London: The six police officers and metal barriers at Abbey Road studios in west London on Friday would not have been enough to contain the crowds at a Beatles album launch in 1966. Forty years on, there is still excitement, even without the screaming fans. Three years in the making, Love is made up of 26 Beatles tracks as they have never been heard, put together by the band's producer, Sir George Martin, and his son Giles. The album released by EMI is a commission from the entertainment empire Cirque du Soleil, which is using it as the soundtrack to its Las Vegas show. EMI's chairman said it was ``like listening to the Beatles for the very first time.''

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