Love is a Grammy Award-winning soundtrack remix album of music recorded by The Beatles, released in November 2006. It features music compiled and remixed as a mashup 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.”
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). In discussing the project, Giles Martin noted that elements were used 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.” George Martin also promised a prize to those who could crack a “code” found in the album.
Giles Martin said in an interview that he was afraid they would not 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.
McCartney and Starr, the surviving members of The Beatles, 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.”
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.
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. It was also successful in the United States, debuting at #4 in the Billboard 200, where it was certified Platinum in late 2006. At the 50th annual Grammy awards on 10 February 2008, the album won Grammys in two categories—Best Compilation Soundtrack Album and Best Surround Sound Album.
Love was released as a digital download in the iTunes Store on February 8, 2011. It includes two exclusive bonus tracks.
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