Deconstructing Paul

I think I've figured out part of why McCartney's voice sounds so much better here than in recent TV appearances: On TV his voice is mixed way up, and you hear every crack and strain. Here he's belting over loud background vocals — and his bandmates putting the power back into "power ballad" — so you feel his passion without scrutinizing every vocal detail. That he's killing it tonight also helps.

11. "I've Just Seen a Face"

12. "We Can Work It Out"

13. "Another Day"

McCartney said this 1971 single was making its live debut on this tour, but he did perform it at some 1993 shows. It's one of those early solo songs derided as lightweight at the time (and skewered in Lennon's "How Do You Sleep?") that now holds up as both charming and deceptively complex.

14. "And I Love Her"

15. "Blackbird"

Offering his usual introduction about how the Civil Rights movement inspired this solo acoustic song, McCartney makes no reference to more recent events.

16. "Here Today"

His voice cracks a bit on "tears," which suits the emotion of this acoustic tribute to Lennon. Sweet falsetto on the last line.

17. "Your Mother Should Know"

As the story goes, the Beatles needed a song for the "Our World" live international TV special, and Paul came up with "Your Mother Should Know" and John came up with "All You Need Is Love." Guess which won? Paul's chirpy piano tune wound up in "Magical Mystery Tour" and makes a winning live debut on this tour.

18. "Lady Madonna"

19. "All Together Now"

"That was one of the more intellectually challenging ones," McCartney quips after acoustic-strumming through this singalong ditty that wound up in the "Yellow Submarine" film but wasn't performed live until this tour.

20. "Lovely Rita"

Also making its live debut, a tad sluggishly, is McCartney's cheeky pop ode to a "meter maid" from "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."

21. "Mrs. Vandebilt"

22. "Eleanor Rigby"

23. "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!"

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