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Following Paul McCartney — from Wings to the West Wing

Following Paul McCartney — from Wings to the West Wing

Tonight’s “Paul McCartney: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in Performance at the White House” — premiering at 8 p.m., and then repeating all week on PBS stations — had us digging through the stacks, looking for favorites from throughout his career. (Click through the titles for complete reviews.) GOOD EVENING NEW YORK CITY (2009): There areRead More

Paul McCartney – Good Evening New York City (2009)

What does Paul McCartney, after five decades in music and an astonishing seven previous concert recordings, still have to tell us in yet another multi-disc live offering? Turns out, more than I thought. “Good Evening New York City” (Hear Music/Concord Music Group), out today, commemorates McCartney’s three-night concert event to open New York’s new Citi Field, played in front ofRead More

More Perfect Playlists: Denny Laine and Wings

More Perfect Playlists: Denny Laine and Wings

Denny Laine — Fab, one time removed? — will forever be the other guy in Wings, the Paul McCartney-led 1970s successor band to the Beatles. Even if that belies Laine’s important earlier contributions to the Moody Blues (“Go Now,” a Wings concert staple), his occasional takeout moment with Paul’s band (in particular on 1978’s London Town), a batch of interestingRead More

The Fireman – Electric Arguments (2008)

The Fireman – Electric Arguments (2008)

No, the Fireman projects don’t represent Paul McCartney’s first forays into experimental pop since the Beatles busted up. The difference between this — by far the most successful of a now three-part series — and, say, 1980’s “McCartney II” is that Paul has someone to bounce ideas off of. There is another voice in the room, much like John Lennon,Read More

One Track Mind: The Fireman, "Nothing Too Much Just Out Of Sight" (2008)

One Track Mind: The Fireman, "Nothing Too Much Just Out Of Sight" (2008)

“Just reading those lines (of the Townshend interview) fired my imagination. I thought, Right, they’ve done what they think was the loudest and dirtiest; we’ll do what we think. I went into the studio and told the guys, ‘Look, I’ve got this song but Pete said this and I want to do it even dirtier.’ It was a great briefRead More

Songs where Ringo Starr, well, sucked: Gimme Five

When Ringo Starr recently announced that he wouldn’t be responding to any more fan mail, it occurred to me that he must be completely unaware of the disastrous foibles he’s unleashed on a loving but ultimately unwitting fanbase. Certainly likeable (at one time, anyway), Starr was and is a drive-by celeb, someone so lightning-strike lucky to have replaced Pete BestRead More

The Fireman – Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest (1994)

Capitol Records tried to drop hints that was, in fact, a record by Paul McCartney. Press information shipped with the advance CDs had a pull-out reproduction of a tabloid, apparently circa 1964: “‘Beatlemania,’” the headline screamed, “sweeps U.S.” But the enclosed news release goes on and on about “an anonymous duo” known as the Fireman. No other details given onRead More

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