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11 January 2011
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Be sure to let us know what you think. I'm thinking I might have to get a new copy to see what I'm missing.

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12 January 2011
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Joe said:

It's a great album, full of amazing songs. Apart from the studio jam stuff. I could get through the rest of my life without ever wanting to hear all that again.


I like the studio jam stuff.  It's Johnny's Birthday is just odd, though.
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12 January 2011
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I too like the jam session including Johnny's Birthday. I'm just a fan of the whole album.

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13 January 2011
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skye said:

Be sure to let us know what you think. I'm thinking I might have to get a new copy to see what I'm missing.


Will do, skye – I actually just ordered it today along with Ringo's greatest hits (I have none of his solo stuff yet) and the Yellow Submarine DVD.

They will give me something else to do during these New England winter nights!

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25 January 2011
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If you recall, I couldn’t decide whether to buy the 1990 or the 2001 re-mastered version with the 5 extra tracks. I went with the 2001 and have listened to it three times. Here are my thoughts…slightly bummed but not totally disappointed.

1 – The “Wall of Sound” sounding songs (Wah-Wah, What is Life…) are either too clean or not clean enough. For example, WiL is my favorite song on the album in part because of the fuzzy guitar sound on the opening riff and heard throughout the song. Unfortunately, after the opening riff, it’s as if the guitar was hidden behind the wall of sound.  The same goes for George’s vocal on W-W. I’ve heard these songs many times in the past and don’t recall hearing those shortcomings.  One of the extra tracks is the instrumental version of WiL with extra horns in places they don’t appear on the album. I’m not crazy about where the extra horns are (neither was George) but in this track you can hear the fuzzy guitar so much better. Therefore, it had to be due to poor remixing.

2 – Speaking of the extra tracks – most are very nice. According to the booklet that came with the CD, George wrote that I Live for You was considered for the album but all involved could not find a take that they were completely enamored with.  It’s a song very similar to Behind That Locked Door, with the same steel guitar throughout. I’m not a huge fan of the steel guitar** but it works on this song. I absolutely love the acoustic versions of Beware of Darkness and Let it Down. On both, his accent on the vocals makes me smile from ear to ear when he sings “Take cuh, bewuh” on BoD and “Let your hur hang all around me” on LiD. Also on the acoustic BoD, I laughed out loud when he sang “Beware of ABKCO” at the end of the soft shoe shuffler verse. I’ve already written about the WiL instrumental but will add that it’s another instrumental that Zig gets to sing lead on. Extra horns or not, I love that! That brings me to My Sweet Lord (2000). From the opening guitars through the opening chorus, I was thinking, “wow – this is really nice. What a nice arrangement. I wonder what all of the fuss is about.” Then he started singing the verses and I winced…repeatedly. I love ya George, but sheesh!

3 – The Jams. I really like them… a lot. When I was in my 20’s and early 30’s I used to love hanging out in blues bars because it seemed that, for the most part, that’s where most of the more talented amateur musicians played. Inevitably, whatever band was playing would break out in some type of prolonged jam session during which a lot of great improvisational bluesy rock and roll would be played. I just loved that and these jams reminded me of it. I could have done without some of the electronic noise on I Remember Jeep but all in all, I liked them.

So, yeah I am slightly bummed that I did not go with the 1990 version, just for the better sound. But I am not completely disappointed because I only spent about $20 on the 2001. I’m sure I’ve spent the same amount on dumber things in the past. If you are looking to replace your current copy of this CD or purchase it for the first time, I would spend the extra $$ on the 1990 version (yes, on Amazon, the 1990 is more than twice that of the 2001 – as of this writing anyway) and maybe purchase the MP3's for acoustic versions of Beware of Darkness and Let it Down separately. I hope this helps.

mal-evans

**Side note – every time I hear a steel guitar I can’t help but think, “Ladies and gentleman; Mr. Conway Twitty”. Fans of the TV show The Family Guy will know what I mean – the rest will just smile and nod** 

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25 January 2011
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That's really good to know, Zig, seeing as I am planning to buy ATMP very soon.But are you saying the better version (1990) is $40?

(I grew up watching Hee Haw with my mom, so I know exactly what you are talking about unfortunately, never mind the Family Guy reference that probably came from that show. Ick.)

"We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love." — Dr. Seuss
 
 
25 January 2011
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Yeah, Star - just before posting I double checked Amazon. The remaster was still around $20 but the 1990 was actually $53!

I will buy it, but not right away. I have too many other "firsts" on my wish list.

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5 February 2011
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Are you serious that they have the CD going for $53? If you just want the songs and don't care about actually having the CD, itunes has it for $12.99.

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5 February 2011
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Oh, I know. I have a love/indifferent attitude toward physical CDs. I love the liner notes, I love the tangibility, but I love how cheaper the digital version is. :P

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5 February 2011
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Yeah I generally am pretty careless with my cd's, unfortunately, and tend to lose or break the actual cases so most of my stuff is on my computer. If that crashes though, I could be in some trouble.

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5 February 2011
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Back it up! I had that happen to me, and I still lament the quite a few songs I lost because of it. I have to constantly back everything up the minute I buy a new digital download, which sucks, but I just can't bear the idea of losing all that music (and wasting all that money) should anything happen.

"We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love." — Dr. Seuss
 
 
5 February 2011
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iTunes lets you redownload songs for free, so it's alright if that's where you download mainly from. But then there's the hassle of finding and downloading it all…

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5 February 2011
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Paulrus said:

iTunes lets you redownload songs for free, so it's alright if that's where you download mainly from. But then there's the hassle of finding and downloading it all…


That didn't happen to me. I bought As Time Goes By off The Casablanca sountrack, lost some of my purchased music, and had to re-buy the song.
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5 February 2011
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Really? Hmm… It let me download again for free.

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5 February 2011
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Just So Everybody Knows. I hate Apple Inc.

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
5 February 2011
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Well, this is awkward, because I'm posting this from a Macbook while listening to some music on my iPod that I bought from the iTunes Store… 

That is, I bought the music from the iTunes Store, not the iPod. a-hard-days-night-john-6

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5 February 2011
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I'm actually posting from an IPod, but I've had all my music lost from me twice!!!!

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5 February 2011
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Paulrus said:

Really? Hmm… It let me download again for free.


Yeah, but you probably have to be someone unlike me, and organized enough to keep the receipts or whatever to do that. Since I now never really delete things, I might, but it's still a pain.
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6 February 2011
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http://www.georgeharrison.com/…..nniversary

"Please note this download is 186MB. Audiophiles and artists prefer this uncompressed, lossless 24 bit / 96kHz audio as it is the highest possible quality, and closest thing to experiencing a song in the recording studio."

 

Remastered, minus the bonus tracks. 

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My favorite song from this album used to be What Is Life. It is now Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp. It just makes me smile from ear-to-ear as I imagine George singing as a virtual tour guide through his palatial home and its beautiful grounds. I've seen several vids of it on YT but this one stands out because it features really cool photos of George. For those who have not seen it, I hope you enjoy. For those who have, take a trip with me down memory lane.

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