Tripping The Live Fantastic

Paul McCartney
 
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Label Parlophone
Catalogue No.'s PCST 7346        (Vinyl triple L.P.)
TCPCST 7346   (Double cassette)
CDPCST 73461 (Double C.D.) ... (international number CDS 7 94778 2)
Release date 5th November 1990
Total time 2 hours 18 minutes 30 seconds
U.K. Album Chart Detail :
Entry Date :17th November 1990
Highest Position :17
Weeks in Chart :11
Detail : Paul's nineteenth "solo" release, second live album, and second triple album.
The personnel in the band for this live tour were :
Paul, Linda, Robbie McIntosh, Hamish Stuart, Chris Witten and Paul "Wix" Wickens.
The production was by :
Paul, Bob Clearmountain and Peter Henderson.
The album was mixed by Bob Clearmountain.
The tracks were recorded by Jeff Cohen.

A live album reflecting music performed during Paul's 1989-1990 World Tour ... except, it actually includes some tracks that were NOT actually performed during the concerts. As marked below, these were mostly recorded at soundchecks.

The Paul McCartney World Tour opened on 26th September 1989 at the Drammenshallen, Oslo, Norway and ended 10 months later at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois. During that time Paul McCartney and his band travelled 100,330 miles, visited Norway, Sweden, West Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Netherlands, U.S.A., Canada, U.K., Japan and Brazil, and played 102 concerts to 2,742,000 people. New attendance records were set at Wembley Arena, London; Texas Stadium, Dallas; The Sun Devil Stadium, Phoenix; The Cyclone Stadium, Ames, Iowa; The Municipal Stadium, Cleveland and The Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, California. The tour was voted "International Tour Of The Year" by Performance Magazine, the concert trade newspaper.

On 21st April 1990 at his second show at the Maracana Stadium, Rio De Janeiro, 184,000 Brazilians turned out to celebrate Paul McCartney's first visit to their country and set the new official World Record for the biggest stadium concert in the history of rock 'n' roll.
(By comparison, it took 11 nights at the Wembley Arena, London for 138,000 people to see Paul)

The live track, "C Moon" is recorded 27th October 1989 at Palatrussardi in Milan and is released on the single "All My Trials" on 3rd December 1990.
Live tracks "Let 'Em In" recorded at the Tokyo Dome, 5th March 1990, plus "P.S. Love Me Do" recorded 21st April 1990 at the Macarana Stadium, Rio are released with the "Birthday" single.
A live version of "Mull Of Kintyre" is recorded 23rd June 1990 at the Scottish Exhibition Centre in Glasgow, this is released on the "All My Trials" single.
The live "Lennon Medley" that Paul performs at Kings Dock, Liverpool on 28th June 1990 also appears on a version of the "All My Trials" single.
A live version of "Good Day Sunshine" is recorded as Knebworth on 30th June 1990, this appears on a release of the "Birthday" single.

The triple album is housed in a single sleeve that has room for three L.P.'s and a glossy free booklet. Each album has a different image on the front as seen above, with the rear being plain mauve with the track listing for that record. The 28 page 11 1/4" X 11 1/4" glossy colour booklet, gives the dates and places of each recording used for this release, together with some terrific colour photographs, one of which can be seen above.
The sleeve design was by Peter Saville Associates, with art direction by Peter Saville.
The cover photographs were by David Christie.
The booklet photographs were by David Christie, Jorie Gracen, Shoichiro Kataoka, Ross Halfin, Alan Silfen and Guido Harari.

Tripping The Live Fantastic: Highlights
Two weeks after the triple album release, a condensed single C.D. version was released with the title of "Tripping The Live Fantastic: Highlights" on catalogue number CDPCSD 114 (+ cassette TCPCSD 114). The U.K. version of this release added one track not found on the triple album, which was "All My Trials" recorded 27th October 1989 in Milan. The "Highlights" were also planned for vinyl issue (PCSD 114), but was reportedly cancelled, making this (almost) irrelevant release unique as it was Paul's first album NOT to be released on vinyl in this country.
In saying that though, the catalogue still lists the vinyl release, AND lists the tracks which were on the C.D. but NOT on the vinyl.

See after the vinyl listing for the Highlights track list


"Just got back from the world tour and this is being written shortly after.

From Rio to Glasgow, Tokyo through most everywhere and back again, this album captures some of the sounds of those nights on tour - when 'Spaceman' ran the red flag up, Curtis pushed the rig out and together with more than 100 others they staged the show.

"Showtime" was the call and the shuffle through halls to backstage rituals nightly served to energise this merry band.

And at soundchecks we played old songs from memory or made up pieces to keep ourselves amused. These "trinkets" are sprinkled throughout the album and hopefully convey a certain good humour.

We saw fans with messages replying to our own ... we saw emotions and we saw hope for the future ... couples necking ... grown men crying ... children far too young to know ... and we played for all of them."

Paul McCartney, August 1990

Side 1

Track Composer Recording Information Time
Showtime * none * 0:38
Figure Of Eight McCartney 10th November 1989 - Ahoy Sportpaleis, Rotterdam 5:33
Jet McCartney 17th January 1990 - Wembley Arena, London 4:02
Rough Ride McCartney 10th October 1989 - Palais Omnisport De Bercy, Paris 4:48
Got To Get You Into My Life Lennon-McCartney 17th October 1989 - Westfallenhalle, Dortmund 3:24
Band On The Run McCartney 16th January 1990 - Wembley Arena, London 5:10
Birthday Lennon-McCartney 30th June 1990 - The "Music Therapy Concert", Knebworth 2:43

Side 2

Track Composer Recording Information Time
Ebony And Ivory McCartney 8th November 1989 - Ahoy Sportpaleis, Rotterdam 4:01
We Got Married McCartney 16th January 1990 - Wembley Arena, London 6:38
Inner City Madness P.McCartney-L.McCartney-Stuart-
McIntosh-Wickens-Whitten
2nd January 1990 - N.E.C. Arena, Birmingham (Soundcheck) 1:23
Maybe I'm Amazed McCartney 8th November 1989 - Ahoy Sportpaleis, Rotterdam 4:42
The Long And Winding Road Lennon-McCartney 21st April 1990 - Maracana Stadium, Rio De Janeiro 4:18
Crackin' Up McDaniel 23rd November 1989 - The Forum, Los Angeles 0:50

Side 3

Track Composer Recording Information Time
Fool On The Hill Lennon-McCartney 13th January 1990 - Wembley Arena, London 5:01
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Lennon-McCartney 23rd November 1989 - The Forum, Los Angeles 6:34
Can't Buy Me Love Lennon-McCartney 21st October 1989 - Olympiahalle, Munich 2:17
Matchbox Perkins 21st January 1990 - Wembley Arena, London (Soundcheck) 3:07
Put It There McCartney 28th September 1989 - Scandinavium, Gothenberg 2:44
Together P.McCartney-L.McCartney-Stuart-
McIntosh-Wickens-Whitten
5th December 1989 - Rosemont Horizon, Chicago (Soundcheck) 2:15

Side 4

Track Composer Recording Information Time
Things We Said Today Lennon-McCartney 2nd November 1989 - Palacio De Sportes, Madrid 5:01
Eleanor Rigby Lennon-McCartney 8th February 1990 - The Centrum, Worcester, Boston 2:36
This One McCartney 1st February 1990 - Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit 4:28
My Brave Face McCartney-MacManus 19th January 1990 - Wembley Arena, London 3:09
Back In The U.S.S.R. Lennon-McCartney 5th March 1990 - The Dome, Tokyo 3:16
I Saw Her Standing There Lennon-McCartney 9th December 1989 - The Forum, Montreal 3:26

Side 5

Track Composer Recording Information Time
Twenty Flight Rock Fairchild-Cochran 13th January 1990 - Wembley Arena, London 3:09
Coming Up McCartney 3rd March 1990 - The Dome, Tokyo 5:18
Sally Haines-Leon-Towers 21st January 1990 - Wembley Arena, London (Soundcheck) 2:04
Let It Be Lennon-McCartney 14th April 1990 - Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami 3:53
Ain't That A Shame Domino-Bartholomew 9th March 1990 - The Dome, Tokyo 2:41
Live And Let Die McCartney 28th September 1989 - Scandinavium, Gothenberg 3:11
If I Were Not Upon The Stage Sutton-Turner-Bowsher 12th February 1990 - Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnatti 0:36
Hey Jude Lennon-McCartney 12th February 1990 - Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnatti 8:04

Side 6

Track Composer Recording Information Time
Yesterday Lennon-McCartney 9th December 1989 - The Forum, Montreal 2:07
Get Back Lennon-McCartney 13th March 1990 - The Dome, Tokyo 4:11
Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End Lennon-McCartney 7th December 1989 - Skydome, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto 6:41
Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying Greene 9th December 1989 - The Forum, Montreal (Soundcheck) 4:31


Tripping The Live Fantastic: Highlights

Label Parlophone
Catalogue No.'s PCSD 114       (Double L.P.)
TCPCSD 114  (Cassette)
CDPCSD 114 (Double C.D.) ... (international number CDP 7 95379 2)
Release date 19th November 1990
Total time 74:35
U.K. Album Chart Detail : Did NOT Chart.

No. Track Time
1 Got To Get You Into My Life 3:24
2 Birthday 2:43
3 We Got Married 6:38
4 The Long And Winding Road 4:18
5 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 6:34
6 Can't Buy Me Love 2:17
7 All My Trials 3:21
8 Things We Said Today 5:01
9 Eleanor Rigby 2:36
10 My Brave Face 3:09
11 Back In The U.S.S.R. 3:16
12 I Saw Her Standing There 3:26
13 Coming Up 5:18
14 Let It Be 3:53
15 Hey Jude 8:04
16 Get Back 4:11
17 Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End 6:41



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