Live Kisses is the living document of one magical night in the City of Angels on Thursday, February 9 (the 48th anniversary of The Beatles' U.S. TV debut on The Ed Sullivan Show) when Paul McCartney decided to bring his newly released collection of lovingly rendered standards and two enthralling originals, Kisses On The Bottom, to life at the very same Capitol Studios where much of the album was created.
The fact that Paul and the assembled musicians had never performed this material live only added to the evening's electricity.
Live Kisses' highlights are too many to mention. There are the sublime renditions of "Home," "More I Cannot Wish You", "We Three (My Echo, My Shadow And Me)", "Always", "Bye Bye Blackbird". Plus Paul's rendition of new original "My Valentine" emotionally re-animating the true to life events that inspired the lyric with stunning acoustic guitar punctuation courtesy of Joe Walsh, as well as Paul's harmonizing with his longtime live drummer Abe Laboriel Jr. on "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter", "The Glory of Love" and "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive". There is also the impromptu addition of "My One and Only Love," a bonus track from the deluxe edition of the "Kisses..." album.
All in all, it was a night like no other and an unexpected and unforgettable new chapter both in the fabled history of Capitol Studios and the peerless career of the one and only Paul McCartney - and now, with this Jonas Akerlund film Live Kisses, one that can be discovered and relived by generations to come.