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Friday, November 4, 2005

Rubber Soul/Revolver/Paul McCartney Live

Posted by on November 4 at 6:31 AM

I’m glad to see that such a healthy Beatles-related debate can thrive even in my absence from the offices—and by healthy, of course, I mean petty and unsubstantiatable—because such questions as “what is the best Beatles album, or indeed, song, are always worth asking and fighting over. I wouldn’t be myself if I didn’t leap in to the fray to say that while Revolver and Rubber Soul are both brilliant, the White Album is actually the best Beatles record. HOWEVER, please consider the set list from the (three-hour, 37-song deep) Paul McCartney show at Key Arena last night (at which I think I may have been the youngest audience member, and easily the most excited, having never seen the man before, and having sat in the 14th row, close enough to see his face lift scars), which leaned heavily on Mr. Segal’s choice, but touched many other bases. If not basses.

The Set:

Magical Mystery Tour
Flaming Pie
Jet (ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh)
I'll Get You
Drive My Car
Tilll There Was You
Let Me Roll It
Got To Get You Into My Life
Fine Line (new song)
Maybe I'm Amazed
Long and Winding Road (can we at least all agree this is the worst Beatles song of all?)
In Spite of All The Danger
I WIll
Jenny Wren (new song)
For No One
Fixing a Hole
English Tea (new song)
I'll Follow the Sun
Follow Me (new song)
Eleanor Rigby
Too Many People (from the indisputable best Paul solo record, Ram)
She Came In Through the Bathroom Window
Good Day Sunshine
Band on the Run
Penny Lane
I've Got a Feeling
Back in the U.S.S.R.
Hey Jude
Live and Let Die
Encore 1:
Yesterday (he really motored through this one)
Get Back
Helter Skelter
Encore 2:
Please Please Me
Let It Be
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
The End