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Spanning four decades The McCartney Years is a three-volume DVD of more than 40 music videos and over two hours of live performances. Disc 1 & 2 contain the definitive collection of the McCartney music videos all the way from 'Maybe I'm Amazed' in 1970 to 2005's 'Fine Line.' The films can be viewed either in chronological order, in play lists personally arranged by Paul or watched with his own commentaries- recorded exclusively for this DVD. Disc 3 showcases three classic live performances: 1) Rockshow filmed on Wings' 1976 World Tour 2) New edits of Paul's seminal Unplugged: 1991 3) His triumphant, now legendary, headline performance at Glastonbury in 2004. Also included are his Superbowl halftime show and 'Let It Be' from Live Aid.


It's rather incredible to ponder the fact that with the release of The McCartney Years in late 2007, Paul McCartney has now been making recordings in various mediums for the better part of 40 years--and that's not even including the decade he spent as a member of the world's greatest band. And while some may quibble about certain details of the content and presentation, this three-disc set, packed with videos, concert footage, interviews, documentaries, and more, will surely satisfy the vast majority of Sir Paul's loyal subjects. The dozens of videos, occupying the first two discs and spanning the years from 1970 ("Maybe I'm Amazed," ten years before the emergence of MTV) to 2005 ("Fine Line"), can be viewed in either chronological order or as programmed by Macca himself. Ranging from straight lip-synced performances to various conceptual films, they are a decidedly mixed bag. In some cases (e.g. "London Town"), the songs are superior to the clips, while in others, the reverse is true ("Coming Up," a lightweight tune but a delightful video in which McCartney portrays everyone from Buddy Holly to Sparks keyboardist Ron Mael). Sometimes both the song and the video are terrific ("Take it Away" features Ringo Starr on drums, producer George Martin on piano, and a cameo by actor John Hurt; "Band on the Run," a creative pastiche of photos, film effects, and other media, suggests that the band in question was the Beatles, not Wings), while some fail on both counts (John Lennon might have had the likes of "C-Moon" in mind when he referred to McCartney's '70s output as "all pizza and fairytales"). Of the three concerts included on Volume Three, the best (and shortest) comes from a 1991 Unplugged show and features lovely versions of "Every Night" and "And I Love Her"; Rockshow spotlights Wings on tour in '76, and the 2004 gig in Glastonbury, England features McCartney's excellent current band (a good show, but the playlist isn't nearly as adventurous as, say, 2005's Live in Red Square). Extras include McCartney's commentary on several of the videos; footage from Live Aid in '85 and the Super Bowl in '02; and, accompanying every DVD menu, various raw and unreleased live and studio performances of obscurities like "Blackpool." The late Linda McCartney is featured throughout, of course, and if The McCartney Years is a de facto tribute to his first wife, as one reviewer has suggested, it's a more than fitting one. --Sam Graham

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Product Details

  • Actors: Paul McCartney
  • Directors: Dick Carruthers
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Dolby, NTSC, Original recording remastered
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Rhino Records
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VRJ37I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,212 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

A good effort.
Mike S
The DVD release includes more than just music videos and concerts.
Dorrie Wheeler
This DVD is a great buy for any McCartney fan!
Jamie L. Siegel

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144 of 157 people found the following review helpful By jpgr4ever on September 11, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
New McCartney DVD Set for Release 'THE McCARTNEY YEARS' LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- On November 13th, 2007, 'THE McCARTNEY YEARS' will hit the stores from MPL/Rhino Entertainment. This first time ever DVD includes the definitive visual collection of Paul McCartney's amazing career featuring solo music videos, career-spanning live performances, personal commentary by Paul McCartney and exclusive footage that tracks his incredible musical journey as never before.

Spanning four decades, 'THE McCARTNEY YEARS' is a three volume DVD collection, featuring some of the world's best-loved music that has become the soundtrack to all our lives.

VOLUME ONE and VOLUME TWO contain the definitive collection of McCartney music videos. Starting in the 1970s with Paul McCartney's first solo single "Maybe I'm Amazed," the DVD includes the Wings promo video for "Band On The Run" as well as hits from the 1980s such as "Say Say Say," and the 1990s with "The World Tonight." It finishes with 2005's "Fine Line." The films can be viewed either in chronological order or as play-lists that have been personally arranged by Paul featuring his exclusive voiceover commentaries.

VOLUME THREE includes live performances taken from three classic McCartney live shows; "ROCKSHOW" filmed on Wings' 1976 World Tour, new edits of Paul's seminal "UNPLUGGED" in 1991 and Paul's now legendary headlining performance at 2004's GLASTONBURY Festival.

'THE McCARTNEY YEARS' is also packed with bonus features and extra never before seen footage and performances, including "Let It Be" from LIVE AID, archive interviews with Melvyn Bragg and Michael Parkinson, alternative versions of music videos and the full-length 2005 documentary "Creating Chaos at Abbey Road.
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102 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Mike S on October 23, 2007
Format: DVD
A good effort. More than I expected. But why is it incomplete? Why are some videos missing and instead we get incomplete concert "teasers"? Rockshow and Unplugged should simply be released on their own. Period. It's not that hard- they already exist. I don't get it. Instead of this silly third disc, we could have had missing videos, such as:

1. Mary Had a little Lamb
2. Jet
3. Listen to what the man said
4. Letting Go
5. Let `em in
6. Getting Closer
7. Spin it on
8. Old Siam sir
9. Arrow though me
10. Only Love remains
11. Stranglehold
12. Ou est le soleil?
13. Party Party
14. We got married
15. Get out of my way
16. Young Boy
17. The World Tonight

And while I'm at it, just present them all in chronological order. Doesn't that make more sense? But then again when have Paul's videos or concert releases ever made much sense? I might even be missing some more recent videos as well. And as far as bonuses, how about including the TV special from '73 or the unreleased film One hand clapping? Anyway, I know, I know, we should be grateful for anything they toss to us fans, but I couldn't resist pointing out how they messed things up AGAIN!
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61 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Plonka on November 16, 2007
Format: DVD
I wasn't going to write a review because M.Chesman added one which perfectly summed up my thoughts on this DVD a few days ago. However, as others seem to rate this DVD highly I've felt compelled to in order to add my 1-star rating. This could and should have been so good - a splendid collection of videos from McCartney's post Beatles career and on the face of it, it is. The BIG issue with the whole thing though is the loss of nearly a third of the original image area of the "restored" videos and films. Why they thought that cropping everything to widescreen was a good idea I'll never know. The Directors' of the 4:3 originals must be gritting their teeth to see heads chopped off, tight framing and other areas of the original picture lost in the conversion process. Then, as if to rub salt in the wound, two videos in the extras section (they obviously escaped the "restoration" work) "London Town" and "So Bad" have been left as original 4:3 and consequently look a whole lot better! If you're not sure what I'm talking about please check the customer images. It's extremely disappointing that this decision was taken. It makes me thankful that the Beatles' Anthology was produced in the mid 90s before everyone got "widescreen fever" otherwise all the archive footage in that would be chopped down.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Candace Scott on December 20, 2007
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Dedicated fans of Paul have been anxiously waiting for this set for a decade. Considering that Macca's numerous concert films have all been below average (because of a ridiculous obsession with showing the audience every .05 seconds), it's no surprise this set is also seriously flawed. Is it enjoyable to watch? Of course, but it could have been so much better.

First, the aspect ratio of the videos is ridiculous. None of these videos were originally filmed in wide screen, why convert them now? In every video, Paul's head is cropped at the top which might not bug the casual fan, but to people who grew up with these videos as cherished memories, it's really annoying. Instead of seeing more of the video, you see less. Whose boneheaded idea was this?

Also, the box claims that all the videos were remastered and "meticulously restored." By who? Judging by the terrible, grainy quality, Mr. Magoo supervised the restoration. There's no excuse that videos like Helen Wheels, Mull of Kintyre and especially Baby's Request look like they're from the era of Buster Keaton, not filmed a mere 30 years ago. The quality of many of the videos is, quite frankly, impossibly bad. Many are washed out with colors that are dull and muted. Again, this is inexcusable. It's glaringly apparent that these videos were not restored, just transfered from some second-generation print, probably found in someone's garage.

In addition, some of the videos have new mixes which aren't anywhere near as great as the original song. Check out the hideous disco-ish remix of Figure of Eight. Why isn't Paul overseeing this project to prevent such mishaps?

The "extras" (heavy quotations) are also substandard. Disc one has "extras" which are merely 4 additional videos.
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Amazon didn't mark it up. Circuit City either had an unbelievable deal or a typo. The Circuit City near me didn't have it so I went to Best Buy. Best Buy was selling it at regular price which was $34.99. Luckily, Best Buy does price matching and by waiting 20 minutes in line at Customer... Read More
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Paul, don't hack up the video! (No fake widescreen, please)
Too late, it's chopped up, per other posts.

I agree, what an inherently stupid thing to do. Who could do something like that and honestly think that it's an improvement? It's beyond me.

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