At the other end of the shopping list . . .

beatles-love-cd.jpgAlmost any Boomer of your acquaintance should love “Love,” a “mash-up” (new concept to me) of dozens of original Beatles songs, vintage 1963-70. It’s produced by Sir George Martin and his son Giles. In the words of the New York Times, “Songs are edited together, dismantled, reconstructed from unused takes, overlapped, mined for guitar licks or orchestral bits, segued into free-form montages, even run in reverse. The result is both familiar and disorienting.”

Forgive the fact that the material was originally assembled for a Las Vegas stage show. Accept that here “A Day in the Life” follows “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” rather than the reprise of “Sgt. Pepper,” as it has since June of 1967. Buy it for a Boomer friend or relative. If you’re as much of a Beatles fan as I am, do yourself a favor, go out and get yourself an early Christmas present, sit back and enjoy 90 minutes of deja entendu.