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06 MAR 09 DAVID VIENNA
In my Valentine's post, I mentioned Paul McCartney's Amoeba's Secret, an EP of tracks from his secret live in-store performance at Hollywood's Amoeba Records. I didn't get to go to the show. They said it was a limited guest list, but I imagine it has something to do with the fact that I would have nerded out all over the ex-Beatle in a way that may shame Concord Music Group.
The cavernous store was packed with fans and fellow musicians, including Ringo Starr and E.L.O. mastermind Jeff Lynne. By all accounts, the performance was awesome and, judging by the four tracks on Amoeba's Secret, the accounts are dead on.
On the release, McCartney treats lucky attendees to two cuts from Memory Almost Full, "Only Mama Knows" and "That Was Me," as well as the Wings ska ditty "C Moon" and the Beatles classic "I Saw Her Standing There." In each song, McCartney holds nothing back, devoting the same frenetically youthful energy to both the oldest and newest songs in his repertoire, proving why he is one of the few people who can say they truly changed the way the world hears music.
Amoeba's Secret was released on limited edition vinyl (only available at Amoeba) and scored McCartney two Grammy nominations. It's now available on CD or MP3. Check out video from the event at McCartney's official YouTube page.