28 February 2006

Sir Pauly's PBS Special

If you get a chance to see Paul McCartney's PBS Special Great Performances taped at London's Abbey Road studios you really shouldn't miss it.

As you probably already know, Pauly is a very talented bloke and it was thoroughly enjoyable watching him perform in this intimate setting. He runs through several cuts from his latest release Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, in addition to a couple of old Beatles and Wings tunes, my favorite of these being English Tea and I’ve Got a Feeling.

Paul demonstrated how the engineer assists in producing the final sound of a record as well as a display of a four-track recorder. Familiar riffs from Strawberry Fields Forever were played on a Mellotron, a forerunner to today’s synthesizer and he plunked some notes on the stand up bass used by Elvis Presley’s bass player. Paul played several guitars, including his famous Hofner fiddle bass, piano and drums. His gift of genius is obvious as a solitary performing musician.

The program runs through most of March and I hope to catch it at least once more. Look for it. You won’t regret it.

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