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Love is a Grammy Award-winning soundtrack compilation album of music recorded by The Beatles, released in November 2006. It features music compiled and remixed for the Cirque du Soleil show of the same name. The album was produced by George Martin and his son Giles Martin, who said, "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."[1]

Release history[]

George Martin and his son Giles began work on Love after getting permission from Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, and Olivia Harrison (the latter two representing John Lennon and George Harrison, respectively).[1] In discussing the project, Giles Martin noted that elements were utilized from recordings in The Beatles catalogue, "the original four tracks, eight tracks and two tracks and used this palette of sounds and music to create a soundbed."[1] George Martin also promised a prize to those who could crack a "code" found in the album.[2]

Giles Martin said in an interview that he was afraid they wouldn't get the green light to do the project, so he started by making digital back-ups of the original multi-track recordings just to get started on the project. He also said that he and his father mixed more music than was eventually released, including "She's Leaving Home" and a version of "Girl" that he was particularly fond of.[3]

McCartney and Starr, the two living members of The Beatles after the release of "Love", responded very positively to the album. McCartney noted that "This album puts The Beatles back together again, because suddenly there's John and George with me and Ringo". Starr commended George and Giles Martin for the album and said that the album is "really powerful for me and I even heard things I'd forgotten we'd recorded."[4][5]

The album was first played publicly on Virgin Radio's The Geoff Show. Virgin Radio DJ Geoff Lloyd, a self-proclaimed fan of The Beatles, chose to play the entire album uninterrupted to allow younger fans to experience an album premiere.[6]

Love placed at #3 in the UK Albums Chart during its first week of release, trailing Westlife's The Love Album and Oasis' Stop the Clocks compilation.[7] It was also successful in the United States, debuting at #4 in the Billboard 200, where it was certified Platinum in late 2006.[8]

At the 50th annual Grammy awards on February 10, 2008, the album won Grammys in two categories — Best Compilation Soundtrack Album and Best Surround Sound Album.

Release details[]

The album was released in three versions — a standard CD version, a two-disc CD and DVD-Audio package and a two-disc vinyl package. The DVD-Audio disc contains a 5.1-channel surround sound mix (96 kHz 24-bit MLP), downmixable to 2-channel. For backwards compatibility it also contains separate audio-only DVD-Video content with 2-channel stereo (48 kHz 16-bit PCM) and 5.1-channel surround (448 kbit/s Dolby Digital and 754 kbit/s DTS).

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Japan 2006-11-15 Toshiba-EMI CD TOCP-70200
CD / DVD-Audio TOCP-70201
United Kingdom 2006-11-2 Apple Records, EMI
CD 3798082 / 0946 3 79808 2 8
CD / DVD-Audio 3798102 / 0946 3 79810 2 3
United States 2006-11-21 Apple, Capitol Records, EMI CD 0946 3 79808 2 8
CD / DVD-Audio 0946 3 79810 2 3
United Kingdom 2007-04-30 Apple Records, EMI

Track listing[]

The DVD has longer versions of "Revolution" and "Back in the USSR", increasing the total running time by nearly two minutes. The version which was finally made available on iTunes is based on the DVD version, as probably are versions available from other download sites. The track listing for both discs is as follows:

All tracks written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, except where noted (see also: Lennon/McCartney).

  1. "Because" – 2:44
  2. "Get Back" – 2:05
  3. "Glass Onion" – 1:20
  4. "Eleanor Rigby"
    "Julia (transition)" – 3:05
  5. "I am the Walrus" – 4:28
  6. "I Want to Hold Your Hand" – 1:26
  7. "Drive My Car / The Word / What You're Doing" – 1:54
  8. "Gnik Nus" – 0:55
  9. "Something" (George Harrison)
    "Blue Jay Way (Harrison) (transition)" – 3:29
  10. "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! / I Want You (She's So Heavy) / Helter Skelter" – 3:22
  11. "Help!" – 2:18
  12. "Blackbird / Yesterday" – 2:31
  13. "Strawberry Fields Forever" – 4:31
  14. "Within You Without You / Tomorrow Never Knows" (Harrison, Lennon/McCartney) – 3:07
  15. "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" – 4:10
  16. "Octopus's Garden" (Richard Starkey) – 3:18
  17. "Lady Madonna" – 2:56
  18. "Here Comes the Sun" (Harrison)
    "The Inner Light (transition)" (Harrison) – 4:18
  19. "Come Together / Dear Prudence"
    "Cry Baby Cry (transition)" – 4:45
  20. "Revolution" – 2:14 (CD version) / 3:23 (DVD/iTunes version)
  21. "Back in the U.S.S.R." – 1:54 (CD version) / 2:34 (DVD/iTunes version)
  22. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (Harrison) – 3:46
  23. "A Day in the Life" – 5:08
  24. "Hey Jude" – 3:58
  25. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)" – 1:22
  26. "All You Need Is Love" – 3:38

Additionally, the version of this album sold on iTunes includes two exclusive bonus tracks which were mixed by Giles Martin but not used in the final production:

  1. "The Fool on the Hill" – 3:29
  2. "Girl" – 2:42

Track elements[]

Love contains elements from 130 individual recordings of The Beatles.[9] While a complete list has not been disclosed, highlights of how the elements were mixed have been noted by the press.

Chart performance[]

Chart (2007) Providers Peak
Certification Sales
Argentina Album Chart CAPIF 1 Gold (2x) 40,000[19]
Billboard 200 Billboard 4[20] Platinum 1,669,712 [21]
Billboard Comprehensive Albums 4[22]
Billboard Top Internet Albums 1[23]
Euro Album Chart IFPI 1[24] 2x Platinum[25] 2,000,000+
Canada Album Chart Nielsen Soundscan 1[26] 2x Platinum[27] 200,000+
France Album Chart SNEP/IFOP 1[28] Platinum 211.200[29]
Greek International Album Chart IFPI 1[30] Gold 20,000
Ireland Album Chart IRMA 1 3x Platinum 45,000
Australian Album Chart ARIA 2[31] 2x Platinum 140,000+
New Zealand Album Chart RIANZ 2[32] Platinum 15,000+
German Album Chart Media Control 2[33] 3x Gold 300,000+
Sweden Album Chart GLF 2[34] Gold 20,000+
UK Album Chart BPI/The Official UK Charts Company 3[35] 2x Platinum 769,000 (to June 8, 2007)
Japanese Album Chart Oricon 3[36] Platinum 242,822
Swiss Album Chart Media Control Europe 3[37]
Belgium Album Chart Ultratop / Nielsen 3[38] Gold 15,000+
Austria Album Chart Media Control Europe 3[39]
Netherlands Album Chart Megacharts 4[40] Gold 47,130
Czech Republic Albums Chart IFPI 4[41]
Portugal Album Chart Promusicae/Media Control 5[42] Gold 10,000+
Finland Album Chart GLF 5[43]
Italy Album Chart FIMI/Nielsen 7[44] Platinum 150.000
Spain Album Chart Promusicae/Media Control 9[45]
Estonia Album Chart Media Control Europe 17[46]

See also[]

  • All Together Now, a documentary following the creation of the Cirque du Soleil show and its soundtrack


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  2. Beatles producers says "Love" soundtrack includes secret code Retrieved on June 15, 2007.
  3. Norwegian Wood - The Beatles Fan Club
  4. ""Love" Released in Stereo and 5.1 - on November 20th 2006". The Beatles. 2006-10-16. Retrieved on 2006-10-17. 
  5. "The Beatles' new album: full details here". NME. 2006-10-17. Retrieved on 2006-10-17. 
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  7. "Westlife beat Oasis, U2 and The Beatles in UK album battle". NME. 2006-11-26. Retrieved on 2006-11-26. 
  8. " - Artist Chart History - The Beatles". Billboard 200 . Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved on 2006-12-03. 
  9. "The Beatles - Love". Retrieved on 2007-01-06. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Chris Willman (2006-11-29). "Labor of LOVE". Entertainment Weekly.,6115,1562172_4_0_,00.html. Retrieved on 2006-11-29. 
  11. Howard Cohen (2006-11-21). "It's hard not to LOVE the new Beatles album". Miami Herald. Retrieved on 2006-11-23. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 "A likely lament: 'You can't do that to The Beatles". USA Today. 2006-11-13. Retrieved on 2007-01-16. 
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 "The Beatles: Love - PopMatters Music Review". PopMatters. 2006-12-15. Retrieved on 2006-12-27. 
  14. "Beatles smash hits now a mashup". CTVNews. 2006-11-21. Retrieved on 2006-11-23. 
  15. 15.0 15.1 Greig Watson (2006-11-17). "Love unveils new angle on Beatles". BBC. Retrieved on 2006-11-17. 
  16. [1] Retrieved on August 16, 2008.
  17. The Beatles Love website (video section). Retrieved on May 8, 2008.
  18. "The Beatles 'LOVE' Podcast". The Beatles. 2007-01-11. Retrieved on 2007-01-22. 
  19. Discos de Oro y Platino
  20. Billboard 200
  21. Billboard Top 200
  22. Billboard Comprehensive Albums
  23. Top Internet Albums
  24. Euro Album Chart
  25. Ifpi Platnum by Month
  26. Allmusic Chart Information
  27. CRIA Gold & Platinum certifications for December 2006. Retrieved July 25, 2007.
  28. PALMARÈS - ALBUMS TOP 200 - 07/07/2007
  29. Charts Francais
  30. CHARTS - IFPI En
  31. Aria Charts
  33. Charts-Surfer
  35. The Official Charts
  36. アルバムウイークリーTOP50補完スレ
  37. Swiss Charts
  38. Entertainment Skynet
  39. Austrian Charts
  40. Megacharts
  41. HitParada
  42. Artistas & Espectáculos 2008 . Top Associação Fonográfica Portuguesa
  43. Finnish Charts
  45. Los 40
  46. Estonia Album Chart

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