Sunday, June 25, 2006

Ladies and gents, THE BEATLES! Remixed and remastered in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada!!

Cirque du Soleil, the Canadian acrobatic troupe, will open a new show June 30 in Las Vegas that will feature "a 90-minute soundtrack in which classic Beatles songs are remixed in surround sound, sometimes combining standard versions with outtakes, and even creating mash-ups, or versions in which riffs, vocal lines, guitar solos or sitar drones from one song are interposed on another," says the NY Times.

I saw Cirque du Soleil in Houston a few years ago. It was completely mesmerizing. Completely amazing. Never seen anything quite like it.

The NYT reporter got to hear the music recently and raved about it. Here's what he wrote:

I was knocked out by some, but I was absolutely floored by the pristine quality and fine definition of the sound. With the compression of the original 1960's productions stripped away, voices and instruments seem real, as if they were in the room. The new mixes wrap you in the group's arrangements and let you hear long-buried interplay that illuminates the Beatles' brilliance. This is a level of detail that simply hasn't been heard outside the Abbey Road studios until now.

On "Yesterday" you can hear Paul McCartney's pick hitting the strings of his guitar and the strings snapping against the neck. The guitar solo and the orchestral strings on "Something" had similar clarity and presence, and in the surround version of "I Am the Walrus" the whole kaleidoscope of textures — including an extraordinarily crisp drum sound — made the song quirkier than ever.

The mixes of "Revolution" and "Come Together" are incomparably more powerful than the familiar versions. Mr. Starr's childlike "Octopus's Garden" gets a fantastic restructuring that begins with the string introduction to "Good Night" and then places Mr. Starr's vocal, unaccompanied, in a foggy ambience (using effects from "Yellow Submarine" and drums from "Lovely Rita") before the full band kicks into the more familiar arrangement. And a juxtaposition of the drum figure from "Tomorrow Never Knows" and the vocal line from "Within You, Without You" creates a link between those mystical songs, recorded nearly nine months apart.

Sir George Martin, the longtime Beatles producer, and his son will remix the music again for a soundtrack album.

1 comment:

Jo said...

But those creepy clowns are always the reason I still flip the channels.