Tripping the Live Fantastic

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Tripping the Live Fantastic
Live album by Paul McCartney
Released 5 November 1990
Recorded 26 September 1989 – 30 June 1990
Genre Rock
Length 2:18:20
Label Parlophone
Producer Paul McCartney,
Bob Clearmountain,
and Peter Henderson
Paul McCartney chronology
Flowers in the Dirt
(1989)
Tripping the Live Fantastic
(1990)
Unplugged (The Official Bootleg)
(1991)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 2/5 stars[2]
MusicHound 2.5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[4]

Tripping the Live Fantastic is Paul McCartney's first official live album and his first release of concert material since Wings' 1976 Wings over America live package. It was released in 1990 as triple LP, double cassette and double CD. Tripping the Live Fantastic reached number 17 in the UK and number 26 in the US. It was also simultaneously released in an abridged form, entitled Tripping the Live Fantastic: Highlights!

History[edit]

A document of the huge success of The Paul McCartney World Tour, Tripping the Live Fantastic encompasses McCartney's entire musical career from his famed Beatles hits to his recent hit album, Flowers in the Dirt, while also including some unique covers. Interspersed throughout the package are occasional soundcheck recordings as well. The title is an allusion to the phrase "tripping the light fantastic", meaning to dance or move to musical accompaniment, originally from the poem L'Allegro by John Milton.

Although some critics have described the album as being overly polished and slick, Tripping the Live Fantastic is still considered a generous and enjoyable memento from McCartney's first world tour in over a decade.[citation needed]

Despite reversing the famed Lennon–McCartney credits on Wings over America, McCartney left the credits for his Beatles songs contained on Tripping the Live Fantastic in their original form.

This album spawned a few singles which contained live B-sides from this tour. These B-sides were live songs that were not featured on the live album, which made the singles collectors items.

Tripping the Live Fantastic: Highlights![edit]

Tripping the Live Fantastic: Highlights! is an abridged version of the double CD/triple LP Tripping the Live Fantastic. Released in 1990, it documents the highly successful Paul McCartney World Tour of 1989–1990.

Cutting out all of the soundcheck recordings and leaving merely the concert highlights (hence the album's title), this set is notable for the exclusive inclusion of "All My Trials", not found on the more complete Tripping the Live Fantastic double CD set or on the US commercial release version, where it was replaced by "Put It There", but it was issued on the Columbia House mail-order Highlights release.

Not charting at all in the UK, Tripping the Live Fantastic: Highlights! reached number 141 in the US on the Billboard 200 and, proving to be a sustained seller, went platinum, whereas the original set, which reached number 26, failed to even go gold.

Get Back[edit]

A VHS concert film was also released, entitled Get Back. The film was directed by Richard Lester.

Paul McCartney: Coming Home[edit]

The Disney Channel filmed Paul McCartney: Coming Home during this period. The show highlights McCartney's return to Liverpool where he introduced a tribute to John Lennon, featured on the B-side of the "All My Trials" single, comprising "Strawberry Fields Forever", "Help!" and "Give Peace a Chance".

Paul McCartney: Put It There[edit]

Another VHS film was released, titled Paul McCartney: Put It There. The film featured McCartney and his band rehearsing for the tour.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Paul McCartney, except where noted.

Disc one
  1. "Showtime" – 0:38
  2. "Figure of Eight" – 5:32
    Recorded in Rotterdam, 10 November 1989.
  3. "Jet" – 4:02
    Recorded in Wembley, 17 January 1990.
  4. "Rough Ride" – 4:48
    Recorded in Paris, 10 October 1989.
  5. "Got to Get You into My Life" (Lennon–McCartney) – 3:21
    Recorded in Dortmund 17 October 1989.
  6. "Band on the Run" – 5:09
    Recorded in Wembley, 16 January 1990.
  7. "Birthday" (Lennon–McCartney) – 2:43
    Concurrently released as a single to commemorate what would have been John Lennon's 50th birthday, recorded in Knebworth, 30 June 1990.
  8. "Ebony and Ivory" – 4:00
    Recorded in Rotterdam, 8 November 1989.
  9. "We Got Married" – 6:38
    Recorded in Wembley, 16 January 1990.
  10. "Inner City Madness" (McCartney/Linda McCartney/Hamish Stuart/Robbie McIntosh/Paul Wickens/Chris Whitten) – 1:22
    A soundcheck jam by McCartney and his touring band, recorded in Birmingham, 2 January 1990.
  11. "Maybe I'm Amazed" – 4:41
    Recorded in Rotterdam, 8 November 1989.
  12. "The Long and Winding Road" (Lennon–McCartney) – 4:18
    Recorded in Rio de Janeiro, 19 April 1990.
  13. "Crackin' Up" (Ellas McDaniel) – 0:49
    Recorded in Los Angeles, 23 November 1989.
  14. "The Fool on the Hill" (Lennon–McCartney) – 5:01
    Recorded in Wembley, 13 January 1990.
  15. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (Lennon–McCartney) – 6:23
    Recorded in Los Angeles, 23 November 1989.
  16. "Can't Buy Me Love" (Lennon–McCartney) – 2:14
    Recorded in Munich, 21 October 1989.
  17. "Matchbox" (Carl Perkins) – 3:09
    Recorded in Wembley, 21 January 1990.
  18. "Put It There" – 2:43
    Recorded in Gothenburg, 28 September 1989. Contains the outro part of The Beatles song "Hello Goodbye".
  19. "Together" (McCartney/McCartney/Stuart/McIntosh/Wickens/Whitten) – 2:17
    Another soundcheck jam, recorded in Chicago, 5 December 1989.
Disc two
  1. "Things We Said Today" (Lennon–McCartney) – 5:01
    Recorded in Madrid, 2 November 1989.
  2. "Eleanor Rigby" (Lennon–McCartney) – 2:36
    Recorded in Worcester, 8 February 1990.
  3. "This One" – 4:28
    Recorded in Detroit, 1 February 1990.
  4. "My Brave Face" (McCartney/Declan MacManus) – 3:09
    Recorded in Wembley, 19 January 1990.
  5. "Back in the U.S.S.R." (Lennon–McCartney) – 3:15
    Recorded in Tokyo, 5 March 1990.
  6. "I Saw Her Standing There" (Lennon–McCartney) – 3:25
    Recorded in Montreal, 9 December 1989.
  7. "Twenty Flight Rock" (Eddie Cochran/Ned Fairchild) – 3:09
    Recorded in Wembley, 13 January 1990.
  8. "Coming Up" – 5:18
    Recorded in Tokyo, 3 March 1990.
  9. "Sally" (Will E. Haines/Harry Leon/Leo Towers) – 2:03
    Recorded in Wembley, 21 January 1990.
  10. "Let It Be" (Lennon–McCartney) – 3:53
    Recorded in Miami, 14 April 1990.
  11. "Ain't That a Shame" (Fats Domino/Dave Bartholomew) – 2:40
    Recorded in Tokyo, 9 March 1990.
  12. "Live and Let Die" – 3:11
    Recorded in Gothenburg, 28 September 1989.
  13. "If I Were Not upon the Stage" (Thomas Sutton/Bill Turner/Stan Bowsher) – 0:36
    A faux beginning to the next song, recorded in Cincinnati, 12 February 1990. (N.B. Booklet has incorrect date of 26 September 1989)
  14. "Hey Jude" (Lennon–McCartney) – 8:03
    Recorded in Cincinnati, 12 February 1990.
  15. "Yesterday" (Lennon–McCartney) – 2:06
    Recorded in Worcester, 9 February 1990.
  16. "Get Back" (Lennon–McCartney) – 4:11
    Recorded in Tokyo, 13 March 1990.
  17. "Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End" (Lennon–McCartney) – 6:41
    Recorded in Toronto, 7 December 1989.
  18. "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying" (Joe Greene) – 4:31
    Recorded in Montreal, 9 December 1989.

Tripping the Live Fantastic: Highlights![edit]

  1. "Got to Get You into My Life" – 3:15
  2. "Birthday" – 2:43
    Concurrently released as a single to commemorate what would have been John Lennon's 50th birthday
  3. "We Got Married" (McCartney) – 7:09
  4. "The Long and Winding Road" – 3:48
  5. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" – 6:21
  6. "Can't Buy Me Love" – 2:14
  7. "All My Trials" (Traditional) – 3:14 (UK only)
    "Put It There" (McCartney) – 2:44 (US only)
  8. "Things We Said Today" – 5:01
  9. "Eleanor Rigby" – 2:36
  10. "My Brave Face" (McCartney, Declan MacManus) – 3:09
  11. "Back in the U.S.S.R." – 3:15
  12. "I Saw Her Standing There" – 3:25
  13. "Coming Up" (McCartney) – 5:18
  14. "Let It Be" – 3:53
  15. "Hey Jude" – 8:03
  16. "Get Back" – 4:11
  17. "Golden Slumbers"/"Carry That Weight"/"The End" – 6:41

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Preceded by
Cambio by Lucio Dalla
Italian Chart number-one album
29 December 1990
Succeeded by
The Very Best of by Elton John

References[edit]

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