Sound — 10
The Beatles' new album, "Love", is a brilliant compilation of remixes of classic tunes, produced by Sir George Martin, along with his son Giles. Since, 1962, George Martin has produced arguably the finest catalog of music ever composed by a single group. Utilizing tracks from various songs, George and Giles had the rare opportunity to take the master tapes from Abbey Road studios and mix and match them as necessary, coming up with amazing new tracks that provide a different look on these timeless tracks. On some tracks (like "Help!" for example), not much is done to alter the original recording, yet this classic tune, as well as all the others on the album, are of superb quality, newly remastered. The two surviving members, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, supported the idea, along with Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono, who all saw the idea as an awesome way to provide a new perspective to these wonderful songs. The album is also a soundtrack to a new Las Vegas-based Cirque de Soleil play.
Lyrics — 10
Well, of course, it's The Beatles. I don't need to convince you these are some of the finest lyrics as well as the greatest singing performances of our time. From the pyschadelic, LSD-influenced period from about 1967-1969 as well as the Brit-Pop genre that made them the most popular band in the world, from 1962-1965 (which ultimately came to an end at the 1965 release of "Rubber Soul", often viewed as their 'transitional' album), these is a fine collection of some of the greatest songs you'll hear. One thing to be noticed, is that the track selection focuses on their latter years. However, with the murder of John Lennon in December 1980 at the hands of crazed fan Mark David Chapman, as well as George Harrison's passing in 2001, no new material has been produced by the Beatles as a group. So, for most, there won't be any new material here, pardoning the extraordinarily odd track "Gnik Nus", (coincidentally the only song I don't plan on listening to several times).
Overall Impression — 10
Needless to say, this album bears many astounding aspects, rarely found in albums being released today. It is a wonderful compilation of newly remixed versions of some of the best songs of all time. My personal favorite moments on the album would have to include the "Hey Bulldog" jam in the interlude of "Lady Madonna" and the remastered, newly produced version of George Harrison's demo of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". If it were stolen or lost, there's no doubt in my mind that I, along with anyone else who has heard it, would purchase the album again. This CD is perfect for anyone who has worn all of the Beatles' albums to death, and is looking for something new to check out.