Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Beatles "LOVE"

A new project released by Apple/EMI was entitled "LOVE". The tracklisting consists of mash-ups for the soundtrack to the Cirque Du Soleil Vegas show using re-mixed Beatles songs. The soundtrack was first released in CD format for the UK on November 20 2006 and for North America a day later on November 21 2006. The catalogue number for the CD is Apple 09463 and there are two choices in format : one being a regular CD and other being a CD/DVD-Audio (which plays in 5.1).
The 2-LP vinyl version of "LOVE" was released five months later on April 30 2007 worldwide although the vinyl was manufactured in England. The catalogue number for the vinyl version is the same as the other formats: Apple 09463 - the sub numbers vary depending on the format.
The front cover for this project shows a colourful yellow and red swirly background. The band logo is on the left in a dark brown (almost black) colour, the "LOVE" title has the letters in dark brown/black with the out lines of the letters in red and this is surrounded by the band members in red silouette from the original Dezo Hoffman photograph taken on Monday March 25 1963 at Allerton Golf Course in Liverpool. The band members have been re-arranged with the original line up on the black and white Hoffman photo as John, Ringo, George and Paul from left to right. On the "LOVE" front cover the member have now become Ringo, Paul, John and George from left to right.
Let's start with a description of the CD/DVD-Audio which I happen to own: there is an outer slip with the front cover as described above. The top and bottom of the slipcase have the front cover logo, the title of the project, Apple, Capitol and catalogue number. The back of the slip contains the tracklisting, the UPC code, the FBI logo and warning (all on the left side). The back also contains the band member silouettes, the website address, various logos, trademarks, composer information and copyright information (all on the right side).
The digipack opens has the front cover and the back is simply the yellow/reddish background with the internet address, composer's credits, copyright and various logos ; FBI, Dolby, DTS, DVD, Apple, Capitol at the bottom. The digipack opens up to reveal more of the background and then opens to reveal the two discs with the tracklisting on either side of the openings. The disc labels feature the background colours and the front cover logos in yellow on the CD and in brown on the DVD-audio. The Apple logo is featured on the left hand side. (The Capitol logo is above it on my North American copy). Copyright information is printed on both discs in white along the perimeter of the disc (s). The CD format also contains a 28 page booklet with an introduction by George Martin and Giles Martin with credits and copyright information. The rest of the booklet features various colourful images and the band members, scene images from the Cirque Du Soleil stage show and various montages.
The LP version features two discs and a gatefold cover. The front cover is the same as the CD, the back cover has the tracklisting under the individual sides in brown, the internet address, the Apple, Parlophone UPC code and Cirque Du Soleil logos from left to right. Underneath are the copyright information. The spine contains the catalogue number, the artist/title, "music from EMI" and the Apple logo. The inner gatefold photo reveals a colourful montage with the band members. The large book has the same information as the CD booklet but much, much more colourful, larger and nicely designed.
The two records come in white inner sleeves, Side A and B have a red label with the yellow front cover logo, the tracklisting for each side, the side letter on the right, the parlophone and Apple logos on the left and the copyright information written in yellow along the perimeter. Side C and D have a yellow label with the red front cover logo, same as above with the exception of the perimeter print being red instead of yellow. Both records are on black vinyl.
The tracklisting is as follows:
"Because"/"Get Back"/ "Glass Onion"/ "Eleanor Rigby"/ "Julia (Transition)"/ "I Am the Walrus"/ "I Want To Hold Your Hand"/ "Drive My Car/What You're Doing"/ "Gnik Nus"/ "Something"/ "Blue Jay Way (Transition)"/ "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite/I Want You (She's So Heavy)/Helter Skelter"/ "Help!"/ "Blackbird/Yesterday"/ "Strawberry Fields Forever"/ "Within You Without You/Tomorrow Never Knows"/ "Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds"/ "Octopus's Garden"/ "Lady Madonna"/ "Here Comes The Sun"/ "The Inner Light (Transition)/ "Come Together/Dear Prudence"/ "Cry Baby Cry (Transition)"/ "Revolution"/ "Back In The USSR"/ "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"/ "A Day In The Life"/ "Hey Jude"/ "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (reprise)"/ "All You Need Is Love".

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