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by The Beatles The Beatles
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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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Product Details

Release Date: 11/21/2006
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0094637980828
catalogNumber: 79808
Rank: 19639


  1. Because
  2. Get Back
  3. Glass Onion
  4. Eleanor Rigby/Julia
  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
  9. Something/Blue Jay Way
  10. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!/I Want You (She's So Heavy)/Helter S
  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/The Inner Light
  19. Come Together/Dear Prudence/Cry Baby Cry
  20. Revolution
  21. Back in the U.S.S.R.
  22. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  23. A Day in the Life
  24. Hey Jude
  25. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
  26. All You Need Is Love

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beatles   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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