Paul McCartney-Blackbird January 1991

This may have been one of the MTV Unplugged series highlights, a live loose acoustic performance by the former Beatle and Wings leader in early 1991 with a crack band of veterans including Robbie McIntosh on lead guitar (ex-Pretenders) and Hamish Stewart (together with McIntosh they led the Average White Band to the top of the charts in the mid-’70s ); Paul Wickens on various instruments; the late Linda McCartney on keyboards; and from Memphis, another ex-Pretender Blair Cunningham on drums. The original performance was mastered anemically, so I turned up this charming performance of “Blackbird” which Paul originally put on the Beatles White Album 45 years ago this week.- Redbeard