Otherwise known as the Fifth Beatle, Sir George Martin produced every one of the Beatles’ albums except their last, Let it Be (1970). Having worked closely with the Fab Four for so many years, it should come as no surprise that the English pop-culture knight has amassed scores of outtakes, unreleased recordings, and master tapes from the Beatles’ sessions at Abbey Road Studios. Pairing rare highlights with ubiquitous Beatles tunes, Sir George and his son Giles Martin have put together a sonic odyssey that serves as the musical backdrop for Cirque du Soleil‘s mesmerizing tribute to the Beatles: Love.
The Las Vegas-based production celebrates its fifth anniversary this year, with the best of Cirque du Soleil’s now-trademark aerial-and-dance feats we’ve all come to expect from the Montréal-based performance troupe. Even the most ardent anti-Beatles fans have found something appealing in Love, which tells the Beatles’ story, from their days as World War II-era Liverpool lads all the way up through the Age of Aquarius. “The show is a unique and magical experience,” says Sir George Martin. We couldn’t agree more.
Photos from Love by Cirque du Soleil below.
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