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Love (The Beatles album)

Released in November 2006, LOVE was produced by George Martin, who worked as the producer of almost all of The Beatles’ records and even played piano on some Beatle tracks, and his son Giles Martin, who said, “What people will be hearing on the album is a new experience, a way of re-living the whole Beatles musical lifespan in a very condensed period.”

At the 50th annual Grammy awards on February 10th, 2008, the album won Grammys in two categories – Best Compilation Soundtrack Album and Best Surround Sound Album. The album was released in three versions — a standard CD version, a two-disc CD and DVD-Audio package and a two-disc vinyl package. The DVD-Audio disc contains a 5.1-channel surround sound mix. You think you are sitting in the middle of a Beatles recording session.

Track elements

Love contains elements from 130 individual recordings of The Beatles. While a complete list has not been disclosed, highlights of how the elements were mixed have been noted by the press.

  • “Because” – This version is the Beatles singing in harmony with the instrument tracks removed.
  • “Get Back” – The track utilizes the opening guitar from “A Hard Day’s Night”, the drum and guitar solos from “The End”, percussion from “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)”, and the orchestral swell from “A Day in the Life”.
  • “I Want to Hold Your Hand” – An interview with George and Giles Martin stated that elements from both the studio recording and the Hollywood Bowl live performance were mixed to create this version.
  • “Drive My Car / The Word / What You’re Doing” – The medley features the guitar solo from “Taxman” and the horns section from “Savoy Truffle”.
  • “Gnik Nus” – The track contains the vocal arrangement of “Sun King” played in reverse.
  • “Something / Blue Jay Way (transition)” – The track contains vocal elements from “Nowhere Man”.
  • “Strawberry Fields Forever” – This version builds from an acoustic demo. It includes the orchestral section from “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, the solo piano from “In My Life”, the brass included in “Penny Lane”, the cello and harpsicord arrangement from “Piggies” and the coda of “Hello, Goodbye“.
  • “Within You Without You / Tomorrow Never Knows” – This track combines the vocals from “Within You Without You” with the bass and drums from “Tomorrow Never Knows.”
  • “Octopus’s Garden” – The track contains the string arrangement from “Good Night”, sound effects used in “Yellow Submarine” and elements from “Lovely Rita” and “Helter Skelter”.
  • “Lady Madonna” – The track includes the guitar riff from “Hey Bulldog”.
  • “Here Comes the Sun / The Inner Light (transition)” – The track includes backing vocals from “Oh! Darling” and a bass line from “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”.
  • “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” – George Martin chose to use an early version of the recording for the album and wrote a new orchestral backing for the track. George Harrison is playing an acoustic guitar.

If you are into the Beatles, LOVE will be a new fresh experience. The only complaint I have had in recommending LOVE was the mother of one of my students. Her husband went out and bought LOVE, and LOVE is all he listens to, in the car or at home.

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