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On February 9, 2012, 69 year old Sir Paul McCartney filmed and recorded LIVE KISSES at Capitol Records Studios in Hollywood- a collaboration of some of the most beautiful old American classic love and hope songs that Sir Paul recalls from his childhood family gatherings. I don't know if this is a co-incidence or not, but these heavenly songs were recorded and filmed exactly 48 years since The Beatles first U.S. appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. It's a wonderful co-incidence as these songs are just as wonderful to listen to as those early Beatles hits.
Of all the Beatles, for me, Paul was totally and completely about love, and this latest beautiful achievement of Paul's is a testament to that. I always felt that John was more political, George spiritual, Ringo very rhythmic and Paul was pure love. I know Paul's voice at 70 is not as powerful as when he had to out scream thousands of fans back in the sixties, but his voice is softly powerful, as it should be for these beautiful classic songs. His voice is so beautifully strong, you wish he would have recorded about a hundred more of these old favorites for this dvd. I am a child of the fifties, but my mother had a piano and sang many of these 1920's and 1930's songs to me, that she learned as a child, so I know many of these lyrics and can't help but sing along.
Live Kisses is produced by grammy winning producer Tommy LiPuma, conducted by Alan Broadbent, with the talents of Al Schmitt in the control room, Diana Krall at the piano, John Clayton, Karriem Riggins, John Pizzarelli on guitar, Anthony Wilson and Mike Mainieri. Paul strictly sings on this dvd and the harmony he creates with his drummer Abe Laboriel Jr. on three of the songs including I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter, is simply pure magic. The talented Joe Walsh (James Gang, Eagles) outdoes himself with his beautiful guitar work on McCartney's MY VALENTINE and also on GET YOURSELF ANOTHER FOOL. Included, besides these beautiful heavenly songs, are interviews with Paul, Diana Krall, Tony LiPuma, Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder. There are more extras as well.
The 13 Classic American Songs Included Are:
01.) I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter (1935 Ahlert/Young)- Fats Waller hit
02.) Home (When Shadows Fall) (1932 Van Steeden/Clarkson/Clarkson)- Rudy Vallee hit
03.) It's Only A Paper Moon (1933 Arlen/Harburg/Rose)- Count Basie hit
04.) The Glory Of Love (1936 Hill)- Andrew Sisters hit
05.) More I Cannot Wish You (1950 Loesser)- Guys & Dolls hit
06.) We Three (My Echo, My Shadow & Me) (1939 Cogane,Mysels, Robertson)- The Ink Spots hit
07.) Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive (1944 Mercer/Arlen)- Andrew Sisters hit
08.) My Valentine (Paul McCartney)
09.) Always (1925 Berlin)- The Ink Spots, Frank Sinatra hit
10.) My Very Good Friend The Milkman (1935 Spina /Burke)- Fats Waller hit
11.) Bye Bye Blackbird (1926 Henderson/Dixon)- Gene Austin, Eddie Cantor hit
12.) Get Yourself Another Fool (1949 Haywood/Tucker)- Charles Brown, Sam Cooke hit
13.) My One And Only Love (1952 Wood/Mellin)- Frank Sinatra hit
With Paul using only his voice, and not his other instruments of his bass, guitar and piano, he really focuses on the beauty of the sentimental lyrics, and what you get is pure magic beautifully sung with the gorgeous music accompanying him. I first heard Paul singing these classics in the kitchen while cooking and asked my husband what he was watching on tv- when he said Paul McCartney- I almost fell over, as I would never recognize Paul doing these American classics. He is simply amazing!
As much as I love all these old 20's, 30's depression, 40's war years and 50's songs, I adore Irving Berlin's ALWAYS. You can feel the love in the words, as Irving Berlin wrote this song for the woman he wanted to marry, but whose father forbid it. Because Irving was a struggling poor Jewish writer and was in love with a wealthy Christian woman Ellin Mackay, Ellin's father forbid she see him, so he sent her overseas to Europe. Irving didn't let an ocean stop him from telling his beloved Ellin that he loved her, so he wrote ALWAYS and it played on the radios all over the world. When Ellin heard it, she couldn't believe how much Irving loved her and married him against her father's wishes. The words are so fitting- I'll Be Loving You Always- as I have always felt that Paul McCartney's music has always said the same thing to not only his girlfriends or wives, but to his fans. From the first time I heard The Beatles sing, Til There Was You, Paul was the Irving Berlin of my 60's generation. He just knows how to make you feel love.
If you are a McCartney fan or simply love the old American Classic Songs from the 20's, 30's, 40's and 50's, you will love LIVE KISSES, and I guarantee you will not be able to keep from singing along and wish there was much more of this beautiful music from Sir Paul! And to Sir Paul who just keeps on giving us fans such beautiful unexpected gifts- I say to you from your fans- We'll Be Loving You Always And Thank You Sir Paul For Yet Another Gift Of Love!