Paul McCartney: Live at Amoeba Music
Twelve years ago, Paul McCartney performed a concert at the Californian record store Amoeba. Now, the full concert has finally been released, and in full Hi-Res!
June 27th, 2007 at Amoeba music - the most popular record store in Hollywood - Paul McCartney steps on stage for an undisclosed, 90 minute performance, to a small but eager crowd.
The venue is more like the Cavern Club than Wembley, which might have prompted this introductory statement: "Welcome to Amoeba - it's got to be the most surreal gig ever. The management has asked us to point out no shoplifting please”.
Cue 21 songs, from his solo discography as well as his catalog as a Beatle. Four of these recordings would be released the same year in a limited edition: Only Mama Knows, C Moon, That Was Me, and I Saw Her Standing There.
In 2009, these were republished in a CD version. But 17 other songs had yet to be made available to the public - until today. Backed by a very solid band, with Dave Arch (piano), Rusty Anderson (guitar), Brian Ray (bass) and Abe Laboriel, Jr. (drums), Macca is given free reign to sing his heart out.
During the opener Drive My Car, his voice is strong and self-assured; as the show goes on, it is noticeably tinged with emotion. On an exceptional performance of The Long and Winding Road, the moment is crystallized - the sheer adoration of the crowd, and the clear enjoyment Paul seems to be taking out of the performance, clearly lend some sort of magic to the whole thing. This Amoeba Gig is a grand slam from start to finish - usual business for Sir Paul McCartney.
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