CDP 7 94778 Tripping The Live Fantastic
Produced by Paul McCartney, Bob Clearmountain & Peter Henderson
Released on November 6, 1990
UK CHART POSITION #26 . . . US CHART POSITION #16
Find it at GEMM
CDP 7 94778 disc one cover
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S omehow I only managed to get the first of this two-disc set; in retrospect, it was a blessing in disguise. The state of Paul McCartney’s voice is terrible from the onset, and it doesn’t get any smoother over the course of the show. The arrangements from the band are pedestrian at best, outclassed at every step by earlier versions from Wings (which one wouldn’t think was too high a hurdle to clear). Thus old gems like “Band on the Run” and “Jet” run out of gas early. The more recent McCartney material is a notch better, as it’s fresh in everyone’s mind. In fact, “We Got Married” and “Put It There” get the most sympathetic treatment from Paul and the band on disc one. There are, of course, the old Beatles tracks, which is what generated interest in the tour (nobody was that fired up about Flowers In The Dirt). A fine reading of “Got To Get You Into My Life” notwithstanding, these classics suffer from Paul’s cracking voice. “Birthday” gets rushed, “The Long And Winding Road” comes off mawkish, “Fool On The Hill” is hampered by the inexplicable use of Martin Luther King’s voice in the middle, and even “Can’t Buy Me Love” can’t bring back the magic. There are brief sections where the old pop pixie dust appears, including the opening of “Maybe I’m Amazed” (where I could actually feel a lump form in my throat) and the unsinkable Sgt. Pepper’s. Unless Paul got his voice back AND fired his backing band during the intermission, disc two is probably more of the same. As generous as it is, Tripping The Live Fantastic is a ticket to nowhere. If you must go idol gazing, the single-disc Highlights seems to capture the show’s most flattering side.

CDP 7 94778 booklet gatefold
CDP 7 94778 booklet gatefold

TRACK LISTING

    disc one
  1. SHOWTIME    0:38
  2. FIGURE OF EIGHT    (Paul McCartney)    5;33
  3. JET    (Paul McCartney)    4:02
  4. ROUGH RIDE    (Paul McCartney)    4:48
  5. GOT TO GET YOU INTO MY LIFE    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)    3:24
  6. BAND ON THE RUN    (Paul McCartney)    5:10
  7. BIRTHDAY    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)    2:43
  8. EBONY AND IVORY    (Paul McCartney)    4:01
  9. WE GOT MARRIED    (Paul McCartney)    6:38
  10. INNER CITY MADNESS    (Paul McCartney/Linda McCartney/Hamish Stuart/Robbie McIntosh/Paul "Wix" Wickens/Chris Whitten)    1:23
  11. MAYBE I'M AMAZED    (Paul McCartney)    4:42
  12. THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)    4:18
  13. CARCKIN' UP    (McDaniel)    0:50
  14. THE FOOL ON THE HILL    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)    5:01
  15. SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)    6:34
  16. CAN'T BUY ME LOVE    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)    2:17
  17. MATCHBOX    (Carl Perkins)    3:07
  18. PUT IT THERE    (Paul McCartney)    2:44
  19. TOGETHER    (Paul McCartney/Linda McCartney/Hamish Stuart/Robbie McIntosh/Paul "Wix" Wickens/Chris Whitten)    2:15

    disc two
  20. THINGS WE SAID TODAY
  21. ELEANOR RIGBY
  22. THIS ONE
  23. MY BRAVE FACE
  24. BACK IN THE U.S.S.R.
  25. I SAW HER STANDING THERE
  26. TWENTY FLIGHT ROCK
  27. COMING UP
  28. SALLY
  29. LET IT BE
  30. AIN'T THAT A SHAME
  31. LIVE AND LET DIE
  32. IF I WERE NOT UPON THE STAGE
  33. HEY JUDE
  34. YESTERDAY
  35. GET BACK
  36. GOLDEN SLUMBERS/CARRY THAT WEIGHT/THE END
  37. DON'T LET THE SUN CATCH YOU CRYING

CREDITS

PAUL McCARTNEY --
LINDA McCARTNEY --
ROBBIE McINTOSH --
HAMISH STUART --
CHRIS WHITTEN --
PAUL "WIX" WICKENS --
Jeff Cohen -- engineer
Bob Clearmountain -- mixing
Peter Saville -- art direction
Peter Saville Associates -- design
Donald Christie, Shoichiro Kataoka, Ross Halfin, Alan Silfen, Dave Modell, Jorie Gracen, Guido Harari -- photographers

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK/GER November 1990 Parlophone 3LP/2CD PCST/CDPCST 7346  
US November 6, 1990 Capitol 3LP/2CD CDP 7 94778 booklet
SPA 1990 Parlophone 3LP 182 79 4778 booklet

 

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