Love was the mashup soundtrack to the Cirque du Soleil show of the same name, and was first released in November 2006. It was produced by Sir George Martin and his son Giles, and won two Grammy awards in 2008.
The accompanying documentary on the making of the soundtrack and stage show, All Together Now, will go on sale on 15 February. All Together Now won a Grammy for Best Longform Video in 2010.
Furthermore, a new official Beatles iPhone app (7.4 mb), based on the Love musical, has been released. The free app aims to promote the Cirque du Soleil show with a mixture of audio and video clips, photographs and news items, and promised exclusive ticket offers.
”John Lennon: The Final Interview” Radio Special also goes on sale on iTunes with the approval of Yoko Ono. This was Lennon’s last interview, and was recorded on 8 December 1980 at the Dakota Building, New York City, just hours before his death.
The iTunes package will feature highlights from the interview, along with memories of Dave Sholin, Laurie Kay, Ron Hummel and Bert Keane 30 years on.
Here’s the full press release about the Love reissue, from 1 February 2010:
LOVE on iTunes
The Beatles’ GRAMMY®-winning LOVE album and All Together Now documentary film to make digital debuts exclusively on iTunes worldwide.
iTunes pre-orders Start Today for Both Titles; Two previously unreleased LOVE tracks offered exclusively on iTunes.
The Beatles’ LOVE album and All Together Now, the feature-length documentary about the making of The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil®, will make their worldwide digital debuts this month exclusively on the iTunes Store®. Both titles are available for pre-order on iTunes starting today in most countries. LOVE will be released on iTunes worldwide February 8 and All Together Now will follow soon after.
Pre-order LOVE and All Together Now
All Together Now
The LOVE album (US $12.99) includes exclusive, previously-unreleased LOVE versions of The Fool on the Hill and Girl, and comes as an iTunes LP featuring an art gallery that blends images of the Beatles with colourful photos from the acclaimed stage production. LOVE will also be available to purchase and download as individual songs.
The All Together Now documentary (US $12.99 HD) will be offered with iTunes Extras including the 84-minute film, three bonus featurettes and a trailer for the LOVE stage production, and is also available to rent.
LOVE, a Cirque du Soleil creation and co-production with The Beatles’ company, Apple Corps Ltd., celebrates the musical legacy of The Beatles and is presented exclusively at The Mirage in Las Vegas. This joint artistic venture, born from the personal friendship between George Harrison and Guy Laliberté, marks the first time that Apple Corps Ltd. has agreed to a major theatrical partnership. Since opening to rave reviews on June 30, 2006, LOVE has played to more than four million audience members.
To create the lush soundscape for LOVE, producers Sir George Martin and Giles Martin worked with the entire archive of Beatles master recordings at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios. This unique approach to assembling the music for a live show was rapturously received by the critics and Beatles fans and resulted in the groundbreaking album The Beatles LOVE garnering two GRAMMY Awards®, in the categories of Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or other Visual Medium and Surround Sound Album.
The GRAMMY®-winning All Together Now documentary, directed by Adrian Wills, and its bonus features detail the fascinating story behind the unique partnership between The Beatles and Cirque du Soleil that resulted in the creation and launch of LOVE.
On November 16, 2010, The Beatles’ 13 legendary remastered studio albums, the two-volume Past Masters compilation, and the classic 1962-1966 (Red) and 1967-1970 (Blue) collections were released on iTunes® worldwide as albums or individual songs. On the same date, a special digital Beatles Box Set was released on iTunes featuring the Live at the Washington Coliseum, 1964 concert film, a worldwide iTunes exclusive which captures The Beatles’ very first U.S. concert. The exclusive box set features all of the remastered audio and visual elements included in The Beatles’ stereo box set, released on CD in 2009 and GRAMMY®-nominated this year in the Historical Album category.
The Beatles have now sold more than five million songs and one million albums on iTunes worldwide.
Also on this day...
- 2010: Ringo’s star unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
- 1968: Recording, mixing: The Inner Light, Across The Universe
- 1967: Recording: Good Morning Good Morning
- 1966: George and Pattie Harrison honeymoon in Barbados
- 1964: Rehearsal for The Ed Sullivan Show
- 1964: Radio: Saturday Club
- 1963: Live: ABC Cinema, Carlisle
- 1961: Live: Hambleton Hall, Liverpool
- 1961: Live: Aintree Institute, Liverpool
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