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James Paul McCartney is the title of a 1973 television special produced by ATV and starring British musician Paul McCartney and his then current rock group Wings. It was first broadcast in April 16, 1973 in the United States on the ABC network, and was later broadcast in the United Kingdom on May 10, 1973. To date, the program has never been officially released on any home video format.

The Program[edit]Edit

The special was broken up into eleven different segments, each of these showcasing McCartney's songs from both his career with The Beatles and as a solo artist.[1]

Part 1 The program opens with a live performance by Wings in front of an audience of television screens. Song: "Big Barn Bed"

Part 2 An acoustic medley of songs is performed by McCartney during a photographic session with his wife Linda as the photographer. Songs: "Blackbird", "Bluebird", "Michelle", "Heart of the Country"

Part 3 A short music video style performance set in an outdoor location of McCartney's version of "Mary Had a Little Lamb". Songs: "Mary Had a Little Lamb"

Part 4 A television studio performance with Wings and orchestra in front of a live audience. Songs: "Little Woman Love", "C Moon", "My Love"

Part 5 Another music video segment, this time for "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey", however the "Admiral Halsey" section was not included in the final broadcast version. Songs: "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey"

Part 6 A short voice-over from Mcartney introduces the next segment set in the Clelsea Reach public house near Liverpool. This features members of Paul's family and Wings in a pub singalong Songs: "April Showers", "Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag", "You Are My Sunshine"

Part 7Busby Berkeley style musical number, featuring dancers dressed in half-man/half-woman costumes. Songs: "Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance"

Part 8 A music video segment were Paul introduces "Live And Let Die", the title theme from the 1973 James Bond movie. Songs: "Live and Let Die"

Part 9 Beatles Medley: a filmed segment with street passers-by singing various Beatles songs (off key) to comedic effect. Songs: "When I'm 64", "A Hard Day's Night", "Can't Buy Me Love", "She Loves You", "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da", "Yesterday", "Yellow Submarine"

Part 10 Another live studio performance with Wings. Songs: "The Mess", "Maybe I'm Amazed", "Long Tall Sally" (US broadcast only; the UK and other European market replaced this with "Hi, Hi, Hi")

Part 11 A live acoustic performance of "Yesterday". Credits roll over the performance. Songs: "Yesterday".

Reception[edit]Edit

Critical reception to the program was largely negative. Melody Maker stated: "McCartney has always had an eye and ear for full-blown romanticism, and nothing wrong with that, but here he too often lets it get out of hand and it becomes over-blown and silly".[1]

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