Friday, February 5, 2010

McCartney Lights up New York


I just listened to the 2 CD set of Paul McCartney's "Good Evening New York" and I would like to share a few of my thoughts with you. First this collection contains 33 great songs that were big hits for Paul. The first question you might ask is why would any McCartney fan who most likely already owns most of these songs want to buy them again on this collection. The answer has to do with the emotional differences in songs that our produced perfectly in a studio compared to songs that are captured during a live performance. It is widely known that Paul has always tried to reproduce the same musical sound and arrangement for any of his live performances, however the differences between live performances and studio recordings of the same song can be surprisingly great. The factor that causes these changes is the emotion of the live audience and its effect on the performer.

In my opinion, this is exactly what occurred during the recording of this live McCartney concert. It seems to me that the emotion of the audience makes full contact within the performer and the results are emotional charged music that can't be produced in any studio.

The songs while old seem reborn again with excitement and emotion. Its like the music that is coming out of the CD is alive in it own right.

I don't consider myself a great McCartney fan but I have to admit that I was moved by this great collection of songs. To me they are better than the original recordings. There is one thing I am sure of, every McCartney fan should be running out and buying this CD collection. You won't be disappointed!

1 comment:

  1. Hey MusicMan ...,

    If you think that the 2 CD set is great just wait until you see the companion DVD of the live concert. Paul is simply amazing. I tend to agree that the "live" performances have more "sizzle" than studio recordings even tho the studio may allow for more sound clarity and/or in the case of the old Beatles - more special effects that are difficult to impossible to re-create on stage. GO PAUL.

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