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        Tripping the Live Fantastic is Paul McCartney's first live album since Wings over America. It released as a triple LP, double cassette, and double CD on 5 November 1990, containing material from two concerts. A shorter version named Tripping the Live Fantastic: Highlights! came out simultaneously.

History[]

The album was recorded during the Paul McCartney World Tour, having material from the Beatles to various covers to his, at the time, recently released album, Flowers in the Dirt. The album has various sound checks placed about.

The name is based off the phrase "Trip the light fantastic", which means dancing to the music.

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


Tripping the Live Fantastic: Highlights![]

Tripping the Live Fantastic: Highlights! is an abridged version of Tripping the Live Fantastic. This version of the album excludes soundchecks but does include the cover of "All My Trials"; It is replaced by "Put It There" in the Columbia Records mail order version of Highlights!

VHS releases[]

Three VHS releases were made for the album: The first, Get Back, released in theatres.

The second, Paul McCartney: Coming Home was a Disney Channel made release. In this, Paul returns to Liverpool to do a John Lennon tribute. The songs included were "Strawberry Fields Forever", "Help!", and "Give Peace a Chance".

The third was Paul McCartney: Put It There. It showed Paul rehearsing for the concert.

Track listing[]

Disc 1
No. TitleVenue Length
1. "Showtime"    0:38
2. "Figure of Eight"  Recorded in Rotterdam, 10 November 1989 5:32
3. "Jet"  Recorded in Wembley, 17 January 1990 4:02
4. "Rough Ride"  Recorded in Paris, 10 October 1989 4:48
5. "Got to Get You into My Life"  Recorded in Dortmund 17 October 1989 3:21
6. "Band on the Run"  Recorded in Wembley, 17 January 1990 5:09
7. "Birthday"  Recorded in Knebworth, 30 June 1990 2:43
8. "Ebony and Ivory"  Recorded in Rotterdam, 8 November 1989 4:00
9. "We Got Married"  Recorded in Wembley, 16 January 1990 6:38
10. "Inner City Madness"  Recorded in Birmingham, 2 January 1990 1:22
11. "Maybe I'm Amazed"  Recorded in Rotterdam, 8 November 1989 4:41
12. "The Long and Winding Road"  Recorded in Rio de Janeiro, 19 April 1990 4:48
13. "Crackin' Up"  Recorded in Los Angeles, 23 November 1989 0:49
14. "The Fool on the Hill"  Recorded in Wembley, 13 January 1990 5:01
15. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"  Recorded in Los Angeles, 23 November 1989 6:23
16. "Can't Buy Me Love"  Recorded in Munich, 21 October 1989 2:14
17. "Matchbox"  Recorded in Wembley, 21 January 1990 3:09
18. "Put It There"  Recorded in Gothenburg, 28 September 1989 2:43
19. "Together"  Recorded in Chicago, 5 December 1989 2:17
Disc 2
No. TitleVenue Length
1. "Things We Said Today"  Recorded in Madrid, 2 November 1989 5:01
2. "Eleanor Rigby"  Recorded in Worcester, 8 February 1990 2:36
3. "This One"  Recorded in Detroit, 1 February 1990 4:28
4. "My Brave Face"  Recorded in Wembley, 19 January 1990 3:09
5. "Back in the U.S.S.R."  Recorded in Tokyo, 5 March 1990 3:09
6. "I Saw Her Standing There"  Recorded in Montreal, 9 December 1989 3:25
7. "Twenty Flight Rock"  Recorded in Wembley, 13 January 1990 3:09
8. "Coming Up"  Recorded in Tokyo, 3 March 1990 5:18
9. "Sally"  Recorded in Wembley, 21 January 1990 2:03
10. "Let It Be"  Recorded in Miami, 14 April 1990 3:53
11. "Ain't That A Shame"  Recorded in Tokyo, 9 March 1990 2:40
12. "Live and Let Die"  Recorded in Gothenburg, 28 September 1989 3:11
13. "If I Were Not upon the Stage"  ecorded in Cincinnati, 12 February 1990 0:36
14. "Hey Jude"  Recorded in Cincinnati, 12 February 1990 8:03
15. "Yesterday"  Recorded in Worcester, 9 February 1990 2:06
16. "Get Back"  Recorded in Tokyo, 13 March 1990 4:11
17. "Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End"  Recorded in Toronto, 7 December 1989  
18. "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying"  Recorded in Montreal, 9 December 1989 4:31

Highlights! track listing[]

Tripping The Live Fantastic: Highlights!
No. Title Length
1. "Got to Get You into My Life"   3:15
2. "Birthday"   2:43
3. "We Got Married"   7:09
4. "The Long and Winding Road"   3:48
5. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"   6:21
6. "Can't Buy Me Love"   2:14
7. "All My Trials[1]"   3:14
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."   3:15
12. "I Saw Her Standing There"   3:25
13. "Coming Up"   5:18
14. "Let It Be"   3:53
15. "Hey Jude"   8:03
16. "Get Back"   4:11
17. "Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End"   6:41

Personnel[]

  • Paul McCartney – lead vocals, acoustic, electric and bass guitars, piano, keyboards
  • Linda McCartney – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Hamish Stuart – acoustic, electric and bass guitars, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Ebony and *Ivory"
  • Robbie McIntosh – electric guitars, backing vocals
  • Paul Wickens – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Chris Whitten – drums, percussion

Covers[]

Notes[]

  1. This song is included in the UK release; However, it is replaced by Put It There in the US release, its length being 2:44.
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