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Ranking George Harrison's Studio Albums
28 October 2020
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12. Electronic Music – this is just lots of moog sound effects really and hard to listen to unless that is something you enjoy.

11. Wonderwall Music – this is an album I have had for years but have only ever played it once or twice. I did flick through it today and it is actually quite enjoyable, so maybe worth a play some day.

10. Somewhere In England – I was disappointed with this album when I bought it on release, though desperately tried to like it as it was a George Harrison album. There are a few good songs, particularly ‘All Those Years Ago’, ‘Writings On The Wall’ and ‘Life Itself’. Some of the faster songs are let down by the awful early 80’s sound.

9. Gone Troppo – I rather like this album and it was an improvement on ‘Somewhere In England ‘. However the 80’s production lets it down. All the songs are quite good though.

8. Dark Horse – George was riding the crest of a wave, everything he did turning to gold when he released this but he sadly came down to earth with a bump. The sound wasn’t helped by his hoarse voice. However, there are some really good songs, such as the title track, ‘Simply Shady’ and ‘Ding Dong’.  

7. George Harrison – Some really good songs on here, no really weak ones, but maybe it is just a little bit bland. My favourites would be ‘Love Comes To Everyone’, ‘Blow Away’ and ‘If You Believe’. I prefer the ‘White Album ‘ recordings of ‘Not Guilty ‘ to the one which appears on this album.

6. Extra Texture – This one has had a bad press over the years and it can be a bit depressing to listen to if not in the mood. However, there are some great songs, including ‘You’, ‘World Of Stone’, ‘This Guitar’ and my favourite, ‘The Answer’s At The End ‘!

5. Cloud 9 – The big comeback after a 5 year absence following ‘Gone Troppo ‘. It is full of good songs and good playing from the band. The production is a bit dated but there are no weak tracks and George followed up with the Travelling Wilburys!

4. 33 1/3 – This was the current George album when I became a Beatle fan and I probably bought it around 1977 or 78 and loved it! The sound is great and it is full of good songs, no weak tracks. Favourites are ‘Woman Don’t You Cry For Me’, ‘Beautiful Girl’, ‘True Love’ and ‘Crackerbox Palace’.

3. Brainwashed – this album is wonderful. Sadly it was finished by George’s son Dhani and Jeff Lynne, and released following George’s death. Key tracks are ‘Any Road’, ‘Pisces Fish’, ‘Stuck Inside A Cloud’ and ‘Marwa Blues’ … but they are all good!

2. Living In The Material World – This is a wonderful spiritual album, full of great melodies and songs and great playing from George and the band. The production is less ‘wall of sound’ than on ‘All Things Must Pass ‘, allowing the individual instruments to be heard. Highlights are ‘The Light That Has Lighted The World’, ‘Who Can See It’, ‘Be Here Now’ and ‘That Is All’. However, all the songs are great!

1. All Things Must Pass – This has to be No. 1, as it is one of the best albums by anyone, ever! There are no weak songs in the two albums of songs and many, many brilliant ones. The playing is superb and my only gripe is that Phil Spector’s ‘wall of sound’ is a bit over the top in a few instances but doesn’t spoil the album. It would be great if a remixed (or ‘naked’) version could be released though!

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Electronic Music

Gone Troppo

Dark Horse

Wonderwall Music

Cloud Nine

Somewhere In England

33 1/3


George Harrison

Extra Texture

Living In the Material World

All Things Must Pass


I get stuck on these albums a lot, always hearing new bits that stick out, wanting to relisten over and over. any given week those albums in the middle could fluctuate. Material World and ATMP are locked in at 1 and two though

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at first I didn’t realize that SWR’s ranking went from last to first, so I thought it was extra wack that Electronic Music was top tier and All Things Must Pass was ranked the lowest. huh.

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Ohh, I haven’t heard all the George’s albums, but I’m completely sure that Brainwashed will always be my #1 a-hard-days-night-george-4a-hard-days-night-george-4

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Thanks for putting this list together @alittlebitolder apple01 I’ve been thinking about it all day. a-hard-days-night-george-9

Also, @SexySadie, funny you should say that. I bought the Brainwashed CD the day it came out (in the little box with a poster and guitar pick) and I was too sad to even open it until I joined the forum nearly 15 years later (thanks @Beatlebug). Now it is the Beatles solo album I listen to the most. 

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