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Review: Paul McCartney’s Good Evening New York City live CD/DVD set

Paul McCartney’s new live CD/DVD, Good Evening New York City, was released on November 17. It features performances recorded at New York’s Citi Field on July 17, 18 and 21, 2009. McCartney’s shows were the first concerts ever held at the new Citi Field, which replaces Shea Stadium.

If you want to feel like you’re really at a live show watching the legendary ex-Beatle do what he does best, make sure you definitely watch the Good Evening New York City DVD first, BEFORE you listen to the CDs. On the DVD, you get to hear Paul tell a few stories in-between songs, like his experience hearing Jimi Hendrix play “Sgt. Pepper” only two days after it was released back in 1967. You also get to hear how Paul came up with the melody to “Blackbird.”

And most striking to this longtime Beatles fan was when McCartney sings “Here Today”, his tribute to the late John Lennon, and gets extremely choked up during the performance. As many times as I’ve seen Paul in concert or watched previous live performances, I can’t recall ever seeing him get this emotional during this touching song. “As you can tell, sometimes that song catches me out,” Paul explains to the audience afterwards.

But, warning, you don’t necessarily get the same experience on the live McCartney CDs. To me, the purpose of a live concert recording is to be able to re-live over and over the magic that was created that one special night. However, it seems like Paul doesn’t see it that way. On the CDs, all his comments in-between songs have been deleted. At the beginning, he declares, “Good Evening New York City,” and that’s the extent of his spoken words throughout the recording, except when he shouts out “Billy Joel” after their duet on “I Saw Her Standing There.”. This is not the first time he’s done this on a live CD. For the 2002 release of Back in the US, Paul did the same thing and deleted all his comments in-between songs on the live CD.

Not only that, but there are instances where a different vocal recording appears on the CD compared to the one that was used on the DVD. For example, the vocal used on the DVD for “Here Today”, in which I just mentioned that McCartney gets noticeably choked up, is a different performance on the CD where there is no crack in Paul’s voice whatsoever. As a result, while the live CDs are a great performance of McCartney’s solo and Beatles hits, they sound way too smooth and polished to offer the true, authentic live concert experience.

And in the end… the DVD (not the CDs) really recreates the magic of seeing Paul McCartney in concert. At the age of 67, he still puts on a great live show. There’s no mistaking that the man loves what he does. My recommendation is that you get the deluxe edition of the set (available exclusively at Best Buy) which also includes a second DVD featuring Paul’s news-making performance from July 2009 on top of the Late Show with David Letterman’s marquee in Manhattan.

TV alert: A Paul McCartney Thanksgiving special will air on ABC at 10 pm on November 26 featuring excerpts from “Good Evening New York City” as well as original footage from The Beatles Shea Stadium concert.

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Get a free video and MP3 download from Paul McCartney’s new live CD/DVD set

Get a free live video of “Highway” and a free MP3 of “Let Me Roll It” from Paul McCartney’s new Good Evening New York City CD/DVD set coming out on November 17.

Paul McCartney’s official website is offering this free download on their CD/DVD order page just for entering your e-mail address.

Meanwhile, watch the live performance of “Highway” here.

Good Evening New York City is a multi-disc CD/DVD featuring performances recorded at Paul McCartney’s historic three-night musical christening of New York’s Citi Field (formerly Shea Stadium) on July 17, 18 & 21, 2009.

More info can be found on Paul McCartney’s new MySpace page.


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Paul McCartney announces European tour; Live CD/DVD to be released

PaulVegas-LK281-suspFollowing a tour of the US this summer, Paul McCartney just announced his first European Tour since 2004. This December will see Macca play seven special arena shows across Europe, culminating with his first ever public performance at London’s O2 Arena, which will be his only UK date of this year.
 
McCartney begins the tour in Hamburg on December 2. Paul said: “This is my chance to bring our current show home to where it all began. Starting in Hamburg, ending in London and rocking everywhere in between. I’m very much looking forward to ending the year on a high.”
 

(Photo by Lisa Kaplan)
  
Maybe Paul’s son, James, will join him on tour? James McCartney and his band, Light, have started performing at small clubs in London (see photo).
 
Good Evening Europe Tour:
12/02/09   Hamburg, Germany – Color Line Arena
12/03/09   Berlin, Germany – O2 World
12/09/09   Arnhem, Holland – Gelredome
12/10/09   Paris, France – Bercy
12/16/09   Cologne, France – Koln Arena
12/20/09   Dublin, Ireland – The O2
12/22/09   London, England – The O2 Arena
Tickets available through www.ticketmaster.co.uk
 
For those of you who won’t be able to make it to one of the European shows this December, you can re-live the Macca magic with ‘Good Evening New York City’, a multi-disc CD/DVD featuring performances recorded at New York’s Citi Field from Paul’s ‘Summer Live ’09’ tour.
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Paul McCartney’s historic three-night musical christening of New York’s Citi Field (formerly Shea Stadium) on July 17, 18 & 21, 2009 will be immortalized November 17 when Hear Music/Concord Music Group releases “Good Evening New York City”.
 
This momentous musical experience will be available in two formats: a 3-disc (2 CD + 1 DVD) standard edition and a 4-disc (2 CD + 2 DVD) deluxe version featuring expanded packaging and a bonus DVD including McCartney’s traffic-stopping, headline-making July 15 performance on the Ed Sullivan Theater marquee (including bonus numbers not aired on the Late Show with David Letterman broadcast). The set will also be made available in high quality vinyl. “Good Evening New York City” marks McCartney’s 2nd release for Hear Music. The first was 2007’s highly acclaimed Memory Almost Full.

 

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