Paul's Rocky Revival

With new book and home video, Paul McCartney tries to get in the last word on his fab past

McCartney's scoring music for a cartoon just like Yellow Submarine. Then, Alakazam! His 1989 concert in Brazil breaks a world attendance record of 180,000 just like the Beatles did at Shea Stadium. Sheesh! Surely, this man was a Beatle!

Half the time, you feel like you're watching outtakes from Anthology, like when Macca demonstrates the same Mellotron the Beatles used on "Strawberry Fields Forever," even telling you the Anthology crew shot him doing this very activity the other day! Couldn't he play "Flying" instead?

Like Anthology, many of McCartney's interview segments take on stagy, unnatural settings. Harrison and Starr were content just to sit by a pool or window and reminisce. But not our Paul! He had to be on a soundstage, driving a boat, delivering a baby, or in the woods by a campfire hiding out from Linda.

He's made a campfire on the Rhino tape as well, but you also get to see him chain-sawing branches and tearing paper just to make that fire! Even when he's relaxing in his crib, this great man can't just sit still.

It's been a hard day's night already. McCartney should be sleeping. Dare I say it, like a log.

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