McCartney 3 2 1 is a music documentary series streaming on Hulu, featuring musician Paul McCartney and producer Rick Rubin. Consisting of six 30-minute instalments, the premise of McCartney 3 2 1 is simple – the duo are ensconced in a darkened room shot in black and white, whereupon Rubin will play selections from McCartney’s storied career for the latter to react and respond to.
Cynically, one could argue that McCartney 3 2 1 is akin to a Youtube reaction video, except of course featuring one of the most beloved music legends of all time. Considering McCartney’s resume, it’s no surprise that the series focuses very much on his time with The Beatles, though there are concessions made – not much – to his solo music.
For diehard Beatles fans, while the information gleaned from McCartney’s responses and reminiscences might not be too surprising or revealing, it is of course satisfying – and highly emotional – to see McCartney’s genuine enthusiasm and affection for the music he worked on all those years ago. During one episode, he describes himself now as a Beatles “fan” and gushes accordingly – seeing him sing along to every song is such a thrill! It is certainly great to see McCartney realistically coming to terms with his contribution to the best band of all time.
One significant feature of Rubin’s curation of the Beatles material is a focus on McCartney’s seminal melodic bass playing, which in many ways was ground-breaking and highly influential. McCartney is typically coy about his own achievements as a bass player but Rubin does a good job in cornering McCartney into admiring his own magnificent work! Well done!
The moments where McCartney picks up an instrument to demonstrate key musical elements of the songwriting and arrangements naturally reveal the fact that McCartney is no longer a spring chicken (the man is now 79 years old!) but that is largely irrelevant in the bigger picture.
McCartney 3 2 1 is essential for every Beatles fan and that should mean almost every lover of good music. Check it out!
Now streaming on Hulu.
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