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Brainwashed
14 January 2014
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This one took a while to grow on me, as did some of his later albums.  I really like from All Things Must Pass to Extra Texture, Extra Texture being my favorite.  I don't really like how he embraced the 80's sound, but it's grown on me.  I think on his later albums I tend to prefer the slow tracks to the rockers.

Interesting that 'Extra Texture' is your favorite. Most fans feel that is his worst album although it seems to get some good reviews now but back in the 70's it was severely panned by critics. The album is a little slow but has some gems on it.

It just has an excellent, laid-back, melancholy, soulful mood to it, and some great bass lines and melodies.  My favorites are probably You, The Answer's at the End, Ooh Baby, World of Stone, Can't Stop Thinking About You, and Grey Cloudy Lies.

My tastes are usually different than the mainstream--I often like an artist's least-liked album.

"This Beatles talk bores me to death." --John Lennon

14 January 2014
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Pretty much all of the albums from 'Living In The Material World' to 'Somewhere In England' didn't do too much for me, and I probably am more in line with "the mainstream" and rate 'Extra Texture (Read All About It!)' as his worst.  You're not too far out on a limb here though, for I believe that someone else earlier on in this thread rated 'Gone Troppo' as his favourite, which isn't much better than 'Extra Texture' in my opinion, so each to their own I guess…:-)

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Billy Rhythm said
Pretty much all of the albums from 'Living In The Material World' to 'Somewhere In England' didn't do too much for me, and I probably am more in line with "the mainstream" and rate 'Extra Texture (Read All About It!)' as his worst.  You're not too far out on a limb here though, for I believe that someone else earlier on in this thread rated 'Gone Troppo' as his favourite, which isn't much better than 'Extra Texture' in my opinion, so each to their own I guess…:-)

 

I don't get what people think is bad about Extra Texture.  However, Gone Troppo is at or near the bottom of my list (it's either that one or Somewhere in England).

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14 January 2014
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I feel pretty much the same about George's solo albums as I do Paul's, there are some very good songs scattered amongst a lot of second-rate material, but George's 'Brainwashed' album is the first one where I don't skip any of the tracks and enjoy the entire album from start to finish, I've yet to come across a McCartney album where I feel the same way, and I believe that I've heard them all…:-)

14 January 2014
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It was me who mentioned finding Gone Troppo a really good album (tho not my favourite) as i find it to be George playing music for his own enjoyment not caring what the current trend was or recording to please the record company with the latest trend (aside from Wake Up My Love, the worst and most dated track on the album). 

Extra Texture is a drag to listen to and i can't get into Brainwashed as the production makes it all too similar overall, there are some excellent songs but, for me, it's not a great album.

 

 

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meanmistermustard said
It was me who mentioned finding Gone Troppo a really good album (tho not my favourite) as i find it to be George playing music for his own enjoyment not caring what the current trend was or recording to please the record company with the latest trend (aside from Wake Up My Love, the worst and most dated track on the album). 

Extra Texture is a drag to listen to and i can't get into Brainwashed as the production makes it all too similar overall, there are some excellent songs but, for me, it's not a great album.

 

 

 

I've never been one who's too keen on reviews and prefer to judge things for myself, but I pretty much agree with this 'Rolling Stone' review  http://www.rollingstone.com/mu…..o-19830217  for 'Gone Troppo', the word "tolerable" sticks out for me and that's why I'd rate it higher than 'Extra Texture (Read All About It)' which I find unlistenable, it's just got a horrible sound to it from the outset and not up to the standard I'd expect from a George Harrison record.  It's interesting that the reviewer singles out the "jaunty" 'Wake Up My Love' to be the best showcase of George's songwriting here contrary to your feeling of it being the "worst", different strokes for different folks…:-)

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Billy Rhythm said

meanmistermustard said
It was me who mentioned finding Gone Troppo a really good album (tho not my favourite) as i find it to be George playing music for his own enjoyment not caring what the current trend was or recording to please the record company with the latest trend (aside from Wake Up My Love, the worst and most dated track on the album). 

Extra Texture is a drag to listen to and i can't get into Brainwashed as the production makes it all too similar overall, there are some excellent songs but, for me, it's not a great album.

 

 

 

I've never been one who's too keen on reviews and prefer to judge things for myself, but I pretty much agree with this 'Rolling Stone' review  http://www.rollingstone.com/mu…..o-19830217  for 'Gone Troppo', the word "tolerable" sticks out for me and that's why I'd rate it higher than 'Extra Texture (Read All About It)' which I find unlistenable, it's just got a horrible sound to it from the outset and not up to the standard I'd expect from a George Harrison record.  It's interesting that the reviewer singles out the "jaunty" 'Wake Up My Love' to be the best showcase of George's songwriting here contrary to your feeling of it being the "worst", different strokes for different folks…:-)

The intro to Wake Up My Love is horrid and gets my back up immediately, the only time the album nods to the then current music scene. Kick-off with That's The Way It Goes and i'm happy and content – you'd need to find an extra track from somewhere as 9 isn't a great number of songs but there must have been something in the vault George could have dusted down. 

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Billy Rhythm said
I'd rate it higher than 'Extra Texture (Read All About It)' which I find unlistenable, it's just got a horrible sound to it from the outset and not up to the standard I'd expect from a George Harrison record.  It's interesting that the reviewer singles out the "jaunty" 'Wake Up My Love' to be the best showcase of George's songwriting here contrary to your feeling of it being the "worst", different strokes for different folks…:-)

 

 

LOL, We must be from different planets.  Unlistenable, horrible…?  But then you're probably saying to yourself, "He's the guy who thinks Yoko is a genius, so that explains it.'

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Wait, you think that "Yoko is a genius"?!…:-)

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I adore this album. Not every song is a winner, and it does sound over produced in some parts, but I think it's pretty solid. I got this day one and had P2 Vatican Blues stuck in my head for weeks. Marwa Blues is just amazing. I believe the video in the earlier post which Youtube deleted was "Stuck Inside A Cloud" (being the only song that starts with S on this album). I love his version of Run So Far. I think I like this version better than Clapton's. The title track starts off a little weak, but ends on a wonderful note. Even the filler songs on this album are pretty easy to listen to, IMO.

All in all I agree that it's one of his best.

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