Classic Beatles Song Gets New Video

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Beatles_Love pic (crop)The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil at The Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas has helped spread and enhance the legacy of the Fab Four over the last decade. To celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2016, the production teamed up with Apple Corps Ltd. to create a tender video set to a demo version of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” produced and with string arrangements by the late Sir George Martin on an alternate take recorded by George Harrison.

The evocative video launched on June 29 is accompanied by the landmark news that songs by The Beatles have been streamed more than one billion times within the six months since the band’s launch on streaming services worldwide. The clip directed by Dandypunk, André Kasten and Leah Moyer highlights new artistic and performance elements from the song’s LOVE show presentation. Throughout the video, Dandypunk’s hand-drawn illustrations connect LOVE’s performer, Eira Glover, with projected imagery in a series of ethereal settings. All effects were created using projection mapping and captured live, in-camera. No post production CGI was used.

The video honors the memory of Martin, who died on March 8, 2016, and of Harrison. Martin’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (LOVE Version) string arrangement and recording session at Air Studios in 2006 were his final pieces of work in a legendary career that spanned more than five decades. It’s featured on The Beatles’ multi-Grammy Award- winning LOVE album, the audio companion to The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil, which opened on June 30, 2006. To create the show’s lush soundscape, producers Sir George Martin and Giles Martin worked at Abbey Road Studios with the entire archive of Beatles master recordings.

A truly innovative and unique production, The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil has received huge critical acclaim and has evolved for its 10th anniversary to present a more dynamic theatrical experience. New acts, costumes, choreography, audio visual technology and remixed music have made the experience of the LOVE show more immersive and exciting than ever. Since LOVE’s debut, more than 4,500 performances have been staged for a cumulative audience approaching eight million people. LOVE staged a special 10th anniversary celebration performance on July 14 with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr in attendance.

Watch this video about the production of the new LOVE version of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”

The Beatles debuted for streaming on December 24th, 2015, with the band’s 13 U.K. studio albums and Past Masters (Volumes 1 & 2), The Beatles 1962-1966, The Beatles 1967-1970 and The Beatles 1. The Beatles’ Anthology, Volumes 1-3 music collections and LOVE album followed on April 4 and June 17, respectively.

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  1. Vic Garbarini
    #1 Vic Garbarini 30 June, 2016, 02:20

    Actually, this is the ethereal solo demo version of WMGGW, that Harrison did on acoustic, (capo on 5th fret, Dm chord shape) that first appeared on the Beatles Anthology 3 Album in the mid 90’s The orchestration here is fine, but do listen to just the acoustic and voice recording on Anthology 3, its more…haunting.

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