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All You Need is Love

AbsoluteZeroAbsoluteZero The new film by Quentin KoopantinoRegistered User regular
edited February 2007 in Debate and/or Discourse
The new Beatles album, Love, comes out tomorrow.

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I have it here.

From Wikipedia:
Love (spelled LOVE on all cover artwork) is an upcoming soundtrack compilation album release by The Beatles for the Cirque du Soleil show of the same name. The album was released on November 21st 2006 and features music compiled and remixed for the show. Producer Giles Martin commented that "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."

About 30-45% of the album is remixed, but no worries, no tracks that the Beatles themselves did not lay down were used. The rest of the album, however, has been completely remastered.

This is what the Beatles would have sounded like if they had today's technology at their disposal. I can't stop listening to this damn thing, it just blows me away.

Hopefully we can expect remastered Beatles albums in the future without any of the remixing done solely for the Cirque de Soleil show on this album. Not that it isn't good, it is incredibly well done. Just, you know, purists. To give you an idea of what I mean by remixes on this album, I give you this from Wiki:
They "worked from the original master tapes from the Abbey Road studios to produce a medley of Beatles music by remixing favorite songs, such as Harrison's "Within You Without You" being played to the drum-track of "Tomorrow Never Knows"."[2]

Stuff like that. Really neat. But like I said, most of the music is untouched from it's original form. Just remastered, and beautifully at that. It is amazing that music recorded in the 60s can sound this good.

Oh, there will also be a DVD version of this album released featuring a 5.1 mix and presumably higher than CD quality sound.

Here is the track list
    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 USSR" 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"

And this is probably naughty of me, but so you guys can hear what I am talking about here is an MP3 from the album for ya: Hey Jude

Put on your best headphones and give that a listen. Tell me that doesn't make you feel all tingly inside. Tell me.

More info on the album at wiki...

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    TroubledTomTroubledTom regular
    edited November 2006
    And this is probably naughty of me, but so you guys can hear what I am talking about here is an MP3 from the album for ya: Hey Jude


    More info on the album at wiki...

    Interesting. Nowhere near as good as the regular version of the song, but I like it, and I'm glad people are doing this. I will never tire of the Beatles for long.

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    stiliststilist Registered User regular
    edited November 2006
    Listening to the song, it seems the main improvements are cleaner sound and better range. I'll have to give the full album a listen after it's released.

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    AbsoluteZeroAbsoluteZero The new film by Quentin Koopantino Registered User regular
    edited November 2006
    Oh, if anyone wonders why the end is funky, it transitions into Sgt. Pepper at the end of Hey Jude.

    Hey Jude may not have been the best example as I don't think the quality of that recording was ever that bad. If anyone wants to hear another track, I will post one more. Just name it.

    With the exception of Sgt. Pepper, as that's the only track on here that I really don't care for what they did with it.

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    TankHammerTankHammer Atlanta Ghostbuster Atlanta, GARegistered User regular
    edited November 2006
    I put it on at work. Overall concensus is that the song is eerily clear and of great quality (thanks to the 5.1 surround I brought in from home) but is it really okay to mess with the Beatles?

    It has Sgt. Pepper on it. I'll probably buy it and listen. It's worth that much consideration anyway.

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    TachTach Registered User regular
    edited November 2006
    I'm only against butchering of Beatles tunes if it's done by less-than-caliber performers. I can't stand hearing re-makes of my favorite songs sung by today's crappiest bands.

    That being said, I've been interested in this show since I first heard about it. I'd be keen to hear this.

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    AbsoluteZeroAbsoluteZero The new film by Quentin Koopantino Registered User regular
    edited November 2006
    I don't care for the messing with of Beatles tunes... however this does give big hopes for amazingly remastered Beatles albums... something we have been sorely missing due to shit-heads like Micheal Jackson.

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    TroubledTomTroubledTom regular
    edited November 2006
    I don't care for the messing with of Beatles tunes... however this does give big hopes for amazingly remastered Beatles albums... something we have been sorely missing due to shit-heads like Micheal Jackson.

    There were some nice, unintrusive remixes on the soundtrack of the Yellow Submarine rerelease a few years back. It's time they gave the other records that treatment. The CDs out now are identical to the ones that came out in the mid 80s, only without the old long-boxes. The packaging and presentation are way below their vinyl counterparts, and the sound could be improved with a careful remix.

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    D-CardD-Card Registered User regular
    edited November 2006
    I'd like to hear one of the really, really old tracks. Like, "I Want To Hold Your Hand". That's probably where the biggest difference can be heard.

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    Dublo7Dublo7 Registered User regular
    edited November 2006
    Paul McCartney needs some more money after that nasty divorce of his.

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    deadonthestreetdeadonthestreet Registered User regular
    edited November 2006
    I really liked Let It Be...Naked, so I'll give this a shot.

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    Hendrix_GodHendrix_God Registered User regular
    edited November 2006
    Tach wrote:
    I'm only against butchering of Beatles tunes if it's done by less-than-caliber performers. I can't stand hearing re-makes of my favorite songs sung by today's crappiest bands.

    That being said, I've been interested in this show since I first heard about it. I'd be keen to hear this.

    OMG! speaking of crappy remakes, has anyone heard the awful interpretation of Eleanor Rigby by eddie ojeda and dee snider of twisted sister. What an awful idea to transistion the string part to shredder guitar.

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    mccmcc glitch Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2006
    So this is just Beatles remixes? Not previously unreleased material?

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    milathmilath Registered User regular
    edited November 2006
    Seriously, thanks to the OP for posting and pointing this out. I never would've even given this album a second thought, I figured it was just a standard 'Best of' album type deal. But I truly love what they've done here. This is probably the best Beatles compilation album I've heard, ever. Period.

    It's definitely not for a purist fan, but if you're not all crazy for having the original record 'scratchy sound' and every song in pristine studio perfection and all that, I'd highly recommend giving it a listen. The way they remixed some of the tunes together is just ingenious.

    I just listened to it from beginning to end and really, now I'm highly curious to see the Cirque du Soleil show which this album came from.. It's probably all kinds of awesome.

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    NeadenNeaden Registered User regular
    edited November 2006
    I apologize if this thread was to old to bring it back up but I just had a quick question. Is the version with the DVD worth the extra 5 dollars? I'd mostly just get to listen to it on my laptop which doesn't have great speakers, but occasionally I could use a decent stereo at a friends place. Would the quality difference be noticable on either of those, or is it only really for higher end stuff?

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    BlackDog85BlackDog85 Registered User regular
    edited November 2006
    After hearing the new version of Strawberry Fields, I really want this album. The Beatles are absolutely my favorite band, but it's definately high-time that a truly creative mind, such as George Martin's, was given the chance to work around like they did with this.

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    chickenmaniachickenmania Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Just picked up the album yesterday and listened to it all the way through.

    Can they package awesome? I didn't realize it was possible, but I just picked up a jewel case full of this awesome.

    The album is great. The sound quality is superb, something you need to hear to believe. The reworkings of the songs was something I was pretty iffy about. But, hey, it's George Martin and it worked (this really shouldn't be so surprising). The new version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" is, I think, as good as the original, even though it's stripped completely of the Clapton pyrotechnics. "Strawberry Fields Forever" is (my opinion) even better than the original, and I'm a huge Beatlemaniac. The other "mashups" and the subtle differences in the songs make every track interesting and keeps your ears sharp and at attention. Most of all, the entire thing is tastefully done and nothing that's been added or altered seems like something the Beatles wouldn't have done, enjoyingly so, themselves ("Gnik Nus" is a perfect example of this).

    If you're on the fence about this, put aside your qualms and go make the purchase. It's so good. So fucking good.

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    ZoolanderZoolander Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    I personally love "Within You Without You" / "Tomorrow Never Knows", and think it's fucking awesome

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    IcemopperIcemopper Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Oh wow. I must own this! Wowie wow wow!

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    AlyceInWonderlandAlyceInWonderland Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    The MP3 doesn't work for me D:.

    I'm getting an error page.

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    FaustumFaustum __BANNED USERS regular
    edited December 2006
    Zoolander wrote:
    I personally love "Within You Without You" / "Tomorrow Never Knows", and think it's fucking awesome

    those songs were meant to be meshed


    anyone buy the special edition or whatever version? does that version work in your basic car CD player

    sorry I am dumb

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    SamSam Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Needs more Across The Universe.

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    Evil MultifariousEvil Multifarious Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    The best is the mashup of Blackbird and Yesterday, especially since it's been so long since I've listened to the Beatles that I already thought they were the same song.

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    The CheeseThe Cheese Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    I just listened to While My Guitar Gently Weeps and I was not impressed. I'll check out the rest of it later.

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    VirumVirum Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Faustum wrote:
    Zoolander wrote:
    I personally love "Within You Without You" / "Tomorrow Never Knows", and think it's fucking awesome

    those songs were meant to be meshed


    anyone buy the special edition or whatever version? does that version work in your basic car CD player

    sorry I am dumb
    Special edition is dual disk; DVD-Audio and CD. The CD is slightly shorter (2 mins I think).

    I bought it for my friend, a Beatlemaniac. She loves it. I picked up a copy for myself as well since she was always telling me to listen to them since I only knew like 6 songs.

    Come Together sounds great on this album I have to say. It's pretty much the only one I can 100% appreciate.

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    GunstarGunstar Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    God damn this album is so good. Strawberry Fields with just about every weird beatles instrumental solo ever ++

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    FaustumFaustum __BANNED USERS regular
    edited December 2006
    I'm going to go see this show in a few weeks. Hopefully it will be good, despite how terribly "Octopus Garden" was destroyed

    not really one of their better songs anyway

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    sanstodosanstodo Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Faustum wrote:
    I'm going to go see this show in a few weeks. Hopefully it will be good, despite how terribly "Octopus Garden" was destroyed

    not really one of their better songs anyway

    I like this version more as the original one was pretty awful

    I'm extremely impressed by it. The remixing/remastering is brilliant.

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    tony_importanttony_important Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    To me, this is akin to the whole George Lucas remastering the original starwars.

    The songs were recorded when they were recorded, and those guys did some CRAZY stuff with the eqipment that they had in the studio.

    I don't care much for the remastered stuff, because the music is out of it's original context.

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    Evil MultifariousEvil Multifarious Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    To me, this is akin to the whole George Lucas remastering the original starwars.

    The songs were recorded when they were recorded, and those guys did some CRAZY stuff with the eqipment that they had in the studio.

    I don't care much for the remastered stuff, because the music is out of it's original context.

    And just like the original Star Wars, there's no reason you can't enjoy both versions.

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    FaustumFaustum __BANNED USERS regular
    edited December 2006
    I bought it yesterday for my girlfriends christmas present, and listening to it, wow... the strawberry fields forever is amazing

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    tony_importanttony_important Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    To me, this is akin to the whole George Lucas remastering the original starwars.

    The songs were recorded when they were recorded, and those guys did some CRAZY stuff with the eqipment that they had in the studio.

    I don't care much for the remastered stuff, because the music is out of it's original context.

    And just like the original Star Wars, there's no reason you can't enjoy both versions.

    Well, if my intention is to listen to the music the way it was initially created, then obviously the original cuts would be better in my view.

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    MikeManMikeMan Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    To me, this is akin to the whole George Lucas remastering the original starwars.

    The songs were recorded when they were recorded, and those guys did some CRAZY stuff with the eqipment that they had in the studio.

    I don't care much for the remastered stuff, because the music is out of it's original context.

    And just like the original Star Wars, there's no reason you can't enjoy both versions.

    Well, if my intention is to listen to the music the way it was initially created, then obviously the original cuts would be better in my view.

    In that case, you are certainly free to pop in your old Beatles CD's.

    This album looks great. I'll give it a whirl.

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    tony_importanttony_important Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    MikeMan445 wrote:
    In that case, you are certainly free to pop in your old Beatles CD's.

    This album looks great. I'll give it a whirl.

    Vinyl. But it's close enough.

    :P

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    BigPointyTeethBigPointyTeeth run away! run away! MinnesotaRegistered User regular
    edited February 2007
    I don't know where else to put this and I don't want to start a new thread for it, so.... The latest issue of Rolling Stone says that remastered Beatles albums are coming this year, first on iTunes in February, then three months later they should be coming out on CD.

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    MenaceMenace regular
    edited February 2007
    I just bought this album today.

    It's worth it just to pick out the parts from one song in another song.

    And most of it sounds really cool, it's neat that they went ahead and did this.

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    MenaceMenace regular
    edited February 2007
    Where does the guitar from the beginning of Strawberry Fields Forever come from...?

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    VariableVariable Mouth Congress Stroke Me Lady FameRegistered User regular
    edited February 2007
    I don't know where else to put this and I don't want to start a new thread for it, so.... The latest issue of Rolling Stone says that remastered Beatles albums are coming this year, first on iTunes in February, then three months later they should be coming out on CD.

    wow... that's...

    awesome.

    also this album is rad.

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    MenaceMenace regular
    edited February 2007
    Drive My Car/The Word/What You're Doing is yay.

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    shutzshutz Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    Menace wrote:
    Where does the guitar from the beginning of Strawberry Fields Forever come from...?

    You clearly haven't listened to the Anthology CDs yet... If you really like the Beatles, give the Anthologies a listen, especially volumes 2 and 3, it's like hearing all those songs for the first time, again... kind of like the Love album does...

    As for Strawberry Fields Forever, the beginning of the remix is from demo tapes that Lennon made before going into the studio, then the next part before the song starts sounding like the original is from takes 1-6 of the song, as Lennon gradually developed the song.

    The final song that came out as the B-Side to Penny Lane (should have been the other way round, imho) was created by splicing takes 7 and 22, after slowing down both takes different amounts until the keys matched... all done with analog tape, no less!

    Anyway, I'd love for the new remasters to actually be remixed like the Love tracks, except without changing the songs. What I mean is it would be kickass if they could clean up the original 4- and 8-track tapes and remix the songs in a modern way, but without adding anything but clarity...

    If you really want to hear the difference it would make, try playing "I Am the Walrus" or "Revolution" on the best sound system you have access to, first from the original album, and then from the Love album, and you'll see how much cleaner and more defined the sound is... On Love, you can clearly hear each and every instrument, where the original mix kind of jumbles everything together... Plus, on Love, I Am the Walrus's last part is now in Stereo (the original's last verse is in mono, because of the radio feed that was mixed into the song...)

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