Paul McCartney Live CD/DVD News


Multi-disc package
culled from Macca’s three-night run at Citi Field, site of the old Shea


By Blurt Staff


Paul McCartney’s historic three-night musical christening of New York’s Citi Field, witnessed by 120,000-plus
attendees and universally hailed as a concert experience for the ages, will be
immortalized November 17 when Hear Music/Concord Music Group releases “Good Evening New York City“.  This momentous
musical experience will be available in two formats: a 3-disc (2 CD + 1 DVD)
standard edition and a 4-disc (2 CD + 2 DVD) deluxe version featuring expanded
packaging and a bonus DVD including McCartney’s traffic-stopping,
headline-making July 15 performance on the Ed Sullivan Theater marquee
(including bonus numbers not aired on the Late
Show with David Letterman
broadcast). The set will also be made available
in high quality vinyl. In any configuration, the 30+ songs and nearly 3 hours
of music comprising “Good Evening New York City” are a must-have for
attendees wishing to relive the July 17, 18 & 21 shows, those who couldn’t
get tickets and/or anyone interested in an audiovisual document of a living
legend. “Good Evening New York City
marks McCartney’s 2nd release for Hear Music. The first was 2007’s highly
acclaimed Memory Almost Full
The standard version of “Good Evening New York City” will be
available at participating Starbucks company-operated locations.

 As the inaugural musical event at Citi Field, the site of the former Shea
Stadium, the July 2009 shows held special significance not only for McCartney
but for generations of his fans. The shows were performed on the same hallowed
ground that The Beatles, in 1965, played the 34-minute show that would set the
precedent for the modern day stadium rock show–and where in 2008 McCartney
joined Billy Joel for the final rock show before the original stadium’s
demolition. As documented on “Good
Evening New York City
“, “I’m Down” from the 1965 set list
was revived for the Citi Field shows, albeit this time played through a PA that
was not overpowered by screaming fans (though there were still several thousand
who tried). Other highlights of  “Good Evening New York City”
include faithful takes on Beatles classics “Drive My Car,” “Got
To Get You Into My Life,” “The Long And Winding Road,”
“Blackbird,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “Back In The USSR,”
“Paperback Writer,” “Let It Be,” “Hey Jude,”
“Helter Skelter” and more, plus “Something” rendered on ukulele
gifted to Paul by George Harrison, and a tribute to John Lennon in the form of
a medley of “A Day In The Life” and “Give Peace A Chance.”
Wings era chestnuts include “Band On The Run,” “My Love,”
“Let Me Roll It” and the pyrotechnic tour de force of “Live And
Let Die,” while timeless McCartney solo material ranges from “Here
Today” to the upbeat “Flaming Pie” and “Dance Tonight”
to a pair of numbers from Electric Arguments, the 2008 album released under the
alias of The Fireman.

The concert footage featured on “Good Evening New York City” standard
edition features concert footage directed by Paul Becher, who has overseen live
visuals for McCartney for some 200 performances and counting. The 33-song 2
hour 40 minute performances were shot in High Definition using 15 cameras and
digital footage incorporated from 75 Flipcams handed out to fans over the
course of the three night stand. The audio mix, in both stereo and 5.1, was
handled by longtime McCartney engineer Paul Hicks, whose credits include the
recent Beatles remasters, The Beatles
Anthology, Let It Be…Naked
, and two Grammy awards for his mixing work on
the Beatles’ Love album.


The deluxe edition bonus DVD will feature footage of McCartney’s July 15
performance on the outdoor marquee of the Ed Sullivan Theater, previously
available only as a webcast on the Late
Show with David Letterman
website. The marquee set, which marked
McCartney’s return to the site of The Beatles U.S. television debut, generated
front page headlines and literally stopped traffic as word of mouth generated a
crowd that packed Broadway from Columbus
Circle to Times Square. 



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