EMI CD C2 7243 8 27704 2 8: PAUL McCARTNEY, Paul is LIVE - 1993
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Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE, Hon RAM, FRCM (born 18 June 1942), is an English musician, singer, songwriter and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the Beatles, and his collaboration with Lennon is one of the most celebrated songwriting partnerships of the 20th century. After the group's break-up, he pursued a solo career, forming the band Wings with his first wife, Linda, and singer-songwriter Denny Laine.

Guinness World Records described McCartney as the "most successful composer and recording artist of all time", with 60 gold discs and sales of over 100 million albums and 100 million singles, and as the "most successful songwriter" in United Kingdom chart history. More than 2,200 artists have covered his Beatles song "Yesterday", more than any other song in history. Wings' 1977 release "Mull of Kintyre", is one of the all-time best-selling singles in the UK. McCartney has written or co-written 32 songs that have reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and as of 2012 he has sold over 15.5 million RIAA-certified units in the United States.

McCartney has released an extensive catalogue of songs as a solo artist and has composed classical and electronic music. He has taken part in projects to promote international charities related to such subjects as animal rights, seal hunting, landmines, vegetarianism, poverty and music education. McCartney married three times, and he is the father of five children.

As a musician, McCartney is largely self-taught. Musicologist Ian MacDonald described his approach as "by nature drawn to music's formal aspects yet wholly untutored ... [he] produced technically 'finished' work almost entirely by instinct, his harmonic judgement based mainly on perfect pitch and an acute pair of ears ... [A] natural melodist—a creator of tunes capable of existing apart from their harmony". McCartney commented, "I prefer to think of my approach to music as ... rather like the primitive cave artists, who drew without training."

Paul Is Live is a live album by Paul McCartney, released in 1993 during his New World Tour in support of the album Off the Ground. Its cover contains multiple references to the "Paul is dead" conspiracy theory.

The album's title and cover are a response to the "Paul is dead" rumors current in 1969 after the release of The Beatles' last studio album, Abbey Road:

The infamous "281F" on the Volkswagen Beetle's license plate – mis-read as "28IF", and purportedly saying that McCartney would have been 28 if he had lived – is edited to read "51IS", indicating his age at the time is 51.
McCartney is wearing shoes; on Abbey Road he had appeared with bare feet.
He is stepping with his left foot. In the original cover, McCartney was stepping with his right foot, instead of the left like the other three Beatles; this lack of synchronism was perceived as another eyecatch to the hoax.
He holds the dog's leash in his left hand; since he is left-handed, many thought that another clue of the "dead Paul" from Abbey Road was the cigarette he held in his right hand.
On the original Abbey Road cover, many conspirators said that if you were to connect all of the cars on the left side with a line, the line would go through Paul's head. On this cover, Paul is leaning forward, and his head falls out of such line.
The police car was removed as well because on Abbey Road the police car was said to symbolise the policemen who had been bribed by the other three Beatles to keep quiet about Paul's death to stop fans around the world from committing suicide.
The dog appearing on the cover is Arrow, one of the offspring of Martha, the sheepdog Paul claimed was the subject of the song "Martha My Dear". The cover photo is from the Abbey Road cover photoshoot by photographer Iain Macmillan. There are differences between this and the photograph used for the Abbey Road cover; most notably, the taxi present in the Abbey Road cover photograph does not feature here. The retouching was done by CGI artist Erwin Keustermans, who erased the Beatles and put in McCartney and the dog, taken from 35 mm pictures by Linda McCartney.

Excerpted from his shows in Australia, as well as from various US cities, Paul Is Live followed the 1989–1990 Paul McCartney World Tour/Tripping the Live Fantastic extravaganza by only three years, confounding critics and fans as to its appearance, and some its necessity (although the only song it has in common with Tripping The Live Fantastic is "Live And Let Die"). As a result, Paul Is Live became McCartney's lowest-selling live set of his career, peaking at #34 in the UK and a lowly #78 in the US.

Afterwards, McCartney took a sizeable break from his solo career to begin the enormous Beatles Anthology project in early 1994 with George Harrison, Ringo Starr and George Martin. This took up much of his time for the next two years, before Flaming Pie in 1997.

This listing is for a very rare, out of print CD title - an OPENED, Near MINT CD PRESSED and ISSUED by EMI // CAPITOL // MPL Records of a highly collectible title from their catalog - a superb title featuring -

PAUL McCARTNEY

CD title -
PAUL IS LIVE

Track listing:
* : Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
+ : Written by Paul McCartney
All tracks after "Kansas City" were recorded during sound check in various locations and are most likely improvisations.
1. "Drive My Car"* (2:34)
2. "Let Me Roll It"+ (4:10)
3. "Looking for Changes"+ (2:43)
4. "Peace in the Neighbourhood"+ (4:50)
5. "All My Loving"* (2:16)
6. "Robbie's Bit (Thanks Chet)" (2:00) (Robbie McIntosh; the track is a solo performance by guitarist Robbie McIntosh, "inspired by Chet Atkins")
7. "Good Rockin' Tonight" -(Roy Brown) (2:48)
8. "We Can Work It Out"* (2:42)
9. "Hope of Deliverance"+ (3:29)
10. "Michelle"* (2:56)
11. "Biker Like an Icon"+ (3:40)
12. "Here, There and Everywhere"* (2:29)
13. "My Love"+ (4:06)
14. "Magical Mystery Tour"* (3:15)
15. "C'Mon People"+ (5:38)
16. "Lady Madonna"* (2:33)
17. "Paperback Writer"* (2:39)
18. "Penny Lane"* (2:58)
19. "Live and Let Die" (Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney) (3:51)
20. "Kansas City" – (Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller) (3:54)
21. "Welcome to Soundcheck" (0:41)
22. "Hotel in Benidorm"+ (2:00)
23. "I Wanna Be Your Man"* (2:36)
24. "A Fine Day"+ (6:18)

Performers on this item include -
Paul McCartney – lead vocals, acoustic, electric and bass guitars, piano
Linda McCartney – backing vocals, keyboards, percussion, autoharp
Hamish Stuart – acoustic and electric guitars, acoustic and electric bass guitars, backing vocals
Robbie McIntosh – acoustic and electric guitars, backing vocals
Paul 'Wix' Wickens – keyboards, accordion, acoustic guitar, percussion, backing vocals
Blair Cunningham – drums, percussion

The CD is from the EMI // CAPITOL // MPL Records series of out of print CDs.

CD catalog # C2 7243 8 27704 2 8
CD was issued in 1993
CD was made in CANADA by Disque Americ

The CD, JEWEL CASE and INSERTS are all in NEAR MINT condition - the CD may have a light mark or two on the reflective side (although we could not see any marks under strong, white light). We play tested this item on our audio system and it performed PERFECTLY!!

This CD is an audiophile quality pressing (any collector of fine MFSL, half speeds, direct to discs, Japanese/UK pressings etc., can attest to the difference a quality pressing can make to an audio system).

Don't let this rarity slip by!!!

  • Item #: EMI CD C2 7243 8 27704 2 8 NM
  • Manufacturer: EMI / Electrola / Odeon / Pathe Records
  • Condition: Used

EMI CD C2 7243 8 27704 2 8: PAUL McCARTNEY, Paul is LIVE - 1993

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