Producer: George Harrison
Released: 22 September 1975 (US), 3 October 1975 (UK)
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Surprised to see there hasn't already been a thread on this album. It's got quite a poor reputation, but I found it a lot better than the relentlessly dour Dark Horse . It's more piano-based than many of his other albums, and dare I say quite soulful? Also, the opening track, 'You', is an absolutely joy.
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12 May 2015
I think he struggled on 'You' because it was recorded for Ronnie Spector to sing, and it was far too high for him. It sticks out as a Wall of Sound oddity on the album, and it's strange that he didn't re-record the backing track.
26 January 2017
Love this album. Very lush instrumentation here. Awesome usage of EPs and great guitar tines from George. Excellent chord changes throughout as well. I can imagine You really packing a punch with a female lead singer. George’s vocals are fine on it. Midnight Blue probably my favorite, but honestly every track is very good. Remind me a bit of Walls And Bridges at times. Great piano work from David Foster, close to Nicky Hopkins’ level.
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"The pump don't work cause the vandals took the handles!"
-Bob Dylan, Subterranean Homesick Blues
"We could ride and surf together while our love would grow"
-Brian Wilson, Surfer Girl
9 December 2020
Agreeing with Sir Walter on the similarities to Walls & Bridges, and glad I'm not the only one who thinks so. "Texture" is the key word on this album. Seems like a lot of people can't get past the fact that it's slow and moody, but most of the songs are quite strong. Answer's at the End, World of Stone, Can't Stop Thinking About You, and Tired of Midnight Blue are especially overlooked. You is an outlier, but a good one: a beautiful, exuberant backing track and a universal message.
Plus, how many orange album covers can you think of? The design and art direction for Harri-product was usually first class (still is, actually--have you seen the GH website?) and this is no exception.
14 June 2016
I remember when I first listened to this album, I enjoyed, "You" and then sort of got bored with the rest of the album. However, after a few listens it's become one of my favorites of George. "Can't Stop Thinking About You", "This Guitar Can't Keep From Crying", and "His Name Is Legs" are some of the tracks I really enjoy off the record.
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It's ya boi! The one and only Billy Shears (AKA Paul's Replacement)
"Sometimes I wish I was just George Harrison" - John Lennon
9 December 2020
I think the album overall is more consistent than Dark Horse and George's voice is in much better shape. I always thought Can't Stop Thinking about You could have been a hit, with slightly tighter production. I do miss George's slide solos. The sound of the album overall, though, is soulful and textured. Songs like World of Stone and The Answer's at the End show plenty of George's spiritual ethos, even if he isn't using the words "god" or "Krishna" in the lyrics. One of those albums that's underrated in part because it's slow and moody, but at least it feels like a complete album with a consistent feeling and flow throughout, which is more than I can say of Dark Horse .