Paul Is Live

By Paul McCartneyOfficial live • Part of the collection “Paul McCartney • Live albums

Timeline See what happened in November 1993
UK release date:
Nov 15, 1993
US release date:
Nov 16, 1993

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Track list

Disc 1


1.

Drive My Car

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:33 • LiveL1

Concert From the concert in Kansas City, USA on May 31, 1993

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineering, Mixing


3.

Looking For Changes

Written by Paul McCartney

2:41 • LiveL1

Concert From the concert in Kansas City, USA on May 31, 1993

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineering, Mixing

4.

Peace In The Neighbourhood

Written by Paul McCartney

4:55 • LiveL1

Concert From the concert in Boulder, USA on May 26, 1993

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineering, Mixing

5.

All My Loving

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:17 • LiveL3

Concert From the concert in East Rutherford, USA on Jun 11, 1993

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineering, Mixing

6.

Robbie's Bit (Thanks Chet)

Written by Robbie McIntosh

1:58 • LiveL1

Concert From the concert in Charlotte, USA on Jun 15, 1993

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineering, Mixing

7.

Good Rockin' Tonight

Written by Roy Brown

2:52 • LiveL2

Concert From the concert in Charlotte, USA on Jun 15, 1993

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineering, Mixing

8.

We Can Work It Out

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:40 • LiveL2

Concert From the concert in East Rutherford, USA on Jun 11, 1993

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineering, Mixing

9.

Hope Of Deliverance

Written by Paul McCartney

3:33 • LiveL1

Concert From the concert in East Rutherford, USA on Jun 11, 1993

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineering, Mixing

10.

Michelle

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:57 • LiveL1

Concert From the concert in Boulder, USA on May 26, 1993

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineering, Mixing

11.

Biker Like An Icon

Written by Paul McCartney

3:40 • LiveL1

Concert From the concert in Boulder, USA on May 26, 1993

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineering, Mixing

12.

Here, There And Everywhere

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:30 • LiveL2

Concert From the concert in Parramatta, Australia on Mar 22, 1993

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineering, Mixing
Julian Mendelsohn:
Recording
Bob Kraushaar:
Recording

13.

My Love

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

4:07 • LiveL2

Concert From the concert in San Antonio, USA on May 29, 1993

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineering, Mixing

14.

Magical Mystery Tour

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:15 • Live

Concert From the concert in Parramatta, Australia on Mar 23, 1993

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineering, Mixing
Julian Mendelsohn:
Recording
Bob Kraushaar:
Recording

15.

C'mon People

Written by Paul McCartney

5:39 • LiveL1

Concert From the concert in Kansas City, USA on May 31, 1993

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineering, Mixing

16.

Lady Madonna

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:31 • LiveL2

Concert From the concert in Atlanta, USA on May 01, 1993

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineering, Mixing

17.

Paperback Writer

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:37 • Live

Concert From the concert in Charlotte, USA on Jun 15, 1993

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineering, Mixing

18.

Penny Lane

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:03 • Live

Concert From the concert in Boulder, USA on May 26, 1993

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineering, Mixing

19.

Live And Let Die

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

3:52 • LiveL3

Concert From the concert in Boulder, USA on May 26, 1993

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineering, Mixing

20.

Kansas City

Written by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller

3:54 • Live

Concert From the concert in Kansas City, USA on May 31, 1993

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineering, Mixing

21.

Welcome To Soundcheck

0:41 • Soundcheck


22.

Hotel In Benidorm

Written by Paul McCartney

2:00 • SoundcheckL1

Concert From the concert in Boulder, USA on May 26, 1993

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Tambourine
Robbie McIntosh:
Acoustic guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Bass
Paul Wickens:
Accordion
Blair Cunningham:
Drums
Geoff Emerick:
Engineering, Mixing

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


23.

I Wanna Be Your Man

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:37 • SoundcheckL3

Concert From the concert in Parramatta, Australia on Mar 23, 1993

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineering, Mixing
Julian Mendelsohn:
Recording
Bob Kraushaar:
Recording

24.

A Fine Day

Written by Paul McCartney

6:18 • SoundcheckL1

Concert From the concert in East Rutherford, USA on Jun 11, 1993

Paul McCartney:
Bass (?), Electric guitar (?), Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Keyboards
Robbie McIntosh:
Slide guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Bass (?), Electric guitar (?)
Paul Wickens:
Piano
Blair Cunningham:
Drums
Geoff Emerick:
Engineering, Mixing

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon

About

From Wikipedia:

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.

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 live footage of “Maybe I’m Amazed” and “Bluebird” from the Rockshow film, then switches tone by including graphic animal test footage (all of which is underscored by “Live And Let Die” and “Helter Skelter“), 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. […]

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