In the interests of full disclosure, I have actually seen the show LOVE at the Mirage in Vegas. It is a phenomenal production and I highly recommend it. One amazing part was the sound. The opening of the show has you in complete darkness, just listening to "Because." Just the vocals...no music. It gives me chills now just remembering it.
When this CD/DVD combo came out, I had to have it...because it is the best way to try to reproduce the experience of the show. Try this if you're listening for the first time. But the DVD on your surround sound, tuned to 5.1. Turn off all the lights and turn it on fairly loud. Not ear crunching loud, but a nice pleasing loudness. Then sit back and enjoy the first three minutes or so. The rendition of "Because" which flows into "Get Back" will make you rediscover the Beatles. It's not quite a religious experience...but it gets pretty close.
In reality, what you are getting is a hodge-podge of Beatles songs, some incomplete and some in unfamiliar versions...all remastered brilliantly. That is kinda fun but it is not in and of itself indispensible.
I've never listened to just the CD, except in my car with its poor speakers. That is okay...but truthfully, the truly compelling reason to own this set is to enjoy the surround sound DVD. It is mind-blowing!!
I hope I've convinced you. I wish like heck the set had come with even some DVD images of just a few clips from the Cirque du Soleil show itself, or something like that...but Cirque is pretty careful about keeping its images controlled. If you go to their website, you can catch a few brief videos of the show. If you ever have the chance to see the show...grab it. It's not cheap...but it's unforgettable for the Beatles fan.
Meanwhile, this DVD/CD set is pretty darn good! Check it out!!!
I bought the CD & DVD version and am not sure what the difference is since both seem to play on my HD DVD surround sound system equally. I haven't listened to the Beatles in a while and this product re-invents them as possibly the greatest pop artists of all time. The quality of the voices is way better than anything I have ever heard by them before. Some of the songs are pretty much intact with much sharper vocals while others are totally new experiences (I am the Walrus, Octopus'Garden, and While … more
It begins with a twittering of birdsong lifted from "Across the Universe." And once the triple-tracked a capella harmonies of "Because" enter, followed by snatches from "A Hard Day's Night" and "The End," leading into a fired-up "Get Back," it becomes obvious that this is far more than just another Beatles compilation. This isLove, conceived by the Fabs' former producer George Martin and son Giles as a stageshow soundtrack to Cirque de Soleil's Las Vegas spectacular of the same name, but appears to have taken on a life of its own. Whereas the Beatles' last release,1, delivered the (over?) familiar hits in a nice, simple package,Loveis a mélange of the familiar and obscure, all literally mixed together in one 78-minute audio collage which succeeds in reminding the listener just why the Beatles truly are, as Lennon put it, "toppermost of the poppermost." There's no new Beatles material per se, but the songs are all approached differently--some are cut together in a flawlessly mixed medley (check out "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!/I Want You/Helter Skelter"), some reassemble different backing tracks and vocal performances to create new spins on old classics; but all the songs are revitalized considerably. Even in its weakest moments (which probably work better in the context of the show itself),Loveis still a formidable prospect, and one has to admire Martin's willingness to go out on a limb with such a project. While purists may complain that the cut 'n' paste nature ...