Good Evening New York City

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Good Evening New York City
Cover for the Standard Edition (2CD + 1 DVD)
Live album by Paul McCartney
Released 17 November 2009
Recorded 17–21 July 2009
in Citi Field
(New York City)
Genre Rock
Length CDs: 2:03:11
DVD: 2:34:27
Bonus DVD: 47:04
Label Mercury Records
Paul McCartney chronology
Electric Arguments
(The Fireman)
(2008)
Good Evening New York City
(2009)
Paul McCartney Live in Los Angeles
(2010)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
BBC (favourable)[2]
Beats Per Minute 64/100[3]
Consequence of Sound C–[4]
entertainment.ie 3.5/5 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly B+[6]
Hot Press 3/5[7]
Pitchfork Media 5.9/10[8]
Q 4/5 stars[9]
Record Collector 4/5 stars[10]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[11]
Uncut 3/5 stars[12]

Good Evening New York City is a CD/DVD double live album by Paul McCartney consisting of material performed over three nights as the inaugural concert at New York City's Citi Field, 17, 18 and 21 July 2009, part of his Summer Live '09 concert tour.[13] Over 180,000 tickets were sold within hours of the shows being announced. The album is McCartney's third release for Hear Music, following 2007 album Memory Almost Full and the live EP Amoeba's Secret. Previous McCartney live albums such as Back in the US proved to be huge sellers based on his record-breaking live shows from the 2000s.

At the 53rd Grammy Awards, the recording of "Helter Skelter" from the album won in the category of Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance.[14]

Description[edit]

The concert footage featured on the standard edition of the set was directed by Paul Becher, who has overseen live visuals for McCartney for over 200 performances. The performances were shot in high definition using 15 cameras and digital footage incorporated from 75 flipcams handed out to fans over the course of the three night stand.[13] The audio mix, in both stereo and 5.1, was handled by longtime Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick, and also longtime McCartney engineer Paul Hicks, whose credits include the recent Beatles remasters, The Beatles Anthology and Let It Be... Naked, and two Grammy awards for his mixing work on the Beatles' Love album.[13]

The documented concerts held special significance for McCartney and his fans. Citi Field sits adjacent to the site of the former Shea Stadium, where his former band, The Beatles, set record attendance figures in 1965. In 2008, McCartney joined Billy Joel onstage for the final rock show at Shea Stadium before its demolition. Joel returned the favour for the first of McCartney's July performances, the first concerts to be held at Citi Field.

The performances of "Sing the Changes", "Jet", and "Band on the Run" included in this set were released as a downloadable three-track pack for the Rock Band video game on 5 January 2010.

Formats[edit]

The package is available in two formats: a 3-disc (2 CD + 1 DVD) standard edition and a 4-disc (2 CD + 2 DVD) deluxe version featuring expanded packaging and a bonus DVD including McCartney's 15 July performance on the Ed Sullivan Theater marquee for his appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman.

The standard version of Good Evening New York City is available through Starbucks company-operated locations in the US and Canada and other retailers. The deluxe edition is available from an album specific store set up through McCartney's website and through Best Buy stores. The deluxe edition can also be bought from McCartney's website, in a hardback book-style packaging.[15]

Track listing[edit]

Standard and Deluxe Edition CDs/DVD[edit]

All songs written and composed by Paul McCartney, unless otherwise noted. 

CD one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Drive My Car"   Paul McCartney, John Lennon 2:25
2. "Jet"   McCartney, Linda McCartney 4:20
3. "Only Mama Knows"     3:41
4. "Flaming Pie"     2:29
5. "Got to Get You into My Life"   McCartney, Lennon 2:51
6. "Let Me Roll It" (with "Foxy Lady" coda) McCartney, McCartney/Jimi Hendrix ("Foxy Lady") 5:51
7. "Highway"     3:55
8. "The Long and Winding Road"   McCartney, Lennon 3:41
9. "My Love"   McCartney, McCartney 3:53
10. "Blackbird"   McCartney, Lennon 2:43
11. "Here Today"     2:32
12. "Dance Tonight"     3:02
13. "Calico Skies"     2:39
14. "Mrs Vandebilt"   McCartney, McCartney 4:40
15. "Eleanor Rigby"   McCartney, Lennon 2:25
16. "Sing the Changes"     4:17
17. "Band on the Run"   McCartney, McCartney 5:16
Total length:
60:34

All songs written and composed by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, unless otherwise noted. 

CD two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Back in the U.S.S.R."     3:08
2. "I'm Down"     2:23
3. "Something" (Tribute to George Harrison, played on ukulele) George Harrison 4:07
4. "I've Got a Feeling"     5:51
5. "Paperback Writer"     3:29
6. "A Day in the Life/Give Peace a Chance"   John Lennon, Paul McCartney/Lennon 5:44
7. "Let It Be"     3:55
8. "Live and Let Die"   McCartney, Linda McCartney 3:14
9. "Hey Jude"     7:23
10. "Day Tripper"     3:12
11. "Lady Madonna"     2:33
12. "I Saw Her Standing There" (with Billy Joel)   3:09
13. "Yesterday"     2:17
14. "Helter Skelter"     3:53
15. "Get Back"     4:00
16. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)/The End"     4:28
Total length:
62:37
DVD
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Drive My Car"   McCartney, Lennon  
2. "Jet"   McCartney, McCartney  
3. "Only Mama Knows"   McCartney  
4. "Flaming Pie"   McCartney  
5. "Got to Get You into My Life"   McCartney, Lennon  
6. "Let Me Roll It"   McCartney, McCartney  
7. "Highway"   McCartney  
8. "The Long and Winding Road"   McCartney, Lennon  
9. "My Love"   McCartney, McCartney  
10. "Blackbird"   McCartney, Lennon  
11. "Here Today"   McCartney  
12. "Dance Tonight"   McCartney  
13. "Calico Skies"   McCartney  
14. "Mrs Vandebilt"   McCartney, McCartney  
15. "Eleanor Rigby"   McCartney, Lennon  
16. "Sing the Changes"   McCartney  
17. "Band on the Run"   McCartney, McCartney  
18. "Back in the USSR"   McCartney, Lennon  
19. "I'm Down"   McCartney, Lennon  
20. "Something"   Harrison  
21. "I've Got a Feeling"   McCartney, Lennon  
22. "Paperback Writer"   McCartney, Lennon  
23. "A Day in the Life/Give Peace a Chance"   Lennon, McCartney/Lennon  
24. "Let It Be"   McCartney, Lennon  
25. "Live and Let Die"   McCartney, McCartney  
26. "Hey Jude"   McCartney, Lennon  
27. "Day Tripper"   Lennon, McCartney  
28. "Lady Madonna"   McCartney, Lennon  
29. "I Saw Her Standing There" (with Billy Joel) McCartney, Lennon  
30. "Yesterday"   McCartney, Lennon  
31. "Helter Skelter"   McCartney, Lennon  
32. "Get Back"   McCartney, Lennon  
33. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (reprise)/The End"   McCartney, Lennon  
Total length:
2:34:27

Deluxe Edition Bonus DVD[edit]

Live on the Late Show with David Letterman
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Get Back"   McCartney, Lennon  
2. "Sing the Changes"   McCartney  
3. "Coming Up"   McCartney  
4. "Band on the Run"   McCartney, McCartney  
5. "Let Me Roll It"   McCartney, McCartney  
6. "Helter Skelter"   McCartney, Lennon  
7. "Back in the USSR"   McCartney, Lennon  
Total length:
47:04
  • Good Evening People (audience documentary film)
  • "I'm Down" (full performance)

Personnel[edit]

  • Paul McCartney – lead vocals, bass, acoustic guitar, piano, electric guitar, ukulele, mandolin.
  • Rusty Anderson – lead and acoustic guitars, backing vocals.
  • Brian Ray – bass, rhythm and acoustic guitars, backing vocals.
  • Paul Wickens – keyboards, electric guitar, accordion, harmonica, percussion, backing vocals.
  • Abe Laboriel Jr. – drums, percussion, backing vocals.

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date
United States 17 November 2009
United Kingdom 14 December 2009

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

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  2. ^ Dean, Will (23 November 2009). "Review of Paul McCartney – Good Evening New York City". BBC. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Highkin, Sean (21 January 2010). "Album Review: Paul McCartney – Good Evening New York City". Beats Per Minute. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Gerber, Justin (1 December 2009). "Paul McCartney Good Evening New York City". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Murphy, Lauren (30 November 2009). "Paul McCartney – Good Evening New York City (Live)". entertainment.ie. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Sinclair, Tom (11 November 2009). "Music Review: Good Evening New York City". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  7. ^ Freyne, Patrick (14 December 2009). "Good Evening New York City". Hot Press. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  8. ^ Raposa, David (3 December 2009). "Paul McCartney: Good Evening New York City". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "Paul McCartney Good Evening New York City". Q. January 2010. p. 116. 
  10. ^ Staunton, Terry (March 2010). "Paul McCartney – Good Evening New York City". Record Collector. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  11. ^ Greene, Andy (16 November 2009). "Paul McCartney Good Evening New York City". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  12. ^ McKay, Alastair (January 2010). "Paul McCartney – Good Evening New York City". Uncut. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  13. ^ a b c "Good Evening New York City CD/DVD Release". Paul McCartney.com. 29 September 2009. Retrieved 30 September 2009. 
  14. ^ "Final Nominations List, 53rd Grammy Awards". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 10 February 2011. 
  15. ^ "Paul McCartney, Good Evening New York City". paulmccartney.com. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
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  17. ^ "ultratop.be Paul McCartney – Good Evening New York City" (ASP). Hung Medien (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
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  24. ^ "Paul McCartney – Good Evening New York City". mexicancharts.com. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  25. ^ "Paul McCartney – Good Evening New York City". VG-lista. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  26. ^ "Paul McCartney – Good Evening New York City". spanishcharts.com. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  27. ^ "Paul McCartney – Good Evening New York City". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  28. ^ "Paul McCartney – Good Evening New York City". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  29. ^ "Good Evening New York City > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  30. ^ "Best of 2010 – Billboard Top 200". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  31. ^ "American album certifications – Paul McCartney – Good Evening New York City". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  32. ^ "British album certifications – Paul McCartney – Good Evening New York City". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Good Evening New York City in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go

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