Love

Love

4.3 41
by Cirque du Soleil
     
 

Beatlemaniacs -- heck, pretty much anyone with even a passing fondness for the Fab Four -- have spent more than three decades wondering what it would be like to coax just one more album out of the legendary band. And while that has seemed like a daunting, if not impossible, task -- in large part due to the hand of fate -- it's finally come to pass on this remarkably… See more details below

Overview

Beatlemaniacs -- heck, pretty much anyone with even a passing fondness for the Fab Four -- have spent more than three decades wondering what it would be like to coax just one more album out of the legendary band. And while that has seemed like a daunting, if not impossible, task -- in large part due to the hand of fate -- it's finally come to pass on this remarkably intriguing disc. Intriguing enough on paper, the spectacular-sounding Love takes more than two dozen Beatles classics, and snippets of dozens more, and weaves them into a seamless sound collage that maintains the spirit of the original recordings while adding a striking new depth. Longtime Beatles producer George Martin (and his son Giles) revisited the original master tapes of these songs at the behest of Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte (a close ally of the late George Harrison), who crafted a Las Vegas show around the music. There's little of the surface glitz one might expect from a Sin City product, but plenty of astonishing, fun-house like vistas, created by elements like the newly unconcealed string section in the midst of "Something" to the suddenly emphatic guitar thump that introduces "Get Back." Many of the cuts here are marked by heretofore unimagined muscle -- notably "For the Benefit of Mr. Kite" and (surprisingly enough) "I Want to Hold Your Hand," wherein the harmonies cut more like honed diamonds through glass than like knives through butter. The manner in which the Martins situate the full-length songs in a veritable sea of sound may well be Love's most fascinating aspect, however. Bits and pieces of songs, sometimes immediately recognizable, sometimes just out of reach, pop up all over the place -- an eerie fragment of "Glass Onion" here, a few bars of "Nowhere Man" there. That elevates Love far above mere "best of" status and imbues it with the sort of artistic density that demands and rewards repeated listens.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times
The Beatles in their heyday held music to extraordinarily high standards…they were playing in every sense of the word…with LOVE that playfulness returns.
Entertainment Weekly
(LOVE) is bliss….gives the gift on new ears. (A)

Product Details

Release Date:
11/21/2006
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0094637980828
catalogNumber:
79808
Rank:
18610

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Tracks

  1. Because  -  Beatles
  2. Get Back  -  Beatles
  3. Glass Onion  -  Beatles
  4. Eleanor Rigby/Julia  -  Beatles
  5. I Am the Walrus  -  Beatles
  6. I Want to Hold Your Hand  -  Beatles
  7. Drive My Car/The Word/What You're Doing  -  Beatles
  8. Gnik Nus  -  Beatles
  9. Something/Blue Jay Way  -  Beatles
  10. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!/I Want You (She's So Heavy)/Helt  -  Beatles
  11. Help!  -  Beatles
  12. Blackbird/Yesterday  -  Beatles
  13. Strawberry Fields Forever  -  Beatles
  14. Within You Without You/Tomorrow Never Knows  -  Beatles
  15. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds  -  Beatles
  16. Octopus's Garden  -  Beatles
  17. Lady Madonna  -  Beatles
  18. Here Comes the Sun/The Inner Light  -  Beatles
  19. Come Together/Dear Prudence/Cry Baby Cry  -  Beatles
  20. Revolution  -  Beatles
  21. Back in the U.S.S.R.  -  Beatles
  22. While My Guitar Gently Weeps  -  Beatles
  23. A Day in the Life  -  Beatles
  24. Hey Jude  -  Beatles
  25. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)  -  Beatles
  26. All You Need Is Love  -  Beatles

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cirque du Soleil   Primary Artist
Paul McCartney   Musician
Ringo Starr   Musician

Technical Credits

George Harrison   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer,Inspiration
Ringo Starr   Composer,Inspiration
George Martin   Producer,Liner Notes,String Arrangements,Audio Production
Isobel Griffiths   Contributor
Giles Martin   Producer,Liner Notes,String Arrangements,Audio Production,Pro-Tools
Paul Hicks   Digital Editing,Remixing
Steve Rooke   Stereo Master
Nick Wollage   Engineer
Drew Lorimer   Artwork,Logo

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