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This review is from: Paul Mccartney: Back In The Us [DVD] (DVD)
I was at the Budapest concert of this tour and was suitably blown away. Having just watched this DVD I have the following comments. It would definitely have been preferable to have at least had the option of playing the concert all the way through without any commentary. Enjoyable though this was DVD was on first listen, the interludes of back stage detail will surely become annoying after a few viewings and that is why I have not given this DVD a 5 star rating. Because the concert itself was supremely brilliant but us fans would actually like to have an Uninterrupted Concert if we are expected to watch it repeatedly. The explanation of how the Live And Let Die fireworks actually work is indeed quite interesting on first listen. But no one invests is 5,1 Surround Sound to hear such trivia. They do so for the possibility of listening to a concert of their favourite artist with the ultimate sound quality available in 2005. Too many songs here were truncated due to the documentary material. And several songs from this tour were missing altogether. Most noticeably 'Let 'Em In' and 'Calico Skies'. I have very few grudges against Paul, but one has been his continual inclination to include tracks which 'he imagines fans would want to hear'. To the exclusion of all others. Has it never occured to him that the real fans of his would actually quite like to hear 'Girls School' or 'Daytme Nightime Sufferring' or 'I'm Carrying' or the Red Rose Speedway Side 2 Medley???? He is the complete opposite of Bob Dylan who varies his set list every night and plays precisely what the **** he wants. With Paul, if it wasn't a top 5 single or from his latest record, he is incredibly unlikely to play it. Why???? Because he is afraid of getting booed off stage?? I don't want to come across as negative as this was a Mighty Fine Concert, it just would have been nice if he had had a bit more faith in his lesser known numbers, many of which are absloute classics of the McCartney canon.
If it was up to me we would ditch from this concert the following: 'Hello Goodbye' , it may have been a Beatles No 1 Single but even the original is pretty uninspired, by McCartney's standards anyway, and this version is Much Worse. 'Eleanor Rigby'....for some strange reason, this song has NEVER shown its true potential in any context other than on the original 'Revolver' album or in the 'Yellow Submarine' film of a couple of years later. The Broad Street McCartney version of 1984 is thoroughly pointless, and this version similarly so. Some songs best left alone. This may seem harsh but there are some songs which are better left untouched. 'Jet' would be ditched too I'm afraid. It works OK on the 'Band On The Run' album and on the 'Wings Over America' tour but this song does not benefit from repeated live renditions in my opinion.
Having said that, there are plenty of songs here which are not only performed in a spectacular fashion which not retain the original's magic but also add something too. 'Maybe I'm Amazed' for example. The tributes to Lennon and harrison are highlights: 'Here Today' is beautiful, and Paul's version of 'Something' is an incredibly touching moment. 'My Love' , his song for Linda, is a gorgeous moment, and most noticeably 'Band On The Run' benefits from this Fantastic Band. The new songs are superb although for some reason not included on this DVD...even the only song featured here, the classic 'Loving Flame' suffers from annoying commentary about why the song was written. Can we not save such stuff for a book?
But the same mistake was made with the video of the (superb) 'Flowers In The Dirt' tour. And the same goes for the 'Off The Ground' tour video. These concerts were great at the time but we return to the video version less often than we might due to the inclusion of Non Essential crowd footage which more annoys than anything else. I actually liked some of the personal fan reaction we saw on this video but why turn it into a Documentary?? What fans want to see is the Entire Concert. From Start To Finish. Or AT LEAST HAVE THE OPTION . This is why 'Rockshow' the film of 'Wings' 1976 concert from Seattle, remains the best visual record of a McCartney/Wings Live Concert out there. And that is why it is scandalous that this concert has not been released on DVD. For Two Reasons. Firstly, it is a Complete Concert and secondly because it saw Wings in 1976 at the height of their powers as a commercial and artistic force, regardless of the Bealtes' past glories. It was in fact a Glorious Mixture of the two.
Remeniscent, tear jerking Greatist Hits concert performances have their place of course. But that Seattle show of 1976 remains the ultimate McCartney concert. Until this is re-released on DVD, at least This Fan will be disappointed. Everything else pales in my opinion.
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Initial post: 30 Sep 2008 14:36:43 BDT
M. G. Abbott says:
Perhaps Mr Heaton should provide a commentary over the music - I for one would gladly buy another copy of the dvd if his genius were to be acknowledged in this way. Is there a finer music reviewer on Amazon?
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