Today, July 12, Sir Paul McCartney released four reissued live albums from his heralded solo career, spanning decades and a number of projects he’s been associated with, whether the Beatles, Wings or his own singer/songwriter material.
Amoeba Gig is the first full length commercial release of Paul’s surprise free concert at Hollywood’s Amoeba Music on June 27, 2007. To date only four songs have seen wide release as the Amoeba’s Secret EP, two of which were nominated for Grammy Awards in 2008: “That Was Me” for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and “I Saw Her Standing There” for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance. A few years later in November 2012, an extended 12-song excerpt of the Amoeba show titled Live in Los Angeles – The Extended Set was made available free to PaulMcCartney.com premium members for a limited period. And come July 12, 2019, a full 21-song recording documenting possibly the most intimate L.A. show Paul has ever played will be made available to the public for the first time.
Another is Paul Is Live, which you can pick up at this link. Via the item description:
Paul Is Live, recorded during the tour in support of Off The Ground, was Paul’s fifth live album and is famous for its title’s double meaning and the rumour-scotching cover art. Ever since the 1969 release of Abbey Road, there had been hoax-fuelled stories of Paul’s untimely death. The new title was a way of saying that this was most definitely not the case. The artwork is a play on the famous Abbey Road cover, with Paul crossing that same street but wearing shoes and using his left hand this time. (Originally, his bare feet and the holding of a cigarette in his right hand had supposedly been clues that it wasn’t him on the cover.) As well as a raft of solo, Wings and Beatles favourites, the album also offers an insight into the band s sound checks, the final three songs all being improvised during rehearsals in various locations on the tour. Performed by Paul McCartney: Vocals, Bass, Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Piano Linda McCartney: Vocals, Keyboards Hamish Stuart: Vocals, Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Bass Robbie McIntosh: Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Vocals Wix Wickens: Keyboards, Vocals Blair Cunningham: Drums, Percussion
The third reissued live album in this collection is Choba B CCCP — pick up a copy here.
Choba B CCCP, the Russian translation of ‘Back In The USSR’, was released in the Soviet Union in 1988, making Paul the first artist from the West to issue an album exclusively for that market. (It was released in the rest of the world following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.) Ruminating on the next stage of his career following 1986’s Press To Play, Paul decided he wanted to get back to his roots, so hired three session musicians and spent just two days covering his favourite hits from the 1950s. The recording sessions produced 22 songs in total, 13 of them ending up on the final album, with one of the songs left off being a cover of The Beatles’ ‘I Saw Her Standing There’. For Paul, it was a deeply personal album and a way to acknowledge fans who had supported him and The Beatles since the start. ‘When I was very young I asked my dad if people wanted peace,’ Paul explained at the time. ‘He said to me, ‘Yes, people everywhere want peace it’s usually politicians that cause trouble.’ It always seemed to me that the way The Beatles’ music was admired in the USSR tended to prove his point, that people the world over have a great deal in common. In releasing this record exclusively in the Soviet Union, I extend the hand of peace and friendship to the people of Russia.’ Produced by Paul McCartney
The fourth and final new reissue is Wings Over America, which has had previous reissues in the past — pick up the new one here.
Selected from 90 hours of recordings, Wings over America is a faithful account of the 1975-76 world tour that captures the band at its peak. It was taped at several of the US shows, but mixed as if it were a single performance. Paul combined old Beatle favourites with highlights from a solo catalogue that was now achieving real stature. Though an expensive triple disc on vinyl (it had been planned as a double, but a rival bootleg version encouraged Paul to expand it) sales were remarkable and it remains one of very few live albums to make Number 1 in America incidentally becoming the band’s fifth Number 1 album in a row. Performed by Paul McCartney: Vocals, bass guitar, piano, acoustic guitar Linda McCartney: Vocals, keyboards Denny Laine: Vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, piano gass, gob iron Jimmy McCulloch: Vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass Joe English: Drums, vocals Tony Dorsey: Trombone Howie Casey: Saxophone Steve Howard: Trumpet, Flugelhorn Thadeus Richard: Saxophone, clarinet, flute Produced by Paul McCartney