Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Beatles "Love"

Well, as they say, history repeats itself, but in this case it seems to have skipped a generation. Growing up, I have to say that I wasn't a huge fan of The Beatles...I mean I liked them just as much as the next guy, but I liked late 70's and 80's music as my genre of choice. Which is why I'm really intrigued with the fact that my 12 year old son and 6 year old daughter have become huge Beatles fans...and in so doing made me a now a pretty big fan as well. Strange, how things work out that way.

The other day, the schedules of my kids, my wife and myself synchronized nicely into an afternoon at the local Barnes & Nobles. I miss the days of what I perceive to be simpler days of my youth when we would do the same at the local Walden Books. Anyway my family bit at the opportunity to lounge at the bookstore for a couple of hours and I was all for it.

My son was on a specific mission to add another Beatles Cd as we had over played the Beatles "1" album that we had in our vehicle. He coaxed me out of the magazine section where I was on a mission to find some good business reading materials. Strangely enough they were actually playing the Beatles over the store's PA system.

Having this as a sign that we were going to leave the store with fab four music in hand, my son led me like a lemming to the source of the music. What we found was a table completely covered in Beatles music and memorabilia.

As my son began trying to coax a recommendation out of me, (because apparently I am the said expert for ANYTHING that is older then 10 years ago), we were gently interrupted with a recommendation... from a police officer.

As my brain was trying to process the fact that there was one of New York's finest giving us tips on which album to buy, we ended up zeroing in on The Beatles "Love" album. I later came to understand that the officer was part of the NYPD paid detail unit. Essentially earning a few extra bucks for his family by moonlighting a security position in the store. I made a mental note that I actually thought this was a great program, I like the fact that there was a uniformed officer with a 9 mm at his side providing an added level of safety within the store itself.

In any sense, through conversation with him, he advised that this album would be a complete different sound. Upon later research I found that to be true becuase the album took all the orginal tracks and remixed it using the latest technology. The album is used in the current Vegas show:

Well, the album is just fantastic! We've played it several times all the way through, and every time we do so we pick up a new thing or two. I gotta say it took a couple of times for the sound to grow on you, but when it does it takes a firm grasp, and you really begin to enjoy the unique auido vibe that this album presents.

Track Listings

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 U.S.S.R.
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

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