An overwhelming compilation of art, that is impossible to digest at one sitting, but my initial reactions follow. Looking forward to many more listenings and to other persons reviews and observations.
In a word: Fabulous. Incredible. Stupendous. Wonderfull. Spell-binding.....pick a superlative and you have an apt descriptive over-view.
Yes, those of us clamoring for 5:1 sound re-mastering of the catalog are correct that the original releases will be astounding and true to the original intended art form.
This is a DIFFERENT art form, that should be appreciated for such - and seen as an important ADDITION - not substitution. If you get and appreciate Let It Be Naked - then this will delight you at least as much.
WHAT YOU GET:
1. Some of the songs are pretty straight up to the originals, and you get a marvelous preview of the up-coming re-mastered/5:1 sound to come. "Oh my God." Heavenly
2. Masterful inter-locking interludes that mesh, blend and raise several songs into a recognizable, but in a way different and new song. Most outstanding are Drive My Car/The Word/What Your Doing, a frightening I Want You/Helter Skelter and a Strawberry Fields that folds- in several songs into the second half that is mind-body- tingle inducing.
3. Previously un-heard snippets tagged onto originals to enhance the listening experience, fans here will especially enjoy the endings to Hey Jude, Back In the USSR and All You Need Is Love.
4. Backward surprises. Gnik nus. Yes that's Sun King sung backwards. Check one out at the start, too.
5. Improved songs. Yes! I said improved. The sound quality lifts some up - I Am the Walrus" - for me - is 10x better than the original !
I Want To Hold You Hand just bursts forth in new directions!
Within You Without You by splashing it with Tomorrow Never Knows, it levitates to new heights.
Revolution is just devastating powerful. If they want to market this CD to the young, restless and attention-challenged - then un-cork this as a single release!
6. MANY OF THE SONGS SOUND LIVE! Many of the songs were recorded live in the studio, some 'guide vocals" are also used - combined with the sound and production techniques, the result feels like the Beatles performing live, at times.
Think you know this CD from samples and internet previews? No you don't! Remember when Chaos was previewed on the internet, though we greatly appreciated the chance to listen, when we actually got and listened to the CD - we then went WOW! Well, for this, I say DOUBLE WOW!
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