Paul has produced a lot of live recordings and that is where he is in his element. This is one of the very best.,
This review is from: Unplugged: (The Official Bootleg) (Audio CD)
This CD is very good indeed and I thoroughly recommend it. As with the DVD it achieves a certain intimacy as a low-key live performance. But be under no illusion: 'low key' does not mean 'low quality'. The singing and the playing are of the highest order.
It is a pleasure to hear some of the tracks performed live for the first time. It is also a great that some of the arrangements are, if anything, even better than the solo recordings that McCartney made in his early post-Beatles days.
I am not so keen on the early rock and roll numbers such as 'Be-bop-a-lula', but that is not a commentary on the performance, merely that I think McCartney is at his best when playing his own material. 'I Lost My Little Girl' is a curio as the first song he ever wrote, aged fourteen.
Then 'Here There and Everywhere' which is one of McCartney's personal favourites (and mine). This is a perfect presentation and quite beautiful. 'And I love her' is also an underperformed gem that I was delighted to hear on this set, taken much slower here than the original arrangement and sung by Hamish Stuart.
'Every Night' is one of those songs from 'McCartney' that sounds, if anything, better here that on the original album. With a stronger arrangement and close harmonies to the fore, it sounds at its best.
The CD comes with a 12-page booklet of sleeve notes that gives a short commentary on each track. They are interesting and add value.
Paul has produced a lot of live recordings and rightly so, because that is where he is in his element. This acoustic set is one of the very best. Five stars.