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

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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:
8802

Related Subjects

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   Remixing
Steve Rooke   Stereo Master
Nick Wollage   Engineer
Drew Lorimer   Artwork,Logo

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Love 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tonight in the car I cried with joy listening to the Beatles "new" album, Love. "Here they are, the Beatles!" shouts Ed Sullivan, and then the joy and exuberance begins. Sure, they were stylish and smart and witty and young. But it was also a damn fine song. We forget just how good that one song was, with that one special chord that even then hinted at the impeccable craftsmanship to come. The expectation when I was growing up was that we would finally discover the new Beatles. We're older now. And it turns out that we didn't need the new Beatles at all. The originals were just fine. And its still such a feeling...that I can't hide. I can't hide. I can't hide. It's remarkable that the music remains so relevant forty years on, how it still sounds so contemporary. It's not like listening to an old Billie Holiday album, for example, and believe me when I say that I'm not maligning the artistry of Billie Holiday. But her best music was recorded at the dawn of recording technology, and the fidelity will always mark it as such. Which has its charms, to be sure. There's something magical about her timeless voice and those timeless melodies that even low fidelity cannot suppress. But the audio quality instantly marks her music as originating from a different age. That will never be an issue with the Beatles, even though they began with the limitations of four-track technology (and yes, I know all about their discovery that "bouncing" down to one track allowed them to add as many tracks as they liked--which expanded the aural canvas but resulted in what a Rolling Stone writer once referred to as "the goofy stereo of early Beatles records"). Could anyone else have produced the collage masterpiece that Love truly is? I believe it was Olivia Harrison who said in a promotional video that only George Martin knows the content of each track the Beatles ever recorded. It's a true marvel to hear such familiar music presented in a completely different way. I've not been as immersed in the concept of a particular album in years, perhaps a decade, perhaps even more. Love is as brilliant in its own way as the suite that is side two of the original Abbey Road album. I've written before (and will likely do so again) that I believe Abbey Road to be the best album from the Beatles catalogue, not Sgt. Pepper as the consensus seems to be. And I still believe it. But despite the fact that Love contains no new music (how could it?), it makes an artistic statement of its own. "This is Johnny Rhythm, saying good night to ye's and God bless ye's." What a sweet way to end the album, with a fragment probably originating from a fan club Christmas disc. Only George Martin would have thought of that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm 41 years old and hadn't been a Beatles fan until hearing this CD. I LOVE this CD! One can't help but dance to it! The CD makes ya feel happy! The music begs to be listened to loudly. In fact, if it is not turned up loud, one misses a lot of segues into and out of songs. It's really cool how a track can start out with one song, then morph into another song, then morph again before the end! As an FYI, you would not know it by looking at the CD cover, but Cirque du Soleil has brought the music of this CD to life in their incredible show in LasVegas at the Mirage. The show shares the title of the CD. . . LOVE. Spread the LOVE, buy this CD for your family and friends! And, when in Vegas, see the show, you'll then have an even greater appreciation for the music!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm an AVID Beatle fan and ABSOLUTELY LOVE them. There will NEVER, EVER be another band like The Beatles!!! Out of curiosity, I bought this cd a few years ago. And I was SO impressed with it. Then when I read the history of how this was made, I was even more impressed. George and Giles Martin were complete artists in how they compiled this along with the direction and assistance of George Harrison and Paul McCartney. There are a lot of tribute bands and artists out there. So I listen for every detail in the music that someone tries to do. And the way the Martins morphed so many songs in this creation is 'genius' to say the least. IF you will be open and sit down with a good stereo system to listen to this, I think you will see how great this really is. I stand amazed at this creation and would recommend it to any real Beatles fan!!
Walterama More than 1 year ago
If you were in Las Vegas and saw the show "LOVE," then buy the album. It's like watching the Beatles performing live with a group of acrobating act in a circus-like show. Believe me, I was in Las Vegas last year and I love it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
If the remix CD is as good as the live show - another hit by the Beattles.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From what little I was able to hear from assorted websites, this is going to be an amazing re-issue! The most astounding aspect is how George and Giles Martin took bits from several tracks and combined them into existing tracks. For example: "Get Back" begins with the opening chord from "A Hard Day's Night," which is then looped in backwards...the drum and guitar solo's from "The End" enter as the opening chord from "Get Back" takes the song through conclusion. The tablia from "Within You Without You" is mixed into "Here Comes The Sun." The horn section from "Sgt Pepper" accents the chorus of "Lucy." These are just a few examples, and I was only able to hear them in mono. Of course, the CD is in stereo, and the audio-DVD is in 5.1 (George Martin said, "Once you hear the Beatles in 5.1, you'll NEVER be able to hear them in stereo again."). I don't know how they managed to isolate the instrumentation from the "bounced" tracks, (they'd often mix tracks 1 to 3 onto 4 ... then overdub some more), but those who have seen the Circ de Soli show these songs were created for say the surround sound is breath taking. I can hardly wait to hear it!!! By the way, it needs to be pointed out that the track listing that B&N listed above is WRONG!! The ACTUAL track list is (copied from the Beatles website): 1. Because ---- 2. Get Back ---- 3. Glass Onion ---- 4. Eleanor Rigby / Julia - (Transition) ---- 5. I Am The Walrus ---- 6. I Want To Hold Your Hand ---- 7. Drive My Car / The Word / What You're Doing ---- 8. Gnik Nus [can this be "Sun King" backwards? Hmmmm ....] ---- 9. Something / Blue Jay Way - (Transition) ---- 10. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite / I Want You (She's So Heavy) / Helter Skelter ---- 11. Help! ---- 12. Blackbird / Yesterday ---- 13. Strawberry Fields Forever ---- 14. Within You Without You / Tomorrow Never Knows ---- 15. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds ---- 16. Octopus's Garden ---- 17. Lady Madonna ---- 18. Here Comes The Sun / Inner Light, The - (Transition) ---- 19. Come Together / Dear Prudence / Cry Baby Cry - (Transition) ---- 20. Revolution ---- 21. Back In The U.S.S.R. ---- 22. While My Guitar Gently Weeps ---- 23. Day In The Life, A ---- 24. Hey Jude ---- 25. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band ---- 26. All You Need Is Love
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just heard the entire cd in its entirety and I have to say it was awesome. It flows so smoothly that it conjures up memories of when you first heard some of the songs that you know and love. With some beats of different songs underlying the melodies of others, the songs merge to form a Beatles meets Pink Floyd type of feel but maintaining the uniqueness of the Beatles. It's amazing how the percussion of "Within You and Without You" can flow seamlessly into other Beatles songs. This is a must have for any Beatles fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great CD for fans and new listeners alike. It gives a new feel to the songs we know and love. The way they mix different songs together is very well done.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was going to purchase this CD for my wife. (Big Beatle Fan). We heard a couple of the songs and we were shocked at how they ruined them. LOVE deserves a ZERO. The dog even ran out of the room.... Enjoy the original songs, save your money
Guest More than 1 year ago
"LOVE" is wonderful & unique listening pleasure with surprises and twists along the way. It is a kaleidoscope of word and sound. Under the watchful eye of Sir George & Giles Martin. The Beatles catalog has an energy that merges familiar snippets, lyrics and melodies to form a 'new' classic. For instance, the marriage of 'Within You Without You' and 'Tomorrow Never Knows', a compliment to the writing styles of Harrison and Lennon. 'Get Back' becomes 'Glass Onion' and it sounds as if Paul & John intended it to be that way. A backwards 'Sun King' becomes the beautifully harmonic 'Gnik Nus', a gift to us compliments of Giles Martin. Many, many years after Sir George composed the string score for 'Yesterday', his new string composition adds a poignant and gorgeous touch to 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps'. After each listen, you hear something new and different but that's the magic of The Beatles after all, isn't it! It is quite obvious that the Martin's treated the Beatles catalog with great love and respect. They honor the talent and inspiration of the four men that changed the face of music and for that I am very grateful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The music is fantastic. But I've tried 3 DVD players and none can decode the surround sound so it's stereo only on the DVD. I called Sony and Pioneer and it's not the DVD decoder, it's the DVD itself. I replaced it three times and still have the problem. Anyone else find this an issue? I'd love to hear from you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm A New Beatle Fan And I've Got To Say It's Totally Cool I Know Im 18 Years Old But You Know What I Think I Ve A Good Taste Of Music I Hate All Contemparary Music, I Love The Classics
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hey, I lived through the era, and I have not been this excited about a Beatles' compilation in years! George Martin and his son are absolute geniuses. The sound quality is fantastic, and the mixing/blending superb. To hear McCartney's "buried" bass line front and center in "Hey Jude" is alone worth the price of the CD. There is, however, much, much more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got to see the Love show in Las Vegas this summer and it was amazing. This music sounds great! Love it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tonight in the car I cried with joy listening to the Beatles "new" album, Love. "Here they are, the Beatles!" shouts Ed Sullivan, and then the joy and exuberance begins. Sure, they were stylish and smart and witty and young. But it was also a damn fine song. We forget just how good that one song was, with that one special chord that even then hinted at the impeccable craftsmanship to come. The expectation when I was growing up was that we would finally discover the new Beatles. We're older now. And it turns out that we didn't need the new Beatles at all. The originals were just fine. And its still such a feeling...that I can't hide. I can't hide. I can't hide. It's remarkable that the music remains so relevant forty years on, how it still sounds so contemporary. It's not like listening to an old Billie Holiday album, for example, and believe me when I say that I'm not maligning the artistry of Billie Holiday. But her best music was recorded at the dawn of recording technology, and the fidelity will always mark it as such. Which has its charms, to be sure. There's something magical about her timeless voice and those timeless melodies that even low fidelity cannot suppress. But the audio quality instantly marks her music as originating from a different age. That will never be an issue with the Beatles, even though they began with the limitations of four-track technology (and yes, I know all about their discovery that "bouncing" down to one track allowed them to add as many tracks as they liked--which expanded the aural canvas but resulted in what a Rolling Stone writer once referred to as “the goofy stereo of early Beatles records"). Could anyone else have produced the collage masterpiece that Love truly is? I believe it was Olivia Harrison who said in a promotional video that only George Martin knows the content of each track the Beatles ever recorded. It's a true marvel to hear such familiar music presented in a completely different way. I've not been as immersed in the concept of a particular album in years, perhaps a decade, perhaps even more. Love is as brilliant in its own way as the suite that is side two of the original Abbey Road album. I've written before (and will likely do so again) that I believe Abbey Road to be the best album from the Beatles catalogue, not Sgt. Pepper as the consensus seems to be. And I still believe it. But despite the fact that Love contains no new music (how could it?), it makes an artistic statement of its own. "This is Johnny Rhythm, saying good night to ye's and God bless ye's." What a sweet way to end the album, with a fragment probably originating from a fan club Christmas disc. Only George Martin would have thought of that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this CD. You can tell that this project really meant something to the album's producers. They weren't in it for the money, they did the album as a loving tribute to one of the most lasting bands out there. Each song still has its soul and its original feel, but with a new twist. There are flashes of their other songs sprinkled throughout, and they glimmer underneath the tracks like little hidden gems. Beatle maniacs should love the CD just for the opportunity to try and figure out which Beatle tracks are hiding within the disc. The sound quality of this disc is absoulutely amazing as well! It sounds like the band is sitting next to you. Sure, those Beatle fanatic purists out there are probably upset that anyone "messed with" the originals. I guess they are entitled to their opinion. But if they looked deeper, they would see that the songs were not really messed with so much as enhanced. GREAT CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As good as the originals? No. But almost. Most of the songs are mixed well and flow quite well. If you like psychedelic sounds, you'll like this. It is mainly composed of their psychedelic work. I like how they mixed the sounds of some songs into others. Straight trippin' Plus, the sound quality is really good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all, anyone who likes Bonnie Tyler has no right to criticize the Beatles in any way shape or form. Second of all, this cd is meant to be a new twist to beatles music so try and give it a chance and not think of the original recordings when you listen. It's guys like Wegee who prevent artists like Brian Wilson from getting respect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My headline is a nod to the late George Harrison's song (if you have 'All Things Must Pass' you know it). It is amazing that now 36 years since the Beatles' breakup, their music still holds up exceptionally well, is timeless and still influential beyond measure. The premise behind 'Love' where Sir George Martin & son (Giles Martin) mix, mash-up, and in fact re-invent the Beatles' classics sounded interesting, and once I heard the disc a few times, it really is a great concept. Sure, fans have heard the music thousands of times -- but the way the tracks are presented here makes them sound new, at least very different than you are familiar with. Hearing the vocal of "Within You Without You" superimposed on the background of "Tomorrow Never Knows" was pure genius -- the merging of "She's so Heavy" on the ending of "Mr Kite" also brilliant -- amazing how seamless the Martins made all the segues and mash-ups sound, as if they were intended to be that way - plus the overall sound of the tracks is fantastic -- 'Love' is worth it just for the remastered "I Am the Walrus" alone. This is more for serious than casual fans -- anyone familiar with Abbey Road, the White Album, Sgt Peppers and all the album tracks besides the hits will be delighted at how much 'Love' there is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It sounds like a bad "psychedelic" dream you had after watching too many performances of "Beatlemania" at a local dinner theater. After seeing the advertisement for this CD on TV, "I Should Have Known Better."
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'd have to agree with the majority of the reviewers here... this album (while not at all like other Cirque music cd's) is absolutely amazing, glorious, and fresh. I loved it. It made me cry. The remixing is superb, and is more than just remixing old songs into a new sound - the album was clearly a labor of love and tribute to these incomparable legends of music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I may be born way after the Beatles' time, but I still like their music. This new album was exciting because it was as though I was listening to new tunes and the familiar ones at the same time. This CD was excellent, and most songs, such as "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and "Strawberry Fields Forever," blended perfectly with the new music. However, a few just totally got mixed up. The remastering ws better than expected, and I recommend it to everyone who likes The Beatles and wants more of their music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a must-have for any fan. it's very different from their previously released albums, but in a good way. i loved every minute of it. the songs were blended together so well, completely flawlessly...almost as if that's how the songs were meant to sound in the first place. loved it. definitely give it a chance!