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'Living In The Material World' (1973 Album)
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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".

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 '. 

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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.

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

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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".

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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 

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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".

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

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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."

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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. 

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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.

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^ 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 

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^ 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.

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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.

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

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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.

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^^ 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. 

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