Former Beatle and veteran musician Sir Paul McCartney has proven once more on his new release, Live Kisses, why he is still one of the music industry’s most respected names. This live in-studio performance presents McCartney from Capitol Studios as he recorded the tracks for his most recent release, Kisses on the Bottom. The recording session was recorded on February 9th of this year. A lot went into making Live Kisses the enjoyable in-studio performance that it was and will be for any McCartney and Beatles fan this holiday season and well into the New Year.
Live Kisses takes audiences not so much behind the scenes of the recording of Kisses from the Bottom but into the recording process as it happened. Watching the recording process at work is just as entertaining as listening to the finished product. The whole mood of the “performance” is set through simple factors such as lighting, the use of older style microphones, and even recording pieces of the session in black and white. That alone really helps to elevate the nostalgic vibe of the classic standards included in the record as each is being recorded. If that isn’t enough, the very setting of the recording room at the legendary Capitol Records adds even more to the throwback feeling of the music. Especially those who have any knowledge of the history behind Capitol Records will appreciate the session being filmed at the company’s headquarters. There is even a note about the space in which the recording session took place in the booklet that accompanies this recording Along with the session’s other factors, they all come together to make a performance that will create a strong sense of nostalgia in any listener’s mind.
The setting and general effect went a long way toward making this performance something very special. They were just part of the overall enjoyment of Live Kisses though. While enjoying the songs performed in this session, audiences are also presented with images of his own childhood as he sings, ‘Home (When Shadows Fall). The combination of the two adds a truly emotional moment to McCartney’s performance here. Famed jazz musician Diana Krall’s inclusion on the piano on this song makes it that much more of a joy to experience.
Speaking of Mrs. Krall, both she and her husband Elvis Costello play a role throughout the recording session presented on this Blu-ray disc. Costello shares with viewers both an introduction to the performance and a transcript of the conversation between himself and McCartney in the accompanying “book” in which the disc comes. There’s even a joke shared between the two veteran musicians about the inclusion of Krall in the performance. Of course, the comments regarding her are nothing but positive. Audiences can find out for themselves what the pair discuss, and can also experience this amazing performance when they pick up this brand new Blu-ray release in store or online. Live Kisses can be ordered direct online via Eagle Rock Entertainments, website, http://www.eagle-rock.com/product/EVB334289/Live+Kisses and at McCartney’s own official website, http://store.paulmccartney.com/livekisses/usd.php.
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