long long long
Today, our friend Garrison Reid offers up his thoughts on the surprisingly awesome upcoming Beatles/Cirque Du Soleil production, LOVE:
A while back I heard renowned Beatles producer George Martin and his son Giles on NPR talking about LOVE, the production/soundtrack that merges Cirque du Soleil with the Beatles. The coupling is a powerhouse: arguably the best producer ever teaming up with an immensely successful global entertainment company.
The full record will be released on November 21 and yet, the press has only received a 4 song sampler. Entrusted with the legacy of one of the most seminal bands ever, George Martin did not stray from the original songs as much as I had expected. LOVE is rather a collage of songs and manipulations of timing and vocal phrasing. From the sampler alone, I'm impressed. Although I am not an avid Beatles fan, it's quite possible that I have listened to them more this year alone than the rest of my life combined.
Lately I've been frequently listening to the Beatles' later albums (Revolver, Sgt. Peppers, The White Album, Yellow Submarine and Abbey Road), 5 records that were released start to finish in just over three years. It blows my mind to think that the short existence of the Beatles (10 years) is 11 years less than that of Guided By Voices, 2 less than The Stone Roses, and just as long as Pavement.
There are songs that I've heard hundreds of times and loved with each listen and others that only now resonate with me. One of those songs is "Long Long Long" from off the Beatles' self-titled "white album." A short song that seems to exist under the shadow of other hits, "Long Long Long" is soft, mournful and appears designed for the Elliott Smiths out there (who covered it live). "So many tears I was searching / So many tears I was wasting." It's one of those songs that will make you hurt with each listen, but you that you'll put on repeat regardless.
You only have to wait a little under a week for the release of LOVE. While you're attentively waiting, we'll offer you this amazing cover recorded by Low. It's available on their rarities box set, and it ranks up there as one of my favorite Beatles covers.
MP3: Low - Long Long Long
eCard: The Beatles - LOVE snippets
For those who have heard LOVE, what do you think of it? Sacrilegious? Blasphemous? Enjoyable? Refreshing?