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meanmistermustard said
I find it incredibly amusing that throughout 'Pisces Fish' there is a clear reference to 'Come Together '. George showing that he always retained his sense of humour.

The more I hear and read of George the more important it is to listen to the lyrics and take the time to hear what he is saying, the words being more important than the tune. Plus the more i learn about him the more complex and entangled he becomes. There is a lot to George.a-hard-days-night-george-4

Lennon once said, 'George himself is no mystery but the mystery inside George is immense and that's what makes him so dam interesting'  

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Yip. Read that exact quote very recently in 'Behind The Locked Door'.

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8Awesome - more to read!

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cracked.com recently published an article titled '5 Artists Who Faced Death With a Song' and lo and behold George is at number 2 with 'Stuck Inside A Cloud'.ahdn_george_01

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as you can argue from my nick i love this album. George started to speak about a new album ten years after Cloud nine "i've got a bunch of new songs and they're not so terrible...maybe next year i'll record a new album ". not too long after that his friend Ray cooper said that the record was almost done. i don't know what happened then but until 99 nothing happened. two years before passing George began again to speak about it, to Rolling stone and not only, making some name of the songs, too. valentine (still unreleased sadly) and pisces fish (in fact this became the name of a one number spanish fanzine!). he told that it was due to be issued in november. the reissue of ATMP and the wide sales of One started a new beatlemania and George gave new interviews after years of silence. we all know what happened instead

we who love George were waiting for this album in a way that is hard to define! in october the cover was available to be seen and we were astonished. it was terrible! so conceptual, maybe Yoko liked that, but what we really wanted was hearing the musical contents. so when it appeared in november 2002 the expectations were immense. i think that the first seven tracks are wonderful and even Never get over you is . the others are weaker, otherwise it would have been his greatest masterpiece, maybe even more than ATMP

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I hadn't taken it in that George won a Grammy (Best Pop Instrumental Performance) for 'Marwa Blues' in 2004.a-hard-days-night-george-4

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My parents got this album when it came out. I was about three at the time, so I really didn't know who the Beatles or George Harrison was (I suppose this was my first introduction, though all I remembered from it was the line 'If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there' in 'Any Road'), but they played it quite a lot, and a lot of Harrisonics from this album are embedded in my subconscious. I suppose in a way you could say I was brainwashed with 'Brainwashed'. a-hard-days-night-george-9

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My parents got this album when it came out. I was about three at the time, so I really didn't know who the Beatles or George Harrison was (I suppose this was my first introduction, though all I remembered from it was the line 'If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there' in 'Any Road'), but they played it quite a lot, and a lot of Harrisonics from this album are embedded in my subconscious. I suppose in a way you could say I was brainwashed with 'Brainwashed'. a-hard-days-night-george-9

Time is a funny thing.  I turned three the day before Living in the Material World (the album) came out.

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I am currently listening to this album for the first time in over ten years. It's giving me really weird nostalgic feelings that one always gets when one listens to music that one hasn't heard in a Long, Long, Long time. ahdn_george_01

I love it. ahdn_ringo_09 It's such a good-feeling record, especially for a guy who was kinda dying of cancer... ahdn_paul_01 

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I hadn't taken it in that George won a Grammy (Best Pop Instrumental Performance) for 'Marwa Blues' in 2004.a-hard-days-night-george-4

HELL YEAH *punches air* 

Anyway, I came here to say that I spent the entirety of 'Stuck Inside A Cloud' with my head buried in my hands, sobbing. (Without tears, but, y'know, still sobbing.) 

Ohhhh George.... ahdn_george_05

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I am currently listening to this album for the first time in over ten years. It's giving me really weird nostalgic feelings that one always gets when one listens to music that one hasn't heard in a Long, Long, Long time. ahdn_george_01

I love it. ahdn_ringo_09 It's such a good-feeling record, especially for a guy who was kinda dying of cancer... ahdn_paul_01 

 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea was recorded in 1992, before his 2nd bout of cancer.

 

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I hadn't taken it in that George won a Grammy (Best Pop Instrumental Performance) for 'Marwa Blues' in 2004.a-hard-days-night-george-4

And he lost the Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal for 'Any Road' to Justin Timberlake's 'Cry me a River' a-hard-days-night-paul-11

Apparently, that Grammy's was also held on the 40th anniversary of The Beatles' first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show.  Sting, Dave Matthews, Pharrell Williams and Vince Gill performed 'I Saw Her Standing There ' and Olivia and Yoko received 'The Academy’s President’s Merit Award' on behalf of their husbands, and Paul and Ringo had pre-recorded comments. 

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Okay, can someone *cough ASJ cough* please give me the whatsup on 'P2 Vatican Blues (Last Saturday Night)'? The vocal doesn't sound like any George vocal I've ever heard--almost but not quite. 'It's quite suspicious, to say the least... I wish somebody would tell me...' 

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Also, I'm guessing here, but the guitar solo in Rising Sun (a new favourite Harrisong to add to my ever-growing list) doesn't sound quite Harrisonic either--is it Dhani? 

I fancy myself a bit of an expert-texpert on spotting moments of trademark Harrisonic guitar brilliance, and this doesn't seem to have that ineffable something. Just guessing--I could be wrong. 

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Okay, can someone *cough ASJ cough* please give me the whatsup on 'P2 Vatican Blues (Last Saturday Night)'? The vocal doesn't sound like any George vocal I've ever heard--almost but not quite. 'It's quite suspicious, to say the least... I wish somebody would tell me...' 

My interpretation:

It's obviously first and foremost about a visit George made to the Vatican City

"Gazed at the ceiling from below
A splendid Michelangelo"

i.e. The Sistine Chapel 

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"Arrived believing from home"

This could be anything- believing in God , in Catholicism etc.

 

"Climbed every step inside St. Peter's Dome
Claustrophobic and ex-Catholic"

So up he goes to St. Peter's Dome which being a massive tourist attraction is often crowded- hence the claustrophobic, he could also have been paranoid that someone might have recognised him. The 'ex-Catholic' bit, George made his First Holy Communion but didn't want to get confirmed at 11 years old, he wanted to make up his own mind about his beliefs (or lack of) and not be forced into something he didn't want to be a part of.

 

"Now how come nobody really noticed
Puff of white smoke knocked me out"

"Puff of white smoke" could refer to church-incense which smells disgusting- although George said he liked the smell of it as a child. Or and here's where ASJ's interpretation gets weird, when a new pope is chosen, ballot papers are burned which makes white smoke. Maybe he was shocked by the new pope chosen which would have John Paul II in 1978 *shrugs*

 

"The truth is hiding, lurking, banking

Things they do at night"

This could be a load of things, the Catholic Church is known to have hidden paedophiles, been/is corrupt, stolen children, opened what were essentially "slave-shops" where women who had children outside of marriage were kept, helped run concentration camps in Croatia- and that was just in the last century.

(Can you tell ASJ doesn't like the Catholic Church?)

 

"It's quite suspicious to say the least
Even mentioned it to my local priest"

Probably George asking a question, how could such a "holy" and "pious" church as the CC could commit such atrocities as the above mentioned. Surely they are hypocrites?

"One Our Father, three Hail Marys
Each Saturday night"

And the typical response, if you pray hard enough, you'll be forgiven by God . All of the things that were done by the CC were in the name of God and if they ever did anything wrong, if they said a couple of Our Fathers and Hail Mary's they'd be let into heaven because they confessed they did something wrong.

"I wish somebody would tell me
That it's only a show"

George wants someone to tell him, that the whole thing is a farce (whether that be the CC by itself, organised-religion in general, or whatnot)

"I'll confess, own up, let's face it
In my concrete tuxedo"

But honestly, he'll only ever say anything against "them" when he's in his concrete tuxedo- his grave.

 

George mutters something twice in the background and I think one of them is "Father, father stick a fiver in the poor box(?) and it'll be all right"- which really sums up the "if you really regret doing something even if it was really bad, if you act that you're sorry, you'll be forgiven".

 

Course that's only my thoughts on the whole sha-bang, I could be entirely wrong.

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I thought Silly Girl was asking about the vocal. Thanks for the insight tho ASJ, very interesting reading. 

Are there any other tracks in George's catalogue that rips the Catholic church? The obvious one that comes to mind is 'Awaiting On You All ' with lines such as 

And while the Pope owns fifty one percent of General Motors
And the stock exchange is the only thing he's qualified to quote us

A fantabulous line.

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I thought Silly Girl was asking about the vocal. Thanks for the insight tho ASJ, very interesting reading. 

Are there any other tracks in George's catalogue that rips the Catholic church? The obvious one that comes to mind is 'Awaiting On You All ' with lines such as 

And while the Pope owns fifty one percent of General Motors
And the stock exchange is the only thing he's qualified to quote us

A fantabulous line.

She could well have been, I am infamous for missing the point in questions.

His voice sounded different after '97 which would have been his first cancer battle- seeing as that cancer was centred on his throat, some of the medication/treatment he took probably messed up his vocal chords a bit hence- why he sounds a bit strained when singing. Although his speaking voice sounded perfectly the same *shrugs*. I amn't well educated on the effects of medication on the body but that would be my first guess.

 

In 'My Sweet Lord ', the 'Hallelujah' quickly becomes 'Hare Krishna'- tricking some hardcore religious people to say 'Hare Krishna' a-hard-days-night-john-6

Some fool made this video on YouTube, I ALWAYS KNEW GEORGE HARRISON WAS A PROPHET OF SATAN! 

And I can't think of any other George-berating-the-CC-songs. Although I do think that line is genius as well a-hard-days-night-george-9

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Yes, I was asking about the vocal. But thanks for all your labour anyways ASJ. a-hard-days-night-george-9 An apple for effort apple01

And while I'm aware his voice changed cause of age and cancer and stuff, it still doesn't sound like any George vocal I've ever heard. 

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Of all the crap excuses to use when you go and meet your maker - I was led to Satan by being deceived by George Harrison when he moved from singing Hallelujah to Hare Krishna.

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Silly Girl erroneously thought  
Okay, can someone *cough ASJ cough* please give me the whatsup on 'P2 Vatican Blues (Last Saturday Night)'? The vocal doesn't sound like any George vocal I've ever heard--almost but not quite. 'It's quite suspicious, to say the least... I wish somebody would tell me...' 

I was wrong. He's just purring instead of belting it out like his life depends on it. 

Silly Girl also erroneously supposed  
Also, I'm guessing here, but the guitar solo in Rising Sun (a new favourite Harrisong to add to my ever-growing list) doesn't sound quite Harrisonic either--is it Dhani? 

I fancy myself a bit of an expert-texpert on spotting moments of trademark Harrisonic guitar brilliance, and this doesn't seem to have that ineffable something. Just guessing--I could be wrong. 

I was wrong there too. Just an atypical solo--I was getting cocky about 'spotting moments of trademark Harrisonic guitar brilliance'. A much-needed ego reduction. a-hard-days-night-george-9 

I wrote a personal appreciation review of this album, which I will post as soon as I get time to type it all out. 

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And here it is

Please note that these ratings are based purely off personal enjoyment. 

 

  • Any Road: Great album opener, fine song with iconic guitar leads. Reminds me of ‘Cat’s In The Cradle’ by Harry Chapin. Probably the catchiest. apple01apple01apple01apple02
  • P2 Vatican Blues (Last Saturday Night): Great driving beat, wonderful wry lyrics. Love the atypical-for-George ‘purred’ vocal. The middle eight is quite early-George sounding, White Album -era almost. apple01apple01apple01
  • Pisces Fish: Gorgeous--no, Georgeous-- song. Love the acoustic guitar and ‘shoom-dooms’. I just wish it weren’t so LOW so I could sing it! apple01apple01apple01apple01
  • Looking For My Life: Good song, quite in the vein of all his earlier billions of spiritual devotional songs (I’m thinking Dear One, somehow). His vocal is brilliant. apple01apple01apple01
  • Rising Sun: Brilliant song. Excellent tune that perfectly suits the also excellent lyrics. The verses are rather heavy, the the chorus lifts it up. Very nice, if somewhat atypical, guitar solo, and kudos to Jeff Lynne for his strings-work. apple01apple01apple01apple01apple01
  • Marwa Blues: No words needed--the slide guitar speaks for itself. apple01apple01apple01apple01apple01
  • Stuck Inside A Cloud: Heartbreaking. It’s not outright wailing--in fact it’s almost placid--but it conveys oh, so much sadness. His voice during ‘crying as we part’ and ‘don’t even have the cure’... OH. apple01apple01apple01apple01apple01
  • Run So Far: Enjoyable tune, though not my favourite. Still, moments to love. apple01apple01apple02
  • Never Get Over You: I’m in love with this one. ‘Tis vaguely Abbey Roadish (I think the guitar is reminiscent of Something ) and such a sweet song. It was written for/about Olivia, and nothing anyone says to the contrary will persuade me to believe otherwise. apple01apple01apple01apple01apple02
  • Devil And The Deep Blue Sea: This one’s a great earworm and such fun to sing--I give it a new instrumental break every time. Nicely shows George’s lighter side. apple01apple01apple01apple02
  • Rocking Chair In Hawaii: Not overfond of this one--bit of a snooze really (sorry George) and also kinda creepy to my mind. apple01apple01
  • Brainwashed: Not too keen on this one either, but the lyrics are good. And I’d happily suffer through much worse for the sake of the middle section with that spoken-word bit. Plus, the ending’s nice. apple01apple01apple02

 

Overall I give this album apple01apple01apple01apple01apple02 Excellent job, George, Jeff, and Dhani!

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