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3.0 out of 5 stars Paul is still alive, November 17, 2009
This review is from: Good Evening New York City [2 CD + 1 DVD Combo] (Audio CD)
How many live albums does Sir Paul intend to put out? Considering that he's past retirement age, he can't have that many left in him, and he certainly doesn't need the money, being one of the wealthiest men in the world. But he's an energetic 67 and clearly enjoys performing: his voice is remarkably strong, the band is tight, and the crowd is enthusiastic.

It's a good show, and if I could, I'd give it 3-1/2 stars. While it suits my 50-something tastes (4 stars), there are slow and/or weak spots scattered throughout (3 stars) and the whole production finally strikes me as pointless. If you were there, though, or wish that you could have been, it's well-recorded and well-filmed and serves as a fine souvenir.

Citi Field in New York brings back memories of the Fab Four at Shea Stadium, which used to occupy the same grounds, but that was another time and place, and it was long ago (1965) if not so far away. What does Paul bring to 2009? For the most part, this is a trip down nostalgia lane for baby boomers who will never get enough. The show starts out with a rollicking "Drive My Car" and a roaring "Jet," then scatters Beatles songs ("Got to Get You into My Life," "The Long and Winding Road," "Blackbird," "Eleanor Rigby") through a first half that's mostly Wings and solo output. A few of these are tepid rehashes of lesser songs ("Here Today," "Dance Tonight," "Calico Skies"), but others hit the mark, particularly "Only Mama Knows" and "Let Me Roll It." A new song celebrating New York, "Sing the Changes," isn't bad, but that's the most I can say for it.

The latter half of the show, beginning with "Back in the USSR" and winding up with a medley of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and "The End," is virtually all Lennon and McCartney songs. Out of the 33 tracks on DVD and CD, 20 are Beatles hits. Most of them are rockers ("I'm Down," "I've Got a Feeling," "Paperback Writer," "Day Tripper," "Helter Skelter," "Get Back") to get the crowd on their feet and demonstrate that Paul still has chops, and these are high points of the show. "Something" gets both a folksy mandolin treatment and an orchestral version that will surely remind you of the original. "Let It Be" is similarly faithful, while "Lady Madonna" is more of a rave-up than the Beatles made it.

On the other hand, there are less successful efforts: "A Day in the Life" devolves into a "Give Peace a Chance" sing-along, and "Hey Jude" becomes a ladies-and-gentlemen sing-along. Unfortunately, these just slow down the proceedings. And an encore duet with Billy Joel on "I Saw Her Standing There" will certainly not supplant the Beatles classic. Paul being as old as he is, the obligatory "Yesterday" bears a certain poignancy, but do we really need to hear him sing it one... more... time...?

If you don't have one of Paul's numerous live shows on CD or DVD, or if you're young and need proof that age is just a number, this bargain-priced set will do. But for the most part it's simply unnecessary. McCartney and company have performed almost all of these songs as well or better elsewhere.
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Initial post: Jun 18, 2011 11:25:57 AM PDT
M M says:
Paul puts out these sets from each tour to keep the bootleggers from cashing in on his work.
Hopefully, he'll be doing so for many years to come.
Thanks for the review.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 24, 2012 7:06:44 PM PDT
Lynn Canesso says:
I second that emotion. Well stated~ ")
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