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Good Evening New York City

Good Evening New York City is a CD/DVD double live album by Paul McCartney consisting of material performed over three nights as the inaugural concert at New York City's Citi Field, 17, 18 and 21 July 2009, part of his Summer Live '09 concert tour.[1] Over 180,000 tickets were sold within hours of the shows being announced. The album is McCartney's third release for Hear Music, following 2007 album Memory Almost Full and the live EP Amoeba's Secret. Previous McCartney live albums such as Back in the US proved to be huge sellers based on his record breaking live shows from the 2000s.

At the 53rd Grammy Awards, the recording of "Helter Skelter" from the album won in the category of Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance.[2]


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The concert footage featured on the standard edition of the set was directed by Paul Becher, who has overseen live visuals for McCartney for over 200 performances. The performances were shot in high definition using 15 cameras and digital footage incorporated from 75 flipcams handed out to fans over the course of the three night stand.[1] The audio mix, in both stereo and 5.1, was handled by longtime Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick, and also longtime McCartney engineer Paul Hicks, whose credits include the recent Beatles remasters, The Beatles Anthology and Let It Be... Naked, and two Grammy awards for his mixing work on the Beatles' Love album.[1]

The documented concerts held special significance for McCartney and his fans. Citi Field sits adjacent to the site of the former Shea Stadium, where his former band, The Beatles, set record attendance figures in 1965. In 2008, McCartney joined Billy Joel onstage for the final rock show at Shea Stadium before its demolition. Joel returned the favour for the first of McCartney's July performances, the first concerts to be held at Citi Field.

The performances of "Sing the Changes", "Jet", and "Band on the Run" included in this set were released as a downloadable three-track pack for the Rock Band video game on 5 January 2010.


The package is available in two formats: a 3-disc (2 CD + 1 DVD) standard edition and a 4-disc (2 CD + 2 DVD) deluxe version featuring expanded packaging and a bonus DVD including McCartney's 15 July performance on the Ed Sullivan Theater marquee for his appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman.

The standard version of Good Evening New York City is available through Starbucks company-operated locations in the US and Canada and other retailers. The deluxe edition is available from an album specific store set up through McCartney's website and through Best Buy stores. The deluxe edition can also be bought from McCartney's website, in a hardback book-style packaging.[3]

Track listing[edit]Edit

Standard and Deluxe Edition CDs/DVD[edit]Edit

All songs written and composed by Paul McCartney, unless otherwise noted. 

CD one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Drive My Car"   Paul McCartney, John Lennon 2:25
2. "Jet"   McCartney, Linda McCartney 4:20
3. "Only Mama Knows"   3:41
4. "Flaming Pie"   2:29
5. "Got to Get You into My Life"   McCartney, Lennon 2:51
6. "Let Me Roll It(with "Foxy Lady" coda) McCartney, McCartney/Jimi Hendrix ("Foxy Lady") 5:51
7. "Highway"   3:55
8. "The Long and Winding Road"   McCartney, Lennon 3:41
9. "My Love"   McCartney, McCartney 3:53
10. "Blackbird"   McCartney, Lennon 2:43
11. "Here Today"   2:32
12. "Dance Tonight"   3:02
13. "Calico Skies"   2:39
14. "Mrs Vandebilt"   McCartney, McCartney 4:40
15. "Eleanor Rigby"   McCartney, Lennon 2:25
16. "Sing the Changes"   4:17
17. "Band on the Run"   McCartney, McCartney 5:16
Total length: 60:34

All songs written and composed by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, unless otherwise noted. 

CD two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Back in the U.S.S.R."   3:08
2. "I'm Down"   2:23
3. "Something(Tribute to George Harrison, played on ukulele) George Harrison 4:07
4. "I've Got a Feeling"   5:51
5. "Paperback Writer"   3:29
6. "A Day in the Life/Give Peace a Chance"   John Lennon, Paul McCartney/Lennon 5:44
7. "Let It Be"   3:55
8. "Live and Let Die"   McCartney, Linda McCartney 3:14
9. "Hey Jude"   7:23
10. "Day Tripper"   3:12
11. "Lady Madonna"   2:33
12. "I Saw Her Standing There(with Billy Joel) 3:09
13. "Yesterday"   2:17
14. "Helter Skelter"   3:53
15. "Get Back"   4:00
16. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)/The End"   4:28
Total length: 62:37
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Drive My Car"   McCartney, Lennon
2. "Jet"   McCartney, McCartney
3. "Only Mama Knows"   McCartney
4. "Flaming Pie"   McCartney
5. "Got to Get You into My Life"   McCartney, Lennon
6. "Let Me Roll It"   McCartney, McCartney
7. "Highway"   McCartney
8. "The Long and Winding Road"   McCartney, Lennon
9. "My Love"   McCartney, McCartney
10. "Blackbird"   McCartney, Lennon
11. "Here Today"   McCartney
12. "Dance Tonight"   McCartney
13. "Calico Skies"   McCartney
14. "Mrs Vandebilt"   McCartney, McCartney
15. "Eleanor Rigby"   McCartney, Lennon
16. "Sing the Changes"   McCartney
17. "Band on the Run"   McCartney, McCartney
18. "Back in the USSR"   McCartney, Lennon
19. "I'm Down"   McCartney, Lennon
20. "Something"   Harrison
21. "I've Got a Feeling"   McCartney, Lennon
22. "Paperback Writer"   McCartney, Lennon
23. "A Day in the Life/Give Peace a Chance"   Lennon, McCartney/Lennon
24. "Let It Be"   McCartney, Lennon
25. "Live and Let Die"   McCartney, McCartney
26. "Hey Jude"   McCartney, Lennon
27. "Day Tripper"   Lennon, McCartney
28. "Lady Madonna"   McCartney, Lennon
29. "I Saw Her Standing There" (with Billy Joel) McCartney, Lennon
30. "Yesterday"   McCartney, Lennon
31. "Helter Skelter"   McCartney, Lennon
32. "Get Back"   McCartney, Lennon
33. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (reprise)/The End"   McCartney, Lennon
Total length: 2:34:27

Deluxe Edition Bonus DVD[edit]Edit

Live on the Late Show with David Letterman
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Get Back"   McCartney, Lennon
2. "Sing the Changes"   McCartney
3. "Coming Up"   McCartney
4. "Band on the Run"   McCartney, McCartney
5. "Let Me Roll It"   McCartney, McCartney
6. "Helter Skelter"   McCartney, Lennon
7. "Back in the USSR"   McCartney, Lennon
Total length: 47:04
  • Good Evening People (audience documentary film)
  • "I'm Down" (full performance)


  • Paul McCartney – lead vocals, bass, acoustic guitar, piano, electric guitar, ukulele, mandolin.
  • Rusty Anderson – lead and acoustic guitars, backing vocals.
  • Brian Ray – bass, rhythm and acoustic guitars, backing vocals.
  • Paul Wickens – keyboards, electric guitar, accordion, harmonica, percussion, backing vocals.
  • Abe Laboriel Jr. – drums, percussion, backing vocals.


Chart positions[edit]Edit

Chart (2009/10) Peak


Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[4] 76
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[5] 56
Danish Albums Chart[6] 11
Dutch Mega Album Top 100[7] 21
French SNEP Albums Chart[8] 57
German Media Control Albums Chart[9] 54
Greek Albums Chart[10] 37
Japanese Oricon Weekly Albums Chart[11] 18
Mexican Albums Chart[12] 20
Norwegian VG-lista Albums Chart[13] 8
Spanish Albums Chart[14] 52
Swedish Albums Chart[15] 29
UK Albums Chart[16] 28
US Billboard 200[17] 16

Year-end charts[edit]Edit

Chart (2010) Position
US Billboard 200 133[18]


Region Certification
United States (RIAA)[19] Gold
United Kingdom (BPI)[20] Silver

Album reviews[edit]Edit

Release history[edit]Edit

Country Date
United States 17 November 2009
United Kingdom 14 December 2009

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