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whobeatle
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29 January 2014 - 5.33am

last year, Olivia Harrison released Early Takes volume one, to coincide with the Scorsese documentary, that was nice. Didin't thrill me except for the cover of the Dylan song and the Everly Brothers song.

 

Anyway, several years ago Olivia Harrison intimated, she said she might ask Jeff Lynne and other "friends" to get together and finish off a new Brainwashed two, from archival unreleased songs, or possibly expand Brainwashed with several new Bonus tracks.

 

then about two years ago, Olivia Harrison said, She was keen to take several unfinished and unreleased George recordings, and Give one to Paul McCartney, give one to Clapton or Jeff Lynne, etc, and thereby oversee the completion of several recordings, nothing has come of that either, at least in the press.

 

I'd really like to see either of those scenarios happen, either an expanded Brainwashed, or several new completed tracks, polished off and finished by Paul, and another by Lynne, maybe one by Clapton, that would be great. I would find that a lot more exciting, than simply hearing rougher demos and basic tracks, of songs that have already been released. Occasionally an alternate take of a well known song is exciting, because it's very very different from the released version, but generally speaking alternate takes are inferior to the released versions, therefore, why the excitement, such as the new Beatles 59 track 1963 bootleg. There are two live tracks on there from the BBC never officially released, everything else is basically inferior versions of well known songs from the first BBC album or the Beatles first studio album. Songs we have never had the chance to hear before is a much more enticing prospect, and that goes for Harrison solo as well of course

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29 January 2014 - 12.49pm

whobeatle said
last year, Olivia Harrison released Early Takes volume one, to coincide with the Scorsese documentary, that was nice. Didin't thrill me except for the cover of the Dylan song and the Everly Brothers song.

 

Anyway, several years ago Olivia Harrison intimated, she said she might ask Jeff Lynne and other "friends" to get together and finish off a new Brainwashed two, from archival unreleased songs, or possibly expand Brainwashed with several new Bonus tracks.

 

then about two years ago, Olivia Harrison said, She was keen to take several unfinished and unreleased George recordings, and Give one to Paul McCartney, give one to Clapton or Jeff Lynne, etc, and thereby oversee the completion of several recordings, nothing has come of that either, at least in the press.

 

I'd really like to see either of those scenarios happen, either an expanded Brainwashed, or several new completed tracks, polished off and finished by Paul, and another by Lynne, maybe one by Clapton, that would be great. I would find that a lot more exciting, than simply hearing rougher demos and basic tracks, of songs that have already been released. Occasionally an alternate take of a well known song is exciting, because it's very very different from the released version, but generally speaking alternate takes are inferior to the released versions, therefore, why the excitement, such as the new Beatles 59 track 1963 bootleg. There are two live tracks on there from the BBC never officially released, everything else is basically inferior versions of well known songs from the first BBC album or the Beatles first studio album. Songs we have never had the chance to hear before is a much more enticing prospect, and that goes for Harrison solo as well of course

I'm not sure if you getting mixed up with On Air Volume 2 regarding the two live tracks never previously released and The Beatles Bootleg Recordings had a number of upgrades for the studio and bbc tracks. The demos are more debatable. 

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Billy Rhythm
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29 January 2014 - 2.40pm

An "expanded 'Brainwashed'" would be interesting, but only if they stay true to the intimate setting of George, Dhani & Jeff which gives the original so much character.  Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see more 'Threatles' style tracks with Paul & Ringo playing on them, but it should be something separate from the 'Brainwashed' album, in my opinion.  'Brainwashed' is George's "swan song" to the world, crafted by him alone and finished off by Dhani & Jeff with mainly George's instruction.  Paul & Ringo don't appear on 'Brainwashed' and Jim Keltner, I believe, plays drums for every track, there's a cohesiveness to the project that shouldn't be altered.

 

The bright side to including a 'Threatles' bonus track to a new re-issue of 'Brainwashed', would be that significantly more people would give this definitive George Harrison solo album a listen who hadn't had the pleasure yet.  I'd almost prefer a project that contains unreleased material by all four from their post-Beatles works.  That'd be most interesting to me, and is a more fresh approach from the usual recycling program, that way you wouldn't have any limits on, "well, John & George aren't here so we can't do this" mentality, all four would be present at different moments throughout but not on every track, it would certainly be a more musically diverse venture for sure.

 

If this unreleased 'Threatles' 'NOW' (please, no more 'NEW' style graphics!) track does indeed exist, then why not build a compilation around this song with their unreleased solo material?  The formula worked for 'Anthology', although I certainly would've chosen a different track selection, and may prove to be most interesting for many of us have indulged ourselves in an imaginary solo Beatles compilation from our collections in the past, I think that there's a market for something like this.  It may even be better received by those who rejected 'Free As A Bird' & 'Real Love' as Beatles' tracks for they saw them as solo John Lennon songs (which in fact they were).

 

Although John, Paul, George & Ringo disbanded after the 60's, they're still Beatles in my eyes.  Once a Beatle, always a Beatle (except Pete of course), this "ex-Beatle" or "former-Beatle" talk is rubbish for they played on each others solo projects, while even inspiring each other's work ('How Do You Sleep?', 'Let Me Roll It', 'Early 1970' etc.), I think that this would be a great way for Paul, Ringo, Olivia & Yoko to cement their renewed friendships and partnerships once and for all, give us 'Something New'...:-)

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7 March 2015 - 7.00am

Paul, Ringo, Clapton, dave stewart, Lynne, dhani, keltner...how many close friends and great musicians could contribute to finish those demos for a new album of George unreleased? it's my dream having George talked about 30 new songs in 99. the most famous title is valentine (a rock'n'roll about the power of love, according to George) but if Olivia and dhani should decide to release the way they are, naked, it would be a blessing as well. after all early takes 1 is a kind of that. in a way or another i can't wait anymore! but i still wait...

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