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Part 35

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            This is the brainchild of George Martin and his son, Giles.  The album was created for collaboration with Cirque du Soleil and was endorsed by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison (Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison).

            I personally find the recording absolutely fascinating.  Some out there do not like it, basically saying that it’s not right to tamper with their music from its original sound.  However, I take a different spin on it entirely.  I find that since there can never be any new Beatles music, since it’s impossible to bring all four back together, then anything new that is Beatles is exciting to me. And, when you place the care of it all in George Martin and his son, Giles, you know right away that it’s going to be good.  And to me, good it is!

             The Love CD contains elements of 130 individual recordings of The Beatles. A complete list has not been disclosed. The below list, while not complete, is all that is available at the moment.  The CD listing shows 26 tracks, which contain parts of 37 songs.  My list herein is comprised of 55 songs, or parts thereof, documented from various sources as well as my own listening of the CD.

             The DVD that can be purchased with the CD contains longer versions of “Revolution,” and “Back In The USSR,” increasing the running time by about two minutes.   

            The tracks shown in Green are those that are listed on the CD/DVD. Those shown in black are those included through elements of or sound bites from.


(1)       Because

(2)      Across The Universe

(3)      A Hard Day’s Night

(4)      The End

(5)      Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)

(6)      A Day In The Life

(7)      Get Back

(8)      Eleanor Rigby

(9)      Julia

(10)    I Am The Walrus

(11)     I Want To Hold Your Hand (Hollywood Bowl & Studio Versions)        

(12)    Drive My Car

(13)    The Word

(14)    What You’re Doing

(15)    Taxman

(16)    Savoy Truffle

(17)    Gnik Nus       (Sun King)  

(18)    Something

(19)    Blue Jay Way

(20)    Nowhere Man

(21)    Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite

(22)    I Want You (She’s So Heavy)

(23)    Helter Skelter

(24)    Help!

(25)    Blackbird

(26)    Yesterday

(27)    Strawberry Fields Forever

(28)    Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

(29)    In My Life

(30)    Penny Lane

(31)    Piggies

(32)    Hello, Goodbye

(33)    Within You, Without You

(34)    Tomorrow Never Knows

(35)    Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

(36)    Octopus’s Garden

(37)    Good Night

(38)    Yellow Submarine

(39)    Lovely Rita

(40)    Helter Skelter

(41)    Lady Madonna

(42)    Hey Bulldog

(43)    Here Comes The Sun

(44)    The Inner Light

(45)    Come Together

(46)    Dear Prudence

(47)    Cry Baby Cry

(48)    Revolution

(49)    Back In The USSR

(50)    While My Guitar Gently Weeps

(51)    A Day In the Life

(52)    Hey Jude

(53)    Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)

(54)    All You Need Is Love

(55)    Good Night


            The breakdown of some of these elements above is as follows: 

            In the opening track of Because, one can hear the bird sounds that were used in the song, “Across The Universe,” from the version used for the World Wildlife Fund.  To this, a new recording of what is known as a wood pigeon was implemented to make it all “more British,” George Martin said. 

            The song, “Get Back,” uses the opening guitar from the song, “A Hard Day’s Night.”  Also used here is the drum and guitar solos from “The End,” and percussion from “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” and orchestration from “A Day In The Life,”  -- the now famous piano chord.  

            With “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” George and Giles used two recordings of the song. George Martin said of this, “that the front speakers in the 5.1 mix have the studio recording, and the rear speakers have the band performing at the Hollywood Bowl.  They’re in tune with each other, and we (he and Giles) found a way to match them.  

            In “Drive my Car / The Word / What You’re Doing,” this medley features the guitar from “Taxman,” and the horns from “Savoy Truffle.”  

            Gnik Nus, is of course the song “Sun King,” played backwards.  

            In “Something / Blue Jay Way,” you can hear parts from the song, “Nowhere Man.” 

            Next, with “Strawberry Fields Forever,” they used a demo version of Lennon’s with only an acoustic guitar that continues to build to the full-blown version we all know and love.  It also includes the orchestral section from “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” and helps build to the psychedelic sounds from bits of “Baby, You’re A Rich Man,” with the solo piano from “In My Life,” the brass from “Penny Lane,” the cello and harpsichord from “Piggies,” and the coda from “Hello Goodbye.” 

            In “Within You, Without You,” and “Tomorrow Never Knows,” they took the vocals from “Within You, Without You,” with the drums and bass from “Tomorrow Never Knows.” 

            In Ringo’s vocal “Octopus’s Garden,” they used the strings from “Good Night,” with the sound effects from “Yellow Submarine,” as well as bits from “Lovely Rita,” and “Helter Skelter.” 

            In “Lady Madonna,” they interjected the guitar riff from “Hey Bulldog.” 

            There are two tracks that featured “new” sounds from the original Beatles recordings.  The first was the use of a wood pigeon in the opening of “Because,” and the second was the new orchestration for “While My Guitar gently Weeps.” 


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