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Paul McCartney – Shine A Light In Mexico 2010 (no label)

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Shine A Light In Mexico 2010 (no label)

Foro Sol, Mexico City, Mexico – May 28th, 2010

DVD 1:  Preview, Venus And Mars, Rock Show, Jet, All My Loving, Letting Go, Drive My Car, Highway, Let Me Roll It, The Long and Winding Road, Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five, Let ‘Em In, My Love, Mexico Everybody Shine a Light, I’ve Just Seen a Face, And I Love Her, Blackbird 

DVD 2:  Here Today, Dance Tonight, Mrs Vandebilt, Eleanor Rigby, Something, Sing the Changes, Band on the Run, Ob-La-Di Ob-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

Disc 1 (78:36):  Introduction, Venus And Mars / Rock Show / Jet, All My Loving, Letting Go, Drive My Car, Highway, Let Me Roll It, The Long and Winding Road, Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five, Let ‘Em In, My Love, Mexico Everybody Shine a Light, I’ve Just Seen a Face, And I Love Her, Blackbird, Here Today, Dance Tonight, Mrs Vanderbilt, Eleanor Rigby

Disc 2 (78:28):  Something, Sing the Changes, Band on the Run, Ob-La-Di Ob-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, Hey Jude, Day Tripper, Lady Madonna, Get Back, Yesterday, Helter Skelter, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) / The End

Paul McCartney played his first shows in Mexico in eight years on May 27th and May 28th in For Sol in Mexico City.  The tickets sold so fast that Ticketmaster servers couldn’t keep up with the demand according to promoters.  Like everywhere Paul plays these are a triumph with very long and diverse sets and constant media coverage.

Shine A Light In Mexico 2010is a no label silver release with both the television and soundboard recordings spread over four discs.  The visuals are very good pro-shot footage of the performance.  The sound recording on the two compact discs is also very good with excellent detail and balance.  An audience recording is used for the most of “Hey Jude” on disc two.  There are also small drop outs in “Jet,” “Letting Go” and small cuts at 3:38 “Let Me Roll It” and 5:15 “Let ‘Em In.”  “Let It Be” fades out at the end, “Live And Let Die” is missing and most of “Hey Jude” comes from an excellent audience tape. 

It’s a joyful performance all around.  And not even Paul’s bus being attack by a vicious mob outside the venue right after the show could damper it. 

Adrian Peel in a review posted online pointed out that:  The ex-Beatle brought his “Up and Coming ” tour to Mexico, and treated the ecstatic crowd to an unforgettable night of music that lasted nearly three hours.

Paul McCartney arrived on stage at about 9.15, for the second of his two-night stint at the baseball ground and concert venue known as “Foro Sol,” to thunderous applause. Backed by an able four-piece band, this visit was his first to Mexico in eight years, and not even a torrential downpour later on in the evening could ruin what was to be a terrific night’s entertainment.

Hola Chilangos!” he shouted after the opening numbers, Venus and Mars/Rock Show and Jet – the first of many Wings songs played. “Estamos muy contentos de estar aqui de nuevo!” (We’re very happy to be here again).

“Chilango” is the slang term for people from Mexico City, and according to Paul’s publicist, Stuart Bell, learning words and phrases from each country he visits is part of his pre-concert ritual.

“He speaks to a translator before each show,” he explains, ” to learn local terms, and then he writes down phonetically what he’s going to say.”  Paul was particularly impressed with the way the audience members turned their lighters and torches on and off in time to the music, which created a dazzling light show all around the ground. “Nowhere else in the world does that!” he exclaimed. 

“I have a thing about Latin audiences,” Paul explains in the official souvenir program. “I mean I like all of my audiences, but when you get to Latin crowds, like Brazil, Mexico, or Puerto Rico, you know they love their music and traditionally they are a bit hot-blooded, so we have a lot in common. We always have a blast.”

Shine A Light In Mexico 2010 is packaged in a fatboy jewel case.  The inserts are printed on both sides  with photographs from the event on high quality glossy paper.  A four page insert is also included with more tour photographs.  This is a solid momento of a great performance worth having.   

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