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George Harrison's solo career features an abundance of songs that showcase his dedication to the art of songwriting. His ability to balance lofty spiritual concerns within the framework of a pop song was one of his greatest strengths and it's one well-documented on this collection of previously unreleased recordings. Demo versions of "All Things Must Pass" and "My Sweet Lord" unveil songs of sweet melancholy and rapturous melody—even at their most raw core. Covers of songs by influences such as Bob Dylan and The Everly Brothers are perfect vehicles for him—mixing up soulful yearning and tuneful invention.

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A wonderful, but sparse, collection of previously unreleased George. I KNOW there's tons more material in the vaults, because I have heard lots of it.
Having said that, this is a treasure for any Beatles/Harrison fan. I actually PREFER the basic, stripped down, early run-through version of "Awaiting On You All" here: just George's vocal, guitar, bass and drums. So much different than the (sometimes over-produced) Phil Spector-ization of the songs from ALL THINGS MUST PASS. Spector's wall-of-sound worked on many of the tracks (like "My Sweet Lord," "What Is Life," and "Isn't It A PIty"), but it's nice to hear some of those great songs shorn of all those layers of sound and echo. Songs like "Behind That Locked Door," "Run Of The Mill," and the title track. You really hear how good the actual songs are instead of being hit over the head with the "sound."
My favorites here: An acoustic take on Dylan's "Mama. You've Been On My Mind," a beautiful take on the Everly Brother's, "Let It Be Me," and a funkier, BETTER early version of a track from 1976's "33 1/3," "Woman Don't You Cry For Me." Why did he over-produce this song? THIS is the direction he should have taken it!
A great collection. But, I know there's a lot more...Olivia and Dhani: PLEASE release a boxed set!

I Miss George!!!

I will play this album for weeks…Greatness!!!…What a better world we live in because of this man…I'm listening to "All Things Must Pass"…What were John and Paul thinking when they bumped this from the White Album!?!…To finally hear another version of "I'd Have You Anytime"…Thank you Olivia…More More Please!!!!

Simultaneously exhilarating and sad

This is a rare glimpse into the creative processes of George Harrison. It is a pleasure to hear the early versions of his music. In some ways these demos are better than the ones on his albums because they capture the emotion behind his songs. It is a bittersweet collection in two ways: (1) His passing was a loss to the musical world, and (2) George Harrison, in my opinion, never received the credit he deserved as both a musician and composer. For those who have only heard his underserved few songs as a Beatle, buy this album. You will be both entertained and enlightened.


Genre: Rock

Nicknamed "the Quiet Beatle" at the height of Beatlemania, George Harrison did indeed seem somewhat reserved compared to the other members of the Fab Four. He favored wry wit to Ringo Starr's clowning, and he never indulged in either John Lennon's penchant for controversy or Paul McCartney's crowd-pleasing antics. He preferred sly provocations to larger-than-life bravado. Harrison's measured, considered persona was reflected in his music, particularly his clean, composed lead guitar parts but also...
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