May 29, 2013 – 1:10 pm

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Austin 2013 [no label, 3CD]

Live at the Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX; May 22, 2013. Very good audience recording.

From Austin American Statesman:

Two songs into the first of two shows at the Erwin Center, Paul McCartney announced, “we are going to have a party here tonight.” For three hours on Wednesday night, McCartney fueled that party with a mix of hits from his days with the Beatles and his later career with Wings, showing off his skill as a writer of both simple, poignant ballads and more complex rock pieces. He was all smiles on the swinging opener “Eight Days A Week”; that Beatles staple stood in contrast to “Junior’s Farm,” with its big guitar solo and dramatic climax.

From Austin Chronicle:

You may only ever see Paul McCartney live once, but it’ll define a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and all you’ll want for in its aftermath is to run home and pull out your Beatles/Wings/Paul McCartney albums to relive that which already lives in your DNA.

SpammythePig at Dime:

I’ve been to four McCartney shows in the last five years. The band is flawless, the set lists are incredible, but Paul’s voice - all that beautiful range and power - is almost completely gone. Amazes me that his audience doesn’t seem to mind.

GeorgiannP at Dime:

Are you serious? I’ve seen him a minimum of two times on every tour of his, so I’m quite puzzled here… There are some years where his voice isn’t the best ever, but almost completely gone?? I’ve never seen that. On the 2001 and 2002 tours, his voice was very good, but not his back in the day best. In 2005, for some reason his voice was not so great then, but nowhere near almost completely gone. In 2010, I saw him twice in Chicago and I was amazed at how beautiful his voice was!! He sounded fantastic!! This was not just my opinion, I read all the reviews and they mirrored my opinion. As we all know, critics are not going to hold back just to be kind. If anything many of them are overly critical. People, go to the shows and see for yourself. You’ll be so glad you did! I know I’m going!!

One can be glad that Paul McCartney, who will be 71 on June 18, is still touring and performing, never mind the condition of his voice.

Or one can simply say, “Oh bugger it, I’ll listen to something else.”

The choice is simply yours.

We, on the other hand, would like to thank kubacheck who recorded the first show McCartney ever played in Austin, and shared it at Dime. Thanks also to ddemon72 for the artwork (slightly modified here).

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Disc 1
Track 01. Intro (1.5MB)
Track 02. Eight Days a Week (4.8MB)
Track 03. Junior’s Farm (6.1MB)
Track 04. All My Loving (5.0MB)
Track 05. Listen to What the Man Said (7.2MB)
Track 06. Let Me Roll It (”Foxy Lady” snippet) (14.1MB)
Track 07. Paperback Writer (7.9MB)
Track 08. My Valentine (5.9MB)
Track 09. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five (7.0MB)
Track 10. The Long and Winding Road (8.1MB)
Track 11. Maybe I’m Amazed (false start) (1.2MB)
Track 12. Maybe I’m Amazed (9.3MB)
Track 13. I’ve Just Seen a Face (4.9MB)
Track 14. We Can Work It Out (4.8MB)
Track 15. Another Day (7.9MB)

Disc 2
Track 16. And I Love Her (6.4MB)
Track 17. Blackbird (7.9MB)
Track 18. Here Today (5.6MB)
Track 19. Your Mother Should Know (4.6MB)
Track 20. Lady Madonna (5.2MB)
Track 21. All Together Now (5.8MB)
Track 22. Lovely Rita (5.8MB)
Track 23. Mrs. Vandebilt (8.7MB)
Track 24. Eleanor Rigby (5.8MB)
Track 25. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! (7.3MB)
Track 26. Something (7.9MB)
Track 27. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (6.4MB)
Track 28. Band on the Run (9.0MB)
Track 29. Back in the U.S.S.R. (8.6MB)

Disc 3
Track 30. Let It Be (7.3MB)
Track 31. Live and Let Die (6.6MB)
Track 32. Hey Jude (18.0MB)

Track 33. Day Tripper (5.8MB)
Track 34. Hi, Hi, Hi (6.1MB)
Track 35. Get Back (11.9MB)

Encore 2:
Track 36. Yesterday (5.8MB)
Track 37. Helter Skelter (10.8MB)
Track 38. Golden Slumbers (2.8MB)
Track 39. Carry That Weight (2.8MB)
Track 40. The End (7.2MB)

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  1. 31 Responses to “PAUL McCARTNEY - AUSTIN 2013”

  2. 40 songs. wow. at nearly 71 yrs old. ive heard the brazil show where he broke out songs for the first time ever. and while his voice doesnt sound like it did in the 60s or 70s or even 80s its just fine. and as long as the band is tight and he stays in tune for the most part im good with paul. hes one who can safely rest on his laurels. he da man. just stay alive thats all. retire if u must at some point but stay alive as long as i am.

    By darth on May 29, 2013

  3. make that 38 songs.

    By darth on May 29, 2013

  4. I would like to take this opportunity to sound off against rock stars who after becoming swell millionaires suddenly become the judgemental overlords that want to decide the rules.
    Mr.McCartney, whom I have yet to accuse of being the number one cause of aural diabetes [thanks to the sickenly sweet sounds of o-bladi o-blah blah,listen to what the man said,let him in, etc,] came to our land [newfoundland] and harassed folks living on the edge of poverty trying to eke out an existence. shame on you mr .wallet sized ego, some folks due to to geographical concernes do not have the opportuniies afforded the swells. Please take your millions and your politics and leave us alone.
    Paul McCartney would rather that thousands of Newfoundlanders starve, than work in the fur trade. If we had your millions , we would buy all of your music so you couldn`t poison the world with it any longer. What`s that ? oh, it hurts when the shoes goes on the other foot doesn`t it.

    By cod lips on May 29, 2013

  5. 40 songs. wow. at nearly 71 yrs old

    if you worked for a living like my family does you would realize right away strumming a guitar at age 71 is a helluva lot easier than pulling up a full fish net at age 71.

    By cod lips on May 29, 2013

  6. That aint workin thats the way you do it
    Money for nothin and chicks for free
    Now that aint workin thats the way you do it
    Lemme tell ya them guys aint dumb
    Maybe get a blister on your little finger
    Maybe get a blister on your thumb

    By Stingk Nopfler on May 29, 2013

  7. people who dont have the talent to write songs and sing and play instruments and make millions of course have to find other means to earn a living. other careers that arent in the industry like film tv and music or sports are usually not going to earn the average person a lot of money. those who cant do.. teach. those who cant teach.. teach gym.
    not everyone can be paul mccartney. but if he didnt work at creating the songs he wrote he couldnt get away with what he is doing for all these years. yeah maybe hes strumming a guitar and not a lot more. i dont know. its not that big a deal really. people who pay to see him perform arent expecting a king crimson or mahavishnu orchestra or frank zappa concert. but dont bemoan the fact that u couldnt do what hes doing and u had to earn a living working physically. some ppl earn a living with their minds rather than their backs. some found ways to bring in money with the least amount of effort. not all people worry about having that much money either. u may want the best life has to offer and so u will work your fingers to the bone and break your back making that dollar. there are many ways thru life. u could make it living in poverty but u dont want that. u could have gotten a degree in psychology and gotten a job where u sit in an office and talked to mental health patients and earned 40-120k a year. u didnt choose to do that. paul chose to write songs. thats hit talent and ability. each according to what he can do etc. your comment appears to be towards me. u dont know a lot about me. my family worked very hard their entire lives. i found ways to avoid it as much as i could altho i did my share at various points too. i chose a hobby that i thought would become a way to earn me a living and ultimately it did. at various points when it wasnt enough i found other ways to earn a little more income. but back breaking work? no. why? i dont have to. i went to college so i wouldnt have to do that. i learned a skill so that i could do other things. in my case it was photography. i actually just happened to teach it to myself. i later learned computers and using my knowledge of those did more to earn an income also. dont begrudge paul or people like him. live your life knowing u did what u did the best u could and knew how.

    By darth on May 30, 2013

  8. “those who cant do.. teach. those who cant teach.. teach gym.”

    yet another ignorant uncalled for remark. sigh.

    By barth on May 30, 2013

  9. he can make them barth, the rest of us are called out for it though.

    By dropkick sarge on May 30, 2013

  10. have to admit i love the “LIFE RULES FROM DARTH WORLD” family worked very hard their entire lives. i found ways to avoid it as much as i could …

    By dropkick sarge on May 30, 2013

  11. Mr Cod Lips…I like Let ‘Em In, Listen to What the Man Said, etc (but you’re right, Obladi Oblada is shite), they are classic melodic rock tunes. You are also right about pontificating, lecturing, right on rock stars - I’m sure most of them didn’t hold their oh so PC views when they actually lived in the real world and had to make real world choices in life. They just forget how tough getting by can be as they look out of their perfect world bubble at us mere mortals. Admittedly, I’m not into killing for fur myself, but I’m sitting here in a decent pair of leather Converse eating a sausage sandwich…so who am I to criticize, ha ha.

    By Shep on May 30, 2013

  12. “those who cant do.. teach. those who cant teach.. teach gym.”

    true words all darth,lol

    By funny joe from bigo on May 30, 2013

  13. Great performance and great selection of Beatle tunes. I bet the tickets were not anywhere near what the Rolling Stones are charging either. If you could get a soundboard of this show I would sure like to hear it. Thanks BigO.

    By Mackster on May 30, 2013

  14. “those who cant do.. teach. those who cant teach.. teach gym.”

    Funny words from Woody Allen, in Annie Hall.

    Apparently, music isn’t the only thing darth steals…

    By Innocent Bystander on May 30, 2013

  15. dont interrupt darth hes masturbating. he calls it having sex with someone he loves.

    By barth on May 30, 2013

  16. Saw him twice, last time in 2010 in Wrigley. My son was with me and that was the thrill,, watching him enjoy the concert. And listening to the whole ballpark sing in unison.

    By Paul on May 30, 2013

  17. its hysterical. theres music here and people commenting and if i piss shit spit vomit belch fart what have u.. theres a few idiots who will sit on the edges of their seats with bated breath and notepads ready to jump on every little thing i say. that in and of itself is ridiculously amusing and sad as hell if u think about it too much.

    By darth on May 30, 2013

  18. My brother and some friends were lucky enough to see Sir Paul in Austin. It is just AMAZING that a man can rock like this at 71. Rock on, Sir Paul! I’m hoping to get a ticket to see him here in NYC.

    By Paul on May 30, 2013

  19. I was at the show the next night in Austin, May 23rd. One of the best concerts I’ve ever attended. To my ears he sounded great. His voice was a little hoarse toward the very end, but…considering he was on the second night of a back-to-back, had performed for nearly three hours, and at almost 71 years old still performs all of the songs in the original keys and still hits damn near every note….I’ll forgive him for not being 22 years old anymore. Still absolutely freaking amazing.

    By MrBill on May 30, 2013

  20. Yeah, IMO, anyone who complains about his voice just needs to shut up. The dude is a freak of nature to be doing what he’s doing. I saw him about 20 years ago, and I think these recent shows sound more exciting.

    By Paul on May 30, 2013

  21. THANK YOU !!!

    Paul is always a fab-ulous performer.

    By Claude Nine on May 30, 2013

  22. I think Paul really has it on this one–McCartney is a musical freak of nature. He sounds great. And his musical influence on coumtles artists is undeniable…

    By DanC on Jun 1, 2013

  23. Sorry, that was supposed to be “countless” artists.

    By DanC on Jun 1, 2013

  24. Just listened to this today… Whoa!! I’ve got to see this guy before he either passes away or retires from touring.. This show is awesome… great recording.. Thanks BigO for another winner!!

    By Tom on Jun 1, 2013

  25. The sound is distant and some of the instruments buried in the mix. The vocals are clear, but not Paul at his best. Listen to “Paperback Writer” and if you like that the rest will probably please you too. I’m a big Paul fan and I don’t doubt that the shows are entertaining, but I won’t download this.

    By Jania on Jun 7, 2013

  26. Turned my 22 year old son, Zane, onto this show and one I found from Night #2 in Tampa. Our family went to see Macca on the Driving USA tour after 9/11. Now Z is going to see him at Bonnaroo next weekend. While I think his voice is going, Z can’t wait for a second chance to hear one of the greatest popular artists of all. Just wish he’d play ‘Every Night’ instead of ‘Lovely Rita’. Love the return of ‘Mr. Kite’ and ‘Junior’s Farm’ though. Two of my favs. PS: Anyone (Darth) know if Macca’s Bonnaroo set is being simulcast? I think Petty’s set is via Bonnaroo site.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Jun 7, 2013

  27. for those who care

    By sir elliot of wrenth on Jun 15, 2013

  28. Amazing! Thanks so much for this!

    By Grant on Jun 16, 2013

  29. johnny - yes youtube is doing a stream and npr is doing an audio simulcast.

    By darth on Jun 16, 2013

  30. also check this -

    By darth on Jun 16, 2013

  31. Paul McCartney’s Bonnaroo set list and three videos:

    By Dingus on Jun 18, 2013

  32. Hello, I attended this show and would love to have these recordings, unfortunately these links are not working could someone give me fresh ones plz?

    By Landry Jackson on Jun 10, 2018

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