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Paul McCartney

and Wings: - Rockshow DVD

Review by Gary Hill

This DVD is a release of a 1976 concert film of Paul McCartney and Wings. I can’t recommend it enough. I’ve never been a huge fan of The Beatles or of McCartney solo, but this video might well change my mind on that second part. This is just such an entertaining experience. I should mention, too, that it’s a classy package with a book styled DVD case. I love how while McCartney is the star here, this is a band and not McCartney with side musicians. That’s made obvious when several songs are sung by other members of the group. One of those points involves Denny Laine who was a member of the original Moody Blues. Here we get a great live rendition of the hit they had in those days, “Go Now.” The set list consists of a few Beatles songs and lots of McCartney and Wings tunes. I love the fact that they did “Magneto and Titanium Man” because I’m a bit of a Marvel Comics geek. I was impressed by the live performance of “Band on the Run,” too because I’ve always figured that would be a hard song to get the right sound live. They pulled it off. I love how these guys take turns on different instruments. There’s even a mid-show acoustic segment. That’s been kind of a trendy thing in concerts recently, but it wasn’t very common in those days. All in all, any fan of great rock music should own this. It’s a classy release.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2013  Volume 4 at lulu.com/strangesound.

 
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