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Remembrance of George Harrison
29 November 2012
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Aaw. :(

 

I can't believe it's been 11 years already..

 

Rest in peace George. Thanks for creating the wonderful music you made and for inspiring so many people.

30 November 2012
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Indeed, 11 years gone by in a flash.  RIP, George.  You done good...

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30 November 2012
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bikelock28 said
This is only off Wikipedia, but I think its beautiful:

" On 12 November [2001], the three living Beatles met for the last time for a luncheon at Harrison's hotel in New York, with McCartney flying in from London with his fiancee Heather Mills. The party laughed and joked throughout the 90-minute meal and when Starr said he had to go, Harrison's family and other friends retired to leave the three ex-Beatles alone together for the last time,"

Gosh, that makes me want to cry.

I Love You George.

a-hard-days-night-ringo-6Simply beautiful - thanks for sharing.

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This has nothing to do with the thread really, but it doesn't deserve its own thread so I'm putting it here, because I'm "remembering" George Harrison.

I've been really into GH this week, so I made a playlist of the two box sets, Bangla Desh, Wilburys, Brainwashed, Let it Roll, the Shankar/Harrison Collaborations box set, Concert for George and Early Takes Vol. 1, and I'm listening to them all chronologically on headphones. So far it's an interesting listen to hear the progression of sounds. I'm on song 54 of 312.

I just realized there is a best of the Dark Horse Years cd that has two songs I don't have. Poor Little Girl and Cockamamie something or other...I guess I have to get those too now.

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9 November 2014
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Expert Textpert said
This has nothing to do with the thread really, but it doesn't deserve its own thread so I'm putting it here, because I'm "remembering" George Harrison.

I've been really into GH this week, so I made a playlist of the two box sets, Bangla Desh, Wilburys, Brainwashed, Let it Roll, the Shankar/Harrison Collaborations box set, Concert for George and Early Takes Vol. 1, and I'm listening to them all chronologically on headphones. So far it's an interesting listen to hear the progression of sounds. I'm on song 54 of 312.

I just realized there is a best of the Dark Horse Years cd that has two songs I don't have. Poor Little Girl and Cockamamie something or other...I guess I have to get those too now.

Cockamammmmiiieeeee bussssiness- great song :P  

Have you 'Ride Rajbun' on your playlist? Released in 1992 (but recorded in '88) for a children's show. Dhani is singing on it and Ravi plays sitar on the opening.

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10 November 2014
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I forgot about that one. I have it but it's not on the playlist. There is also Dehra Dun or however you spell it.

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12 November 2014
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So, as a result of listening to everything straight through (I'm currently on Concert for George), I have reevaluated my opinion of all the albums.

I don't remember where I ranked the GH albums before, so I can't compare--but I know my opinion has changed. I ranked everything on emotional impact, songwriting, and production, in that order. If I felt an album had good songwriting but poor production, I ranked it above an album with good production and worse songwriting. I'll also share some thoughts or comments (nothing too in-depth) about each album. I'm not including Wonderwall or Electronic Sound.

1. All Things Must Pass (1970)

It's strange that George Harrison's masterpiece came so early in his career. His first proper solo album was a triple album--I can't imagine how great it would have been to buy this when it first came out. It's like everything after this album can't compare. I can't think of another artist this is true for. People often say they like an artist's "early work" better just because they think it's a cool thing to say, but usually I don't find this true about an artist.

2. Extra Texture (Read All About It) (1975)

I love this album because of its poetry and its melancholy feeling. But, strangely, it makes me feel better when I'm in a bad mood. "The speech of flowers excels the flowers of speech."

3. Living in the Material World (1973)

This album is actually hit or miss for me, but while I find some of the songs to be not very interesting (Sue Me, Sue You Blues, The Lord Loves the One, Living in the Material World, for instance), it contains some great songs as well (The Light that Has Lighted the World, Be Here Now, That is All--these last three are some of my all-time favorite songs, especially the latter two).

4. George Harrison (1979)

Your Love is Forever is one of his best songs (but not as good as Be Here Now or That is All). Love Comes to Everyone and Dark Sweet Lady are also good. I could do without Faster or Not Guilty, but overall the album is more cohesive than Living in the Material World.

5. Brainwashed (2002)

Never Get Over You is also an excellent song. Marwa Blues is a nice little meditation. I love the chanting with Dhani at the end of the album. Overall, this album is a pleasure to listen to, with nice sonic textures and instrumentation.

6. Gone Troppo (1982)

This album doesn't have a bad song on it, but overall I find it to be pretty light-weight in comparison with some of the albums I've ranked higher. It's just a fun little album. It suffers from some bad 1980's production and arrangements.

7. Cloud Nine (1987)

I think the songwriting on this one is not quite as good as Gone Troppo, but the production is good and it's a fun listen.

8. Dark Horse (1974)

This one is also good, but his hoarse voice on some of the tracks is a bit annoying, and I wouldn't call it a great effort or anything. Some of the songs are very interesting nonetheless.

9. Thirty Three & 1/3 (1976)

This one isn't bad, but it also isn't great.

10. Somewhere in England (1981)

This one is bad.

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13 November 2014
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Expert Textpert said

1. All Things Must Pass (1970)

It's strange that George Harrison's masterpiece came so early in his career. His first proper solo album was a triple album--I can't imagine how great it would have been to buy this when it first came out. It's like everything after this album can't compare. I can't think of another artist this is true for. People often say they like an artist's "early work" better just because they think it's a cool thing to say, but usually I don't find this true about an artist.

I Think a lot of fans prefer the early or debut albums by artists because artists always try so hard to have a good album because they want to be successful. Once you make it, sometimes you get a little lax in your songwriting and you start to sell out or forced to write do to contractual obligations. This is not always true but I think it does happen. 

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13 November 2014
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Inner Light said

Expert Textpert said
1. All Things Must Pass (1970)

It's strange that George Harrison's masterpiece came so early in his career. His first proper solo album was a triple album--I can't imagine how great it would have been to buy this when it first came out. It's like everything after this album can't compare. I can't think of another artist this is true for. People often say they like an artist's "early work" better just because they think it's a cool thing to say, but usually I don't find this true about an artist.

I Think a lot of fans prefer the early or debut albums by artists because artists always try so hard to have a good album because they want to be successful. Once you make it, sometimes you get a little lax in your songwriting and you start to sell out or forced to write do to contractual obligations. This is not always true but I think it does happen. 

The "first album" thing comes largely from the fact (maybe more-so in the past - in the pre-internet age - than now) that artists often spent years building up the body of work that got them signed, and the best of it goes onto the debut album. Once under contract, and with the debut out of the way, there's soon demand for the second album, but you don't have the stockpile to fall back on. Chances are that you'll have a few worthy contenders that didn't make the debut, but you're starting to have to write on the run - with the pressures of promotion and touring making it harder. By the time of your third album, often known as "the difficult third album", what's usable from the stockpile has gone, the life that sparked, and offered the environment for, the early creativity has probably changed beyond recognition, as have the demands.

To a certain extent this is partly true for ATMP. The earliest song on ATMP on dates back to 1966-67, Art of Dying, with many others written well before George started putting a solo album together - a lot of them coming from 1968-69 (partly as a result of the closeness of his friendship with Dylan at that time, and the amount of time they were spending together). Several of them were tried out during the Get Back sessions - All Things Must PassHear Me LordIsn't It a PityLet It Down - before George started getting fed-up with offering songs to The Beatles that were being under-appreciated.

ATMP was, in many ways, a collection of songs written over the last four years of The Beatles that they didn't have the time or space for.

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Ron Nasty said

 ATMP was, in many ways, a collection of songs written over the last four years of The Beatles that they didn't have the time or space for.

Another reason why George's 'Brainwashed' album is so concise for it consists of YEARS worth of material, an unofficial "Best Of" really, over a certain period of time...:-)

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I think these days artists are either manufactured by corporations or they labor in obscurity, so the real artists can do whatever they want as they probably won't be making money anyway.

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