Love - The Beatles
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  • Summary: If the concept of "The Beatles, remixed" saddens you, know that original Beatles producer George Martin was at the helm for this project, which serves as the soundtrack to the Vegas-based Cirque du Soleil show of the same name. The 26 mashed-up tracks here were augmented with additionalIf the concept of "The Beatles, remixed" saddens you, know that original Beatles producer George Martin was at the helm for this project, which serves as the soundtrack to the Vegas-based Cirque du Soleil show of the same name. The 26 mashed-up tracks here were augmented with additional instrumentation and vocals performed by The Beatles themselves, culled from hours of original demo and master tapes, with pieces of 130 songs ultimately represented in some form. Expand
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Love vindicates the Beatles' status as master musicians and conceptualists.
  2. 100
    Stimulating, entertaining and moving. You'll listen to it more than you have Anthology, I promise. [Dec 2006, p.100]
  3. 100
    This is Love’s ultimate achievement. A band long broken up, and so majestic they’ve been relegated to history books, has been refashioned in a way that makes a fresh and startling presentation of songs as familiar as the Ten Commandments.
  4. 80
    If the scale is almost beyond comprehension, Love also represents a sonic Da Vinci Code for Beatles trainspotters. [Dec 2006, p.104]
  5. Love could only have been made by someone who knew this music inside out, who has nurtured, cherished and polished it since the day it was composed, who saw its potential in an era when pushing rock'n'roll past it boundaries was a new art form.
  6. It’s an album of connoisseurship, revealing the inspired details tucked into so many Beatles songs.
  7. You know those radio jingles in which they stick a bunch of current tunes into a big-beat mess? This has the same effect – a whizzbang confectionary, serving more to advertise the band’s back catalogue than to be any kind of durable document.

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  1. Negative: 14 out of 128
  1. Sep 3, 2012
    10
    Me, being a huge Beatles fanatic, received this from a family member having heard good things about it. I turn the volume up, and... Oh myMe, being a huge Beatles fanatic, received this from a family member having heard good things about it. I turn the volume up, and... Oh my god. It's so beautiful! This album designed for "The Love Show" (The Beatles Cirque De Soleil) is a wonderful, beautifully crafted remix album of the world's greatest band ever. Combing different tracks and never before heard recordings into a wonderful album, that will surely delight any Beatles fans. Examples include the wonderful alternate version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", setting a more relaxing feel and sadder tone, it just wants to make you tear up (In both ways). Indeed, it is a great album, and it receives an outstanding 10 from me. Expand
  2. DavidT
    Dec 14, 2006
    10
    I grew up with the Beatles and this is the most exciting recording of theirs I've heard since Sergeant Peppers. Listen on a great stereo I grew up with the Beatles and this is the most exciting recording of theirs I've heard since Sergeant Peppers. Listen on a great stereo system, you'll hear songs you've grown tired of like they've just been released. Some say the Martins didn't go far enough. The point wasn't to tear apart the Beatles to where it was unrecognizable. Rather, they have saturated us with the Beatles magic and made it fresh again. Expand
  3. lynnh
    Feb 1, 2007
    10
    Only George Martin could get away with this "heresy." But it creates a Beatles revival that serves as a soundtrack for another Cirque de Only George Martin could get away with this "heresy." But it creates a Beatles revival that serves as a soundtrack for another Cirque de Soliel masterpiece and a fitting tribute to the Fab 4. Only Martin would know how to take a lot of his previous work and the Beatles songs and remix them into a fresh sound that's almost like hearing the Beatles for the first time. Reviewers can argue that this should have been used and that should have been done, but you have to appreciate the whole CD as a masterpiece in itself. Let them remix the next CD. Expand
  4. JesseM
    Dec 6, 2006
    9
    If anyone out there is unclear about the genius of Paul McCartney as a bass player, put some headphones on and listen to this record.
  5. EdwinB
    Aug 4, 2009
    9
    If you are a Beatles fan (and who isn't?) who sits around some days thinking, "I would give my left arm if someone could discover a If you are a Beatles fan (and who isn't?) who sits around some days thinking, "I would give my left arm if someone could discover a long-lost Beatles album of previously unreleased material - like a sequel to Sgt. Pepper or something... oh my god I'm getting excited just thinking about it!) I'm sorry, but that's never going to happen. This is the next best thing though. I would even take this over "Let It Be... Naked." It's for Beatles fans. Expand
  6. SaraF
    Jan 31, 2007
    7
    George Martin is absolutely wonderful in his collaboration of all the Beatles songs in this CD, and I must admit I was very impressed with George Martin is absolutely wonderful in his collaboration of all the Beatles songs in this CD, and I must admit I was very impressed with the Beatle songs chosen to make the CD, especially "I Am The Walrus" and "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite" even though, much to my surprise, the Martin duo chose to put Paul's songs ahead of John in this collaboration... tsk tsk... shame on you both! Not that John would have said anything or cared, but as a very well-informed fan, I MUST STATE this to you: John, after all, was the leader and so much more when it comes to the special "magic" we all felt back then when we first heard the Beatles to those who hear it today and feel that same magic. The fact that George and his son Giles chose to put Paul in the forefront of this CD does bring my respect for this duo down a notch or two... come on..... John has earned the right to not only have the obvious -- the first song(s) heard on this CD such as "I Am The Walrus" -- but also his name and his personal touches to each and every project that is put out today having to do with the Beatles. The fact is this: Paul chose to accept the "Sir" title, and John was probably most proudest when all was said and done of all the Beatle accomplishments that the Beatles had "Stayed Working Class". So, I say to you Paul this: "Paul, just Get Back and Let It Be for a CHANGE!." Oh, and by the way, your feeble attempts in trying to get the "Lennon-McCartney" changed over to your name first -- this epitomizes your losing touch to anything that is "real"....Listen to John's Post-Beatle songs and come down to earth! You should listen too George and Giles.... Expand
  7. rik4536s
    Jun 9, 2008
    0
    you mean this was the same George Martin that helped produce the "White Album", Magical Mystery Tour", .... Why, in Gawds' name has so you mean this was the same George Martin that helped produce the "White Album", Magical Mystery Tour", .... Why, in Gawds' name has so many tracks on this take been so brutally chopped into a SpeedTracks crash site. ?!!! Do NOT BUY this- although I must say the one saving grace was that It was on sale at Best Buy for 1/3rd off. -so now I know why. 'cause I didn't really listen to it before I bought it did I ? Sorry George, I know its not you, its the Bush's in the Music Industry today. -tears for fears here. -Can someone just package the real original Bealtes in a 30 CD set or whatever ? ya, ok maybe this isn't so bad but do the above and I will gladly pay for the whole and original skebang. -or, you're just going to force me to download them. Expand

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