[JPL] Beatles sidebar

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Mon Nov 27 16:35:01 EST 2006

Editorial Reviews
>From Amazon.co.uk
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 m
edley (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 
--ricky schultz

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