The Beatles - Love (2xLP Vinyl)

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This is "Love", conceived by the Fabs' former producer George Martin and son Giles as a stageshow soundtrack to Cirque de Soleil's Las Vegas spectacular of the same name, but appears to have taken on a life of its own. Where The Beatles' last release 1 delivered the (over?) familiar hits in a nice simple package, this is a mélange of the familiar and obscure, all literally mixed together in one 78-minute audio collage which succeeds in reminding the listener just why The Beatles truly are, as Lennon put it "toppermost of the poppermost". There's no new Beatles material per se, but the songs are all approached differently--some are cut together in a flawlessly mixed medley (check out the "Mr Kite/I Want You/Helter Skelter" moment), some reassemble different backing tracks and vocal performances to create new spins on old classics, but all the songs are revitalized considerably. Even in its weakest moments (which probably work better in the context of the show itself), it's still a formidable prospect, and one has to admire Martin's willingness to go out on a limb with such a project.

While purists may complain that the cut'n'paste nature of the project is simply tampering with perfection, at the very least it'll make them reach for the originals and enjoy them all over again. For newcomers and everyone else, it makes a fine listen, both in its sonic clarity and audacious nature.-

 



Although it's all old stuff, this mix and mash-up makes them sound refreshingly new, The tracks blend into one another and the Album flows effortlessly from start to finish. Giles Martin (son of the famous George, Beatles' producer) does his father and the band proud. This is a truly fine project, and one that is obviously done with a lot of love. The vinyl sounds better than the CD, though coming from a vinyl age I would say that wouldn't I. It has deep and mellow tones, punctuated by the odd surprise when a well know 'snippet' fades in and out. Or the melody once established, blends into a totally different one to end the track. This is very much a personal view, but I took this as a journey of the mind. It's great to hear those tracks once more, sounding so fresh, almost like the first time you heard them. I rate this product 5 stars for entertainment and value.

By: Bob Weston


A1 Because 2:44
A2 Get Back 2:05
A3 Glass Onion 1:20
A4 Eleanor Rigby / Julia (Transition)
A5 I Am The Walrus
A6 I Want To Hold Your Hand
A7 Drive My Car / The Word / What You're Doing
A8 Gnik Nus
A9 Something
B1 Blue Jay Way (Transition)
B2 Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! / I Want You (She's So Heavy) / Helter Skelter
B3 Help!
B4 Blackbird / Yesterday
B5 Strawberry Fields Forever
B6 Within You Without You / Tomorrow Never Knows
B7 Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
B8 Octopus's Garden
C1 Lady Madonna
C2 Here Comes The Sun / The Inner Light (Transition)
C3 Come Together / Dear Prudence / Cry Baby Cry
C4 Revolution
C5 Back In The U.S.S.R.
D1 While My Guitar Gently Weeps
D2 A Day In The Life
D3 Hey Jude
D4 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
D5 All You Need Is Love


 

Catalogue Number: 0602547048509

Record Label: Apple Records.

2 x Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Reissue, 180 Gram