Tripping the Live Fantastic

Tripping the Live Fantastic

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by Paul McCartney
     
 

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Paul McCartney's return to the stage in 1989 for the Flowers in the Dirt tour was heavily hyped, since it was not only his first extensive tour since the '70s, but also marked the first time he incorporated large portions of the Beatles' catalog into his set list. The double-disc, 37-track Tripping the Live Fantastic documents the tour, and it's a

Overview

Paul McCartney's return to the stage in 1989 for the Flowers in the Dirt tour was heavily hyped, since it was not only his first extensive tour since the '70s, but also marked the first time he incorporated large portions of the Beatles' catalog into his set list. The double-disc, 37-track Tripping the Live Fantastic documents the tour, and it's a pleasant, if ultimately inconsequential, nostalgia trip that puts the weaknesses of Flowers in the Dirt in a little too sharp relief. In fact, most of McCartney's flaws are on display throughout the album, whether it's his excessive cutesiness (the album opens with Paul and the boys being told "heidy-ho, it's time for the show"), his fondness for oldies, and his persistent desire to charm the daylights out of the entire crowd. Nevertheless, he often does charm the crowd, whether it's through the effortlessly dazzling performances or his thoroughly winning catalog of pop classics. The new songs may pale next to the classics from his Beatles and solo days, and those classics may be delivered in versions that are a little too studied, but Tripping the Live Fantastic is a fine exercise in nostalgia.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/15/1990
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0077779477821
catalogNumber:
94778

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Showtime
  2. Figure of Eight
  3. Jet
  4. Rough Ride
  5. Got to Get You into My Life
  6. Band on the Run
  7. Birthday
  8. Ebony and Ivory
  9. We Got Married
  10. Inner City Madness
  11. Maybe I'm Amazed
  12. The Long and Winding Road
  13. Crackin' Up
  14. The Fool on the Hill
  15. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
  16. Can't Buy Me Love
  17. Matchbox
  18. Put It There
  19. Together

Disc 2

  1. Things We Said Today
  2. Eleanor Rigby
  3. This One
  4. My Brave Face
  5. Back in the U.S.S.R.
  6. I Saw Her Standing There
  7. Twenty Flight Rock
  8. Coming Up
  9. Sally
  10. Let It Be
  11. Ain't That a Shame
  12. Live and Let Die
  13. If I Were Not Upon the Stage
  14. Hey Jude
  15. Yesterday
  16. Get Back
  17. Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End
  18. Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul McCartney   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Robbie McIntosh   Guitar,Background Vocals
Linda McCartney   Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Hamish Stuart   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
Chris Whitten   Drums
Paul "Wix" Wickens   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Eddie Cochran   Composer
Elvis Costello   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Carl Perkins   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Bo Diddley   Composer
Bob Clearmountain   Producer,Engineer
George Cowan   Contributor
Fats Domino   Composer
Peter Henderson   Producer
Robbie McIntosh   Contributor
Linda McCartney   Composer
Ellas McDaniel   Composer
Hamish Stuart   Contributor
Chris Whitten   Composer,Contributor
Paul "Wix" Wickens   Composer,Contributor
Declan MacManus   Composer
Peter Saville   Artwork,Art Direction
Mac Manus   Composer
Ned Fairchild   Composer
Joe Greene   Composer
Jeff Cohen   Engineer
Haines   Composer
Leon   Composer
Fairchild   Composer
Towers   Composer

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Tripping the Live Fantastic 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This double-CD set not only documents a tour-de-force by one of the great entertainers of our time, it provides some wonderful musical moments that are quite unexpected. The re-interpretation of ''Sgt. Pepper'', including the jam in the middle before the reprise ending, is nothing short of great. Robbie McIntosh's soaring guitar solo to carry between ''Things We Said Today'' and ''Eleanor Rigby'' is powerful. The songs from his ''Flowers In The Dirt'' album stand up quite nicely next to the classic Beatles and Wings material he included, especially the opening number, ''Figure Of Eight''. You can't listen to ''Hey Jude'' without joining the audience in singing ''na na na...''. And what could be a more perfect ending than the ''Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End'' medley from ''Abbey Road''? The only thing I would've done differently in packaging this would be to drop ''Ebony And Ivory'' and include the John Lennon tribute that he did on many stops in that tour, including ''Strawberry Fields Forever'', ''Help!'', and ''Give Peace A Chance''.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Loved it the moment I first heard it back in 1991, dont mess with the singlecd "Highlights version" get all of it on the 2-cd package
Guest More than 1 year ago
This disc is a terrific souvenier for people like myself who saw McCartney perform on his 'Flowers in the Dirt' world tour. I attended shows at the Worcester Centrum and Foxboro Stadium in 1990. The only problem with this disc is that it contains a number of non-essential throwaway soundcheck numbers like 'Sally', 'Together', and 'Inner City Madness' which would have been better left off, as they interrupt the flow of the music and can be mildly annoying. 'Tripping the Live Fantastic' would have been better off being trimmed down and issued as a solid, highly listenable single disc including Paul's rocking live performances of solo standouts like 'Figure of Eight' and 'Coming Up', as well Beatles classics such as 'Long and Winding Road', I Saw Her Standing There' and the Abbey Road medley, 'Golden Slumbers/ Carry That Weight/The End'.