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Paul McCartney: Live Kisses

by Steven Bergman
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Tuesday Dec 18, 2012
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When one is the most successful musician from the most successful pop group of all time, one has carte blanche to pursue any projects one wants. In this instance, the artist is Sir Paul McCartney, and the project is a live concert from the acclaimed Capitol Studios building in Los Angeles to promote his new recording of oldies, "Kisses on the Bottom."

Titled "Live Kisses," McCartney performs tracks from the above mentioned recording, featuring classics from his childhood, as well as two new original pieces written in the style of these golden standards. With a band led by jazz pianist Diana Krall, and featuring first-string musicians John Pizzarelli on guitar, bassist John Clayton, drummer Karriem Riggins, and his touring drummer, Abe Laboriel Jr., on backing vocals, McCartney appears at ease in front of this exclusive audience, where he performs his set in the famous location where Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Nat King Cole made some of their most well-known records. Director Jonas Akerlund filmed the intimate evening almost entirely in black and white, and adds some tasteful special effects to enhance the mood of the film.

With his superstar status firmly established, the 70-year-old McCartney has very little left to prove at this junction in his life, deciding to explore the melodies of his youth on this latest set. The song choices that he made, along with Krall and producer Tommy LiPuma, range from Fats Waller’s "I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter" (where the lyric "Kisses on the Bottom" comes from) and "My Very Good Friend the Milkman," to the lesser known "More I Cannot Wish You" from Frank Loesser’s stage version of "Guys and Dolls," and the Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer standard, "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive." McCartney’s gracefully-aged voice lends itself well to the tunes, and though the set list is a bit ballad-heavy, his band blends wonderfully within the arrangements.

Bonus Features include behind-the-scenes footage for the making of "My Valentine," one of the McCartney originals on the album. Featuring Johnny Depp and Natalie Portman (who also appeared in McCartney’s "Dance Tonight" video), fans will enjoy the informal interaction between the actors and the songwriter.

"Live Kisses"
Paul McCartney
DVD ($29.98), Blu-Ray ($34.98) and Digital Video ($12.99) formats
Eagle Rock Entertainment

Steven Bergman is a Composer / Playwright / Performing Arts Educator based outside of Boston, MA.

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