26 January 2017
What I will say, though, is I don’t like the cover much and that put me off the album for ages.
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I really dig Drive My Car / The Word / What You’re Doing and Gnik Nus, but I don’t listen to the album that often, and when one of the tracks comes on when I have The Beatles on shuffle I usually skip them.
I feel the same way. It’s a legacy type thing and I don’t dislike it per se as a piece of creativity. I enjoy picking out where each sound came from, and so on. The Come Together /Dear Prudence mashup is absolutely lovely in my opinion. But I’m devoting the majority of my time to the studio albums.
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I like Robert Chriatgau’s original RS review:
“George Martin was a great producer precisely insofar as he was the Beatles’ producer. His other great discovery was America, and nobody compares him to Christopher Columbus, so why mention him alongside Jerry Wexler or Timbaland? Praise Lennon-McCartney, then, that this Martin-produced — really, Martins-produced; son Giles co-chaired — soundscape, which melds some hundred Beatles songs into music for a Cirque du Soleil extravaganza titled The Beatles LOVE, is far from a redundant exploitation. In fact, it’s LOVEly — the suite side of Abbey Road extended to seventy-eight minutes.
The loveliness comes at a predictable cost in breakaway energy. Only six titles, including a fan-enhanced live snatch of “I Want To Hold Your Hand ,” are from before 1966, with Rubber Soul reduced to thirty seconds of “The Word .” Even in the late catalog, Martin highlights the sweet, cute and orchestral — no “Yer Blues ,” “You Never Give Me Your Money ” or “Why Don’t We Do It in the Road.” Trivialities like “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite” and “Octopus’ Garden” are on full display, while “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” briefly signifies a chaos that inspires cries of “Help ” and is quickly righted by “Blackbird /Yesterday .”
Nevertheless, most of Martin’s trickery is great fun, from the choral, tweet-tweaked “Because ” to a “While My Guitar Gently Weeps ” variant more forthright than the original. The “Revolution “/”Back in the U.S.S.R.” segue makes a slightly tendentious political point; “Within You Without You “/”Tomorrow Never Knows ” contrasts George Harrison ‘s style of spirituality with John Lennon ‘s. And always another great melody waits in the wings, ready to take you higher. These melodies weren’t all or even most of what the Beatles gave the world. But only rockist sentimentalists dismiss the Apollonian detachment of the world’s greatest rock & roll band’s late period. Played too often in one twenty-four-hour period (twice, say), George Martin’s vision of the world’s greatest rock & roll band could give a person a tummy ache. But as desserts go, it’s got some spice.”
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29 April 2019
I love LOVE. I think there’s something different about seeing the show live than just listening to it. Very much comparable to musicals i like in that sense. It seems ridiculous to call Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite a triviality when you remember that this show is performed every night by Cirque du Soleil. Obviously they’re gonna be able to do a lot with a song like that performance wise.
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10 June 2015
This is the only Beatles music my older daughter listens to. She trends country and thinks the Beatles vocals sound old fashioned (sort of like how some people my age think of Elvis’s singing style). I haven’t heard it in a while but I remember Octopus’s Garden sounding very wistful.
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14 June 2016
I grew up with the album, but listening to it now just leaves me in a meh. I find myself just wanting to listen to the original versions of the songs.
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18 March 2013
Giles is interested in doing a sequel to LOVE. LOVE is on constant rotation in my car so I’ll be chuffed with a new album.
Kats: The “Love” soundscape CD has been out for quite a while. Is there an idea that you might remake that, or do a part two, a sequel or something related?
Martin: I think I’ll do a sequel. The CD was hugely successful, but I was so nervous because my dad had made all the Beatles stuff for his son and got the job of chopping it up. I thought I would get lynched for it and I kind of wanted that creation to exist in this space. I was nervous about it going out of this space because I didn’t think it would make much sense. But then it came out, and it was really well received. People love it.
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