Posted in music | pictures on October 1, 2009

photos by Tim Griffin

Paul McCartney

"Paul McCartney's historic three-night musical christening of New York's Citi Field, witnessed by 120,000-plus attendees and universally hailed as a concert experience for the ages, will be immortalized November 17 when Hear Music/Concord Music Group releases "Good Evening New York City". This momentous musical experience will be available in two formats: a 3-disc (2 CD + 1 DVD) standard edition and a 4-disc (2 CD + 2 DVD) deluxe version featuring expanded packaging and a bonus DVD including McCartney's traffic-stopping, headline-making July 15 performance on the Ed Sullivan Theater marquee (including bonus numbers not aired on the Late Show with David Letterman broadcast). The set will also be made available in high quality vinyl. In any configuration, the 30+ songs and nearly 3 hours of music comprising "Good Evening New York City" are a must-have for attendees wishing to relive the July 17, 18 & 21 shows, those who couldn't get tickets and/or anyone interested in an audiovisual document of a living legend. "Good Evening New York City" marks McCartney's 2nd release for Hear Music. The first was 2007's highly acclaimed Memory Almost Full. The standard version of "Good Evening New York City" will be available at participating Starbucks company-operated locations in the U.S. and Canada and wherever music is sold."
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The concert footage featured on Good Evening New York City standard edition features concert footage directed by Paul Becher, who has overseen live visuals for McCartney for some 200 performances and counting. The 33-song 2 hour 40 minute performances were shot in High Definition using 15 cameras and digital footage incorporated from 75 Flipcams handed out to fans over the course of the three night stand. The audio mix, in both stereo and 5.1, was handled by longtime McCartney engineer Paul Hicks, whose credits include the recent Beatles remasters, The Beatles Anthology, Let It Be... Naked and two Grammy awards for his mixing work on the Beatles' Love album.
I posted a set of pictures from the first night at Citi Field, but never posted the set Tim took on the third night (Tuesday, July 21st). The rest of them, with some more info on the CD/DVD, below...

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As the inaugural musical event at Citi Field, the site of the former Shea Stadium, the July 2009 shows held special significance not only for McCartney but for generations of his fans. The shows were performed on the same hallowed ground that The Beatles, in 1965, played the 34-minute show that would set the precedent for the modern day stadium rock show--and where in 2008 McCartney joined Billy Joel for the final rock show before the original stadium's demolition. As documented on Good Evening New York City, "I'm Down" from the 1965 set list was revived for the Citi Field shows, albeit this time played through a PA that was not overpowered by screaming fans (though there were still several thousand who tried). Other highlights of Good Evening New York City include faithful takes on Beatles classics "Drive My Car," "Got To Get You Into My Life," "The Long And Winding Road," "Blackbird," "Eleanor Rigby," "Back In The USSR," "Paperback Writer," "Let It Be," "Hey Jude," "Helter Skelter" and more, plus "Something" rendered on ukulele gifted to Paul by George Harrison, and a tribute to John Lennon in the form of a medley of "A Day In The Life" and "Give Peace A Chance." Wings era chestnuts include "Band On The Run," "My Love," "Let Me Roll It" and the pyrotechnic tour de force of "Live And Let Die," while timeless McCartney solo material ranges from "Here Today" to the upbeat "Flaming Pie" and "Dance Tonight" to a pair of numbers from Electric Arguments, the 2008 album released under the alias of The Fireman.
Night one pics HERE.

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Comments (15)

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Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2009 10:17 AM

So... I was 1 of the Flip Cam winners for the 2nd night- I guess the only way to know if my footage was used is to buy this DVD?? Does anyone have more info??

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2009 10:37 AM

I thought they send us Flip Cammers a copy... but if not, wouldn't you want to buy it as a memento?! Do you not like McCartney? We got a free Flip Cam out of it, what's the big deal about dropping $25 or whatever for the CD/DVD? (Of course I'm hoping we get a free copy, but if not, I'll definitely be buying it on the 17th.)

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2009 10:42 AM

I wasn't trying to sound like I wouldn't buy it- I definitely will and LOVE Paul McCartney- was more curious to see if anyone heard anything who also won. B/c when I got my Flip Cam returned to me, the footage was removed... :(

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2009 10:47 AM

With all this talk about high definition footage, I hope they will also release it on blu-ray. It makes no sense to shoot HD and only release it on a standard definition format.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2009 10:59 AM

Sorry-- I remember there being some ungrateful-sounding "photographers" last summer. I thought maybe you were one of them!

Yeah, my footage was removed too, which was disappointing. It was probably for legal reasons. Though I took that to mean we'd most likely be getting a copy of the end product since they said they'd send us the footage.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2009 11:07 AM

Paul Mehcartney

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2009 11:33 AM

"Paul Mehcartney"

We've heard that one before.... many times.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2009 11:39 AM

MEHcca

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2009 11:44 AM

Cool, thanks 11:07. Even if they don't send us a copy, I'm definitely going to get it... B/c to be honest, my husband and I were pretty drunk and funny on our footage, so my bet is, we will be on the DVD singing Baby You Can Drive My Car into the camera

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2009 11:56 AM

Awesome I Fucking Shot That...

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2009 1:19 PM

"Awesome I Fucking Shot That..."

That's what Mark David Chapman said.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2009 5:30 PM

Mark David ChapMEHn

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2009 5:32 PM

i appreciate that the first time this guy ever shouts out hip hop since starting this column its for an old album done by white boys. classic black music hating largehearted boy.

Posted by louis | October 17, 2009 12:41 PM

Cool, thanks 11:07. Even if they don't send us a copy, I'm definitely going to get it... B/c to be honest. With all this talk about high definition footage, I hope they will also release it on blu-ray. It makes no sense to shoot HD and only release it on a standard definition format.

Posted by kurtlar vadisi pusu | February 19, 2010 9:58 AM

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