Log In

Please consider registering
Guest

— Forum Scope —






— Match —





— Forum Options —





Min search length: 3 characters / Max search length: 84 characters

Register Ranks

Register Lost password?
sp_TopicIcon
'Living In The Material World' (1973 Album)
RSS
Avatar
meanmistermustard

19113 Posts
(Offline)
1
7 July 2015 - 12.06pm

No thread for this album, the follow-up to 'All Things Must Pass', and there should be as its a fine collection.

Highlights for myself are the first three tracks.

'Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)' - some of George's best slide guitar work and a US #1.

'Sue Me, Sue You Blues' - a funky sounding track with some great lines highlighting George's humour and feelings such as

"You serve me, 
And I'll serve you
Swing your partners, all get screwed.
Bring your lawyer
And I'll bring mine
Get together, and we could have a bad time"

The demo is fabulous as well.

'Living In the Material World' - Love George's address to those who were bitching that George was no longer 'Beatle George'. The piano and guitar instrumental section is beautiful, one of my favourites of any record. The emptiness of the demo works so well, gives it a bit of a different feel.

 

The great bonus with the 2014 remaster is the inclusion of 'Deep Blue', 'Miss O'Dell' and 'Bangladesh'; all highlights of George's solo career. Took me a while to get into 'Bangladesh' as its not that catchy but now I find it to be fantastic. The urgency and plea throughout the recording makes the cause and need for action blatant. Would rather listen to it than the patronising "Do They Know It's Christmas".

The following people thank meanmistermustard for this post:

Bongo

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris) 

"Don't make your love suffer insecurities; Trade the baggage of "self" to set another one free" ('Paper Skin' - Kendall Payne)

Avatar
Expert Textpert
In bed.
2696 Posts
(Offline)
2
7 July 2015 - 12.33pm

My three favorites are Be Here Now, That is All, and The Light that has Lighted the World.

I'm not a fan of Sue Me, Sue You, I thought it was one of the weakest tracks. Interesting how we all have different tastes.

I prefer the 2006 remaster to the one in the box set.

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

Avatar
meanmistermustard

19113 Posts
(Offline)
3
7 July 2015 - 12.38pm

I have the 2006 remaster, got it for £5 new last year. Dont have any of the 2014 remasters as they are currently full price whereas eventually they'll be at last half that.

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris) 

"Don't make your love suffer insecurities; Trade the baggage of "self" to set another one free" ('Paper Skin' - Kendall Payne)

Avatar
Expert Textpert
In bed.
2696 Posts
(Offline)
4
7 July 2015 - 12.45pm

meanmistermustard said

I have the 2006 remaster, got it for £5 new last year. Dont have any of the 2014 remasters as they are currently full price whereas eventually they'll be at last half that.

The 2014 remaster is less crisp, and very bass heavy. Extra Texture suffers from being too bass heavy as well, but it's still an improvement over the original CD. In fact, I thought it was so much an improvement I got rid of the original.

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

Avatar
meanmistermustard

19113 Posts
(Offline)
5
7 July 2015 - 1.16pm

I've never gotten into 'Extra Texture (Read All About It)', too uninspiring for me. 'You' is dreadful and is no surprise it never appeared on 'All Things Must Pass'. 

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris) 

"Don't make your love suffer insecurities; Trade the baggage of "self" to set another one free" ('Paper Skin' - Kendall Payne)

Avatar
Expert Textpert
In bed.
2696 Posts
(Offline)
6
7 July 2015 - 1.21pm

meanmistermustard said

I've never gotten into 'Extra Texture (Read All About It)', too uninspiring for me. 'You' is dreadful and is no surprise it never appeared on 'All Things Must Pass'. 

It's one of my favorites. I love the melancholy mood of the album.

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

Avatar
Zig
The Toppermost of the Poppermost

8734 Posts
(Offline)
7
7 July 2015 - 3.22pm

This is a fantastic album. Great to see it being recognized here - thanks mmm.

The following people thank Zig for this post:

Matt Busby

To the fountain of perpetual mirth, Let it roll for all its worth.

Every Little Thing you buy from Amazon or iTunes will help the Beatles Bible if you use these links: Amazon | iTunes

Avatar
Pineapple Records
343 Posts
(Offline)
8
8 July 2015 - 4.58am

More evidence that George was singular, if not unique.  Even if I may not be overly enthused by most of the songs, they give me a warm feeling, and I want to stick around...

I especially liked that bonus track "Deep Blue".

A ginger sling with a pineapple heart,

a coffee dessert, yes you know it's good news...

Avatar
Silly Girl
Find me where ye echo lays
8633 Posts
(Offline)
9
8 July 2015 - 8.15am

I'd listened to this album once before, then today seeing this thread I decided to give it a second listen. 'Sue Me, Sue You Blues' is playing now, and there's a pool of sarcasm on the floor that's up to my ankles. I like it a-hard-days-night-john-6 

Wot ye lookin at?Music is like a psychiatrist. You can tell your guitar things that you can't tell people. - Sir Paul McCartneyToo fab four you, sorry
 New to Forumpool? You can introduce yourself here
castironshore
112 Posts
(Offline)
10
24 July 2015 - 8.30am

Its sadly overlooked after the musical behemoth of "All Things Must Pass". Yet it's full of good songs and george does all the guitar parts. I really like "try some buy some" "sue me sue you blues" "give me love" and "be here now".

The following people thank castironshore for this post:

Silly Girl
Avatar
StrawberryWalrus
278 Posts
(Offline)
11
24 July 2015 - 9.17am

Why is no one mentioning "Don't let me wait too long"? It's a lovely little song.

Avatar
Matt Busby
In the town where I was born
916 Posts
(Offline)
12
24 July 2015 - 11.25am

meanmistermustard said
No thread for this album, the follow-up to 'All Things Must Pass', and there should be as its a fine collection.

Highlights for myself are the first three tracks.

'Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)' - some of George's best slide guitar work and a US #1.

'Sue Me, Sue You Blues' - a funky sounding track with some great lines highlighting George's humour and feelings such as
<snip>
The demo is fabulous as well.

'Living In the Material World' - Love George's address to those who were bitching that George was no longer 'Beatle George'. The piano and guitar instrumental section is beautiful, one of my favourites of any record. The emptiness of the demo works so well, gives it a bit of a different feel.

I'll join several others in echoing your sentiments - those songs are my favorites off a great album as well (It's my 2nd favorite George album). Only my copy has Living in the Material World as the 6th song :p

On Give Me Love..., I'd be interested in hearing what people think the line "keep me free from birth" means. I figure is it's some reference to either original sin or the trauma that birth is supposed to be (the concept gained popularity in the 70s and now we have home births, underwater births, doulas, etc). That is, the natural birth movement gained ground in the "first world" where hospital births with heavily sedated mothers had become the norm - of course in more primitive areas childbirth has always been pretty "natural."

Half of what I say is meaningless...

I feel good in a special way, I'm in love and it's a sunny day

BeatlesBible.com earns royalties if you use these links when shopping: Amazon | iTunes

Avatar
Silly Girl
Find me where ye echo lays
8633 Posts
(Offline)
13
24 July 2015 - 11.42am

@Matt Busby said

<snip>
On Give Me Love..., I'd be interested in hearing what people think the line "keep me free from birth" means. I figure is it's some reference to either original sin or the trauma that birth is supposed to be (the concept gained popularity in the 70s and now we have home births, underwater births, doulas, etc). That is, the natural birth movement gained ground in the "first world" where hospital births with heavily sedated mothers had become the norm - of course in more primitive areas childbirth has always been pretty "natural."

According to my sources (George himself), it's referring to karma-- the cycle of rebirth. 'Look out, kid, it's something you did' as George put it. 

The following people thank Silly Girl for this post:

Matt Busby
Wot ye lookin at?Music is like a psychiatrist. You can tell your guitar things that you can't tell people. - Sir Paul McCartneyToo fab four you, sorry
 New to Forumpool? You can introduce yourself here
Avatar
AppleScruffJunior
Sitting here doing nothing but procrastinating...
4056 Posts
(Offline)
14
24 July 2015 - 4.08pm

Silly Girl said

According to my sources (George himself), it's referring to karma-- the cycle of rebirth. 'Look out, kid, it's something you did' as George put it. 

Or as Bob Dylan originally put it 😉 "Look out kid, it's something you did/God knows when but you're doing it again"- and now I've got 'Subterranean Homesick Blues' stuck in my head

Yep it's really all about the concept of reincarnation- it's tedious to be begotten, born and die and Hindus want to escape that seemingly endless cycle by becoming as good a person as they can be so they can become one with Brahma or the creator of the known-universe.

The following people thank AppleScruffJunior for this post:

Silly Girl, Matt Busby

 

INTROVERTS UNITE! Separately....in your own homes!

                 ***

Make Love, Not Wardrobes!

                ***

"Stop throwing jelly beans at me"- George Harrison

Avatar
Silly Girl
Find me where ye echo lays
8633 Posts
(Offline)
15
24 July 2015 - 4.13pm

^ Oops, I thought I was quoting George, but George was quoting Dylan. a-hard-days-night-ringo-6

The only problem I have with this album is that, though it is good, it lacks livening-up. After 'Sue Me, Sue You Blues', they're all pretty serious. If 'Miss O'Dell' were to be plopped down right in the middle of it, on the other hand... ahdn_george_06 

Wot ye lookin at?Music is like a psychiatrist. You can tell your guitar things that you can't tell people. - Sir Paul McCartneyToo fab four you, sorry
 New to Forumpool? You can introduce yourself here
Avatar
Expert Textpert
In bed.
2696 Posts
(Offline)
16
24 July 2015 - 4.15pm

Silly Girl said

^ Oops, I thought I was quoting George, but George was quoting Dylan. a-hard-days-night-ringo-6

The only problem I have with this album is that, though it is good, it lacks livening-up. After 'Sue Me, Sue You Blues', they're all pretty serious. If 'Miss O'Dell' were to be plopped down right in the middle of it, on the other hand... ahdn_george_06 

I feel exactly the opposite. It could do without the lively tracks, which I consider to be filler.

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

Avatar
Silly Girl
Find me where ye echo lays
8633 Posts
(Offline)
17
24 July 2015 - 4.18pm

Expert Textpert said

Silly Girl said

The only problem I have with this album is that, though it is good, it lacks livening-up. After 'Sue Me, Sue You Blues', they're all pretty serious. If 'Miss O'Dell' were to be plopped down right in the middle of it, on the other hand... ahdn_george_06 

I feel exactly the opposite. It could do without the lively tracks, which I consider to be filler.

What suits you, suits me. heart

But then, I'm a Silly Girl who's used to the happy lads from Liverpool. a-hard-days-night-john-1

Wot ye lookin at?Music is like a psychiatrist. You can tell your guitar things that you can't tell people. - Sir Paul McCartneyToo fab four you, sorry
 New to Forumpool? You can introduce yourself here
castironshore
112 Posts
(Offline)
18
27 July 2015 - 5.50am

Not sure who is playing piano on this album.... nicky hopkins maybe ??? But the playing is out of this world good.

Avatar
Ron Nasty
5567 Posts
(Offline)
19
27 July 2015 - 7.10am

There were two main keyboard players on Living in the Material World, @castironshore. Nicky Hopkins contributes piano and electric piano, while Gary Wright provides organ, harmonium, electric piano and harpsicord. There is one additional keyboard player, the piano on Try Some, Buy Some is Leon Russell, with George using the backing track from Ronnie Spector's 1971 version.

"I only said we were bigger than Rod... and now there's all this!" Ron Nasty

Avatar
Silly Girl
Find me where ye echo lays
8633 Posts
(Offline)
20
27 July 2015 - 8.46am

^^ The piano on 'Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)' (that would be Nicky Hopkins' playing, correct?) always gives me a thrill when it bubbles up out of the jangling guitar. Makes me think of a spring. 

Wot ye lookin at?Music is like a psychiatrist. You can tell your guitar things that you can't tell people. - Sir Paul McCartneyToo fab four you, sorry
 New to Forumpool? You can introduce yourself here
Forum Timezone: America/Chicago
All RSS Show Stats

Administrators:
Joe
Ellie

Moderators:
Ahhh Girl
meanmistermustard
Zig
Joe

Top Posters:

Starr Shine?: 12313

Silly Girl: 8633

parlance: 7065

mr. Sun king coming together: 6429

Mr. Kite: 6131

trcanberra: 5857

Ron Nasty: 5567

Necko: 5482

mithveaen: 4618

AppleScruffJunior: 4056

Newest Members:

wiredtree

Swango

Eric mythemeshop

princepaulie

simonc

Forum Stats:

Groups: 3

Forums: 42

Topics: 4014

Posts: 228190

 

Member Stats:

Guest Posters: 87

Members: 3642

Moderators: 4

Admins: 2

Most Users Ever Online: 597

Currently Online: Joe, Starr Shine?, sir walter raleigh
52 Guest(s)

Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)

Members Birthdays
Today: None
Upcoming: Amber1965