Reviewed by Jim Caligiuri, Fri., Dec. 21, 2007
Paul McCartneyThe McCartney Years (Rhino)
Nearing his 40th year as a solo artist, Sir Paul McCartney weighs in with an extraordinary 3-DVD set that covers all the bases. The first two discs compile his music videos, spanning 1970's "Heart of the Country" from his self-titled debut to 2005's "Fine Line." Playable in a sequence designated by the artist or in chronological order, both discs feature commentary tracks from McCartney that explain such oddities as "Coming Up," where several Pauls make up the backup band. The prize is the third disc, a collection of live performances that includes a portion of the Rockshow tour from 1976, an edited version of 1991's Unplugged, and the near-legendary Glastonbury set from 2004. McCartney's 2005 Super Bowl appearance confirms that he's still an electrifying presence.