I love a good discussion, and I am in the middle of putting together a radio program on the subject of who is the better musician, Paul McCartney or John Lennon?  There are few people that have ‘no comment’. Most folks are firmly in one camp or the other. I have faced some fierce emails on this subject, but I am very clear in my choice. In a futile attempt to take myself out of the equation I asked my wife Jan to review this one. So, all hate and discontent needs to be pointed at her. But, I will add my two cents, McCartney has more ability in his pinky toe than Lennon. He chose better friends, and he chose a better lifestyle. Music is subjective, and here is Jan’s review – Simon

A three night concert held by Paul McCartney at New York’s Citi Field had 120,000 plus fans attending. Hear Music/Concord Music Group released the recording of the concert names Good Evening New York City made available in two formats: a 3 disc (2 CD and 1 DVD) deluxe version expanding package and a bonus DVD which includes Paul McCartney’s headline making July 15 performance on the Ed Sullivan Theater marquee. The set features the 30 plus songs and almost 3 hours of music.

Citi Field is the former Shea Stadium. Holding the July 2009 concert here held a specific significance for McCartney and generations of his fans. The Beatles performed on the same hallowed ground in 1965 where they played a 34 minute show that set the modern day stadium rock show and where McCartney joined Billy Joel in 2008 for the final rock show before Shea Stadium was demolished.

Some of the music played at this concert, Good Evening New York City includes 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 lots more.

There was a tribute made to John Lennon, as they played A Day In The Life and Give Peace A Chance in the form of a medley. There were also performances from the Wings era including Band on the Run, My Love, Let Me Roll It and the pyrotechnic tour de force of Live and Let Die. McCartney does solo material ranging from Here Today to Flaming Pie and Dance Tonight.

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.

You can learn more by going to the official web page on how to purchase this CD/DVD set. It can be bought from Amazon also. If you would prefer to sample some of the music before buying you can go here and listen to some and view some of the video’s.

Jan Barrett

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