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Good Evening New York City [2CDs + DVD]
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 2010
I bought this on the strength of reviews and the excellent price for this package - can't go wrong if it's "cr*p but cheap"! Anyway, I won't go over the song list or the band line up or suchlike, but only say that I watched this on receipt in anticipation of nothing. As the DVD progressed I became more and more involved in the concert experience, thrilled at the selection of songs chosen from Paul's extensive repetoir, smiled in sympathetic joy at he and the band's obvious enjoyment in performing these songs to that huge audience, and felt deep satisfaction over the direction and sound quality of the recorded show.
A few days later I showed this DVD to some of my mates (after playing some of the audio tracks in the background, and being asked what was the concert soundtrack from), who ended up glued to the performance, and highly positive in their appreciation, and believe me they are a discening lot (all musicians themselves, too)!
Great fun no nonsense rock performed by top musicians, from a songlist second to none, at a great venue, for a good price, and Paul singing 'A Day In The Life' to boot. A worthwhile purchase... go for it!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2010
The great thing about a joint CD/DVD music release is that you can watch the show, then if you still haven't had enough, listen to it in your car, on your stereo system or on your iPod. It works better with some releases but for Good Evening New York City, it's impeccable, with each of the 30+ songs being performed to perfection by Paul and his exceptional band. You can expect a great collection of performances on any live show by Sir Paul, but this one in particular is truly spectacular. All the songs are in there that you'll need; a great mix of Beatles classics along with solo work, Wings and The Fireman material.

The show begins with "Drive My Car", immediately getting you hooked, followed by the Band On The Run classic "Jet", and it's on from there. Though the first half is mostly of non-Beatles songs and arguably lesser known songs to certain fans, they are all still great songs performed brilliantly that keep you watching in awe regardless. An outstanding revival of "Got To Get You Into My Life", showing how the man can still sing just as great years on, followed by "Let Me Roll It" confirms you're in for a great show. At the end of the first CD and towards the middle of the show on the DVD, "Band On The Run" is played before Paul delves into his Beatles classics, including "Back In The U.S.S.R.", "Paperback Writer" and "Hey Jude", as well as Paul's tribute to his former bandmate George Harrison with "Something", and his tribute to John Lennon with "A Day In The Life"/"Give Peace A Chance".

Along with clips from the 1965 Shea Stadium performance during one song, a special guest performing with Paul and the band in another and astonishing pyrotechnic effects for "Live And Let Die", it is the perfect opening concert for New York's new Citi Field stadium that you just don't want to end. Who else should open this new stadium other than the man who was here with The Beatles on the site 40 years before, for that memorable performance at the former Shea Stadium? An unforgettable classic and the perfect live album for Paul McCartney and Beatles fans alike.
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful
"Good Evening New York City" documents Paul's three phenomenally successful live shows at New York's Citi Field in July 2009 on two CDs and one DVD. Now, I'm going to lay my cards on the table. I'm a huge Paul McCartney fan and own pretty much everything he has officially released, so I'm looking at this release from the eyes of someone who is very familiar with past live albums and also someone who has issues with the lack of variety in Macca's set-lists. However, for someone like me, there are live versions of "Highway" and "Sing The Changes" from his recent "Fireman" album, plus never released live tracks such as "Mrs. Vandebilt", "A Day In The Life/Give Peace A Chance", "I'm Down" and "Daytripper", enough to make me want to buy this, regardless of whether I would have bought it for my collection anyway.

Here's the good news - it's good. Very good, in fact. Paul's current live band is arguably the best he has ever worked with. Although they always bring their top game to the stage, they don't treat the Beatles material like a sacred cow. Abe isn't afraid to use some different drum fills or improvised beats during the songs and Rusty doesn't shy away from varying the guitar solos either - and this is a very good thing, it removes the predictability from the songs most of us all know and love and breathes new life into them. Paul is also in fine voice throughout and you'd struggle to believe that the man was approaching 70, given some of the notes he hits (check out the end of "My Love"). The charisma of the man just glows from the speakers and, although this may surprise the casual fans, it is the more recent material which particularly shines during this set, as opposed to the tried and tested Beatles songs... not that they don't sound great - they really do!

When all is said and done, this is probably Paul's best live album to date. The sound is so alive and vibrant, it's almost like you're there - and I wish that I had have been. My only real gripe stems from the set-list. How many more live versions of "Hey Jude", "Band On The Run", "The Long And Winding Road", "Let Me Roll It" or "Live & Let Die" does your average Macca fan need? I guess my secondary whine is that many of these wonderful songs deserve live, 'real' instruments, such as trumpets, sax and strings instead of the synthesized versions from Wix's keyboards. Sometimes, in the case of "A Day In The Life", they work brilliantly. During other songs, however, such as the almost painful "sax" solo in "Lady Madonna" or the tinny, fake brass on "Got To Get You Into My Life", they all but ruin the song. Perhaps it's not as noticeable when you're at the concert, enjoying the live music, but you definitely pine for the real thing when you hear a recording of the show.

Still, these really are minor niggles. For fans who don't own a Paul McCartney live album, it's essential. For huge Paul McCartney fans (completists), it's also essential. For those who already own a couple of Paul's live albums, it's far from something you must own - more like a "nice to have", but I can't see many people being disappointed with this particular purchase. As for me, I'll be there at the O2 on December 22nd - and this package has whetted my appetite nicely.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 December 2009
This set is every bit as good as the 5 previous reviews tell you, and then some.
I have been a Beatles fan and a Macca fan since My Bonnie.
I was there on the Saturday night at Citifield. I waited almost 50 years to see him and it was worth every penny, and more.
My caveat is that despite this fab set being issued with a DVD region code of 0, and being sold by Amazon EU, the DVD's are in NTSC format. Luckily my DVD player is convertible so I could watch the great man again tonight but I am so angry at Amazon for doing this and frutrated that I cannot find anywhere to complain to on the site.
Don't let this put you off, watch a man still at the top of his game, he is in his prime, and in better voice than ever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2014
There are several Maccas (he's been around for several rock lifetimes, from the Beatle via the Rammer and the Winger to the amazing chameleon career of his later solo albums) but if you want to see the modern one, live in all his pomp, summing up the reasons why he is still by a very long way the greatest popular artist of his and several other ages, this is the dvd for you. The set list is terrific, ranging widely over his entire back-catalogue (of course, barely even scratching the surface even in 2 1/2 hours). Macca and his superb band are clearly having a great time. We all know that Macca's voice is not what it was, and here it may be aided with a dab of autotune, but it's not obtrusive and why shouldn't he use the techniques that here-today-gone-tomorrow performers 50 years his junior take for granted as part of their toolkit every day in sessions half as long and half as punishing? He has earned the right, and the result is great (although in Here Today he wisely opts to keep it raw - and raw it is, with his voice completely breaking down - at least partly, one suspects, simply due to laryngeal collapse! but partly due to emotion - and Macca gracefully invites us to accept the latter reason). There are plenty of Lennon-McCartney and McCartney-Lennon classics given terrific energy and managing to sound faithfully authentic yet simultaneously revitalised, highly polished but not to such a sheen that it's autopilot stuff. Sometimes old classics are done with thrilling energy - appreciate the guts of I've Got a Feeling and the matchless riff-power that propels Paperback Writer. And newer material sits well with the old, more than holding its head up in distinguished company (the version here of Sing the Changes knocks spots off the recording and is truly exhilarating and inspiring). The sound quality is perfect and personally I was quite happy with the video editing, although some people have criticised the rapidity of intercutting as being hyperactive. To my not-unjaded 61-yr-old eye, it seems fine. I have no problem with it at all.
In summary, a terrific package with everything on 2 CDs as well as the DVD and essential legacy material on the man George Martin called "the greatest hit-maker of them all"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Strange they didn't sell this as a DVD but packaged it in with the Live CD. Makes this package an absolute bargain at the moment. Anyway its his best yet. His previous live shows have all been a bit of a disappointment. Either due to too much editing or too much behind the scenes footage getting in the way of the great music. This is simply the concert, no messing about. They may have taken the best bits from a few concerts but you wouldn't know. He has a back catalogue that goes back 48 years. All original material penned by himself and his mate. His voice is a bit deeper but he still sounds like a Beatle when he does the Beatle songs. He still sounds fantastic, you wouldn't believe he is a pensioner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 December 2009
This is the live Macca release I've been waiting for since 1976's 'Wings Over America'. A superb and comprehensive tracklisting on both the 2 CDs and DVD.

The quality of the picture and sound on the DVD is noteworthy. Stunning. A whole Macca concert without irrelevant scenes of American fans becoming overly 'emotional'.

In the patchy history of live double albums this ranks amongst the very, very best. Combined with the truly outstanding DVD of concert footage this is a package that few, if any, other artists will ever be able to match.

Simply the best from the very best and all at a price that seems unbelievably low. The bargain of this and every other year!

Buy it. Now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 January 2010
Forget about all the previous McCartney live DVDs and go for this one. I have been a McCartney fan all of my life and, finally, at the age of 40, I have discovered a concert film which is worth being watched over and over again. Wings Over America is another one which makes me feel proud of being a McCartney supporter, but it still hans't been released on DVD/Bluray (or whatever the name of the system may be in a not too distant future). Let me tell you something: the two CDs, to me, are more of the same. They don't contribute anything. I bought this set just for the DVD, and I don't regret it. The sound quality is amazing, as you can distinguish all the instruments with just a few audience intrusions from time to time. The filming is good: not too much camera movement, so that you can focus your attention on performance and performers (anybody interested in watching fans & families crying, annoying editing, irritating camera movement, or busty girls, go for the previous McCartney live DVDs). You get the feeling of being there. You can feel McCartney bass vibrate. Only one thing: if it was shot in HD, why haven't they released on Blu Ray? Maybe, they will do it, but just after all of us have bought the DVD version... Maybe, I'm not so amazed. All in all, an excellent DVD (as you can see I am not mentioning the CDs), which could perfectly be used as an introduction to McCartney's world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2010
Having seen Macca a few times in concert and got a number of live albums / dvds in my collection already I initially asked myself 'what's new here?'. In fact there are quite a few songs that are recent additions to his live show - Sing The Changes, Mrs. Vanderbilt, Day Tripper are examples and really are very well peformed, so worth it from that point alone.

He's having a good time in this concert as well, realaxed and pretty chatty in places (the running bit of fun with the women in the audience screaming a la Shea Stadium Beatles' shows is great fun). The two tributes to his mates, Here Today (John) and Something (George) are beautifully done - particularly Something.

Take a look at the footage of the Beatles' Shea shows and you'll see that he's the one running towards the stage - he loves being up there and doing what he does best. A reviewer of his London show at the end of 2009 said "he'd be worth 20 quid of anyone's money if he simply turned up and played washboard for 45 minutes". At the price the 2 x CD and DVD package from Amazon you'll not need to spend half that amount and you can enjoy a master craftsman at work in a really fine show. Thumbs up indeed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I have been a fan of Paul McCartney since I was at school and have seen him live with Wings and solo. This is really an excellent album and DVD and so reasonably priced as well. The band are excellent, loads of old favourites and some new numbers as well from the 'Fireman' and more recent PM albums. Watching the DVD it was obviously a very sentimental return to what was once a venue for the Beatles, before they rebuilt 'Citi Field' stadium. Paul mentions this a lot to the audience, reminiscing on his days with the Beatles and also very poiniently singing songs remebering three of the biggest people in his life, Linda, John & Paul, which I think is very emotional, as he admits. Considering how long Paul McCartney has been in the business, it would be hard for him to have bettered this recording/concert. The only thing that I would have liked to see would have been a real brass section rather than all the brass sounds being played on a keyboard. In the past PM has played with a small orchestra and/or brass section. However, that is a minor gripe and does not detract from the album at all.
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