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  • paulmccartneyPaul McCartney’s live DVD for his recent Kisses on the Bottom album has been released by Eagle Vision and is just sensational, from Elvis Costello’s fantastic liner notes to a behind-the-scenes look at the video for his wedding song, “My Valentine.”

    Costello knows Sir Paul well; he’s married to Macca’s music director, the noted jazz pianist Diana Krall.

    Johnny Depp and Natalie Portman appear in the video, and the DVD includes all six versions! Depp arriving almost in costume and with many props is funny … and telling.

    To me, this album is sensational, yet somewhat overlooked. Macca sings an inspired package of standards, from “Homer,” “More Than I Cannot Wish You” to “Bye, Bye Blackbird.”

    It’s a genuine thrill. All of the songs have a special meaning to him.

    Watching the lithesome Krall performing and emoting is tremendous, too. She’s terrific and an inspired choice to work with McCartney.

    An interview with album co-producer Tommy LiPuma explains a lot about the set’s origins. Also, Joe Walsh performs that great Clapton-solo on “My Valentine.” A tremendous satisfying package; A+ for sure.

    The DVD retails for $29.98, but you can buy it for $24.99 through TheImproper at amazon.com by clicking the link to the left. Save $4.99, or 17%, plus get free shipping. The Blu-ray version sells for $34.98, or you can get the Blu-ray disc and McCartney’s album for $44.97 if purchased together.

    Monkee Micky Dolenz Nears Release of B.B. King DVD

    Wayne  Avers and Micky Dolenz rock out at B.B. King Bar & Grill.

    Wayne Avers and Micky Dolenz rock out at B.B. King Bar & Grill.

    Micky Dolenz recorded a live performance at B. B. King’s in New York City back in October for a new DVD release. It’s going through the editing process,” a spokesman told me. In fact, Micky’s terrific guitarist and musical director Wayne Avers, is personally working on it.

    I was at that show and thought it started somewhat on the down-low. But it turned into just a terrific evening of music, with Dolenz performing all the great Monkees-hits as well as some great tracks from his then-new Remember album.

    Speaking of that album, it’s a shame that it somehow got lost in all the year end releases for 2012. If you get a chance, give it a spin, terrifically enjoyable album and his voice is like it’s coming from heaven. Maybe a re-launch, with the live DVD, is in order… just saying!

    Names in the News

    Deb Caponetta, Glenn Friscia, Brian Lowry, Brett Winterble, Al Roker, Milo Ventimiglia, Ryan Seacrest, David Batista, Scott Shannon, Tom, & Lisa Cuddy, Jane Blunkell, Tony Danza, Parrish Smith, Dave Marken, Mark Bego, Carol Kaye, Rebecca Bruder, Tony Noto, Vinny Rich, Angelo Barbarro.