
Jubilee line, between Charing Cross and Swiss Cottage miming to the song.
The single was released in a picture sleeve as shown above. The 12" was the same on the front, but a different
(and better) shot of Paul on the rear also shown above, and a removable sticker proclaiming there to be 23 minutes of music.
This single was deleted 31st October 1987.