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iTunes Festival: London 2007 - EP

Paul McCartney

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The first installment of the iTunes Festival: London took place in the spring of 2007 with different artists performing over a succession of nights. Paul McCartney helped inaugurate the event with this storming set of six songs, four of which were from his Memory Almost Full album. With a cracking band behind him and his own voice in sharp form, McCartney puts forth some of his most rocking tunes. The funky "Coming Up" sounds positively Stevie Wonder-ized while "Jet" comes across as both raucous and triumphant.

Customer Reviews

All hail Sir Paul!

The King of music is nothing short of masterful throughout his career and he is truly an icon in our time. In this CD, its live of course, he sounds a little strained and aged, like hes wrapping up a tour. I am not sure how critics can listen to Jet and not announce that it isnt one of the top songs every written. A live verison of that song is a must own for anyone. This man is the top song writer of rock and rolls generation and he should finally be recongized for it via Itunes!!

Not for casual fans...

Ok, lots of boneheads who think McCartney's talent magically dried up in 1969 are going to give this bad reviews. But... for the rest of us (the ones who actually LISTENED to the music on the EP before writing their review) will be thrilled. It's time to bury the hatchet and stop all this McCartney bashing... it's almost become a cliche in rock-fandom... in order to be "cool" you have to bash McCartney... if you fall into that trap... man... it's your freakin' loss. This is the Mccartney I love. He is NOT resting on his Beatle-Laurels, but laying down some heavy-edged pop/rock on his own terms. Had the same Ep been released by Clapton, everyone would prattle on about how "cool" this music is. The fact is... McCartney outrocks any of the old icons, always has, and if that's what you want to hear, this stuff is great. Right off the bat, starting with "Coming Up" this Ep kicks off in high gear. The whimsical inclusion of the Peter Gunn theme (I believe I got that right) is a real treat, and this new version of this song rocks. Keeping the flow, he kicks into "Only Mama Knows," and ditches any Beatle influence, and sounds instead like Wings at their best. It's great to know that someone (McCartney) is still writing bottom heavy pop-rock like this. "That Was Me," which rocked to begin with, really chugs along here. His vocals are not quite as ripping as on the album, but the aggressive musicianship more than makes up for it. OK, "Jet" is OK... as good as any other version, but it could have been stronger. As hard as he pushed the first three songs, I can't help but feel that McCartney and his band could have pushed a little harder on this one. "Nod Your Head," a new cult favorite, is strong here, too. As wicked-sounding and edgy as the original version is, this version is no more or less powerful. Lastly, "House of Wax," one of his very best, works well live. But, I think the guitar solos on the original version were more hair raising. It's a real treat for serious McCartney fans to have a whole live set with NO Beatle songs! What a relief! My only problem with this Ep is that he should have ended with "Soily," but that's hardly a valid criticism. So, if you actually love McCartney as McCartney and not as a Beatle... you'll love this.

WOW

This guy can do it all!!! I highly suggest this album! Its a nice cheap price and you get 6 great mccartney songs! This gives a great taste of why Paul McCartney is one of the best live acts still to this day.

Biography

Born: June 18, 1942 in Liverpool, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Out of all the former Beatles, Paul McCartney by far had the most successful solo career, maintaining a constant presence in the British and American charts during the '70s and '80s. In America alone, he had nine number one singles and seven number one albums during the first 12 years of his solo career. Although he sold records, McCartney never attained much critical respect, especially when compared to his former partner, John Lennon. Then again, he pursued a different path than Lennon, deciding...
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