‘McCartney 3,2,1’ review: Hulu’s docuseries takes a magical walk down memory lane with the former Beatle

It would be difficult to discover a more no-frills production than this six-part docuseries, which mainly includes McCartney and music manufacturer Rick Rubin (both manufacturers on the task) sitting together and going through numerous tunes, carrying out nearly forensic analysis on how they were created.

Still, the clearness of McCartney’s memories and the long-lasting power of the music makes this a reward for any Beatles enthusiast, as McCartney holds forth on how he and John Lennon matched each other, the band’s competitors with the Beach Boys (a motivation for the more speculative elements of “Sgt. Pepper”) and the artists that he got to see and understand, from Roy Orbison to Jimi Hendrix, after the band made their victorious arrival in the United States.

The entire workout operates in part due to the fact that it’s structured less as an interview than a discussion, sometimes breaking down the music to its essential foundation, like separating the strings on “Yesterday” — and how manufacturer George Martin slyly conquered McCartney’s resistance to including them.

Now 79, McCartney likewise displays a contagious sense of engagement listening to the work, grooving to among his own early ballads prior to musing, “Pretty little song, he said modestly.”

Certainly, there’s very little location for modesty in this sort of workout, and “McCartney 3,2,1” feels a bit approximate in the manner in which it dices up the episodes, tactically drawing from old practice session and efficiency video to enhance the artist’s recollections.

“We all knew we had the freedom to goof around,” McCartney remembers, talking about the “great camaraderie” of artists at the time, and concerns like his hesitation to consist of Beatles tunes in his performance, initially, after ending up being a solo artist.

This has actually ended up being a boom time for music documentaries, consisting of the previously mentioned Beatles task to come, Hulu’s current “Summer of Soul” and Apple TELEVISION+’s “1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything.”

Fairly little in scale, “McCartney 3,2,1” may not top that list, however for anybody who understands that it was Lennon who included “It can’t get no worse” to McCartney’s more positive lyrics on “Getting Better,” as times for musical fond memories go, it does not get far better than this.

“McCartney 3,2,1” premieres July 16 on Hulu.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.