After enjoying the recent “Good Evening New York City,” we decided to go back through the mists of time and pull out a few past Paul McCartney live DVDs.
How things have changed. For one, hair styles. On “Get Back” and “Paul Is Live: In Concert on the New World Tour,” he still has the Beatlish fringe. On “Back in the U.S.,” it was conservative short. On “Live in the Cavern,” “Live at Red Square” and “The Space Within Us,” it’s a happy medium.
Another aspect of the DVDs is the films themselves. “Back to the U.S.” is overloaded with audience shots. “Paul Is Live” tries to be overly artsy with special effects.
Most of the recent films have tried to cut back on the effects and the extraneous stuff, though we’ve seen comments that some would like less extras and even more concert. “Live in Red Square” had a lot of outside footage, but given the circumstances of the show, it was to be expected — and it certainly was interesting.
“Get Back” and “Paul Is Live” have Linda on them. Despite all the heat she took, looking back, she definitely looked like she belonged there. And those two films generate a little emotion when seeing her in them.
And just a look through the set lists for all the songs Paul is not performing now is interesting, too. Here’s a short list: “Put It There,” “Rough Ride,” “Looking For Changes,” “Peace in the Neighborhood,” “Flaming Pie,” “Jenny Wren,” “Freedom,” “Here, There and Everywhere” and “She’s Leaving Home.” Some of these will certainly be back, but not all.
So what’s our favorite DVD? It would have to be the Blu-ray of “The Space Within Us,” which we’ve reviewed in the past and think is tremendous.
There’s no word of an “Up and Coming Tour” DVD yet, but there have been plenty of things on that tour that would make a great film. For one, the scenes of fan interaction on stage would be unique unto themselves.
And let’s not forget all the great music.