Good Evening New York City [2 CD + 1 DVD Combo] Box set, Live
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The DVD is a VAST improvement over McCartney's previous live videos.
Let's take a look:
Rockshow (great movie, but not a complete show.)
Get Back (incomplete show. annoyingly cut from many different shows. Too many audience shots, etc.)
Paul Is Live (incomplete show. Too many MTV style cuts. Headache inducing.)
Back In The US (every song is interrupted by documentary footage. Way too much focus on audience shots, and not enough of what's going on stage.)
Live In Red Square / St. Petersburg (horrible editing. Like Paul Is Live, its headache inducing.)
The Space Within US (incomplete show. Documentary footage and celebrity testimonials interrupt every song. Extra disappointing, as this was one of my favorite Paul tours, and a horrible document of what was an amazing tour.)
Oh, how I wished Paul would just release a concert DVD, with no documentary footage between songs. Of a complete show. And edit it well.
Good Evening, NYC fits the bill.
It is the full show. The editing is not as jumpy as some of the others.
No extraneous footage between songs, ruining the flow of the concert.
But I subtract a star for the inclusion of 'audience cam'. At the shows, they distributed little handheld video cameras, to a number of concertgoers. And some of this amateur footage, is sometimes mixed in with the professional footage. I'd have rather had the pro footage only.
So its not exactly what I wanted. But it's getting closer.
There are also many high quality songs that MACCA has been performing live for years. "Jet" and "Live And Let Die" are sterling and explosive. "Get Back", "Lady Madonna" and "Back In The USSR" are great audience pleasers because they fervently rock. A major highlight is Paul performing John and his own vocals on the poignant "A Day In The Life." The fantastic concert aptly closes with "Sgt. Peppers" and "The End."
This CD proves that Paul McCartney is one of the paramount live concert performers in musical history. His vocals and instrumental virtuosity are amazing. MACCA resonates live and on stage.
Note: It's imperative for all McCartney fans to have The Fireman "Electric Arguments" CD. It's arguably his finest CD and it's probably the one that Lennon would appreciate the most.
Sound-I'd give it a B for the CDs--they sound good not too loud, compressed or maximized could they sound better? Sure but for a contemporary CD this sounds good. The sound on the DVDs I'd give an A--they sound exceptionally clear, crisp with nice detail. The picture on the DVDs (I watched it upscaled on my Blu-ray player)looks exceptional as well. Would I have liked a Blu-ray option for this? Sure but the DVD looks just fine upscaled with nice detail although you'll notice it isn't quite as sharp as a Blu-ray.
Is Macca using Autotune here? The engineer that worked with Geoff Emerick on this Paul Hicks has indicated that there is no Autotune used on the album. Could there be a variation being used here? Possibly but this is still to me the best of his concerts on video.
The Letterman Show is terrific.Read more ›
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It's Paul McCartney so no complaints about the music. Only issue I had was the packing is lacking for someone of his stature. (Not his fault). Read morePublished 13 days ago by Anthony Horn
It's Great. It's Paul McCartney, you can't expect anything less!!Published 2 months ago by paul2011
This is an amazing DVD. I recently went to one of Pauls concerts and this DVD was a great way to relive that experience!Published 2 months ago by Leah
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I'd go with this new one Good Evening New York. The concert film and sound are fantastic. Set list is awesome. You get 2 CD's and a DVD for the price of a normal CD. I have all of his and this is definately one of the best if not the best.
Nov 18, 2009 by stingraex2000 | See all 13 posts
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I contacted someone at Concord Music Group, whose handling this Paul McCartney release, and he said the Deluxe Edition 2 CD/ 2 DVD would be available for purchase on Nov. 17 in the US. An announcement will be made "very soon" as to where it will be available to purchase. He asked that... Read More
Nov 2, 2009 by Sean K. | See all 18 posts
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I"m waiting for the Deluxe version too. I really wish they'd put out DVDs of the other 2009 concerts, too, or a compilation with special moments from each concert. Why just do New York? Halifax had Mull of Kyntrye adde special (the one I want most, since I was there), DC had Michelle,... Read More
Oct 7, 2009 by Wendy E. Stevens | See all 114 posts
|good evening ny city on blu ray?||
Good point. I'll be quite surprised if some form of this isn't released in HD.
Nov 11, 2009 by Steven C. Miller | See all 6 posts
I'm sorry it didn't help me...apples & oranges...mastered too loud/soft, specs-noticeable differences in highs/mids/lows & their balance; audio options on DVD; DD 2.o/5.1/5.1 EX, dts, dts-es; awful/OK/good/great surround mix(es)-that's what I need. I will hit yes if it is that important to... Read More
Nov 25, 2009 by Dennise | See all 3 posts
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