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Wonderwall Music . Electronic Sound
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15 December 2013
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trcanberra
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Well, I now have, erm, 'alternate versions' of these to get me by until official release.  I will post my thoughts soon; since I am up to 1969 I will have to add these two to the top of the pile.

I imagine they will sound like Sgt Pepper's compared to the Lennon experimental stuff - they probably had less publicity because George kept his private parts to himself unlike the Ono-Lennons.  I think Wonderwall was even the first solo album by a Beatle (excepting the soundtrack to The Family Way which was marketed differently)?

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24 December 2013
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Billy Rhythm
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What's interesting about 'Electronic Sound' is that atleast half of it, or one side of the LP (sorry can't remember whether it's Side 1 or 2), George Harrison may have had absolutely nothing to do with, other than secretly taping a demonstration by Bernie Krause when he first introduced a brand new Moog Synthesizer to George during the Fall of 1968.  Bernie, who played on the Jackie Lomax album produced by George in 1968, claims that George recorded & edited his experimenting with his new toy without his consent and giving him proper credit.  Now, this doesn't really sound like something that our quiet peaceful George would do, but others corroborated Mr. Krause's story and even alleged that Bernie's name was even painted over (see the "horizontal" Silver Painted area at the lower left) on the album's front sleeve by George's request.

 

I think that it's more likely that the LP wasn't really a project that George took very seriously, for one, the 'Zapple' Record label was supposed to have been a "disposable records" concept of John's where something was only listened to once or twice before being tossed away.  If George in fact had very little to do with the actual recording itself, then it's highly doubtful that he had much to do with promoting or presenting it, such as giving specific instructions on who gets credit.  The 'Zapple' Records "concept" was unveiled at the height of the Allen Klein "house cleaning" era (Spring 1969) and any recordings lying around that could be turned into Apple capital were, this was why we even got a 'Let It Be' album in the first place, it wasn't because of The Beatles enthusiasm for the project because if it was up to them it wouldn't have gone out at all.  The Bernie Krause recording (if it really was him) was probably labeled as a 'George Harrison' recording on the box by an unknown Apple employee who probably didn't even know who Bernie Krause was, after all, he was only a session musician on Jackie Lomax's album.  The painting over of Bernie Krause's name on the cover sounds more like something Allen Klein would've done to keep a bigger piece of the Zapple Pie.

 

The 'Wonderwall' Soundtrack is excellent, and I'd personally rate it as one of George's Top 5 solo albums.  Unlike 'Electronic Sound', a lot of care and detail was put into the making of this record, much of it giving you an intimate glimpse of the man who was very much still living in the shadows of Lennon/McCartney when it came to discussing George as the "composer".  George had found a spiritual balance in life by 1968, which unfortunately was no longer compatible with life as a Beatle, or his marriage to Patti Boyd either.  His music was his outlet to channel this new found "love of life", and it's much more evident on 'Wonderwall' than even his four songs released on the 'White Album' later that year.  The 'Wonderwall' sessions took place in both London and Bombay, India.  This "duality" is not only consistent with George's balanced approach to life, but also on the front sleeve where two completely different worlds are walled between them, save for a single brick where one on either side can catch a glimpse of the other world if they know where to look.  Unlike John, who was looking to escape his past at the time with Yoko, George made efforts to stay connected to his past, thus employing his old Liverpool mate Eddie Clayton to play guitar on the London sessions while recruiting many new friends made in India to play on the Bombay recordings, the results are magnificent.

 

For those who mentioned 'The Family Way' Soundtrack, compare it to Peter & Gordon's 'Woman' single released around the same time.  Paul actually wrote 'Woman' but credited the song under a pseudonym, Bernard Webb to see if he could write a hit without anybody knowing it was him, of course the song was very successful.  The arrangement strongly resembles the work on 'The Family Way' and while not quite as diverse musically as George Harrison's 'Wonderwall' LP, it very effectively reflects the spirit of the times (Fall 1966) which would later become known in history as 'Swinging London'.  While 'Electronic Sound' may indeed, as 'Zapple' intended, be "disposable", George & Paul's first solo works discussed here are a must have for any Beatle fan looking to add more Technicolor to their music library...:-)   

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When Electronic Sounds was reissued George commented on the album sleeve "avant garde clue".  I think it was George who said the avant garde was French for b@llsh#t.  In this case he was  spot on.

24 March 2014
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I thought that since both of these albums were available (for now that is!) on the BoobTube that I'd post them here for those who may yet not have heard them:

 

 

 

And, for a bit of a taste on what the 'Wonderwall' film looks like, here's a trailer:

 

 

Enjoy 'em while they last...:-)

24 March 2014
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trcanberra said
I agree completely that Wonderwall and Family Way are essential for fans of the two Beatles concerned, the former especially - it needs to be back in print.
 

It's another that's currently available for listen to on The Tube:

 

 

Fall 1966 is an interesting period in their history, which would see Paul (surprise, surprise) as being the most musically productive, not that John writing 'Strawberry Fields Forever' or George receiving Sitar lessons from Ravi Shankar in India is to be so easily dismissed.  I'd be very curious to hear/read more about what Ringo was up to during this period, he did visit John in Spain briefly during the filming of 'How I Won The War', but other than spending some more quality time at home with Maureen & Zak there's not a whole lot else said about "Ringo - Fall 1966"...:-)

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