While there is a certain inevitability about all this, Noonan has at least stayed true to her roots: this is a jazz record, recorded in New York with a quintet of accomplished musicians. But your enjoyment of this album will depend largely on two factors: your own fatigue with the endless array of covers albums being churned out of late, and the high regard for which you hold the songs of The Beatles. If you're a Beatles nut, and the thought of hearing meandering, jazz-noodley versions of songs like In My Life and Eleanor Rigby makes you feel like you've been rapped in the face, best to steer clear. For those capable of listening without prejudice, Blackbird slowly reveals itself to be a warm, lush record, albeit one where the songs are sometimes stretched to breaking point (interminable eight-minute version of Fool On The Hill, I'm looking at you).
Recorded live at Wembley Arena, London, 20/6/86. Dire Straits, Phil Collins, Big Country, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Tina Turner, Joan Armatrading, Rod Stewart, Howard Jones, Midge Ure, Level 42.
Live at Shea Stadium is a music compilation of songs performed by American singer/songwriter Billy Joel during a two concerts at Shea Stadium in New York City on July 16 & 18, 2008. It was released on March 8, 2011. The two concerts were the last performed at Shea Stadium before it was torn down to make way for Citi Field. It features guest appearances by Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, John Mayer, and Paul McCartney.