So it’s been almost 10 years coming but I finally got a copy of Love, the mash up album of Beatles songs done for the Cirque du Soleil extravaganza in Las Vegas:
Culling bits and pieces… and even whole songs… out of (mostly) the latter part of the Beatles catalog, George Martin and his son Giles put together what Rolling Stone called “the sweet side of Abbey Road extended to 78 minutes”.
The tracks were all remastered from the original Beatles master tapes and sound fantastic! Full tracks were teased apart, sliced and diced and cut and pasted back into very familiar yet distinctly different versions of Beatles classics.
The album starts with an ethereal version of Because with just vocals and moves on from there.
Highlights for me were the original impetus for the album; mashed up versions of Within You Without You & Tomorrow Never Knows, a high energy mashup of Drive My Car/What You’re Doing and The Word and a beautiful rendition of the While My Guitar Gently Weeps demo with the extra verse.
There were some surprises… inclusions of some of the more trivial Beatles tunes like Glass Onion and Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite while omitting the majority of pre-Rubber Soul material.
There are no drastic changes here, nothing really mind blowing. the mash-up novelty actually wears off pretty fast leaving you singing along to old favorites.
If listening to Love taught me anything it was just how truly outstanding the original Beatles recordings were.