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 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. 100
    Stimulating, entertaining and moving. You'll listen to it more than you have Anthology, I promise. [Dec 2006, p.100]
  2. You could figure it as a sop to today's interactive mash-up culture. Or you could say it's just extending the medley-ish, segue-happy ethos of Abbey Road to the band's entire catalog. Really, it's both, and it's bliss.
  3. It's a dazzling, expansive experience that ranks among the year's best.
  4. The album holds some pleasant surprises.
  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. The loveliness comes at a predictable cost in breakaway energy. [30 Nov 2006, p.112]
  7. 'Love' is trying to be all things to all people and suffers for its lack of ruthlessness and direction.

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  1. Negative: 13 out of 127
  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 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. Collapse
  2. Sep 9, 2010
    10
    If Abbey Road side 2 gave us a ground-breaking 20 minute medley of Beatles magic that was the precursor to the rock "opera" format of studio bands of the late 60's onwards then "Love" is the crowning epitaph. Expand
  3. Oct 28, 2010
    10
    Love is a beautifully crafted, flowing remix album which captures all the mystique of the world's greatest ever band. The remix of 'Glass Onion' which is a microcosom when compared with the album length, sounds better than the original and the album delivers a new sound every time you listen to it making you feel all nostalgic as you relate it back to the original song. It turns out The Beatles can be reworked after all... Expand
  4. Feb 18, 2012
    9
    Love is a brilliant album which takes the classic Beatles tracks and make them gel into a seamless flow of music. New energy is brought to old tracks without tampering with what made them so exceptional in the first place. When you listen to it you are reminded of just how diverse and inventive the Beatles really were. Expand
  5. Oct 27, 2011
    7
    You really shouldn't mess with something that's already perfect and can't be improved upon. While the raw material is brilliant without question, I'm not sure what the point of this project was really. The best bits are the songs that are pretty much untouched from the originals (Hey Jude, A day in the Life, Revolution all have minimal changes). The other standout moments have already been enjoyed on the Anthology collection. Anthology was a great project and very worthwhile because it's like a documentary on how the greatest band of all time grew and developed their ideas. This add's very little to the Beatles story. Of course it's impossible to make a record using this material sound bad and it is an enjoyable listen, but more because of the original songs rather than what Martin has done with them. Expand
  6. Nov 21, 2012
    5
    These songs are all fantastic classics and yet this album couldn't be more of a chore to get through. Why, might you ask? I still can't even put my finger on it. Expand

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