The Beatles - Love: Special Edition - Track Elements
Love contains elements from 130 individual commercially released and demo recordings of The Beatles, and is a complex remix and poly-mix of multiple songs known as a mashup. While a complete list has not been disclosed, highlights of how the elements were mixed have been noted.
An interview in Entertainment Weekly revealed that the opening track includes the bird sounds used in the World Wildlife Fund version of "Across the Universe". In addition, a new recording of a wood pigeon was implemented "to make it more British," according to George Martin.
This track is much shorter than the original version, containing less vocals. As reported, the track uses the opening guitar from "A Hard Day's Night", the drum and guitar solos from "The End", percussion from "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [Reprise]", and the orchestral swell from "A Day in the Life".
This track is much shorter than the original version, containing less vocals. The track contains Paul's falsetto "Oh, No" and "Hello, Hello" both from "Hello, Goodbye", guitar from "Things We Said Today", and brass from "Magical Mystery Tour" and "Penny Lane".
Eleanor Rigby / Julia (Transition)
This track is first heard during the ending of the previous track "Glass Onion", when a short, heavily echoed piece of the vocal track was included. This then transitions into the mix of "Eleanor Rigby" / "Julia", which, as the title suggests, features the acoustic guitar part from Julia towards the end of the track. In addition, the swarmandal overdubs from "Strawberry Fields Forever" with heavy reverse echo and string sections from "I Am the Walrus" were included in the ending.
This track is first heard in the ending of the previous track "Eleanor Rigby" / "Julia", when string parts appeared. The overdub transitions into this mix of "I Am the Walrus", which is largely unchanged from the original, except that the entire recording is in stereo whereas the last half of the original was in mono. Also, the count-in from take 25 of "Strawberry Fields Forever" was included in the intro. Towards the end, crowd sounds from The Beatles' performance at The Hollywood Bowl fade in, leading into "I Want to Hold Your Hand".
An interview with George and Giles Martin stated that elements from both the studio recording and the Hollywood Bowl live performance were mixed to create this version. This version is significantly shorter than the original version.
As suggested in it's title, the track contains the vocal arrangement of "Sun King" played in reverse.
Something / Blue Jay Way (Transition)
The track contains vocal elements from "Nowhere Man".
As the title suggests, the track contains the whole of "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!", the guitars from "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" and heavily delayed vocals from "Helter Skelter". This track also contains horse sounds from "Good Morning, Good Morning", harmonium and other elements from "Cry, Baby Cry" and laughter from "Piggies".
Like all tracks on this album, the elements of this recording have been remastered, a supposedly have a more modernised sound and feel.
Other than that, I have been unable to identify any actual differences between this version and the original.
As the tile suggests, the track contains the whole of "Yesterday" with some acoustic guitar and foot tapping from "Blackbird" for the first twenty-five seconds of the track.
Although it is not considered a track where one song transitions into another, I have not been able to identify any sections where elements from the two songs "Blackbird" and "Yesterday" are playing at the same time.
A review of the album noted that this version builds from an acoustic demo. It includes the orchestral section from "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", the piano solo from "In My Life", the brass included in "Penny Lane", the cello and harpsichord arrangement from "Piggies" and the coda of "Hello, Goodbye".
This track combines the vocals and the dilruba from "Within You, Without You" with the bass and drums from "Tomorrow Never Knows".
This track contains the drum roll from "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!", the clavioline from "Baby, You're a Rich Man," horns, guitars, bass and drums from "Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band", and sound effects from "Tomorrow Never Knows".
According to the page on the wikipedia, the track also includes elements from "Lovely Rita", although I haven't been able to confirm this for myself whether the said information is true or not. Another site suggested that it contained elements from "Polythene Pam" but I haven't been able to confirm that either.
The song includes the percussion intro from "Why Don't We Do It in the Road?", the piano from "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da", the guitar riff from "Hey Bulldog", Eric Clapton's guitar solo from "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and Billy Preston's organ solo from "I Want You (She's So Heavy)".
Here Comes the Sun / The Inner Light (Transition)
As mentioned by Giles Martin, the track includes tabla from "Within You Without You", backing vocals from "Oh! Darling" and a bass line from "I Want You (She's So Heavy)".
Come Together / Dear Prudence / Cry, Baby Cry (Transition)
As the tile suggests, the track contains the whole of "Come Together". The song is largely unchanged until the outro, when the outro of "Dear Prudence" is layered on top of the fade-out of Come Together. This then fades into the "Can You Take Me Back?" section of "Cry, Baby Cry".
Included in the "Can You Take Me Back" section are wind sounds, which may be from "I Want You (She's So Heavy)", piano from "A Day in the Life", drums and maracas from "Come Together", and strings from "Eleanor Rigby". At the very end of the song, there is a drum sound from "Revolution" repeated before the album transitions to "Revolution", the next track.
The drum sound from "Revolution" is repeated at the very end of the mix of "Come Together" / "Dear Prudence" / "Cry, Baby Cry". This is used right before transitioning into the full mix of "Revolution". This track is largely unchanged from the original; besides being shortened, the only major difference is that there are drums from "Back in the USSR", towards the end to set up the transition into the mix of "Back in the USSR".
The start of "Revolution" is slightly different as well, with a drum beat accompanying all the fuzz guitar riffs heard in the first seven seconds of the song, instead of just the third one. At the end, a backing vocal of John's can be heard repeating the lyric "alright" every time John's lead vocal says it. The backing vocal at the end of this mix is really an altered version of the lead vocal, toned down to make it into a backing vocal.
The drum part of this track is included in "Revolution" to set up the transition into the mix of this track. This mix of "Back in the USSR" is largely unchanged; besides being shortened and that the plane sounds are mostly cut from the mix.
A BBC article reported that George Martin chose to use an early version of the recording for the album and wrote a new orchestral backing for the track; the demo version used is found on Anthology 3. This was also stated in the fifth chapter of "The Beatles 'LOVE' Podcast".
The track does not contain parts of other songs. Instead, it has studio dialog from Take 1 of the song, including some cut from the Anthology 2 album, and features the unused "Sugar Plum Fairy" intro. The mix has the clean intro without the audience sounds and does not feature the chatter at the end of the song as used on UK pressings of Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
The track is largely unchanged except that it is shortened significantly. The main musical difference is that the piano and bass are cut out in some sections of the outro. After the mix ends, the brass and string overdubs then continue as the drums from "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [Reprise]" transition into the next song.
The track begins with brass and strings from the previous track "Hey Jude" used to transition from the previous track. Other than that, the mix does not differ too much musically. The track fades out before the cross-fade into "A Day in the Life" from the Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album.
This track is mostly unchanged until the fade out which contains vocals from "Baby, You're A Rich Man", "Rain", "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and the guitar riff from "Ticket to Ride". The track ends with orchestration from "Good Night" and the sign off from "The Beatles Third Christmas Record".