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Back in the U.S. Live 2002 [Live]

Paul McCartneyAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 26, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00006LSOG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,961 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Hello Goodbye
2. Jet
3. All My Loving
4. Getting Better
5. Coming Up
6. Let Me Roll It
7. Lonely Road
8. Driving Rain
9. Your Loving Flame
10. Blackbird
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Eleanor Rigby
2. Here, There And Everywhere
3. Band On The Run
4. Back In The USSR
5. Maybe I'm Amazed
6. C Moon
7. My Love
8. Can't Buy Me Love
9. Freedom
10. Live And Let Die
See all 17 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews


Critics may quibble over the creative roller coaster that's been Paul McCartney's post-Beatles solo career, but few can deny his status as one of rock's most buoyant live performers and consistent crowd pleasers. That drive to stake his claim onstage (said to be one of the factors that drove the Fabs to dissolution) energizes this otherwise largely backward-looking collection of performances from his 2002 world tour; fully two-thirds of the double-disc's 35 tracks hail from the Beatles catalog, with the rest slanted toward early solo-career standouts like "Jet," "Maybe I'm Amazed," and "My Love." But Mac and his focused backing quartet deliver them with a punchy edge and sense of abandon that's largely MIA on previous McCartney live releases. Other than pausing for tributes to his fallen comrades ("Here Today," a solo acoustic paean to John Lennon followed by a touching, ukulele-backed nod to George Harrison with "Something"), it's largely a rollicking career retrospective from a musician whose restless drive to perform invests this collection with something more than mere nostalgia. The singer who invoked Bach at 22 may still refuse to act his age, but here that's not a bad thing at all. --Jerry McCulley

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At age 60, Sir Paul's got it all November 27, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I was fortunate enough to have seen Paul McCartney in concert twice--once in Dallas on the first leg of the tour (Driving USA), and once in Chicago on the second leg of the tour (Back in the US). It's hard to put into words how unbelievable this concert was. Just being in the presence of possibly the greatest musician of all time is really an indescribable experience. And I'm sure I'm one of the only 16 year olds who has seen Paul McCartney twice in their lifetime.
Paul got up on stage and sang 36 songs, totaling about 2 and a half hours of pure music---that's no intermission, no cheesy dance numbers, or anything like that...and one might think that his voice may have aged with him, but he can without a doubt still sing like no other. He sang songs from the Beatles, Wings, and some of his solo songs from earlier in his career and also more recently, like from his "Driving Rain" album ("Loving Flame," the song he wrote for Heather, is on this album). He sang many timeless Beatles classics including "Hello Goodybe", "Can't Buy Me Love", "All My Loving," "Blackbird," "Lady Madonna," "Yesterday," "Maybe I'm Amazed," "The Long and Winding Road," and "I Saw Her Standing There," just to name a few. Some of the Wings songs were the unbelievably done "Live and Let Die," as well as "Jet," "Band on the Run," and "Coming Up." He also performed a very touching tribute to the late George Harrison by playing "Something" on the ukelele, after telling the crowd that George was a remarkable ukelele player. He also sang "Here Today" in tribute to the late John Lennon, as well as the famous song "My Love" for his late wife Linda.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immediately one of the great live CD's in rock December 11, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I had the extreme fortune to see Paul McCartney live in concert at Tacoma this past October. After an incredible three-plus hours of musical greatness, I walked away telling people that this was the best concert I had ever seen. It was with extreme pleasure that this tour was captured for posterity on a 2-CD set.
A product of the "post-Beatles generation", but with an ever-growing appreciation of their music, I never would have thought it likely to ever see their music played live, much less by one of the Beatles themselves. Then Mr. McCartney graciously goes on this tour, drawing deep and long from the Beatles catalog, as well as from his rich store of songs from his solo and Wings careers.
This CD set captures the concert virtually in its entirety and, in terms of the setlist, in order as Mr. McCartney played in concert. He sounded great on this tour, and that is conveyed very well in this recording, as is the stellar musicianship of his backing band. The sound quality is, for a live show, tremendously sharp and vibrant, thus making it even more possible for those of us who witnessed it in person to close your eyes and vividly re-live those memories and emotions.
One of the treats of this tour is that Mr. McCartney played several songs solo intermittently throughout the show. It was at these times where he was perhaps at his most poignant, and really tugged at your emotions. This was evidenced in his back-to-back tributes to John Lennon ("Here Today") and George Harrison ("Something", played delightfully on the ukulele), but also in songs like "Blackbird" and "Yesterday".
In the full band setting, the music was well-executed and full of outstanding moments.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Driving Wild Still! November 26, 2002
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McCartney will never lose his touch and this double disc proves that although we will never see a Beatles concert, we still have Paul. Punctuated with mostly Beatles tunes, the sound is crisp and McCartney and his band strut thier stuff with abandon! I've never quite heard a rock concert so full of clean energy! Even songs like, "Coming Up", which I never liked, is pure fun. When I saw the set list, I was skeptical, but even mediocre tunes like, "Vanilla Sky" and "Your Loving Flame" stand out. "Live And Let Die" is a great adaption and "Something" brings a tear to the eye. The "Wings" songs were carefully chosen with only the ones that McCartney dominated being sung. When the concert reaches, "Let It Be", the rest of the show is gut-wrenching nostalgia - the best kind. God, I hope he tours again.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw when required , gentle also , what a catalogue ! August 29, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This live CD is a stunner . Fine sound and a great showcase for a versatile band . There will always be songs you wish had been included but these will do just fine . I don't think the world needs another live version of Hey Jude , but you can't help singing along regardless .

Paul is in good voice . This collection is nearly as good as Van Morrison's IT'S TOO LATE TO STOP NOW or Tim Buckley's DREAM LETTER live albums .

Very good indeed .

For more live Paul with a mellower vibe , try the MTV UNPLUGGED cd . He plays a few Beatles tunes not on this live set .
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific! December 29, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This live CD set from Paul McCartney's 2002 Driving US tour is absolutely terrific. There is a good mix of the best of McCartney's solo works with all the mandatory Beatle's classics, all impeccably performed by McCartney's exuberent first-rate band.
The sound quality is superb, with the mix so pristine you can hear the clear seperation of guitars, drums, keyboards and vocals.
If I had a minor quibble, I wished more of the in-between song banter had been retained. Paul usually provided some introduction regarding the history of most of the songs, and it feels strange at times not hearing it here. It's also somewhat sad his very heartfelt comments before the tributes to John (Here Today) and George (Something) are missing.
Overall, I am very happy to own this set. It does rekindle the memories when I saw this tour in Oct 2002, along with most of the magic of that wonderful night. Even if you weren't there, if you're a Beatles fan there is still much to enjoy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul McCartney rules
This is one of the best collections in years and if you like McCartney singing with his original backup people then buy this !
Published 13 days ago by 173rd 67-71
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe I'm amazed by Sir Paul McCartney, 51 years later!
This is such an awesome double CD! Paul's voice sounds young and frozen in time. I always think of dancing in the street with my new transistor radio with ear plugs in 1962! Read more
Published 6 months ago by metaluna00
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Album by Sir Paulie
Love him, love him, always will! I could sit and listen to Sir Paul all day long. Well now I can since this records him live in NY, singing so many songs we all know and love. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Serra55
4.0 out of 5 stars mc cartney at its finest
OK I admit it ,I was looking for another Wings over America rock album an'd back in the US is partially that but the newer,slower songs are not really my cup of tea. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Marc Esser
5.0 out of 5 stars A REAL TREAT....
Published 10 months ago by MusicLover
1.0 out of 5 stars This was a gif for someone else.
This was a gift, I don't know what the recipient thought of it but it was on her wish list
Published 12 months ago by Veronica M. Wexler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
I got this CD a while ago, just getting around to reviewing it. It's a really good CD. A lot of classic McCartney-Beatles. Sounds great live, too.
Published 14 months ago by DNapoli
4.0 out of 5 stars perfect but pricey
Got the cd fast, and in perfect condition. But was pricey since i think its out of print. But didnt mind since my payed me back for it. Read more
Published on January 25, 2012 by Barakuda
5.0 out of 5 stars CD Review
Since the item was a Christmas gift for my mom, I expected it and wanted it to come quickly which it did. She loves listening to the CD in her car all the time.
Published on January 14, 2012 by d10m27
5.0 out of 5 stars what more can u say
this is the disc collection to have to revive your youth of the beatles era and new material from Sir Paul McCartney.
Published on October 12, 2011 by grand55
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