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4.0 out of 5 stars Beatles' extravaganza is a magical mystery tour....
Of all the possible posthumous incarnations for the Beatles, here's one of the most unlikely - as soundtrack to a Las Vegas circus.
It isn't any old circus, admittedly, but Canada's arty, super-acrobatic Cirque du Soleil, whose current Las Vegas show, "Love", is modelled on the story of the Beatles and characters from their songs: "Eleanor Rigby", "Sergeant...
Published on Dec 10 2006 by jazzmusikeditor
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beatles, Love
Actually purchased this item as I thought that Cirque du Soleil would be performing along with the Beatles songs. Was very disappointed. Loved the songs, but was expecting more.
Published on Feb 17 2009 by Hilda Cusson
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beatles' extravaganza is a magical mystery tour....,
This review is from: Love (Audio CD)Of all the possible posthumous incarnations for the Beatles, here's one of the most unlikely - as soundtrack to a Las Vegas circus.
It isn't any old circus, admittedly, but Canada's arty, super-acrobatic Cirque du Soleil, whose current Las Vegas show, "Love", is modelled on the story of the Beatles and characters from their songs: "Eleanor Rigby", "Sergeant Pepper" et al.
More importantly, "Love-the-show" - the result of George Harrison's friendship with Cirque founder Guy Laliberte - involved producer George Martin disinterring the group's master tapes from the Abbey Road vault for he and his son Giles to remix and remodel.
The results blast "Love" audiences from a state-of-the-art surround-sound system that includes speakers in individuual seats.
And the first thing "Love-the-album" does, at least in its DVD surround-sound format, is to blow you away with sheer sonic wizardry. Set to a noisy dawn chorus, complete with fluttering wings, the three-part vocal harmonies of 'Because' arrive with the clarity of an ice blue sky. The chugging introduction to 'Get Back' hurtles out of the mix like a train. The pumping fairground organs of 'Mr Kite' reek of steam and sawdust. Hearing many of the familiar tracks is like viewing an old masterpiece after cleaning: the light is brighter, the shadows deeper. Here, the trebles tingle while the bass end booms.
Some of this is painstaking technical restoration. After the Beatles swapped touring for the studio, they and Martin became experts at squeezing a quart of sound into a pint pot, extending the limits of four- and eight-track recordings by 'bouncing down' tracks.
Today's technology has let the Martins reverse the process, giving instruments and voices more autonomy. Ever notice the pizzicato violins on the middle 8 of 'Something'? You will now.
The ambitions of "Love" go beyond renovation, however. Its 26 tracks are set in an ambient flow of sound collages distilled from hours of Beatles tapes and containing fragments and echoes of 130 songs in all. Frequently the effect is ghostly, as the stalking strings of 'Glass Onion' and a snatch of 'Nowhere Man' drift like ectoplasm down a corridor. 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' - one of the few numbers from the moptop days - surfaces from a scratchy haze of screaming.
The most ambitious songs emerge most improved. There is not, after all, much to be done with the rock'n'roll retro of 'Lady Madonna', whereas 'Strawberry Fields' and 'I am the Walrus' sound more than ever like avant-garde masterpieces. Harrison's 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' (the slower version from Anthology 3) is given a sumptuous string setting by Sir George.
Throughout, the McCartney/Starr rhythm section has never sounded so heavy, or the group's vocal harmonies so sharp and affecting.
"Love" vindicates the Beatles' status as master musicians and conceptualists. Not only for the spirit of optimism they embodied but artistically, they remain the act to beat. On this evidence, no one else comes close.
My favourite track is 'Here Comes the Sun/The Inner Light'.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable!!,
I won't comment on the remix, other than to say it is not gimmicky...congrats to George and Giles Martin!!
5.0 out of 5 stars The quality of the DVD-A is amazing.,
4.0 out of 5 stars nice copy,
This review is from: Love (Ltd.Ed) (Vinyl) (LP Record)I bought this as a collector. I enjoy the look of it but will keep it sealed. I cannot give it a complete rating
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beatles LOVE,
Sad not to have a video attached, but the fantastic crystal sound output beats it, you'll never get tired of listening to this DVD.
Hope more of these DVDs recordings are coming soon.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A musical landslide of Beatleology.,
This review is from: Love (Audio CD)Along with the Amazonian rainforest, there can be few natural resources which have been ransacked like the Beatles back catalogue. Anthologised, lobotomised, and generally pillaged in the pursuit of commercial gain, public demand appeared to have finally exhausted itself with the middling response to 2003's unfortunately titled "Let It Be... Naked".
Until now. Prompted by a long-term friendship between George Harrison and Cirque De Soleil's founder Guy Laliberté, and given the blessing of the Axis Powers (Paul, Ringo and Yoko), Love is the latest addition to that bulging catalogue.
Essentially the soundtrack to the Cirque show launched in Las Vegas last July, "Love" is a jaw-dropping 80- minute mash-up of The Beatles' more accessible tunes, slavishly compiled by Giles Martin and overseen by father George, all delivered in sumptuous 5.1 surround sound.
Those fearing a train-wreck along the lines of Twin Freaks - The Freelance Hellraiser's remix assault on the Wings back catalogue - can rest easy.
Starting off with "Because", it segues into the drum solo from "The End", hammers into the opening riff from "Hard Day's Night" and then lurches straight into "Get Back" before you can splutter "Stars On 45".
From there it's a musical landslide of Beatleology ( "Eleanor Rigby", "A Day In The Life", "Here Comes The Sun" ), all overlaid with snippets from every nook and cranny of their back catalogue.
So we get "Drive My Car/The Word/What You're Doing" as one continuous ebb'n'flow of mid-period drugginess, "Come Together/Dear Prudence" as an acid-fried soundscape and - best of all - the cosmic drones of "Tomorrow Never Knows" and "Within You Without You" fitted together like a glove.
Wherever a song is allowed to stand alone ("Back In The USSR", "Revolution"), it arrives with double-tracked vocals, stripped back instrumentation or - why not? - the faint tinge of sitar.
If the scale is almost beyond comprehension, "Love" also represents a sonic Da Vinci Code for Beatles trainspotters, who could spend the rest of their lives arguing over whether the snare sound is derived from "No Reply" or "Paperback Writer".
Completists will enjoy a newly unearthed demo version of "Strawberry Fields Forever", but it is the Martins' obsessive quest for innovation which deserves the garlands.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For The Love Of The Beatles!,
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not too shabby!,
This review is from: Love (Audio CD)Okay, so i looked at all the reviews here before I bought this cd. I'm a big beatles fan and wasnt sure about how the songs were compiled and whatnot, but the raving reviews convienced me! And I must be honest, when i first started listening I didn't like it at all! Being attatched to the original versions, this cd was a huge change. But after listening to it for a while it has grown on me and I quite like it! sooo give this cd a chance!
Hope my review helped some of you
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow - I cannot believe the sound quality of this work!,
This review is from: Love (Audio CD)I have never heard them sound crisper, cleaner, on CD. Amazing. I am, always have been, a Beatles fanatic. I find this work absolutely beautiful - I love the new takes, I am especially taken with Because a capella and the new version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps. I cried it is so beautiful, it is so special to hear a 'new'(to our ears at least) George Harrison vocal, five years after he left us. So special. You absolutely must add this to your collection, if you appreciate how perfect these songs really are. Who else could do this, with so much class, but George Martin?
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Beatlemania afresh!,
This review is from: Love (Audio CD)Who could have thought that these great songs could be improved on? Yet that is what the Martins have done. Bravo! I am normally a purist, but I enjoyed this album tremendously from beginning to end. It gave me the feeling of Beatlemania all over again, but updated to the 21st century. While some may say this is tampering with perfection, I say it reveals how endlessly creative the Beatles materials are, and how perfect they have to be that they can be made to sound fresh yet completely genuine and original. Most important of all, you will come away feeling that nobody but the Beatles could have done this. The sound is great. No previous incarnation of these recordings have been given such wonderful sonics. Go buy the CD right away!
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Love by The Beatles (Audio CD - 2006)
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