The McCartney Years

Documentary • For Paul McCartney

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From Wikipedia:

The McCartney Years is a three-DVD set featuring music videos, live performances and other rare footage from Paul McCartney’s solo career and Wings. The set spans the years 1970 to 2005. It was released by Warner Music in the UK on 12 November 2007, and by Rhino Entertainment in the United States the following day.


The first two discs comprise promotional films, from “Maybe I’m Amazed” (1970) to “Fine Line” (2005). Additional features include a documentary about his recent album Chaos and Creation in the Backyard (Creating Chaos at Abbey Road), a film about the Band on the Run album and a feature-length audio commentary from McCartney himself.

The third disc includes seven songs from the 1976 Wings concert Rockshow, four songs from McCartney’s 1991 appearance on MTV Unplugged, and eleven performances from his 2004 set at Glastonbury Festival. The live footage is also complemented by an optional commentary by McCartney.

Other features includes his appearance at Live Aid in 1985, the Super Bowl XXXIX Halftime Show and interviews with Melvyn Bragg and Michael Parkinson.

All videos have been digitally remastered, and the videos that were originally shot with an aspect ratio of 1.33 : 1 have been blown up to 1.78 : 1.[citation needed] This creates an odd effect for the videos, which now seem cinematic.[original research?] The videos included as extras are presented in their original form.[citation needed] Also, some videos shot on interlaced PAL sources have been badly deinterlaced,[original research?] such as the videos for “With a Little Luck“, “Coming Up“, “Waterfalls” and the Glastonbury 2004 set, resulting in jagged edges on the image. This does not affect the similarly shot “Goodnight Tonight” or “Baby’s Request”.

Track listing

Disc 1

Disc 2


Disc 3


MTV Unplugged



Hidden extras

Some videos on the first two discs have different angles, because one angle is an edited version of the original; the other the original. On disc one, “Goodnight Tonight” and “Baby’s Request” have different angles. The edited angle on “Goodnight Tonight” has an old film effect, but include different shots from the original, unedited video. The edited angle on “Baby’s Request” is full screen, but it is in sepia and resembles a video from a film projector. The second disc’s different angle is McCartney’s 2005 “Fine Line”, where most of the video is just white with slight outlines of McCartney playing the instrument with bits of colour and a few seconds of live-action from the original music video appearing later on.



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