George Harrison [Bonus Tracks]

George Harrison [Bonus Tracks]

by George Harrison


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George Harrison is, except for the overdubbed London strings, a painstakingly polished L.A.-made product -- and not a particularly inspired one at that. It's an ordinary album from an extraordinary talent. "Love Comes to Everyone" leads it off on a depressing note -- it's a treadmill tune with greeting-card verses -- and there are too many other such half-hearted songs lurking here, although some are salvaged by a nice instrumental touch: there's a catchy recurring guitar riff on "Soft Touch" and some lovely slide guitar on "Your Love Is Forever." Compared to the original, tougher Beatles version that was left off the White Album, the remake of "Not Guilty" is an easy listening trifle, though it was a revelation when it came out (the original had to wait until 1996 and Anthology 3 for an official release), and the succeeding "Here Comes the Moon" is a lazy retake on another Beatles song. "Blow Away" would be the record's most attractive new song -- and a number 16 hit -- but "Faster," a paean to Harrison's passion for Formula One auto racing, probably better reflected where his head was at this time. There are a few quirks: "Soft-Hearted Hana" is a strange, stream-of-consciousness Hawaiian hallucination, and "Dark Sweet Lady" is a Latin-flavored tune written for his new wife, Olivia. Finally, the inevitable spiritual benediction "If You Believe" offers some thoughtful philosophy to ponder, even if it's not an especially memorable tune.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/14/2004
Label: Emi Europe Generic
UPC: 0724359423425
catalogNumber: 594234
Rank: 20303

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Harrison   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Musician
Steve Winwood   Harmonium,Background Vocals,Polymoog,Mini Moog,Musician
Gary Wright   oberheim,Musician
Eric Clapton   Guitar,Musician
Ray Cooper   Percussion,Musician
Neil Larsen   Keyboards,Mini Moog,Musician
Del Newman   Musician
Andy Newmark   Drums,Musician
Willie Weeks   Bass,Musician
Gayle Levant   Harp,Musician
Emily Richards   Marimbas,Musician

Technical Credits

George Harrison   Composer
Gary Wright   Composer
Eric Clapton   Introduction
Lee Herschberg   Engineer
Phil McDonald   Engineer,Remixing
Del Newman   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Kumar Shankar   Engineer
Russ Titelman   Producer
Russ Titleman   Producer
Drew Lorimer   Redesign

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George Harrison [Bonus Tracks] 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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I remember hearing 'George Harrison' when it was new, back in late spring of 1979 (about the same time as McCartney & Wings' 'Back to the Egg' - it was a good time for Beatles fans during those 70's solo years). It struck me as being generally happier and more positive than much of his previous work ("Blow Away" and "Love Comes to Everyone" come to mind). Not much in the way of what I thought was 'whiney weepy preachy' Harrison (which was there on 'All Things Must Pass' but really took hold on 'Living in the Material World'). Also, except for "Not Guilty", not much in the way of acerbic, biting, I've-a-bone-to-pick Harrison (which I always liked in Harrison's lyrics) ... but on 'George Harrison', it seems that the sun really came out to shine this time for him). If you like good middle of the road, quality adult pop/rock from your ex-Beatles, this is for you.