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Okay presentation of a living legend possibly past his prime...
26 February 2009 | by (Bellerose, NY , USA) – See all my reviews

I just saw this on VH1 Classics and am happy that they are playing more and more live shows like this from the BBC (they still document these things somewhat pretty well). I like VH1 Classic but there's been a logically inexplicable amount of Eddie Trunk/Metal showcased on the channel as of late (I can't seem to figure it out either). I hope they make live concert broadcasts like these less rare.

Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson are two artists who - regardless of how off-key they may be singing, how lacking in intensity their playing is (if such things are even relevant), or how low the register they are singing in (which isn't inherently bad by the way) is compared to the original released studio versions recorded some thirty-to-forty years ago - I can always enjoy simply in the knowledge that they wrote all these amazing songs and are still here today to perform them and can forgive comparatively minor gripes in their live performances. Having said that, this performance is pretty okay. Paul's into it and his youngish band is too (how could they not be). I'm not very familiar with them but they are "okay" although they look like someone else's band. And you can never get used to those vocals being done by anyone besides who sang them initially - but they sort of pull it off. Paul looks good for his age (66) and still plays great (again, considering his age).

The big flaw here is in the editing. There are constant shots of the audience seemingly every few seconds. I understand that this is just formulaic editing at it's worst but no one cares how some random guy responded to a particular intro of a song. I'll never understand these shots (or the decision to use them). There should be establishing shots of the crowd but that's it. It's as if the editor thought the music was lacking and that constant editing would attract attention away from the music (if need be). Whatever the case it does the viewer, who is going to ultimately watch this, hence being called the viewer, no favors.

If you are a Mac fan surely you'll eat this up as the song selection is pretty sweet.


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