Paul McCartney - Paul Is Live

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Posted on Mon, 11/02/2015 - 12:22pm
by Ron Wallace

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Release Type

Live Album

Release Year

1993

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Label

Parlophone/MPL

 

Album Overview

Paul Is Live is a live album by Paul McCartney, released in 1993 during his New World Tour in support of the album Off the Ground. The album cover is based on that of Beatles' 1969 album Abbey Road and contains multiple references to the "Paul is dead" conspiracy theory.

Tracks

TrackTitleDuration
1Drive My Car2:16
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Composed By: Lennon-McCartney

2Let Me Roll It4:04
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Composed By: Paul McCartney

3Looking For Changes2:37
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Composed By: Paul McCartney

4Peace In The Neighbourhood4:42
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Composed By: Paul McCartney

5All My Loving2:14
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Composed By: Lennon-McCartney

6Robbie's Bit (Thanks Chet)1:35
7Good Rockin' Tonight2:41
8We Can Work It Out2:34
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Composed By: Lennon-McCartney

9Hope Of Deliverance3:25
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Composed By: Paul McCartney

10Michelle2:49
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Composed By: Lennon-McCartney

11Biker Like An Icon3:28
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Composed By: Paul McCartney

12Here, There And Everywhere2:27
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Composed By: Lennon-McCartney

13My Love3:57
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Composed By: Paul McCartney

14Magical Mystery Tour3:09
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Composed By: Lennon-McCartney

15C'Mon People5:31
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Composed By: Paul McCartney

16Lady Madonna2:24
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Composed By: Lennon-McCartney

17Paperback Writer2:32
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Composed By: Lennon-McCartney

18Penny Lane2:52
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Composed By: Lennon-McCartney

19Live And Let Die3:10
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Composed By: Paul McCartney

20Kansas City3:19
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Composed By: Leiber & Stoller

21Welcome To Soundcheck0:45
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Composed By: Paul McCartney

22Hotel In Benidorm2:00
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Composed By: Paul McCartney

23I Wanna Be Your Man2:20
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Composed By: Lennon-McCartney

24A Fine Day6:04
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Composed By: Paul McCartney

Title and cover

The album's title is a response to the "Paul is dead" rumours after the 1969 release of the Beatles' last studio album, Abbey Road, and the cover of Paul Is Live is a digitally altered version of the 1969 album's sleeve. Intentional differences between the two covers are:

  • The infamous "LMW-281F" on the Volkswagen Beetle's license plate was mis-read as "LMW-28IF", purportedly meaning that Linda McCartney Weeps and that McCartney would have been 28 if he had lived – is edited to read "51IS", indicating that he is alive and his age at the time was 51.
  • McCartney is wearing shoes; on Abbey Road he had appeared with bare feet, while the other Beatles had shoes. This mismatch was viewed as an eyecatch to the hoax.
  • His left foot is forward. In the original cover, McCartney's right foot was forward, out of step with the other Beatles.
  • He holds the dog's leash in his left hand; since he is left-handed, many thought that another clue of the "dead Paul" from Abbey Road was the cigarette he held in his right hand.
  • The police car - said to symbolise the policemen who had been bribed by the other three Beatles to keep quiet about Paul's death - has been removed.

The dog appearing on the cover is Arrow, one of the offspring of Martha, the sheepdog that was the inspiration for the title of the song "Martha My Dear". The cover photo is from the Abbey Road cover photoshoot by photographer Iain Macmillan. There are differences between this and the photograph used for the Abbey Road cover; most notably, the taxi present in the Abbey Road cover photograph does not feature here. The retouching was done by CGI artist Erwin Keustermans, who erased the Beatles and put in McCartney and the dog, taken from 35 mm pictures by Linda McCartney.

Release and reception

Excerpted from his shows in Australia, as well as from various cities in the United States, Paul Is Live followed the 1989–90 Paul McCartney World Tour/Tripping the Live Fantastic extravaganza by only three years, confounding critics and fans as to its appearance, and some its necessity (although the only song it has in common with Tripping The Live Fantastic is "Live And Let Die"). As a result, Paul Is Live became McCartney's lowest-selling live set of his career, peaking at number 34 in the UK and a lowly number 78 in the US.

A concert film subtitled The New World Tour was subsequently released on VHS, and later on DVD. It was directed by Aubrey Powell. The video release includes the controversial pre-concert film, which features vintage footage of the Beatles, solo-era promotional film clips, then switches tone by including graphic animal test footage (all of which is underscored by solo and Beatle recordings), and, finally, warmup footage of the band. The program starts with the warm-up footage, and is played in full at the conclusion of the concert. The packaging included a disclaimer warning regarding the graphic nature of the animal footage.

Afterwards, McCartney took a sizeable break from his solo career to begin the enormous Beatles Anthology project in early 1994 with George Harrison, Ringo Starr and George Martin. This took up much of his time for the next two years, before Flaming Pie in 1997.

Personnel

  • Paul McCartney – lead vocals, acoustic, electric and bass guitars, piano
  • Linda McCartney – backing vocals, keyboards, percussion, autoharp
  • Hamish Stuart – acoustic and electric guitars, acoustic and electric bass guitars, backing vocals
  • Robbie McIntosh – acoustic and electric guitars, backing vocals
  • Paul 'Wix' Wickens – keyboards, accordion, acoustic guitar, percussion, backing vocals
  • Blair Cunningham – drums, percussion
 

Attribution

Paul Is Live - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia : taken from - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Is_Live
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