George Harrison: Search & Destroy

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I can no longer remember what questions have been asked before. If this has, apologies.

Anyway: does anyone rate Harrison vs other Beatles? Does his solo work beat Beatle work? What was the particular character / achievement of his sound (I think there is a kind of personal character embedded somewhere in his way of stringing chords together)? Which are the best solo LPs and their high points?

the pinefox, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

pinefox on jungle: Gareth - to answer your questions: no, I don't listen to it; no, it is not nostalgic for me; no, there is no canon, for by my lights it is a sequence of abominations.

how eloquently you sum up George Harrison

gareth, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I have a theory that the Beatles were cursed. Lennon Shot Macca's wife died Harrison was stabbed a short while back by a psychotic antograph hunter/fan/burgler Ringo Starr Is the pinefox George Harrison?

tom, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Harrison was the third-best songwriter in the Beatles, sort of like Uruguay ranks third in a list of who has the most nuclear devices after the USA and Russia. Proof that McCartney wasn't a control freak is that mewling, turgid pomposity like "While My Guitar Noisily and Repititiously Whines" and "Something"(genius lyric - "I don't kno-o- ow, I-I-I don't know") was allowed on their albums.

To answer the question of 'personal style' though, it was probably the slide guitar that justified his existence, "For You Blue" and "Gimme Some Truth" demonstrate this nicely, particularly the latter. Proof that he had a 'style' - the fact that it was parodied (and done better) by Jesse Ed Davis on Lennon's "No. 9 Dream"

dave q, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Always my favorite Beatle; good signal:noise ratio on the Beatles albums (probably enforced quality control, since John & Paul only let him do 1-2 per album); enjoyable pop songs as a solo artist, except "Got My Mind Set on You", which quickly got run into the ground; I even enjoy the T. Wilburys songs where he sings, like "Handle with Care" (awful title) and "End of the Line". Regretting that I passed up Wonderwall on CD a few years ago; always wanted to hear that one...

Search (roughly in order): "Here Comes the Sun", "My Sweet Lord" (shameless 'He's so Fine' steal, but still a great song), "If I Needed Someone", "Love You To", "Within You Without You", "Something", "Blue Jay Way" (pssssychedelic man!!!), "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "All Those Years Ago", "I Want to Tell You", "For You Blue"

Destroy: "Think for Yourself", "Savoy Truffle" I could live without, "Long Long Long" doesn't ring a bell...

Joe, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I pretty much agree with Joe Lakeside. No, the pinefox != Harrison: I wish I could play with him. Q is an amusing entertainer as ever, but is rather unfair on 'Something' - wasn't it Sinatra who said that was the best song he'd heard in decades?

Harrison overdid the slide, I think - he made it his own, but it occluded his other styles (cf. early Beatles guitar solos). That wasn't quite what I had in mind re. personal sound.

ALL THINGS MUST PASS: key record? One or two rich and strange things on there: 'I Dig Love' (multiple drummers?) and especially the extraordinary (and never-mentioned) 'Awaiting On You All'.

the pinefox, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Yeah well, Sinatra covered songs by Rod McKuen.

dave q, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I'm sure Harrison is a complete shit and everything, but:

Search:
'Long, Long, Long' (it doesn't ring a bell, it rings a glass)
'Here Comes The Sun' (those opening bars still cheer me up everytime I hear them)
'Old Brown Shoe' (why do I love that 'I want a short haired girl who sometimes wears it twice as long' line so much?)
'Something' (though Frank Sinatra went a bit over the top in his praise)
'I Want To Tell You'
'Think for Yourself'
'While My Guitar Gently Weeps'
'Within You Without You'
'The Inner Light'
'Blue Jay Way'
'Love You To'
'I Me Mine'
Lots of 'All Things Must Pass', (esp 'Isn't It A Pity', 'My Sweet Lord', 'I'd Have You Anytime', 'Wah Wah', 'Awaiting On You All' and the title track)

Destroy:
'Piggies'
'Taxman' (sorry, I know it's a great riff, but I can't listen to it without thinking 'you greedy bastard')
'Only A Northern Song'
'It's All Too Much'
the third disc of 'All Things Must Pass'
Probably everything he released after that.

Nick, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I agree with a lot of that last selection - including the Destroys, actually, esp. 'Taxman' - but might want to defend some later work. Though it might not be easy to do.

I still think 'Something' is fabulous, though Q is right about the occasional lyrical lapse; version on the Anthology is astounding.

the pinefox, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Didn't we just do beards and the death of rock?

He's the coolest Beatle in Yellow Submarine, what with the standing on mountain peaks and the perpetually wind-swept hair.

fritz, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

It's All Too Much is the most psychadelic all over the place thing the Beatles ever did and is probably worth it just for that. He was a God, but since I don't really know anything after All Things Must Pass (and admittedly, sides 5 and 6 are crap) I don't feel qualified to comment further.

Bill, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

As I seem to say on every Beatles-related thread, 'It's All Too Much' is pretty much the only Fab Four track I can stand to listen to these days (perhaps because it's one of the few tracks that I haven't heard a million times before. But also because it's a funky freak out...)

Andrew L, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Search: "The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter". Destroy: "All Things Must Pass".

Search: The Green Party. Destroy: The Natural Law Party.

OK, I know my two "search" objects have nothing to do with Harrison (he *did* bankroll the NLP, didn't he?). But details, details ...

Seriously: search "Long Long Long" (his best song ever IMO), "Only A Northern Song" (I'm sorry, Nick: even *I* love that one!) and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" even though, as MacDonald sagely notes, its song structure is pure proto-AOR. But destroy a lot of the rest, and destroy his ethos above all: it's the Sham 69 of hippiedom, the ugly meme that discredits all the good stuff.

Robin Carmody, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

"what is life" is my favorite george solo song. great 70s pop-rock.

gg, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

"I don’t know, I don’t know" isn’t a bad lyric. At least it doesn’t sound labored over or stilted like most of George's Beatles lyrics. What's bad is, "I don’t want to leave her now. You know I believe and how." And, "...attracts me like no other lover" might be okay if intended to be from the p.o.v. of an superuptight prig or a virgin. Maybe George was being The Shy Beatle. But I think it's a good song, as pop songs go, in spite of the lyrics.

Curt, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

On the back of George's Beatles trading card, "Favorite music: Hillbilly". That must have been before he discovered India. George was like the gawky pingerpicking sideman for a country singer until the Eastern vogue gave him a motif and an outlet for his awkward self-expression. I liked his short, country-flavored solos on a lot of the early to mid Beatles songs. Search: "I Don't Want to Spoil the Party".

Curt, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Personally, I think All Things Must Pass is better than any of the Beatles albums. I'm not really bashing the Beatles, but I think the Harrison album has a certain majesty & mysticism that the multi- songwriter, genre-hopping Beatles records would never have been able to hold together. It's one man letting rip with a mountain of material that had been stockpiled during his days as, basically, a second tier band member. But it's not an I've Got My Own Album to Make sort of trifle. I think it's the sound of FREEDOM. He sounds like a man who's only going to be able to make this ONE album so he gives himself a wide open space to say something very personal and bold.

I find it life-affirming. Forgetting about the third disc (everyone else does... and rightly so because it sucks eggs), those first two are an ocean of melody.

He would never do anything as good after that album and he never really seemed to care to top it. His ego just kind of disappeared after that (excepting that dopey, calculated hit single in the 80's when his mood probably changed for a time). He seemed happy to be a quiet, religious man knocking out innoucous pop rock records.

There's some good stuff there, though. Tracks like "Blow Away" and "Sue You Sue Me Blues". And his Lennon tribute (after asassination), "All Those Years Ago" is beautiful, I think. The lyrics are kinda cornball, but the melody has a lovely, shy sort of quality, I think.

As for the Beatles work, I find "Something" overrated easy listening pop, but "Blue Jay Way" is fucked up in a really nice, gurgly way. And I agree with the pro-"Long Long Long" camp. It might be my favorite Beatles track. It's very candlelit and ghostly.

I like George Harrison. A lot.

Oliver K., Saturday, 1 September 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Oh, and one strange fact.

When the "My Sweet Lord" case was finally settled, somehow George Harrison not only got to keep the rights to his song, but was ALSO awarded the rights to "He's So Fine". He now owns the song that he was accused of ripping off.

I've no idea how that happened, but it's true.

Oliver K., Saturday, 1 September 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

My all time favorite Harrison song is the rough version of "All Things Must Pass" found on the Anthology 3 disc. Lovely. Incidentally I also love "Isn't It A Pity", but have only heard the song through Galaxie 500's version.

JC, Saturday, 1 September 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

the natural law party is fabulous, making a ring around washington dc and meditating all our problems away sounds promising. ralph nader is no fun.

keith, Saturday, 1 September 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Watching my favorite Bollywood TV show this morning, I was reminded of Harrison's "The Inner Light" (they were playing a video of a song which sounded very much like it). I'm surprised it's only been mentioned here once. It's a beautiful song with lovely if enigmatic words (inspired by Basho, I think), though perhaps a little too pretty. Perhaps it's my favorite Harrison song because he only sings on it; the rest is an anonymous Indian band It really has little to do with The Beatles as a group--in fact, there are a whole slew of Beatles songs that have little to do with them as a group, starting with "Yesterday." Well, I waited years for a stereo version of "The Inner Light," and I'm glad they finally got around to releasing one. And I think George ought to be given at least a little credit for collaborating with The Rutles.

X. Y. Zedd, Sunday, 2 September 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

"Sister Golden Hair" was crap tho

dave q, Sunday, 2 September 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Did he really write 'Spoil The Party'? That one's ace.

I quite like what Oliver K has to say about ATMP, though I can't seriously rate it over the Beatles. But it has some remarkable moments, like I (we) keep saying.

Yes, those 'Something' lyrics are bad. But I think we all agree that pop != just lyrics (though lyrics may, sometimes, be important) - so for me the song is still a great.

Harrison as guitarist before he went weepy / wah-wah: Classic? (The latter style becomes too all-encompassing.)

What about the LP (eponymous?) with the song 'Faster' on it? I loved that song as a kid.

RC: I agree, NLP: terrible dud. But I wouldn't want to write off 60s- 70s Harrison's achievements just cos of that involvement (92?). Where do the Greens come in - was he funding them too, at some stage?

Relevant connection: Handmade Films. Classic element?

the pinefox, Monday, 3 September 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I couldn't defend George Harrison for being 'best solo Beatle' <- which I do believe. I'm not that eloquently versed to beat a koala's pants off. But I enjoyed Wonderwall and All Things Must Pass out of his work. Anyone into self loathing and male angst would *love* All Things Must Pass. It's haunting and immense, layer upon layer of weepy guitar. Cannot... describe... As the years went by the albums got worse (soooo preachy!) until his self titled album in 1979. It was all folksy goodness. Blow Away and Soft Hearted Hana are some good tunes. 80's 'got my mind'- bleech. Then The Wilburys were his last stand and now he has faded into musical obscurity. Well, until he is stabbed or cancerous once more.

Abbei, Monday, 3 September 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Pinefox: I was saying to search 'I Don't Want To Spoil the Party' for George's guitar break. It's a Lennon song, I'm sure, with a McCartney bridge to cut the self pity.

Curt, Monday, 3 September 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Reynard,

I don't *think* Harrison has ever had anything to do with the Green Party. I kind of specified that it wasn't related to the subject of this thread and therefore, arguably, against the rules.

Robin Carmody, Monday, 3 September 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

one year passes...
Anyone heard this? Apparently consists of two longish moog pieces.

http://www.8trackheaven.com/Images/georgeharrisonelectronicsound.jpg

Paula G., Monday, 24 February 2003 20:39 (seventeen years ago) link

oops it was supposed to be a pretty 8-track with childlike drawings called "Electronic Sounds". (Oddly, my trying to post the image here has made it turn into a red x on the original site as well.)

Paula G., Monday, 24 February 2003 20:44 (seventeen years ago) link

George is my favorite Beatle.

Classic tune no one's mentioned: Cheer Down.

Shakey Mo Collier, Monday, 24 February 2003 20:47 (seventeen years ago) link

Yeah you like him cause of his nickname, the coy beatle. Whatever. Anyone else able to shed me some light?

Paula G., Monday, 24 February 2003 20:50 (seventeen years ago) link

search: "what is life"
destroy: the ONJ cover

gygax! (gygax!), Monday, 24 February 2003 22:04 (seventeen years ago) link

"I have a theory that the Beatles were cursed. Lennon Shot Macca's wife died Harrison was stabbed a short while back by a psychotic antograph hunter/fan/"
...what, are you nuts? They're the world's most famous rock group, they're rich in perpetuity, their solo careers have flourished despite the fact that they're all completely hit-and-miss and might not even have broken above the tide if they weren't ex-Beatles, they did the best drugs and really lived the life, they were involved in the quest for world peace, even their relationships and children are world famous unto legendary... I can't call that cursed. What I CAN say is if you live long enough, something bad's gonna happen to you. Statistically!

matt riedl (veal), Monday, 24 February 2003 22:56 (seventeen years ago) link

two years pass...
SEARCH: APPLE SCRUFFS

roxymuzak (roxymuzak), Thursday, 23 June 2005 12:58 (fifteen years ago) link

Search: "Apple Scruffs," "If Not For You" (better than Dylan's), "What is Life," "My Sweet Lord," "You," "Blow Away," Cloud Nine, the first Wilburys album.

Destroy: every album b/w Dark Horse and Cloud Nine.

Never mentioned: his production work on Ringo's ace "It Don't Come Easy" and co-writing the fantastic "Photograph"; also, his solo on Belinda Carlisle's "Leave A Light On."

Verdict: With some all-too-obvous exceptions, the man needs collaboraters.

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Thursday, 23 June 2005 13:02 (fifteen years ago) link

Hey Paula G's pic works now...

Oh, and as for G.Harrison's lyrics...

(From Love you to)
"I'll make luv to you..
If you want me toooo"

Dawn: Knock yourself out, why don't you...

mark grout (mark grout), Thursday, 23 June 2005 13:03 (fifteen years ago) link

What exactly is wrong with any of these lyrics? Too simple or something?

F that!

George wrote "Something" when he was only 25 years old! It and "Here Comes the Sun": 2 of the greatest Beatles tunes ever, period.

roxymuzak (roxymuzak), Thursday, 23 June 2005 20:02 (fifteen years ago) link

The album "All Things Must Pass" is CLASSIC and ESSENTIAL, even if it isn't perfect. I also rather enjoy the way it's produced, the atmosphere of tracks like "Wah-Wah" & "Awaiting On You All". I've heard this rumour that it sounds even better on vinyl, though I've never had it on vinyl.

The Silent Disco of Glastonbury (Bimble...), Thursday, 23 June 2005 20:14 (fifteen years ago) link

A fave Harrisong of mine that doesn't get enough love:

Give Me Love

PappaWheelie (PappaWheelie), Thursday, 23 June 2005 20:32 (fifteen years ago) link

Give Me Love has (as usual for George) a lovely melody, let down (as usual) by a terrible vocal.

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Thursday, 23 June 2005 21:37 (fifteen years ago) link

There are a ton of songs on 33 1/3 through Gone Troppo as good as "Give Me Love" IMO.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Thursday, 23 June 2005 21:53 (fifteen years ago) link

Time for me and Tim to wrestle over George again.

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Thursday, 23 June 2005 22:01 (fifteen years ago) link

Time for me and Tim to wrastle over George again.

(but, yeah, I like "This Song" a lot too.)

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Thursday, 23 June 2005 22:02 (fifteen years ago) link

"What Is Life" is the pinnacle of George for me. I might even go so far as to say it's the best post Beatles song of all their solo work.

darin (darin), Thursday, 23 June 2005 22:42 (fifteen years ago) link

Yeah, "What Is Life" is incredible. I can listen to that one over and over again, and not get sick of it. Fantastic riff, and love the slide guitar on the last verse.

"If Not for You" is another great one off that album. His voice was perfectly suited to sing those lyrics.

Joe (Joe), Friday, 24 June 2005 00:41 (fifteen years ago) link

The next song 'Behind That Locked Door', doesn't break the spell.

Alba (Alba), Tuesday, 5 July 2005 16:21 (fifteen years ago) link

Yeah, that's awesome. And "Run of the Mill" at the end of that side is a really beautiful song.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Tuesday, 5 July 2005 16:34 (fifteen years ago) link

I was just going to say, it really is. I feel like I'm listening to this album properly for the first time in my life. The whole thing feels so precious right now.

Alba (Alba), Tuesday, 5 July 2005 16:39 (fifteen years ago) link

'Art Of Dying' is pretty lame though.

Alba (Alba), Tuesday, 5 July 2005 16:53 (fifteen years ago) link

one year passes...
Oh I love that one. It's got a great sense of urgency about it.

My fave track off ATMP though is I Live for You, another great melody.

I've been reading a few George interviews recently. I really like the turn of phrase he had and his gently cynical perspective.

Bob Six (bobbysix), Monday, 10 July 2006 20:54 (fourteen years ago) link

"blow Away" from 1979 is heavenly. and I think that all the songs on All Things that have huge echo are hampered by same. "Apple Scruffs" is the sound of joy itself.

and no one else on Earth has that sweet sound he got on the slide roundabout 1969.

veronica moser (veronica moser), Monday, 10 July 2006 21:11 (fourteen years ago) link

Pretty sure Morrissey has written songs about the Smiths and the break-up/aftermath of the Smiths (a bigger solo Moz fan will have to help me out here...)

mahb, Wednesday, 18 October 2017 12:30 (two years ago) link

Do 'The Smiths', 'Johnny', 'Andy' or 'Mike' appear in the lyrics?

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Wednesday, 18 October 2017 13:16 (two years ago) link

Yeah if I'd been in the Beatles I doubt I would've even noticed really

albvivertine, Wednesday, 18 October 2017 20:41 (two years ago) link

Wonder if Pete Best ever thinks about it.

pplains, Wednesday, 18 October 2017 20:46 (two years ago) link

four months pass...

Destroy the 1981 comeback..

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 8 March 2018 03:22 (two years ago) link

Do 'The Smiths', 'Johnny', 'Andy' or 'Mike' appear in the lyrics?

Johnny, Andy, Stephen and Mike
If I like the girl who cares who you like

Whiney On The Moog (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 8 March 2018 04:37 (two years ago) link

1979’s superior eponymous effort (its single “Blow Away” is a beguiling little gem that’s the equal of any McCartney)

love that entire album

reverse-periscoping (Autumn Almanac), Thursday, 8 March 2018 08:35 (two years ago) link

Let's rap and tap at Crackerbox Palace

timellison, Friday, 9 March 2018 15:36 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

Sounds so much like Jerry Garcia on "Pisces Fish"

timellison, Tuesday, 5 June 2018 20:34 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

I've never listened to all of Gone Troppo before. What a weird album, not sure if its good. Some ELO-isms creeping in but also a lot of other left-field production choices.

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 4 February 2020 18:04 (six months ago) link

also, this is fucking bizarre
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzKjMpP4-gg

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 4 February 2020 20:08 (six months ago) link

33 1/3 is not a bad album.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 4 February 2020 20:14 (six months ago) link

def a step up from Extra Texture and Dark Hoarse

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 4 February 2020 20:37 (six months ago) link

there's a lovely tribute to Smokey that vocally he almost pulls off

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 4 February 2020 20:38 (six months ago) link

dude really milked diminished chords for everything he could

budo jeru, Wednesday, 5 February 2020 02:45 (six months ago) link

there's a lovely tribute to Smokey that vocally he almost pulls off

Can’t tell if this is a serious comment or supposed to be a pun on Οὖτις’s Dark “Hoarse”.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 5 February 2020 10:22 (six months ago) link

dude really milked diminished chords for everything he could


^ could also be a pun

A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Chooglin (will), Wednesday, 5 February 2020 10:44 (six months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XdvDeI-neI

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 5 February 2020 11:03 (six months ago) link

33 1/3 is one of his better albums, yes.

akm, Wednesday, 5 February 2020 14:55 (six months ago) link

on the whole his solo releases after All Things are an exercise in frustration; every album has at least one good song, most of them have a handful of really good songs, and an equal or greater proportion of shit.

On Gone Troppo I liked the Time Bandits song and Circles is alright for a Beatles leftover.

akm, Wednesday, 5 February 2020 14:57 (six months ago) link

Most people will stick up for one after ATMP; I will for Living in the Material World and Cloud Nine (which doesn't have bad songs if you consider "Got My Mind..." an annoyance instead of shit).

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 5 February 2020 15:46 (six months ago) link

every album has at least one good song, most of them have a handful of really good songs,

yeah when i was on a Harrison kick last year i *think* Extra Texture is the one i decided was the worst but "You" is still awesome

A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Chooglin (will), Wednesday, 5 February 2020 15:54 (six months ago) link

that's such, to quote him, a "grotty" album. His coke album, apparently, but it sounds as if he were on quaaludes.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 5 February 2020 15:56 (six months ago) link

"You" is still awesome

yes!! And yet I still kinda wish it was Ronnie Spector singing it instead of George, it really strains his range. But what a killer riff.

I feel like this is the case with a lot of the better material scattered across his solo albums - often they're marred by poor production choices. Lynne really was a corrective in this respect.

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 5 February 2020 16:16 (six months ago) link

I dunno -- that SNL sax in "You" is an irritant. I'd rather George imitate the sax.

My favorite cover songs of George and John tunes.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 7 February 2020 01:49 (six months ago) link

Lynne really was a corrective in this respect.

I disagree. The four Dark Horse albums that precede Cloud Nine are all nice sounding. Also disagree that there's a lot of substandard stuff on them, but I suppose I am a fan. They're about a wash for me, probably 33 1/3, the '79 album, and Gone Troppo all about equal, with Somewhere in England a notch below.

timellison, Friday, 7 February 2020 05:19 (six months ago) link

And Gone Troppo is the nicest sounding of the bunch.

timellison, Friday, 7 February 2020 05:20 (six months ago) link

Start the cement mixer!

timellison, Friday, 7 February 2020 05:20 (six months ago) link

Start the cement mixer!

― timellison

put-ti put-ti

there's a lovely tribute to Smokey that vocally he almost pulls off

― TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn)

i mean soul in a bowl is great but now i'm imagining george singing "piss slave", badly

i'm just not sure he was vocally assertive enough for the song

re: covers - robert wyatt's "love" and, funnily enough, "weird" al yankovic's completely straight "what is life" are particular loves of mine

oh, and i do enjoy the bush tetras' "cold turkey" as well

you know my name, look up the number of the beast (rushomancy), Friday, 7 February 2020 07:03 (six months ago) link

the one thing about a lot of his solo albums that bugs me is that his voice sounds too high. this is particularly true on Extra Texture; maybe it's the coke, but it also just sounds like he sped up the tape a lot of the time.

akm, Friday, 7 February 2020 15:36 (six months ago) link

"the '79 album" this is my second favorite solo albums of his. I think it's mostly completely marvelous. I even like "here comes the moon moon the moon the moon the moooooon"

akm, Friday, 7 February 2020 15:37 (six months ago) link

"Your Love is Forever"! "Blow Away"!

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 7 February 2020 15:42 (six months ago) link

I even like "here comes the moon moon the moon the moon the moooooon"

no need for shame, this is a v pretty song

Οὖτις, Friday, 7 February 2020 15:48 (six months ago) link

I dunno -- that SNL sax in "You"...


looool gah fair. but I’ll cop to being somewhat charmed by it. it’s the sonic equivalent to weird polaroids.

A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Chooglin (will), Friday, 7 February 2020 15:59 (six months ago) link

"pretty" is exactly the word i'd used for "here comes the moon" - have been a fan since first listen.

Doctor Casino, Friday, 7 February 2020 16:03 (six months ago) link

Interesting tidbit I just leaned—sax courtesy of Jim Horn of Wrecking Crew fame, who also supplied flute on Canned Heat’s Goin Up the Country.

A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Chooglin (will), Friday, 7 February 2020 16:46 (six months ago) link

learned

A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Chooglin (will), Friday, 7 February 2020 16:46 (six months ago) link

I’m realizing that I’m still not over that terrible Scorsese documentary. One of the few I can remember that left me thinking less of its subject.

Naive Teen Idol, Saturday, 8 February 2020 14:25 (five months ago) link

five months pass...

Listening again to BRAINWASHED. I'm fond of this record. 'Looking For My Life' a favourite.

the pinefox, Monday, 27 July 2020 08:08 (one week ago) link

I like that record a lot. I tend to stop before it gets to the title track, but everything else on it is lovely.

Lily Dale, Monday, 27 July 2020 09:30 (one week ago) link

That's definitely one of his better records. All Things Must Pass is hands down my favorite by a huge margin (sans the "jam" disc, which George originally intended as a free 'bonus' rather than an actual part of the album proper), but Living in the Material World, the self-titled 1979 album and Cloud Nine aren't bad albums, and I'd put Brainwashed on par with those three.

"Any Road" is especially good, he's had that since the late '80s and even played it in his last TV performance several years before he passed away. "P2 Vatican Blues (Last Saturday Night" and the gorgeous instrumental "Marwa Blues" are two more highlights - I think those three tracks are the ones I'd return to the most, but the rest ain't bad. I haven't listened to them in years but I still remember bits from "Pisces Fish," "Stuck Inside a Cloud" and I think a few others. ("Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" is a charming cover, I've seen the video it came from quite a few times.)

birdistheword, Monday, 27 July 2020 21:56 (one week ago) link

Once a year I get to come on here and say "I reviewed that."

I reviewed that.

http://www.villagevoice.com/2002/12/31/shiva-shiva-yall/

clemenza, Monday, 27 July 2020 21:58 (one week ago) link

Clem, that's a lovely review. I especially liked your pointing out how unusual and protean Harrison's guitar was, soaking up Hawaiian as well as Indian influences.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 27 July 2020 23:17 (one week ago) link

and, yes, Cloud Nine, birdistheword, is one of the most assured of Beatles solo albums.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 27 July 2020 23:33 (one week ago) link

Thanks, Alfred.

The strongest memory I have of that album--more Harrison's death, actually--is that, on the news, it was the very first break in non-stop 9/11 coverage. I remember checking the national news that night, and one or two networks led with 9/11, and the other(s) let with Harrison's death.

clemenza, Monday, 27 July 2020 23:39 (one week ago) link

I recently discovered this 1987 interview with Harrison:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1wkRVUlCzM

Pretty funny spot around the 7-minute mark when the interviewer mentions that Lennon was quoted as saying young George idolized him. George's response is kind of hilarious.

Darin, Tuesday, 28 July 2020 00:04 (one week ago) link

He's lying, of course, but the lack of sentimentality endears me to him.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 28 July 2020 00:07 (one week ago) link

and of course he's right about Lennon -- the bit from the 1980 Lennon interview exposes the power relationship. George is course correct about his own contributions to John songs.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 28 July 2020 00:08 (one week ago) link

LOL, re: that interview that was an excellent response. (And more than the others, Lennon was very vocal about every little contribution he made to everyone else's songs - there's a book that tried to break down the contributions of each member to each song, and the author said figuring out Lennon's required far less guesswork because he was more prone to bringing them up in great detail.)

I loved George's blunt sense of humor as well. You see that next to his sentimental side in that interview alone. He's often like that with John's death, and I think he can be because of his spirituality (i.e. his belief on what will happen to everyone after death).

Another example of that humor:
https://www.nytimes.com/1989/12/01/arts/no-3-beatle-reunion-george-harrison-says.html

And I always loved how he talked about John and Paul during the Beatles' HOF induction (both absent for very different reasons).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO-HK_csGwk

birdistheword, Tuesday, 28 July 2020 17:50 (one week ago) link

I like George’s smile, it was slightly mischievous but warm

brimstead, Tuesday, 28 July 2020 18:00 (one week ago) link


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