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CD Review: Paul McCartney

Good Evening New York City (Hear/Concord)


The Beatles' live performances were never well represented on record during their lifespan. But Paul McCartney has gone out of his way to rectify that by recreating as much of the Beatles catalog as possible in his live sets. His latest concert album, Good Night New York City, may stand as the Cute One's best live cross section of his various musical personas over the past five decades. Good Evening NYC documents the first of a three-night stand that McCartney and his crack band performed this summer, the first concerts at the new Citi Field.

McCartney put together a diverse set for the occasion, from "I'm Down" to "Something" (on which McCartney plays a ukelele given to him by George Harrison) and a medley of "A Day in the Life" and "Give Peace a Chance," an emotional tribute to John Lennon. In addition to brilliantly executed versions of Beatles classics (including "I Saw Her Standing There" with Billy Joel on piano and vocals), McCartney and company roar through Wings nuggets and recent solo material. Just a month after his 67th birthday and in great voice, Sir Paul put on one of the landmark concerts of his career and nailed it from beginning to end. — Brian Baker

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