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Paul's best live album ever? Probably!,
This review is from: Good Evening New York City [2CDs + DVD] (Audio CD)"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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Initial post: 11 Dec 2009 14:04:38 GMT
Ms. E. R. Whitaker says:
Does this product have the hard back book with it?
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Dec 2009 16:50:06 GMT
Last edited by the author on 11 Dec 2009 16:50:49 GMT
I've got to be careful here, because this review appears on both versions of this album (although it was only submitted for the 2 CD & 1 DVD edition).
My review was based on the official download and I haven't received the physical product yet, but I'm sure that if you want the version with the hardback book, you'd need to opt for the deluxe package.
Good Evening New York City (Deluxe Edition: 2CD + 2DVD + Hardback Book) [Limited Edition]
It's what I'm waiting for!
Hope that helped.
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2009 10:42:36 GMT
Kevan John Kite says:
My copy has just arrived. It doesn't actually have a hardback book as such. The package is made to look like a book with sections for each cd and some glossy pages within. Separate book there isn't. Still it a great thing to have and good value. Much much better than your average cd booklet.
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2009 14:27:59 GMT
Many thanks for clarifying that point about the book, much appreciated. I'm still waiting for the physical product seeing as I bought through Paul's website instead of amazon. It gave me a "free" download of the album & DVD upon purchase, but I'm having to wait an awfully long time to get the product through the post.
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Dec 2009 18:59:46 GMT
Kevan John Kite says:
No probs, you'll love it when you get it! The package is really good. I personally like the dvd more than the cd. There is a lot of chat from Paul about the songs which is all completely edited from the cd.
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2010 13:09:31 GMT
Alan D. Evans says:
Don't you think Paul's voice has gone right down hill?? Check Wings over America 9.99 Itunes download. He should have had real horns real piano it would've sounded much better!
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2010 19:50:04 GMT
I have Wings Over America, sure, and it's a great live album - but it's probably unfair to compare a recording made in 1976 to one made in 2009. When I say this is probably his best live album, I didn't count Wings - I'm talking about his handful of live albums since 1990's "Tripping The Live Fantastic".
He's in his late sixties and, considering that fact, his voice is incredible for his age. Yes, it would have been better to have real horns/strings etc. and that's a real bugbear for me when watching Paul live - but it is what it is.
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Oct 2010 22:59:48 BDT
Harry Faversham says:
Nice review, I am a massive fan of Paul and nice to read an intelligent review - thanks
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