Occasionally we depart from the main topic here Living in Mexico. Often it is to bring up some musical footnote either from my past life as a record producer and engineer or just to make a suggestion to listen up.
Those of you that know me, know I worked at Capitol Records for ten years in the middle 60’s to the middle and more 70’s (a very developing industry at that time – the music business – mostly before the marriage of video with audio.
I enjoyed my 15 plus years in the music business; was always amazed at having that much fun and getting paid well for it at that Even though 15 years represents perhaps half –no more- of my working life, it certainly had a better than half a career impact and the memories linger on with the help of the very nostalgic industry.
During my career in music I worked with such now greats as Barbra Streisand, Miles Davis, George Benson, Ringo Starr, Al Jarreau, George Harrison, Dave Mason, John Lennon, Michael Franks and Sir Paul McCartney, to name a few.
Paul McCartney is four plus years older than me. His voice has gone from sweet tenor to gravely tenor (well call it course sand) – not baritone yet. The voice has come to a place where some of the old classic jazz standards are a good fit. And apparently a not often heard of, but a powerhouse in the industry, Tommy Lipuma put that together and came up with the idea of getting some great jazz and rock legends to help Paul make a terrific album.
So back in the begining of 2012 it all came together at Capitol’s Studio A – a live recording (and filmed video) “Kisses on the Bottom - the fifteenth studio album consisting primarily of covers of traditional pop music and jazz by Paul McCartney.”
Not only is it great music, but for me the video segments that included Studio A really tugged on my personal history as The Tower and the three studios A-B-C were where I spent a good deal of my life. If you can get a hold of Kisses on the Bottom Deluxe Edition or better still the video, “Paul McCartney: Live Kisses”
So yeah Live Kisses is produced by Grammy winning producer Tommy LiPuma, conducted by Alan Broadbent, with the talents of Al Schmitt in the control room, Diana Krall at the piano, John Clayton, Karriem Riggins, John Pizzarelli on guitar, Anthony Wilson and Mike Mainieri. Paul strictly sings on this DVD and the harmony he creates with his drummer Abe Laboriel Jr. on three of the songs including I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter, is simply pure magic. The talented Joe Walsh (James Gang, Eagles) stands out with his beautiful guitar work on McCartney’s penned My Valentine, and also on Get Yourself Another Fool. Included, besides these beautiful heavenly songs, are interviews with Paul, Diana Krall, Tommy LiPuma, Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder. There are more extras as well.
We must admit that time has passed us by musically speaking. The stuff my son and his peers listen to is beyond my comprehension. Yeah – the Calypso Couple is no longer with it. This is mostly an elected condition – at least so we think. McCartney was with it and so were we in our time, but this is classic timeless stuff. Get a good bottle of wine, some candles and your best friend(s) and give it a listen (watch). Tell me what you think. Stay Tuned!