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#1 of 108 OFFLINE   Steve Meskell

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Posted October 15 2006 - 02:14 PM

The Following taken from abbeyrd.best.vwh.net/ (news section) “AN EXTRAORDINARY NEW BEATLES PROJECT” - Entertainment Weekly LOVE, is a fascinating reworking of numerous classic Beatles recordings by the band’s original producer, Sir George Martin and his son Giles. LOVE, is also the title of the highly successful Cirque du Soleil show, a co-production with Apple Corps, featuring the music of The Beatles, currently wowing audiences in Las Vegas. In creating the music for the show and for the album, George and Giles have created a continuous “soundscape” - a series of well-known Beatles songs augmented by additional instrumentation and vocals taken from their vast bank of original multi-track tapes. If you can imagine “Strawberry Fields Forever” beginning with John’s original demo before going into an early take of the song and then climaxing in a musical collage including the piano solo from “In My Life” and the harpsichord pattern from “Piggies” and lots, lots more - or “Get Back”, prefaced by the “Hard Day’s Night” opening guitar chord, the guitar and drum solos from “The End” and segued into “Glass Onion”, you will begin to get the picture. But hearing is believing! The guys have pushed back the boundaries and come up with a brand new work that will add to the enduring legacy of the band. The result is an amazing album that not only reinforces the timeless quality of the group’s recordings - the fans will have fun enjoying the roller coaster experience of the album whilst trying to spot where all the pieces come from. It is also destined to open up a new legion of fans to The Beatles experience. BUY! HERE’S WHY! STEREO CD will contain 78 minutes of newly mixed and mastered music packaged in a jewel box with a 28-page booklet including liner notes by George and Giles Martin. FIRST TIME EVER DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION will include both the stereo CD and a BONUS AUDIO DVD packaged in a digi-package with O-card. The DVD is audio only and will contain 81 minutes of music in 5.1 surround sound (presented in DTS, Dolby and DVDA). 1-HOUR RADIO SPECIAL to air nationally and will include massive on air promotions. PRESS / LAUNCH EVENT - Pre-release playback’s planned for Los Angeles and NYC. - Global multi-media launch planned for November. - Major network news entertainment features. - Satellite feed of EPK on street date forecasted to reach 50 million viewers. - Major magazine and news publications expected to feature the LOVE story. MASSIVE NATIONAL TV ADVERTISING planned to run on national network and cable outlets prerelease through December. TOOLS TV spots, radio spots, project trailer, EPK, press images, 4-song audio sampler, audio sound bites, radio programming, digital banners, admat. POP Pre-release banners, posters, post cards, 1x1s and bin cards. A 26 track release featuring the following: Because Get Back Glass Onion I Am The Walrus Drive My Car/The Word/What You’re Doing Blackbird/Yesterday Strawberry Fields Forever Within You Without You/Tomorrow Never Knows Octopus’s Garden Lady Madonna While My Guitar Gently Weeps A Day In The Life Hey Jude All You Need Is Love Deluxe Edition includes: Stereo CD - same as above. Audio DVD - audio only and will contain 81 minutes of music in 5.1 surround sound presented in 3 different file formats (DTS, Dolby and DVDA). IN STORES NOVEMBER 21, 2006 *PROVISIONAL STREET DATE (ORDER DUE DATE 10/27/06) THE BEATLES LOVE DELUXE EDITION (CD+AUDIO DVD): C2KT-79810 CD: C2PC-79808C FILE UNDER: THE BEATLES Artwork © 2006 The Cirque Apple Creation Partnership/Apple Corps Ltd. # A reliable source tells us that people from EMI all over the world were at Abbey Road last week for the upcoming Love soundtrack. George Martin were present and spoke about the project of one CD with an extra dvd-audio (= surround). Possible a 4 track promo. Details will be given by Apple next week.

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Posted October 16 2006 - 02:22 PM

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Well hell, I'll say something then!

First of all just to get this out of the way: yes, this will be help dvd-audio be more widely recognized but that will be totally relative, since you can't play it on an iPod or a Bose Lifestyle system (the hi-res tracks that is) so most people still won't give a hoot about that format.


The first time these guys will be heard in hi-res form - very cool. 48/24 or 96/24, doesn't matter to me. And the surround versions will be very interesting to hear. But more importantly, hopefully the remastering was handled carefully i.e. no heavy handed use of compression or overboosted highs like the nasty sounding "1" album.

As far as the mash-up aspect - sounds like a neato idea to me! I've heard the snippets on the Cirque du Soliel site and liked them. I'm not a Beatles purist or whatever and this doesn't bother me in the least. For me good remixes are usually enjoyable to hear and have made me appreicate the original song even more (and sometimes the remix is better).

I only have four Beatles albums, Abbey Road, Sgt. Peppers, "1" and the white album, but I will be buying this. Heck, if this was just a CD I would still buy it.

#3 of 108 OFFLINE   Steve Meskell

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Posted October 16 2006 - 03:44 PM

Here is a updated song list The “LOVE” CD and DVD track listing is: 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

#4 of 108 OFFLINE   Brian L

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Posted October 17 2006 - 04:18 AM

I am very much looking forward to this release. The idea of mash-ups of classic Beatles material (is there any other kind????) seems kind of cool. Quite frankly, I would have bought this even w/o a DVD-A layer, just to get the 5.1 mix. Its been a while since I was jazzed about an upcoming DVD-A release. Brian

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Posted October 17 2006 - 08:36 AM

I can't wait for this release...Let it Be...Naked meant nothing to me, but this is one I'm really looking forward to. I'm wondering what song those extra three minutes on the DVD-A will be.

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Posted October 18 2006 - 07:22 AM

I'll probably get this for the curiosity factor. I'm more of a pre-Sgt. Pepper Beatle fan, and really don't care for Cirque De solie at all, but I love surround music, and the idea of "I Am the Walrus" in 5.1 is too intriguing to pass up.
I wonder if it will be audio mash-up transitions, as opposed to actual songs? Apparantly they are using alternate takes as well as masters for this, it makes sense that there is untitled music collages that could be made from unreleased music. Maybe??

#7 of 108 OFFLINE   Steve Tannehill

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Posted October 18 2006 - 05:10 PM

Having seen the show, perhaps I can put some things in perspective...

First, the sound is incredible, and designed for a 360-degree auditorium with 2000+ seats, each with three internal speakers, and another 300+ speakers in strategic locations under and above the stage. That is 6,341 total speakers in a 25.5 configuration (as opposed to mere 5.1). The music was taken by George Martin and his son Giles from the original master tapes and mastered to 32 tracks, when available.

There are over over 130 songs in the show, in full and in part, alone and combined, in a mix supervised entirely by George Martin and his son Giles, and blessed by the surviving Beatles and their widows. I Want You (She's So Heavy) is mixed with Helter Skelter. Tomorrow Never Knows is mixed with Within You, Without You. Sgt. Peppers is mixed with too many songs to mention. I Want To Hold Your Hand comes complete with screaming girls from all directions (remember, this was a 25.5 setup--I have never heard anything like this). Revolution #9 has a seque to Revolution, at near-concert volumes. Apart from the the opening number (Get Back) the most stunning arrangement was George Harrison on guitar playing his demo of While My Guitar Gently Weeps with a new orchestra track composed by George Martin on commission of Olivia Harrison. The demo is on one of the Anthology discs.

These were the songs I noted from the ~90 minute show, back in June:

- Incidental music (very elevator)
- Studio chatter (think Return of Chef--assembled dialogue)
- Because - a capella
- Big Note from Day in the Life
- Hard Days Night - Opening Guitar Chord
- Mash: Ringo's Drum Solo interleaved with guitar of Get Back
- Get Back!
- Glass Onion (instrumentals)
- Eleanor Rigby
- Studio chatter
- Julia? (backwards)
- I am the Walrus (incredible in 25.5!!!)
- Ed Sullivan..."Ladies and Gentlemen, THE BEATLES!"
- I Want to Hold Your Hand (screaming recorded girls in full surround)
- Mash: Drive My Car (with Savoy Truffle sax? What You're Doing...The Word...Magical Mystery Tour)
- Shadow Theater with the boys
- Sitar from Within You, Without You.
- Backwards Harrison...Sun King
- Something
- Mash: Blue Jay Way / Nowhere Man leading to...
- For the Benefit of Mr. Kite...mashed with guitar conclusion to I Want You (She's So Heavy) and Helter Skelter
- Help!
- Blackbird (sort of...)
- Yesterday
- Studio Outtakes: Fool on the Hill, Lady Madonna, Hey Jude
- Strawberry Fields Forever (remix)
- Mash: Sgt Pepper's, Penny Lane, Piggies, Hello Goodbye
- Mash: Tomorrow Never Knows / Within You, Without You
- (Amazing subsonics)
- A very slow synth...mixed with Sgt. Pepper horns...with a segue to
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
- Mash: Octopus' Garden with Goodnight and Yellow Submarine
- Here Comes the Sun King intro
- Lady Madonna (mixed at one point with Hey Bulldog)
- Here Comes the Sun / Within You, Without You
- Come Together mixed with Dear Prudence
- Revolution #9 ("Can you take me back where I came from...") followed by REVOLUTION! (no, not the acoustic one)
- Back in the USSR
- While My Guitar Gently Weeps (demo with guitar and new G. Martin orchestral track)
- A Day in the Life (awesome in 25.5)
Hey Jude, with cast-encouraged singalong
- Sgt. Pepper's reprise
- All you need is Love

And I missed a few!

I can not stress how original and unique these mixes and mashups are. It really was name-that-tune nirvana for this Beatles freak. Posted Image

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#8 of 108 OFFLINE   Carlo Medina

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Posted October 19 2006 - 04:45 AM

I'm very intrigued by this release. Hopefully if it's successful, it will propel the remastering of the original albums onto a hi-fi source (whether it be DVD-A, SACD or whatever). Heck, I'll take careful remastering on CD right now!

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#9 of 108 OFFLINE   Steve Tannehill

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Posted October 19 2006 - 08:40 AM

According to some of the documents presented at the Apple Corp. vs. Apple Inc. lawsuit, the catalog is being remastered...most likely for download, but possibly for more... "Looks like I'll have to buy the White Album again." - Steve

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Posted November 02 2006 - 11:47 PM

For the price of a simple registration (email address) you can preview four tracks from the release at The Beatles website:


Tracks include:

- Strawberry Fields Forever
- Octopus' Garden
- Lady Madonna
- While My Guitar Gently Weeps

It is up for preorder at Amazon on both CD and CD/DVD configurations.

#11 of 108 OFFLINE   Brian L

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Posted November 04 2006 - 02:36 AM

My Tivo guide shows that Cirque du Soleil is on an upcoming episode of Leno, doing stuff from Love. Sorry, I do not have the exact day handy. Brian

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Posted November 05 2006 - 03:39 PM

I couldn't agree more with this. I'm pumped about this release, and will get it as soon as I can, but I just know it will make me pine for the remastered albums. Hopefully we'll get them sooner rather than later, and hopefully not just for download, but actual releases. I'm sure we'll get them.

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Posted November 07 2006 - 04:13 AM

Thanks for the link to Amazon.
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#14 of 108 OFFLINE   Ron Reda

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Posted November 08 2006 - 04:26 AM

"Its been a while since I was jazzed about an upcoming DVD-A release."

Me too, although I'm pretty interested in the Doors "Perception" box set. Posted Image
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Posted November 15 2006 - 02:58 PM

Tonight Jay Leno has a performance of the LOVE cast. Curious how the segment will turn out in such a small studio space! Tune in tonight and check it out.

#16 of 108 OFFLINE   Brian L

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Posted November 16 2006 - 02:52 AM

This should be sitting on my HDTivo as we speak. My local NBC affiliate does HD and DD 5.1.....USUALLY. Man I hope they were not asleep at the switch last night....this could be very cool. Brian

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Posted November 16 2006 - 04:58 PM

I found LOVE!

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Alas, it is only the stereo version. But it will do nicely until Tuesday, when the 5.1 version is released.

What did y'all think of the performance on Leno? Of course it was at the very end of the show. All they could really show was the dancing and sample the music. I wish they had brought along the puppeteers with the rows of little yellow rain boots for Lady Madonna.

Here are some fascinating articles on the creation of the show and the music:


Check out the equipment list!

#18 of 108 OFFLINE   Brian L

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Posted November 17 2006 - 03:34 AM

Well, I will reserve judgement until I hear the DVD-A, but the performance on Leno was nothing to write home about. A bunch of dancers in 60's garb doing gymnastics to a few tracks (Lady Madonna, Drive My Car). Very un-impressive. Brian

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Posted November 17 2006 - 05:52 PM

You can now listen to the entire LOVE album now:


This is fun stuff!.....IMO.

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Posted November 19 2006 - 01:11 AM

I heard the entire album online and definitely going to get the two-disc deluxe edition on November 21, 2006. Posted Image
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