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Amoeba's Secret [Live]

Paul McCartneyAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 27, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Hear Music
  • ASIN: B001OD6HRW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,386 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Only Mama Knows
2. C Moon
3. That Was Me
4. I Saw Her Standing There

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2009 four track CD EP from the Rock legend. On June 27, 2007, Paul McCartney shocked the music world by performing a surprise first ever in-store performance at a famed Los Angeles record shop. Previously available only on limited edition vinyl, this historic performance is released for the first time on CD. Packaged in a unique edition mini-LP jacket. Features 'Only Mama Knows', 'C Moon', 'That Was Me' and 'I Saw Her Standing There'.

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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar MACCA Live Recording January 27, 2009
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This four song live gem includes the riveting and rocking "Only Mama Knows" and the the reflective but upbeat "That Was Me" from Memory Almost Full. The lucky and exclusively limited concert audience was also treated with "C Moon" and the Beatles' classic " I Saw Her Standing There". McCartney has really been on fire the past few years evidenced by the high quality music contained in "Memory Almost Full" and the "Fireman" -"Electric Arguments." This CD will mostly appeal to diehard McCartney and Paul (Beatles' era) fans. That's millions of people.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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Amoeba's Secret is a wonderful recording of Paul McCartney's recent "gig" at a Los Angeles music store; and although we only get four tracks this is an instant classic from the start! The quality of the sound is excellent and the artwork is very nicely done. It's great to know that despite the passage of time McCartney never stops and he sounds as powerful today as ever!

"Only Mama Knows" is, of course, a live track that genuinely rocks hard--and Paul sings this out with all his might! Paul's excellent diction enhances his performance and those guitars help the number even further. This is McCartney still at his best; and the melody is quite catchy. McCartney aces this effortlessly--but of course we know it really wasn't that easy. Paul's talents always carry him through to success!

"C Moon" is definitely a number that the crowd loves; and I remember this from a while back--but Paul delivers this rendition with so much enthusiasm it sounds all new and fresh. "C Moon" gets more of a rock and roll arrangement here but it all works very well. Indeed, "C Moon" is easily a major highlight of this album. There's also "That Was Me;" I believe this comes from Paul's more recent CD entitled Memory Almost Full; Paul does this flawlessly and again the electric guitars make this such a great number! Paul sings this quite well and I think "That Was Me" is amazing to say the least!

The four track CD ends with an older Beatles tune entitled `I Saw Her Standing There." This was always one of my very favorite Beatles' songs and McCartney doesn't disappoint when he performs this one. The guitars are emphasized more than they were for the original version of this song but Paul and the others perform this rock ballad so well it still makes me smile--it's a cute little love story!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That was Paul! February 17, 2009
By P. Opus
Format:Audio CD
This is just more evidence of Sir Paul's creative revival. The former Beatle has been by turns a pop-classicist and a studio experimentalist of late (Memory Almost Full and Electric Arguments have represented these two sides of his musical persona), but here decides to just cut loose and rock out at an unlikely venue: a record store in Los Angeles (that happens to be one of my favorites). It's to the man's credit that he didn't overpackage or remix this, but just issued it as an EP with raw, imperfect sound. It adds to the looseness and excitement. Just listen to him shout!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Sir, there's a Beatle in my music store!" February 1, 2010
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The greatness of Sir Paul McCartney cannot be summed-up in a word, a sentence, a paragraph...maybe not even in a single book. His career, as a Beatle and even much longer after that as a solo-artist, is the stuff of legend -- which, he most certainly is.

One aspect of his musical greatness has been his never-ending willingness to share it with the general public, in the form of live performance. While the monetary rewards for staging world tour after world tour are sizeable, it's been a long time since Paul McCartney has had to do anything for money.

As the last of the 'Fab Four' to see that touring with that band made no sense whatsoever (they couldn't be heard and the limitations of the technology on stage made it impossible to transfer the band's ground-breaking sonic experiments from the studio to the stadium), Mr. McCartney, nevertheless, has always had a yearning to "keep music live"...but, in a music store? At the tender age of 65?

Fortunately for us, yes, and yes! This four-song snippet (from the full 12-song concert), held at the Amoeba Record Store in Hollywood, California demonstrates, once again, that with Paul and his band (comprised of Paul Wickens, Rusty Anderson, Brian Ray and Abe Laboriel, Jr.), it is, in fact, "getting better all the time."

(NOTE: If at all possible, try to get your hands on the full, 12-song, CD. It was recently given away in Sunday editions of The Mail, in the U.K.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wish there had been more March 18, 2012
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When I first saw this recording listed, it looked like a bootleg. I assumed that it was for some time. Being a McCartney fan who tries to obtain all of his recordings, I finally saw a good price and decided to take a chance. I was surprised to see that this is actually an official MPL release. The recording is good, but a little on the low end as far as sound goes. It's alittle heavy on bass and light on higher end. This can't be a sound board recording, but from another source. The four songs selected as good ones, but I wish there would have been another 2 or 3. The sound, and small number of songs is why I rated it as 4 stars, and not 5. Four songs is a little light for any CD costing more than $9. or more. But, I am glad to now have this in my McCartney collection and recommend it to others looking to add on to theirs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love Pauls music, this is very unique!
Published 22 hours ago by Jeffrey D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Mac
I loved the Beatles who brought rock 'n roll into it's maturity. I also loved the solo careers. Paul is great as is this LP.
Published 13 days ago by beatcall
5.0 out of 5 stars You MUST get this! It's unbelievable.
An amazing recording! One reviewer got it right...this CD is loaded with enthusiasm! Instead of being sad about only 4 tracks, it's best to be ecstatic about having 4 as good as... Read more
Published 8 months ago by metaluna00
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great surprise.................
This has all the live emotion and feeling missing from "Wings Over America".Add this to your collection a real gem.
Published 11 months ago by MusicLover
5.0 out of 5 stars Amoeba's secret
A different cd. Sometimes PCM likes to take you by surprise, this is one. I listen to it a lot!
Published 16 months ago by Jeanne Marleau
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Paul Mc Cartney's Amoeba's Secret
The CD contains 4 songs of a 20-song secret performance by Paul at Amoeba Music in Hollywood, California, on 27 June 2007. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jean Daniel Bigler
4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Gig
Paul McCartney's four-song sampler of his "surprise" performance at Ameoba Music in Hollywood makes you wish he would issue the entire 2007 show. Read more
Published on April 22, 2012 by Scott T. Rivers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great live recording
Being a McCartney fan, I am sure I am biased, however, this recoding is really a nice one indeed. It has only a few tracks, yet has old and new songs and the quality of all the... Read more
Published on July 4, 2011 by mrmaccafan
2.0 out of 5 stars Bummer for Paul Mccartney fans like me
Not happy I spent money on this. I should have left my money in the bank and Paul Mccartney is by far my favorite artist.
Published on May 2, 2011 by Bookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Macca's better recent live efforts
My first exposure to Paul and the Beatles was in 1965 at age of five when I saw "Help" and "Bambi" in a double feature with my mother. Read more
Published on October 16, 2010 by Mister SMC
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A few questions about this release...
The complete setlist was:
01. Drive My Car
02. Only Mama Knows
03. Dance Tonight
04. C Moon
05. That Was Me
06. Blackbird
07. Here Today
08. Back In The USSR
09. Get Back
10. Hey Jude
11. Lady Madonna
12. I Saw Her Standing There

And it was his band since 2002, but Wix Wickens on keyboards...
Aug 13, 2011 by AbbeyRoadCrosser |  See all 4 posts
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