Without question, Sir Paul McCartney is a living musical treasure. From his early days with The Beatles and later in Wings and as a solo performer, the 72-year-old McCartney is responsible for dozens of pop classics. In 2012, McCartney was honored as the 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year with a gala event in Los Angeles that featured Sir Paul and high-profile guests performing some of his most iconic tunes.
Three years later, those never-before-seen performances are at last available on DVD and Blu-ray in “A MusicCares Tribute to Paul McCartney.” The 15 performances includes songs from every era of McCartney’s career, with Sir Paul himself serving up killer renditions of “Magical Mystery Tour,” “Junior’s Farm,” “My Valentine” and “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five.”
Additional standouts include Alicia Keys’ reading of “Blackbird,” Alison Krauss & Union Station’s killer version of “No More Lonely Nights,” Coldplay’s “We Can Work It Out” and James Taylor & Diana Krall teaming up for “Yesterday” and “For No One.” McCartney brings down the curtain with the “Let It Be” Beatles medley of “Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End” in which he’s joined on stage by Dave Grohl and Joe Walsh.
Proceeds from the sale of the DVD will go to MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need. This is a terrific project for a very worthy cause. (Jeffrey Sisk)