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Paul McCartney, 'Good Evening New York City'

November 16, 2009

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Rock
Paul McCartney Good Evening New York City
Hear/Universal/Concord
ESSENTIAL “I’ve Got a Feeling’’

After helping Billy Joel to close Shea Stadium - site of the historic 1965 Beatles concert - in 2008, Paul McCartney returned to baptize the new home of the Mets, Citi Field, with three shows this past summer. The two CDs sound terrific, documenting how gracefully both McCartney and his music are aging. His voice is robust, his charm on full blast, and the epic set of Beatles, Wings, and solo material is deepening with meaning and sentiment. However, the DVD portion of this three-disc set best captures the giddy buzz of multigenerational, multicultural excitement that spread throughout the stadium in Queens. You can feel the sense of mounting ecstasy build with each singalong hit - “Drive My Car,’’ “Blackbird,’’ “Band on the Run,’’ “Hey Jude’’ - in the 33-song set list. The smattering of newer material varies in quality, from the bluesy swagger of “Highway’’ (from the latest Fireman release) to the pleasant but more slight “Flaming Pie.’’ The DVD also offers a better sense of Macca’s top-notch backing band and the great, career-spanning visuals he unveiled to accompany the show. (Out tomorrow)

SARAH RODMAN