Friday, December 01, 2006

The Beatles - Love (2006)

Here's a special one that's a request by a pretty lady and we all know that DaddyRich is a pushover (ask my kids). I imagine this one'll set a land speed record for link-acide but here it is. An apt description was on the internets... Also, I have heard many Beatle albums and have only heard this one enough to really appreciate the sound quality of the remastered tracks - what the hell is track #8?

"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"

1. Because
2. Get Back
3. Glass Onion
4. Eleanor Rigby/Julia (Transition)
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 (Transition)
10. Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite!/I Want You (She's So Heavy)/Helter Skelter
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 (Transition)
19. Come Together/Dear Prudence/Cry Baby Cry (Transition)
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

links in comments


DaddyRich said...

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Part 2 -

Anonymous said...

"something" Beatles song ever recorded. What a great way to start an otherwise dismal day (sneeze/cough)

DaddyRich said...

Sorry to hear your feeling poorly, Anonymous - get some rest and keep drinking fluids (not martinis or anything like that tho).
Dr. DaddyRich

p.s. I am always partial to 'In My Life' and 'Hold Me Tight' as a couple of my faves.

Tbag said...

In my life is the best Beatles song I think.

Anonymous said...

Track 8 is Sun King backwards

DaddyRich said...

Ah, thanks so much, I hadn't gotten that far into listening to the album.

Kevin said...

I would say the material benefits from the treatment, but I'm a second generation fan (I'm 37).

Thank you very much.

Vinnie Rattolle said...

"what the hell is track #8?"

Gnik nus = Sun King from "Abby Road." Like the title itself, they've reversed the song.

Anonymous said...

Can't believe the links are still working. Thanks again daddy, what an awesome collection you have.