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Unplugged: Live [Import, Live]

Paul McCartneyAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)


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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 (January 1, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Live
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B000008IAG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,526 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Be-Bop-A-Lula
2. I Lost My Little Girl
3. Here There And Everywhere
4. Blue Moon Of Kentucky
5. We Can Work It Out
6. San Francisco Bay Blues
7. I've Just Seen A Face
8. Every Night
9. She's A Woman
10. Hi-Heel Sneakers
11. And I Love Her
12. That Would Be Something
13. Blackbird
14. Ain't No Sunshine
15. Good Rockin' Tonight
16. Singing The Blues
17. Junk

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The historic McCartney MTV Unplugged Sessions from 1992 are all here. Includes "Be-Bop A Lula", "I Lost My Little Girl", "Here There & Everywhere", "Blue Moon Of Kentucky", "We Can Work It Out", "San Francisco Bay Blues", "I've Just Seen A Face", "Every Night", "She's A Woman" & more.

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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Between silly love songs and the Standing Stones March 30, 2002
Format:Audio CD
...the "cute" ex-Beatle decided to do a MTV "Unplugged" gig. So, instead of turning it into a TV commercial for his most recent releases, he decided instead to turn it into an opportunity to do a change-of-pace set. One thing not all that many people know about Sir Paul nowadays is that his earliest years in the Fab Four saw him and John Lennon playing a Brit variant of rockabilly. As in what Setzer and the Stray Cats were up to before he became the Crown Prince Of New Swing. If you ever read reviews describing the Beatles as Everly Brothers-influenced, that's what they were talking about. What they don't say is that for a couple of dudes who were urban rather than rural working class (and brought up nowhere near the Appalachians), they weren't too shabby at the sound created by "rocking hillbillies" Elvis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash amd Jerry Lee Lewis. In this set, McCartney proved that he was still able to hack it, some thirty years later. He also includes Beatles classics with the older standards--after all, they do belong. Even down to "We Can Work It Out", which he begins by singing the last verse in place of the first. With a self-effacing laugh, he waves the band down and starts over--he's not about to pretend he didn't blow it. Not content with that, he leaves the song in the broadcast version, screwup and all. Hell, why not a bit of comic relief? That's what "Unplugged" always been about anyway--just do the damn gig, imperfections and all. Unfortunately they seem to have trimmed that false start from this album. Even so, with that type of fun-loving informality, along with vintage rockabilly material done in a way its creators would approve of, you still can't miss with this set.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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I've always thought that Paul was a pretty good composer, an excellent arranger, and a fine singer and bass player. But I've also always felt (and even more so after seeing him live) that Paul McCartney lives to perform. He's truly at home onstage, and puts 110% into his performances, as evidenced in his 1976 offering, "Wings Over America."

"Unplugged: The Official Bootleg" captures a totally different side of McCartney live. Instead of approximating the arena-rock experience (which is difficult to do on a record), you're treated to an intimate, informal performance -- almost as if Paul & Co. were performing in your own living room.

Yes, Bubba, you're right. This isn't a "real" bootleg. It was released within weeks of the MTV Unplugged performance, specifically designed to beat the bootleggers to market. Paul's original idea was that it would be a "real" bootleg, manufactured at a plant other than Capitol's, and distributed underground through the same means as real bootlegs.

Obviously, Capitol/Parlophone didn't like that idea, and so Paul compromised, limiting production to 250,000 copies in the US and another 250,000 in the UK. Those 250,000 copies US sold out in the first week, peaking at #14 in Billboard (not too shabby), then dropping off because there weren't any more copies to be sold. Until now, only Japan has continued to produce the CD, and now, thankfully, it seems to be back in production again Stateside.

I bought the CD on the day of release in 1991 (I didn't even own a CD player yet), and the VINYL LP (yes, really!) two days later. It's the CD I pull out when I want to "introduce" naysayers to McCartney.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best "Unplugged" album September 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is one of Paul's best shows. He is loose, informal, talks to the audience, forgets song lyrics, and is, as always, in top form. There is a great atmosphere to this show, and Paul plays songs that had never been played before, including "I Lost My Little Girl," the first one he ever wrote when he was 14. All the other performers who did "Unplugged" sets seemed to take it very seriously, but not Paul.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By hi13ts
Format:Audio CD
At first when I looked at the songs on the CD, it looks like all the songs were easy to play unplugged, because most of the originals were somewhat unplugged already. As in And I Love Her, and Here, There, and Everywhere. But no, Paul doesn't just rehash the songs, he creates different arrangements, most notably in the harmony of And I Love Her. You also get to hear Paul's bassist/guitarist (mostly bassist) Hamish Stuart sing in Ain't no Sunshine, and Hamish handled the song pretty well. My favorite has to be And I Love Her. I must admit, the original was too fast and boring. But the added harmony and slowed down to an "R&B" pace makes this song shine out from all the others. Robbie's guitar work in all the songs are nothing short of amazing, the drummer's work adds a very essential touch to the music, Hamish's vocals match up right next to Paul's, and Paul, well we all know he's amazing. I recommend this CD to everyone. Beatles fans, or not, this is a live masterpiece.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars McCartney Stripped Down February 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
MTV Unplugged was the perfect setting for Paul McCartney. During his 1976 tour, he would perform acoustic songs with the band while sitting on stools, so the Unplugged format was a good fit. He gives a sterling performance by mixing covers with lesser known solo hits. Songs like "Every Night" & "Junk" get a new life and sound fresh. The covers including a superb version of "Singing The Blues" show how he has the ability to make someone else's song sound all his own. Unplugged gives the fans a chance to experience a legend in a small setting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good buy.
Collecting the unplugged series, good buy.
Published 1 month ago by David Larios
5.0 out of 5 stars Shows why the Beatles were top group
Great evergreen Paul Mc Cartney still at his best
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Published 3 months ago by Hirohisa Taura
5.0 out of 5 stars At last I found it in US
I been listening to this extraordinary consert on You tube and got the CD from Amazon in US.
Couldn't find in 't in Europe . Read more
Published 6 months ago by Maude Heléne Gullberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Great mix of music from various eras.
A great mix of music from various musical eras represented well by a legendary artist. A worthy effort to help us remember some classic songs.
Published 11 months ago by NB in PC
5.0 out of 5 stars Got to get this into your collection..............
The first I believe Unplugged and what a way to begin.From "Be-Boop -a Lula " to "She's a Woman" this is outstanding and a must. Read more
Published 14 months ago by MusicLover
5.0 out of 5 stars Unplugged Live: Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney's sweet voice is a perfect match for the Unplugged series. I love his guitar playing and everything in this album is exquisite.
Published 16 months ago by Susan J. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars I paid through the nose for this CD but it's worth it...
I was raised on Beatles' music and when I heard Paul's unplugged on my satellite radio, I was determined to get the CD cuts that it was taken from.... Read more
Published 17 months ago by T. Imai
5.0 out of 5 stars One of McCartney's Best Recordings
This is a really great and fun album. Many recording artist shined on the Unplugged sessions and McCartney is no exception. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Kevin N. Persson
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Is this MP3 digitally remastered or just the same as the original CD?
If anyone still cares, neither Wikipedia nor Allmusic.com state anywhere in their articles about McCartney Unplugged that it has been remastered. For what it's worth, I find that remastering usually adds nothing to the listening. It's an excuse to re-release and raise the price of an item -... Read More
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