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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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.
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)

(LOVE) is bliss….gives the gift on new ears. (A)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2006
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 094637980828
  • Catalog Number: 79808
  • Sales rank: 7,834

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Because - The Beatles (2:44)
  2. 2 Get Back - The Beatles (2:05)
  3. 3 Glass Onion - The Beatles (1:20)
  4. 4 Eleanor Rigby/Julia - The Beatles (3:05)
  5. 5 I Am the Walrus - The Beatles (4:28)
  6. 6 I Want to Hold Your Hand - The Beatles (1:22)
  7. 7 Drive My Car/The Word/What You're Doing - The Beatles (1:54)
  8. 8 Gnik Nus - The Beatles (0:55)
  9. 9 Something/Blue Jay Way - The Beatles (3:29)
  10. 10 Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!/I Want You (She's So Heavy)/Helt - The Beatles (3:22)
  11. 11 Help! - The Beatles (2:18)
  12. 12 Blackbird/Yesterday - The Beatles (2:31)
  13. 13 Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles (4:31)
  14. 14 Within You Without You/Tomorrow Never Knows - The Beatles (3:07)
  15. 15 Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds - The Beatles (4:10)
  16. 16 Octopus's Garden - The Beatles (3:18)
  17. 17 Lady Madonna - The Beatles (2:56)
  18. 18 Here Comes the Sun/The Inner Light - The Beatles (4:18)
  19. 19 Come Together/Dear Prudence/Cry Baby Cry - The Beatles (4:45)
  20. 20 Revolution - The Beatles (2:14)
  21. 21 Back in the U.S.S.R. - The Beatles (1:53)
  22. 22 While My Guitar Gently Weeps - The Beatles (3:46)
  23. 23 A Day in the Life - The Beatles (5:08)
  24. 24 Hey Jude - The Beatles (3:58)
  25. 25 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) - The Beatles (1:22)
  26. 26 All You Need Is Love - The Beatles (3:38)
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW!!!!!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    I'm an AVID Beatle fan and ABSOLUTELY LOVE them. There will NEVE

    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!!

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  • Posted February 26, 2012

    LOVE in Las Vegas

    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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    This was a Christmas gift.

    This was a gift for my daughter's friend and I have not talked with her about it to date but I'm sure she will enjoy it.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Blackbird....

    Blackbird... One of the best songs that was presented in the Show .. and all they play on the CD is the introduction. Very Lame. :( Other than that - great music CD.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Buy a real Beatles Album, Not This One...

    I admit it; I got fooled by not reading the packaging carefully enough on this one. I thought it was a Beatles album, but it turned out to be the Cir de Sole renditions of Beatles material instead. If that is what you are looking for, bully for you. If you want the Beatles hits in a recognizable format, then don't buy this album. I was very disappointed with it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Should be a TEN

    I had always avoided this CD but my daughter brought it home one day from school and I decided to listen to it and I am sure glad I did. It is simply amazing what the Martins did. I listened to this CD during my entire 10 day vacation and am still listening. Very nice and I HIGHLY recommend this CD to anyone. To The Last Iconoclast - For someone who so despises The Beatles my question to you is why do you keep buying the CD's? And to the couple whose dog ran out of the room I suggest you teach your dog better manners.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fall in love with the Beatles again

    To start I have always felt that the Beatles where a great band, yet overrated. This Album brings them to a new light. I would definatley throw it into the hands of anyone who displays a minor intrest in it. Also, as a Las Vegas resident, I am now on a mission to go see the Love show.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hats Off to the Martins

    What a wonderful record! Sir George and Master Giles have certainly taken the music of The Beatles another step with this remix accompaniment of the Cirque du Soleil show Love. As a musician and one who grew up on Beatles music, I can only admire the fascinating way the original tracks were disassembled and rewoven into a sometimes breathtakingly fresh approach to the material. For that reason, it seems ironic that it should be their original producer George Martin and his son who would have such a new take on the old arrangements. But it is also for that reason that I’m very glad it was they and no others who would attempt the undertaking (exhumation?) -- for who else would have the credentials? And what a marvelous job they‘ve done. This CD is no casual listen. The production style has a stream-of-consciousness, semi-dream state quality that uses as points of departure ideas hinted at on Revolver and later recordings. It may not, therefore, appeal to the average music listener. Nor might it appeal to the hardcore aficionado who believes Beatles masters are sacrosanct and shouldn’t be messed with. But for those of us who like to try to “get inside” these wonderful songs we’ve known most of our lives, this new offering does open some doors. The sonic quality is pristine and up to date. Previously unexposed detail buried in the old mixes can now be heard. Outtakes and early versions of songs morph fluidly into their more elaborate later versions, while the juxtaposition of verses and choruses from different songs having similar rhythms and keys provides an insight to the oneness of Beatle music. Beside being a soundtrack to a show, Love is also a recorded-medium concert piece and needs to be enjoyed with full attention, preferably wearing headphones. Modern digital editing at the sample level can truly produce some astonishing sonic effects as well as seamless edits allowing the Martins nearly unlimited flexibility to cut-and-paste at will, with a tastefulness that, I would hope, the boys themselves would admire.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great, but not perfect

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just heard it on Virgin Radio

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding!

    "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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gets One Star Only Because I Can't Give it Cancer

    If I were allowed to accomplish only one successful venture in the course of my life, I would choose to wipe the Beatles from the face of the earth. LOVE, the miserable remix and rerelease of the world's most overrated and unjustly sainted "music," is perhaps the most deplorable abomination ever to be burned onto laser disk. Only when the putrification that is the pop and delusion of the Beatles catalog had finally begun to be mercifully drained from the forefront of the music scene, does some faustian conspirator devise such an atrocity as a full reinjection of such a rat plague into the American blood stream. Plastic surface-bobbing ditties at best, every song on LOVE should have been relegated to rejected Sesame Street skits sometime in the last millennium. The world needs new music to reveal the complex, mutable conditions in which we all must exist, not the hypnosis of lyrics so simplisistic and didactic that they might as well have dribbled off the rotten lips of a second-hand peddler, shipping false hope off the back of his manure-caked wagon. If you want to make the world a better place, buy a copy of LOVE and melt it before a group of school children. It's the least you could do to save them from a future of illusion and fanatical idiocy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LOVE This!

    The first question you may ask yourself if, like me, you own all of the Beatles' albums on CD, is: do I need this? I would answer yes, without reservation. Unlike 1, Love is not a greatest hits collection. It is more of a tribute album produced by the man who knew the Fab Four best, Sir George Martin. He and his son Giles have constructed a wonderful mix of hits and album tracks that works well on its own as well as a soundtrack to the Cirque de Soleil production. If you have not seen the latter, do not worry, you will still enjoy this collection. This CD is the Beatles reunion concert that never was. George Martin hints at this in the liner notes. The old favorites have never sounded better. Martin has chosen to use alternate takes of Beatles' classics such as "Because," "Strawberry Fields Forever," "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and "A Day in the Life" that were previously only available on the Anthology discs, collections that despite their historical value are not necessarily conducive to casual listening or background music. This collection works as both. It is the perfect soundtrack to a morning walk, an evening of reading or study, a long road trip, or a hearty sing along. Forget any reservations you may have and add this beautiful album to your collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    amazing

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Saw the Show

    If the remix CD is as good as the live show - another hit by the Beattles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I dig 'Love'!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Totally Disappointed

    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."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Psychedelic

    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.

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