Picks and Pans Review: Paul Mccartney: Put It There

updated 11/13/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/13/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

Showtime (Sat., Nov. 11, 10 P.M. ET)


McCartney's chipper, nearly irresistible charm lights up what would otherwise be a blasé special. The former Beatle has aged with astonishing, almost alarming, grace. Not only does he look younger than his 47 years, but when the camera is on, he still acts like a kid flirting with a roomful of schoolgirls.

In addition to some relaxed interview footage, there are copious musical segments with Paul rehearsing in the studio with his touring band, which includes wife Linda, guitarists Robbie McIntosh (a former Pretender) and Hamish Stuart (ex-Average White Bandsman).

If this show is meant to sell tickets to McCartney's current world tour, it does the job. His voice, bass playing and stage personality are still a distinct pleasure. And his recent songs, most of which sound sodden on vinyl, are surprisingly lively in performance, when the legendary McCartney charm comes into play.

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