- Audio CD (November 21, 2006)
- Deluxe ed. edition
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Special Edition
- Label: Capitol
- ASIN: B000JJS8TM
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,240 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,193 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Love (CD + Audio DVD)
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Stereo CD will contain 78 minutes of newly mixed and mastered music packaged in a jewel box with a 28-page booklet including liner notes by George and Giles Martin. First time ever special edition will include both the stereo CD and a BONUS AUDIO DVD packaged in a digi-package with O-card. The DVD is audio only and will contain 81 minutes of music in both 5.1 surround sound and stereo (presented in DVD-Audio MLP, DTS, Dolby and PCM).
It begins with a twittering of birdsong lifted from "Across the Universe." And once the triple-tracked a capella harmonies of "Because" enter, followed by snatches from "A Hard Day's Night" and "The End," leading into a fired-up "Get Back," it becomes obvious that this is far more than just another Beatles compilation. 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. Whereas the Beatles' last release, 1, delivered the (over?) familiar hits in a nice, simple package, Love 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 "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!/I Want You/Helter Skelter"), 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), Love is 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 (the actual tracks are the best they've sounded on CD) and audacious nature. --Thom Allott
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The sound is incredible. George & Niles used any recorded Beatles whether on the released version of a song or whether on an alternate take in the vaults e.g Martin used an alternate bass line for Hey Jude. The only song where something new was added was While My Guitar Gently Weeps. This was the original demo that George introduced to them with just him singing and playing acoustic guitar. It is very beautiful and personal but George Martin felt somehting was missing so he asked Olivia Harrison (wife) if he could add strings. She agreed but had the final say. She loved it.
Some of the standouts are:
Because: Just the voices.
Eleanor Rigby: Re edited and makes it more beautiful.
I Want To Hold Your Hand: They way the intro is set up makes you feel them in the room.
Within You Without You/Tomorrow Never Knows: WOW. Spliced and must hear it to believe it!
and every other song which has too many details to discribe.
This is as good an album as any of their others!
Now the topper.....I got to see the Love show in Las Vegas and it was on the same level of excitment as seeing Paul McCartney live for the first time. Really. Each seat has two speakers in the arms, behind your head, and in the back of the seat in front of you. INCREDIBLE! It was a very moving show having grown up with The Beatles. I went with my wife and adult children who also learned to appreciate The Beatles with them paving the way for new and different things. This was a very emotional experience hearing this album with a visual. It was so good I went back 6 months later.
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Cons: It only whets the appetite for more.
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