October 14, 2016 – 8:56 am

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Desert Trip 2016 [no label, 3CD]

Live at Coachella Fairgrounds, Indio, CA; October 8, 2016. Fairly to very good audience recording.

Steve Appleford,

Paul McCartney has learned a few important things about his fans, and there were more than 70,000 in front of him Saturday on the second night of the Desert Trip festival in Indio, CA. He has come to a profound understanding of the Beatles legacy, its connection to his solo career and the emotional resonance it has continued to have for generations of listeners for more than 50 years.

Like his 2009 headlining appearance at Coachella, McCartney arrived at Desert Trip prepared to connect not only with the most hardcore who travel across state lines to see him over and again but with other fans who are deeply connected in other ways. One of night’s emotional peaks came late Saturday when McCartney brought out Neil Young, returning from his own explosive performance earlier the same evening.

Their choice of material was the Lennon-McCartney classic “A Day in the Life,” which later shifted into John Lennon’s anthem “Give Peace a Chance.” Both McCartney and Young were all smiles sharing the stage, then tore into the raw Beatles oddity “Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?” leaving room for Young to set his guitar aflame with a joyfully ragged solo, a searing moment likely to be remembered long after this weekend.

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Mikes: Schoeps mk4 > Actives > NBox Platinum
Recorder: Sony M-10
Transfer: Goldwave (Volume Boost, Compression > Dither to 16b) > Media Monkey [Flac Transfer L8]
Location: Left Center

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Disc 1
Track 101. Hard Days Night 2:37 (6.3MB)
Track 102. Jet 4:09 (10.0MB)
Track 103. banter 0:32 (1.2MB)
Track 104. Can’t Buy Me Love 2:12 (5.3MB)
Track 105. banter 0:40 (1.6MB)
Track 106. Letting Go 3:58 (9.5MB)
Track 107. banter 0:21 (860k)
Track 108. Day Tripper 3:19 (8.0MB)
Track 109. banter 0:27 (1.1MB)
Track 110. Let It Roll 4:36 (11.0MB)
Track 111. Foxy Lady 2:01 (4.8MB)
Track 112. banter 1:44 (4.1MB)
Track 113. I Gotta a Feeling 5:19 (12.8MB)
Track 114. banter 0:52 (2.1MB)
Track 115. My Valentine 3:21 (8.1MB)
Track 116. Nineteen Hundred Eighty Five 4:04 (9.8MB)
Track 117. Maybe I’m Amazed 4:43 (11.3MB)
Track 118. banter 1:03 (2.5MB)
Track 119. We Can Work It Out 2:24 (5.8MB)
Track 120. banter 0:47 (1.9MB)
Track 121. In Spite of the Danger 3:37 (8.7MB)
Track 122. I’ve Just Seen a Face 2:34 (6.2MB)
Track 123. banter 0:45 (1.8MB)
Track 124. Love Me Do 2:28 (5.9MB)
Track 125. banter 1:32 (3.7MB)
60 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. And I Love Her 2:48 (6.7MB)
Track 202. banter 0:44 (1.8MB)
Track 203. Blackbird 2:35 (6.2MB)
Track 204. banter 1:46 (4.2MB)
Track 205. Here Today 2:27 (5.9MB)
Track 206. banter 1:06 (2.6MB)
Track 207. Queenie Eye 3:48 (9.1MB)
Track 208. Lady Madona 2:39 (6.4MB)
Track 209. banter 0:38 (1.5MB)
Track 210. Four Five Seconds 2:31 (6.1MB)
Track 211. Eleanor Rigby 2:54 (7.0MB)
Track 212. banter 0:28 (1.1MB)
Track 213. For the Benefit of Mr Kite 2:45 (6.6MB)
Track 214. banter 1:16 (3.0MB)
Track 215. A Day in the Life 6:07 (14.7MB)
Track 216. banter 0:36 (1.4MB)
Track 217. Why Don’t We Do It In the Road 3:13 (7.7MB)
Track 218. banter 0:38 (1.5MB)
Track 219. Something (false start) 1:11 (2.8MB)
Track 220. Something 3:56 (9.5MB)
Track 221. banter 0:30 (1.2MB)
Track 222. Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da 3:32 (8.5MB)
Track 223. Band on the Run 5:24 (13.0MB)
Track 224. Back in the USSR 3:07 (7.5MB)
Track 225. banter 1:49 (4.4MB)
59 mins

Disc 3
Track 301. Let It Be 3:58 (9.5MB)
Track 302. Live and Let Die 3:32 (8.5MB)
Track 303. crowd 0:42 (1.7MB)
Track 304. Hey Jude 7:38 (18.3MB)
Track 305. crowd 1:30 (3.6MB)
Track 306. I Want to Be Your Man 2:07 (5.1MB)
Track 307. banter 0:25 (1.0MB)
Track 308. Helter Skelter 4:02 (9.7MB)
Track 309. banter 1:18 (3.1MB)
Track 310. Golden Slumber 6:23 (15.3MB)
32 mins

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  2. Well, Paul doing “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road” after all these years is a welcome surprise. But it’s a shame that he feels that it’s better to trot out the rather juvenile “In Spite Of All The Danger” again when there are so many great songs from his solo career, especially post-Wings Over America, which he’s never done live at all.

    BTW, cut 110 is “Let Me Roll It”, not “Let It Roll” which is a George song. Thanks for getting this out; for something you call “fairly to very good”, it sounds pretty good to me!

    By Brett Alan on Oct 14, 2016

  3. Can’t say enough good things about Paul McCartney - incredible output as a top songwriter that will never be matched, great musician and singer. Nothing will change that. Time is catching up with Paul at age 74 and listening to his singing here is tough. But more power to him to keep performing. Who would have thought back in the mid-1960s that Paul McCartney, The Monkees, The Who, The Rolling Stones etc. would still be performing live shows 50 years later!

    By Carson on Oct 14, 2016

  4. track 110 not let it roll but let me roll it

    By sluggo on Oct 14, 2016

  5. man time takes a toll on everyone and this hurts to listen to, not because its awful but because sadly its the worst i’ve ever heard pauls voice sound. thanks big o

    By loma prieta on Oct 14, 2016

  6. You have to understand he was likely out in the sun most of the day and is nearing the end of a grueling summer tour performing close to three hours a night. Few performers can match their vocal peak, although sadly for Paul two of them - Mick Jagger and Roger Waters - performed at Desert Trip. And while we’re at it, couldn’t CSN have mended fences for a night and joined Y on stage?

    By Tony Pizza on Oct 15, 2016

  7. Hey Tony, I read a relatively recent interview with Grahm Nash and he definitively said he’ll never again share a stage with Crosby-a lot of bad blood apparently, spousal insults etc. etc.

    By mcm on Oct 15, 2016

  8. McCartney does sound pretty wobbly here but I don’t think technical performance issues matter at all in this case-having a great big party with Paul and celebrating all his music and all the fantastic memories is what this one is about…I haven’t heard the Who or Waters sets yet but I have to say Neil Young is a pretty amazing human, it appears he’ll stay vital and current till long after the gold rush!

    By mcm on Oct 15, 2016

  9. The date on the info and the artwork is wrong, I think. It was 15th October, not 8th.

    By Teamster on Oct 20, 2016

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