Paul McCartney, Tripping The Live Fantastic (1990)
I always loved this – I had the double cassette tape and my dad had the single CD of highlights. I’ve seen that highlights one about on vinyl often – but that was never enough. I love the big sprawl of this, a triple-vinyl, so over the top with soundcheck jams and novelty rock’n’roll covers and, well, just so many songs! This was the first official live album from Paul McCartney, the document of his first big world tour as solo artist – and following on from that live album from Wings, from when Wings first did “the big show”-styled event this manages to pack in material from Wings and The Beatles and Macca’s solo hits, including a heap of material from the then-current Flowers In The Dirt. Even if you don’t like that album I reckon the live versions – highlights from the album – are all solid. And this album made me go back to Wings and Beatles recordings to enjoy songs I’d somewhat forgotten about. As far as putting together a career overviews of highlights – a formidable task when your name is Paul McCartney – I reckon he gets it about right here. As right as can be. There would – from here – be further (regular) tours, a few band changes, and a few new songs each time; also digging back to resurrect songs from the back catalogue, some long forgotten (maybe some best forgotten?) I got to see McCartney on the tour just after this – and I always preferred this album as souvenir rather than the one that was released after that tour. Or for that matter any of the other live albums. He’s been a great ambassador to/for The Beatles’ catalogue, going around the world being a Beatles/Wings-jukebox, still flicking in a few songs from his album-du-jour. The McCartney of the last 25 years – the one so many people have decided is past it now and milking it – started here. I eyed this album up in the record store for ages, kept wondering if I could/should commit. Finally – I decided it had to be mine. Took it home and listened to all six sides in a row. Bloody good show. Blood good show!
Sample Track: Things We Said Today
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