While shopping last Tuesday for Thanksgiving dinner items, I made sure to buy the newly released LOVE album (CD and DVD combo), a reworking of classic Beatles' songs interspersed with clips from songs and studio conversations.
Despite traffic, the drive home from Costco was enjoyable, incredible and often blissful. My six year old car has a terrific Bose sound system, so I cranked up the volume, and joyously listened to a surprising, and trippy melange of Beatles sounds that continuously delighted me!
This compilation of 26 songs and dozens of "sound bites" from Beatles' tunes, was produced by "Fifth Beatle" George Martin (age 80 this year) and his son, Giles Martin. They listened to all the hours of tapes in the Abbey Road archives. What an incredible sharing experience for father and son!
LOVE opens with an a capella Because. Beatles' harmonies are wonderful, and I would love to have heard some earlier ones, such as Nowhere Man. LOVE's song choices were made to facilitate development of the Cirque du Soleil production of LOVE, now playing in Las Vegas, so it contains more "common hits," such as Hey Jude and Yesterday, than cherished, less popular, classics. But I really can't complain: the production value is excellent. I am thoroughly engaged in the music, each time I play it. Each of the Beatles -- John, Paul, George, and Ringo -- shines brilliantly on this album.
Various drum solos interplay with one another. Familiar chords meld into compatible riffs from a different song. For example, the sweet melody of Blackbird segues charmingly into the opening chords of Yesterday. Sometimes the experience is psychedelic; other mixes and overlays sound nearly cacophonous (causing my cats to flee in terror). But it's absolutely fab!
Right at this moment, as Eleanor Rigby plays, a bird has landed just outside the house and is singing along! I'm sitting about five yards away! I guess this just demonstrates the universal appeal of the Beatles.
If you are a Beatles fan, it's time to plunk down the money for yet another remake of Beatles music. This time, though, the new presentation is dazzling, psychedelic, and grin producing -- it's a *fab* new experience of the music you know and love. Plus, the CD sounds great in my car, while the audio DVD rocks through my home entertainment surround sound system! I don't need to copy the CD, although I will rip it into iTunes, so I can listen to it on my iPod.