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- One ticket to Beatles Marathon: Classic Albums Live
- When: Sunday, May 19
- Where: New Jersey Performing Arts Center
- Door time: One hour before the show
- Ticket values include all fees.
- $19 for the first tier or grand tier (up to a $38.20 value)
- $21 for the orchestra section (up to a $43.70 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart.
- Let It Be and Abbey Road at 2 p.m.
- Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour at 7 p.m.
Beatles Marathon: Classic Albums Live
“Note for Note, Cut for Cut.” The classically trained musicians of Classic Albums Live strive to live up to this motto, especially when replicating the music of The Beatles.
Though Let It Be was the Fab Four’s final release, it opens the afternoon show, as it was actually recorded before Abbey Road in an attempt to make a back-to-basics record. This was after the overdubs, experimentation, and genetically engineered Ringo of The White Album. Audiences can hear the desired simplicity in the dueling acoustic guitars on opener “Two of Us” and the church piano of the title track. Paul McCartney’s weeper, “The Long and Winding Road,” comes toward the end, but feels like the centerpiece of Let It Be, its orchestral swell separating it from the more stripped down arrangements. The players of Classic Albums Live recreate this grandeur with a string and horn section, both of which also come in handy during the ambitious tunes of Abbey Road. The Beatles’ swan song gives fans another chance to say goodbye to the world’s greatest rock band, from the swampy opening thump of “Come Together” to a final medley that soars with regal saxophones, contemplative violins, and victorious group vocals.
The evening show steps further back in time to show how the Lads from Liverpool perfected the balance of sophisticated rock and playful psychedelia with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The epic album closer, “A Day in the Life,” perfectly captures this juxtaposition, beginning with bare-bones strumming, then building to a clatter of sound effects and a discordant crescendo that crashes down into the famous final note. The boys got even trippier in their follow-up album, Magical Mystery Tour, anchored by the vexing wordplay of “I Am the Walrus” and the Technicolor harmony of “All You Need is Love.”
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