Monday, June 17, 2013

Paul at Bonnaroo "Helter Skelter"

Paul Wows Them in Tennessee

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Paul McCartney at Bonnaroo.

Paul McCartney knows how to play to a crowd better than just about anyone alive, and he proved it again on Day 2 of the Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee on June 14, 2013. It wasn't just any crowd, but rather 80,000 adoring fans who appeared quite content with the show.

The amazing thing about Paul is that he still bears down and plays each show by the book as if he were a struggling musician trying to make a good impression. No self-indulgent meanderings or diva moments, just classic sing-alongs with the crowd and the occasional sentimental comment about his former bandmates or what fans in the audience are smoking. Two and a half hours and two encores later, Paul proved once again that, yes, he still has it.

Here is a video of "Helter Skelter," the second encore. This is at the end of a long night, but Paul still does a great job. This person had a great seat, by the way.




And below are stills from the performance.

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Badfinger's Come and Get It

Come and Get It, Performed by Badfinger

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The classic Badfinger single "Come and Get It" was, as all true Paul McCartney fans know, written and produced by Paul McCartney. Paul personally produced the project and made sure that the singer sounded as much like him as possible. One wonders why he didn't just sing it himself - but the song wound up making Badfinger's career. Since I posted Paul's demo version, I figured I might as well post the finished Badfinger product.

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Paul's slightly slower demo version is here. There is an uncanny resemblance between the voices of Paul and Badfinger's lead singer Tom Evans in their two versions of the song. Released on 12 January 1970 in the United States and 5 December 1969 in the United Kingdom, "Come and Get It" hit No. 7 in the United States and No. 4 in the UK. Paul McCartney rarely plays "Come and Get It," but did for the first time in many years publicly in Bologna, Italy on 26 November 2011. Oh, McCartney even appears on the Badfinger single, playing percussion. The other Badfinger band members were Pete Ham (piano), Ron Griffiths (bass guitar), and Mike Gibbins on drums. Badfinger was called The Iveys at the time but the band members switched their name to Badfinger for the McCartney songs for unknown reasons.

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Badfinger's "Come and Get It" was released on the Beatles' Apple Records.

"Come and Get It" featured in the "The Magic Christian," a Peter Sellers film that also featured Ringo Starr.


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Monday, June 10, 2013

Here, There and Everywhere - Take 14

Paul Slows it Down

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Here is Paul crooning his beloved "Here, There and Everywhere' from the "Revolver" recording sessions. For true fans, this is Take 14. Paul said in 2018 that "Here, There and Everywhere" is perhaps his favorite composition. John Lennon considered it the "best composition" on "Revolver," which many Beatles fans consider to be the band's best album (though it has a lot of stiff competition).

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Some insist that this is the best version of "Here, There and Everywhere," perhaps because it is "all Paul," with the other Beatles barely noticeable. It is just Paul sitting there in his own little world, singing his own song. However, not everybody agrees. Personally, I prefer the album version, which is a bit faster and fuller. But, it's nice to have choices, and to each their own. This was toward the end of The Beatles' period of harmonizing to each others' songs, and it is done subtly and elegantly here (and on the album version as well).

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Lots of nice early pictures of Paul accompany the song in the video. Released as track 5 of Revolver on 5 August 1966 after being recorded on 14 June 1966 at EMI Studios, "Here, There and Everywhere" was not released as a single until 1976 by Emmylou Harris. Many consider it among the best of the Beatles' songs, and it certainly is the most soothing. "Here, There and Everywhere" also is one that has grown in appreciation over time while some others, such as "Eleanor Rigby" and "Yesterday," are still revered but perhaps not quite as much as in the 1960s.

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

"Eleanor Rigby" "Helter Skeltor" Encore Orlando Florida 5/18/2013

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Paul McCartney at the first stop of his tour in Orlando, Florida, May 2013



At his encore in Orlando, Florida, Paul McCartney plays "Eleanor Rigby" and "Helter Skelter." This is pretty good for a fan video. It's always good to see Paul performing the old favorites.

Paul McCartney with his live "Eleanor Rigby" "Helter Skelter" Encore Orlando Florida 5/18/2013. The former is from the Beatles' "Revolver" album, the latter from the "White Album," technically entitled "The Beatles." This was the first stop on Paul's "Out There" tour.

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Live and Let Die - Paul McCartney - Out There Tour - Orlando - 18 May 2013


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Paul McCartney in Orland, Florida, May 2013.



This video of Paul McCartney's performance in Orlando, Florida on his "Out There" tour is not of broadcast quality. However, it gives you a good flavor of the show. Having a view of this from a seat further back actually is better than up close, because you get the full effect of the pyrotechnics.

Live and Let Die - Paul McCartney - Out There Tour - Orlando - 18 May 2013.

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