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Beatles Rarity Of The Week – “Can’t Buy Me Love” (country hoe-down version)

Posted by on June 3, 2013 at 5:00 am.

Welcome to The Beatles Rarity of the Week. Back on Dec 10th and 11th of 1992, Paul McCartney visited New York’s Ed Sullivan Theater, where he first appeared with The Beatles back in February 1964 on the Ed Sullivan Show that introduced the fabs to America for the first time. The purpose of his return was to film a show of over twenty live performances to use for an upcoming television appearance on MTV’s Up Close. The show was aired in America on MTV in February of 1993, timed to help promote his newly released Off The Ground CD. The live footage was interspersed with interview segments of Paul talking about various experiences he had with The Beatles. The show begins with Paul discussing how he got into The Beatles by demoing his upside-down acoustic guitar performance of Eddie Cochrane’s “Twenty Flight Rock” to John Lennon. Then he is fittingly seen opening the show up with his band performing that very song. Paul was using his nineties line up at the time of Hamish Stuart, Robbie McIntosh, Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens, Blair Cunningham and his wife Linda.

Paul McCartney, circa 1993

Paul McCartney, circa 1993

This week on the BROW I’m offering up an interesting skiffle-country hoe-down arrangement of “Can’t Buy Me Love” performed by Paul and his band on the first night of taping. This was one of the tracks that was edited out of the television broadcast, so whether you caught Up Close or not, you’ve likely not heard this Beatles classic performed quite like this.


Paul McCartney - Can't Buy Me Love


Extra info: Paul also performed this arrangement of “Can’t Buy Me Love” during a soundcheck in Berlin for a September 3, 1993 gig. This performance was recorded and featured on Paul’s syndicated radio program Oobu Joobu on June 4, 1995.

This week’s BROW was requested by George Ryan. Thank you George for a great idea!

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  • Elliott Marx says:

    Wow! That was fantastic. What an excellent addition to the McCartney cannon. A complete reworking of an already great song. Excellent performance too – about to fall apart at the seams, but it keeps on chugging – which amplifies the excitement overall. This may be the best BROW yet. I need to track this down.


  • YouKnowMyNameLookUpThe# says:

    He also covered I Wanna be Your Man with a new spin on that as well during the same show!

    (I didn’t see the MTV show so I don’t know what was used and what wasn’t, but I did get a VHS of the music (in mono) and the live show (uncut) from back in the day. Really fun show!)

  • Jerry says:

    Nat, I believe you may be wrong regarding this version’s inclusion in the MTV broadcast. I distinctly remember hearing it that night on a radio “simulcast.” I was at work 2nd shift and couldn’t watch television, so radio simulcast was next best. Anyway, I remember thinking this version was a good response to critics who gave Paul a hard time for sticking to the original arrangments when performing his own songs, while diverging a bit when performing songs by others during his live shows. He definately “diverged” on this song, as well as “I Wanna Be Your Man” also performed for that special.

    • Happy Nat says:

      I think the simulcast included coverage that the televised version excluded to fit in those pesky commercial breaks. Something similar happened with Paul’s 1993 simulcasted concert in Charlotte NC.

  • Ian Shanley says:

    Guess what’s gonna be stuck in my head all day? Wow, what a gem of a performance! Looking forward to seeing Macca here in Winnipeg, on august 12th!


  • Stacia says:

    I’ve always preferred the country-fied outtake on Anthology 1. I don’t like the official version much. This was the best I’ve heard so far! Fantastic!

  • Ron says:

    Love it, Yee Hah!

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