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5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive latter-day live Macca, 25 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: Good Evening New York City [2CDs + DVD] (Audio CD)
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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Initial post: 28 Jun 2014 13:33:44 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Jul 2014 20:11:37 BDT
gille liath says:
Nice review - positive but realistic, and actually the singing is good. The sound on the DVD isn't brilliant, though, is it?

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Aug 2014 17:46:33 BDT
I thought about what you said and next time I watched it I tried to find fault with it, but I really can't. Could it be an issue with your pressing? What specifically is wrong with it? To my ear the DVD sound is great, and actually sounds superior to the CDs. But I accept that there is some subjectivity in these judgments.
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