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Paul Is Live [Live]

Paul McCartneyAudio CD
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It is the eternal question for an artist of Paul McCartney’s stature: what next? What next when you have… well, that list of achievements, with even the long-touted standards album now ticked off with last year’s ‘Kisses On The Bottom’, hardly needs re-iterating. On one level, you might reasonably think that in terms of awards, honours, sales figures, shows and ... Read more in Amazon's Paul McCartney Store

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  • Audio CD (November 16, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Capitol
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002TNI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,608 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Drive My Car
2. Let Me Roll It
3. Looking For Changes
4. Peace In The Neighborhood
5. All My Loving
6. Robbie's Bit (Thanks Chet)
7. Good Rockin' Tonight
8. We Can Work It Out
9. Hope Of Deliverance
10. Michelle
11. Biker Like An Icon
12. Here, There And Everywhere
13. My Love
14. Magical Mystery Tour
15. C'mon People
16. Lady Madonna
17. Paperback Writer
18. Penny Lane
19. Live And Let Die
20. Kansas City
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Paul McCartney possesses an almost singular talent to create and sing good music. Period. I always enjoy picking up a live CD of Paul in concert to just get the feeling of what it was like to be there. People have said that these tracks, recorded at different times in different locations, have been put together so coherently that the overall effect is that this was all recorded at one time. They're right!

Quite a few of these songs are NOT repeats from Paul's 1990 live CD set entitled Tripping The Live Fantastic; and that's another plus for this album.

The CD has some very strong performances by Paul and his band. I particularly liked the way "Drive My Car" starts off the CD. It's a whopper of a song with an awesome positive beat to it and this sets the listener up for wanting more. "Let Me Roll It" follows and is very well done also. I really liked "Live And Let Die;" but "We Can Work It Out," "All My Loving," "Penny Lane" and "Peace In The Neighbourhood" are also very well done. There's hardly a bad spot on the album until the track "Welcome To Soundcheck," which was filler in my opinion. However, this one track is not intended to be the focal point of the album.

There are also two previously unreleased songs recorded during soundchecks and placed at the end of this CD: " Hotel In Benidorm" and "I Wanna Be Your Man." The sound isn't quite as good here but the reverse of the album does point out that these are soundcheck recordings and not finalized versions.

Look for Paul's late wife Linda, Hamish Stuart, Robbie McIntosh and Wix Wickens on vocals, too. The group harmonizes very well.

The sound quality is excellent for a live recording especially when you consider that these songs were recorded in different places on different dates.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More like a 3rd disc for "Tripping" March 11, 2005
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I really don't want to come across as all negative here, because I really liked McCartney's '93 concert. But this live album, coming just three years after "Tripping the Live Fantastic", pales in comparison.

For one thing, only about half the concert is represented here - the half that doesn't duplicate material from "Tripping", which accounts for some of the complaints about its incompleteness. Even so, "Live and Let Die" is duplicated here (the only duplication), but "Another Day" (which was played in concert) is left off the album altogether. For this reason, it's not the "souvenir" of the concert that Paul's other live albums are (the "Hey Jude" singalong was just as cool in '93 as in '90, and "Yesterday" brought down the house as always, but neither is duplicated here).

Also, whereas "Tripping" went heavy with energetic rock-n-roll numbers, this time Paul filled out his setlist with mellower tunes like "Michelle", "Here, There and Everywhere", "Penny Lane", "We Can Work It Out" and "My Love". Don't get me wrong - I was glad to hear all of those tunes, but they're definitely lower-energy than the previous album. Again, there was plenty of rockin' in the concert, but it was mostly duplication from the previous tour, and thus not included in the album.

The material from "Off the Ground", which was Paul's most recent studio release at the time of the tour, is also not as strong as the "Flowers in the Dirt" stuff from "Tripping" (with the exception of "C'mon People").

All of that being said, I like this album. It's great to get live versions of "Drive My Car" and "Magical Mystery Tour", and there's still plenty here to enjoy - McCartney has never skimped on his concerts. It suffers, inevitably, by comparison with "Tripping", but that's hardly a scathing criticism. In fact, playing "Paul is Live" as the 3rd disc of "Tripping" might just be the best way to play it; it's Paul McCartney, live in concert, and how bad can that be?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great performances poor recordings! March 20, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I attended one of the shows during this 1993 tour and was amazed at how strong Paul's voice was. He sounded better than he did on the TTLF album from the 89-90 tour. I was disappointed when I listened to the cd because the recordings didn't quite do the show justice. The instruments sound rather muffled and too loud over the vocals. And what was up with that flangy, echo effect on Paul's voice during the entire cd? I don't recall hearing that come out of the PA's when I went to the show. The new songs from the OTG album sound great live, even though it was sad when the audience sat down only during these songs... Will not disappoint Beatles fans, but as for Wings fans, material is lacking. Paul did close the Memphis show with Band on the Run, which sounded great and should have been added to the album in place of the weak soundchecks. Those were nice but a waste to fill up the album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Live Album February 13, 2001
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Paul Is Live follows the course of his previous live effort Tripping The Live Fantastic, but is just a single disk. One problem the album faces is that it was in support of the Off The Ground album which does not match up to Flowers In The Dirt. The songs from the album featured here are okay, but not great. One nice touch is that Mr. McCartney does not duplicate the songs that were on the Tripping album. We get excellent songs like "We Can Work It Out", "Paperback Writer", "Penny Lane", "Let Me Roll It" and "Drive My Car". This is a nice supplement to his other live work as it helps round out the live versions of many of his most famous songs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Paul Is Live CD
This CD arrived with damage. It skipped the very first time i played it, and has done so ever since, even though I cleaned it several times. Still love Macca, regardless.
Published 5 months ago by Margaret Lattany
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Paul
Who doesn't like Paul McCarthy. Nice mix of old and new tunes. Very clear for a live concert, good buy.
Published 8 months ago by Norma Nicholas
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY IT
This is an amazing disc. It IS my favorite Live disc of Paul's...besides of course Wings Over America! BUY IT!
Published 9 months ago by Mark S. Sundermeier
5.0 out of 5 stars very nice...hubby loves it!
My hubby is a huge Beatles fan. He has been collecting their music for decades, for the individual guys as well as the group. Read more
Published 11 months ago by kestergayle
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought this for my brother!
Bought this as a gift, so I had to make myself a copy. Great song selection and great sound, if you are a Paul or even just a Beatles fan you should have this album!
Published 16 months ago by Brian Scott Reklaitis
5.0 out of 5 stars I got what I wanted
Since this is an original 20-years old release, I hardly expected it to be in a condition that good. But it is. Thank you.
Published 17 months ago by Anna Shveytser
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul, an original Beatle
Paul Is Live Love this album, as I still remember the introduction of the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show.
Published on April 12, 2012 by Jbgator9
4.0 out of 5 stars 11 tracks here are still the song's best 'live' performance to date
If you're putting together album-sets of the best from all four solo Beatles', an amazing 11 tracks from `Paul is Live' could go onto one set or another. Read more
Published on April 25, 2011 by Jeff Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes! Paul is Live!
What is not to like about Paul McCartney! If your into the Beatles and Paul McCartney you should add this to your collection!
Published on September 7, 2009 by Penny Best
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but hard to justify
I have nothing against live albums. Sometimes an artist's best work is in live performance. Paul McCartney made two very good live albums, Wings Over America and Tripping The Live... Read more
Published on January 24, 2009 by Eric J. Anderson
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