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Paul McCartney – Rio De Janeiro – Brazil May 22, 2011 (Copy Cat Chronicle CCC 004)

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Paul McCartney – Rio De Janeiro – Brazil May 22, 2011 (Copy Cat Chronicle CCC 004)
Disk 1: Hello, Goodbye / Jet / All My Loving / Letting Go / Drive My Car / Sing The Changes / Let Me Roll It / The Long And Winding Road / Nineteen Hundred And Eighty-Five / Let ‘Em In / I’ve Just Seen A Face / And I Love Her / Blackbird / Here Today / Dance Tonight / Mrs. Vandebilt / Eleanor Rigby / Something (76:17)
Band On The Run / Ob-La-Di, Ol-La-Da / Back In the U.S.S.R / I’ve Got A Feeling / Paperback Writer / A Day In The Life – Give Peace A Chance / Let It Be / Live And Let Die / Hey Jude / Day Tripper / Lady Madonna / Get Back / Yesterday / Helter Skelter / Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) – The End (79:06)
On his ‘Up And Coming’ tour, Paul McCartney made a trip to Rio De Janeiro at the Estádio Olímpico João Havelange over two nights – the 22nd and 23rd of May, 2011 with support made in kind of his collaboration with Youth as ‘The Fireman’ and the single ‘See The Changes’ taking as much of a staring role as his previous solo album of which gets nothing of a look in.

The set list took a loosely formulaic approach, songs would sporadically appear then disappear, the best Beatles and Wings tracks would still stand their ground.

The HMC label have released on their sub label, Copy Cat Chronicles, this show, having hung around collectors circles from an internet broadcast video courtesy of Terra in Latin America then placed on Paul’s official website for a while, has been reproduced as an audio only set

The reason that it isn’t released on HMC is possibly the fact that despite it’s great stage mix which could almost be as good as the 2005 / 2006 soundboards that the label released on their headline productions, the flaw with it all is the reverb from the bottom end and the audience. There is a crunchy, auto tuned quality when the audience cheer and from the bass. Sometimes it’s less apparent from the instruments but the audience come off worst with it all, periodically interrupting the music with their response. There are a couple of digital crunches from time to time also – sporadic but quite apparent. 

Highlights from the set include the grandiose ‘Hello, Goodbye’ that begins the show followed by a seismic ‘Jet’. 
The lesser played, “Letting Go”, which is always nice to hear in different terms and while this band offer nothing more than a faithful replication, it’s not a bad thing. 

“Sing The Changes” was a great addition to the set list from an underrated album and “Let Me Roll It” takes on a life of it’s own with it’s extended coda. 

Personally, I’ve always loved, “1985″, a fantastic shot in the arm from a great album, the audience’s recall of ‘Blackbird’ is simply beautiful to hear, singing back the song to it’s author. 

Paul’s long lasting tribute to his friend George tops his own tribute to John but in hindsight, could Paul now sing one of John’s songs rather than ‘Here Today’?
“Back In the U.S.S.R” rocks as hard as “I’ve Got A Feeling” and “Paperback Writer”, always the sign of a good gig as it’s jet propelled towards a heavy 3/4 point. “I’ve Got a Feeling” is marred by digital noise for the main though which is disappointing as the band throw a nice little extended turn on the track with a ‘Coming Up’ styled bar-jam tacked on to the end, “Paperback Writer” features the warning sound from a Windows run computer in the middle.
“Live And Let Die” is as usual fantastically pummelled through but the fireworks play havoc with the acoustics, giving a snapping, discordant noise all over the show as if someone isn’t keeping time. While an internet ‘ping’ appears before the long coda to “Hey Jude”
The set ends in a grand style with the regular surfeit of McCartney classics. No surprises, no waste. Exactly what you wanted from his concerts.
The (handsome) gazette style set (with great looking silkscreened disks) was released to the news that it was going to be released as a limited edition of only 200. Is this the future of bootlegging – more limited runs for the collectors in luxury packaging (without the expensive price ticket attached) or a one off exercise in putting out a less than mass market release in smaller numbers to avoid saturation?

Another fine find from the best Beatles label around but unfortunately not as collectable as the rest. A couple of shades away from being a must have. This may be one that you should consider downloading.

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