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  • Audio CD (October 15, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002UWY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,691 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Showtime
2. Figure Of Eight
3. Jet
4. Rough Ride
5. Got To Get You Into My Life
6. Band On The Run
7. Birthday
8. Ebony And Ivory
9. We Got Married
10. Inner City Madness
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Things We Said Today
2. Eleanor Rigby
3. This One
4. My Brave Face
5. Back In The U.S.S.R.
6. I Saw Her Standing There
7. Twenty Flight Rock
8. Coming Up
9. Sally
10. Let It Be
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Product Description

This 2 CD set is an out of print collectible! It is the original Capitol release. Catalog CDP 7 94778 2. There is a saw mark on the spine of the case.

Paul McCartney's world tour of 1989-1990 was big news, and with good reason--after a decade that saw him lose much of his critical and commercial credibility, McCartney had plenty to prove. Backed by an ace band that included Robbie McIntosh of the Pretenders and Hamish Stuart of the Average White Band, McCartney reasserted his relevance on a nightly basis, reminding the world that he'd not only written some of the best songs of the last 30 years, but that he was still capable of rocking the hell out of them. This two-disc, 30-track souvenir of the tour (a single-disc, 17-track distillation was also released) may lean a little too heavily on songs from Flowers in the Dirt, but the jaw-dropping live medley of "Golden Slumbers," "Carry That Weight," and "The End" is more than worth the price of admission. --Dan Epstein

Customer Reviews

There really isn't a bad track in the lot here; this music is all that good.
Matthew G. Sherwin
If you are a Paul McCartney fan, Beatles fan, a fan of music in general, you will enjoy this album.
Melvin H. Wilson, Jr.
I hear songs like "The Long and Winding Road" and "Let It Be" with new ears.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Craig K. Galer on February 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Paul McCartney's 1989-90 world tour was an absolute triumph, and this CD is the documentation of that fact. Paul himself hadn't played for a live American audience in 14 years, and it was 10 years before that since the Beatles stopped touring, so this tour was played to a hungrily enthusiastic audience, and that comes across loud and clear on this recording.

Roughly half the tracks here are Beatles tunes, including songs like "Birthday", "Back in the USSR", "Hey Jude", "Get Back", "Let it Be" and the concluding Abbey Road medley, that had never been performed live. This album is an absolute feast for Beatles fans.

Wings material is less well represented, sticking mainly to the mega-hits like "Band on the Run", "Jet" and "Live and Let Die".

The tour also functioned as a pretty good advertisement for the then-new "Flowers in the Dirt" CD; the six tracks presented here are well selected to highlight the strengths of that album. I especially like "Put it There", "We Got Married" and "This One".

The CD does a good job of capturing the band's energy and the crowd's enthusiasm. The setlist is heavier with rock-n-roll numbers like "I Saw Her Standing There", "Can't Buy Me Love", "Birthday", "Get Back" etc. than one might expect at first blush from McCartney, given his reputation for ballads, and the band plays several lengthy jams (see especially "Sgt Pepper").

The sing-along on "Hey Jude" is one of the great concert moments ever; it is representative of a phenomenon that was striking if you had the opportunity to attend one of the concerts from this tour in person - especially on the Beatles tunes, but also several of the others, you heard the band with one ear, and with the other, you heard 20,000 people singing along.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mean Mr. Mustard on January 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This two disc set, like Paul's career, has moments of brilliance and moments of banality.
The Good:
Hearing Beatles songs performed live by the man himself made for an incredible live concert. To be a part of an audience of tens of thousands singing every word in unison was an amazing gestalt experience. The same can be said of a few of the popular post-Beatles songs (feeling the explosions during Live and Let Die was just about worth the price of admission alone). In addition, the band Paul assembled for this tour was tight, professional and up to the challenge of reproducing three decades of musical styles. They also knew how to stay out of Paul's way when singing back-up vocals (though this wasn't always necessarily a good thing - see below).
As for the disc itself - the production values are great. You'll feel like you're sitting in the front row, or in some cases right on stage.
The Bad:
Unfortunately, the crowd's excitement was absent during the "Flowers in the Dirt" tracks. While taken from a competent album, they don't have the same resonance as did the great Fab Four classics, and this comes through on the recording as well.
Also, sadly lacking from the album is Paul's wonderful song medley tribute to John Lennon. Hearing Paul take the lead on some his mate's great songs was perhaps the great emotional center of the concert experience, and the decision to leave them off the album is puzzling.
The Ugly:
Two words: Paul's voice. It has simply never recovered from the shredding it experienced during his first great live tour, "Wings Over America." Listen to pre-'76 and post-'76 Paul for evidence. This damage, combined with the effects of aging, has given his voice the rough quality he once wished for when recording "Oh!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mike Reed VINE VOICE on August 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
About as equally as good as his 'Paul Is Live' disc (see my review). This release is the one CD version of the two-CD title. 'Tripping The Live - Highlights' features seventeen live tracks from McCartney's 1989-90 world tour. Well assembled and superb sound quality. Boy, no one can EVER accuse Paul of dodging the service (to the fans) of playing a good share of Beatles tunes. They're here, like FANTASTIC live versions of "Got To Get You Into My Life", "Birthday", "The Long And Winding Road", "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", "Can't Buy Me Love", "Eleanor Rigby", "Back In The U.S.S.R.", "I Saw Her Standing There", "Let It Be", the unforgettable "Hey Jude", "Get Back" and "Golden Slumbers". Wow! This is great. Line-up: Paul - bass, guitar & vocals, Linda McCartney (R.I.P.) - keyboards & percussion, Hamis Stuart - guitar & vocals, Robbie McIntosh - guitar and Chris Whitten - drums. Highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tom Miklo on May 23, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Paul McCartney's "Tripping the Live Fantastic" forever puts on record what I felt was the live concert to end all concerts. A Beatle fan since they debuted, I never had the opportunity to see them. I vowed if McCartney ever came anywhere near me I'd be there in a heartbeat. Well he did and so I went. What a show! Paul didn't dissapoint in concert and he doesn't dissapoint on this cd. All of the top hits are included (don't waste your money on the "Highlights" cd) and the reproduction is wonderful. It is easily my favorite live cd, better than "Wings Over America" because 1) the band is better 2) the cd quality and production is better and 3) the songs are much, much better. To complain that there is "too many Beatles tunes" is insane! My God, it's the man's finest work and he should rightfully be proud and play it! Every time I play this cd I think back to the concert and remember just how good Paul made me feel that night. He gave me memories I cherish and will keep for a lifetime. He brought back a little of my youth and I thank him for that. I also especially appreciated his liner notes about all the things he saw going on with the crowds. He's truly the Master Entertainer. May he live a long life and share his musical genius with us throughout it!
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