Early Takes Volume 1

Harrison George

Early Takes Volume 1
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Early Takes Volume 1

Harrison George

The acclaimed George Harrison documentary “Living In The Material World” is released on DVD and BluRay in May. It will be remembered as one of the greatest archeological digs in rock and roll history. Excitingly EARLY TAKES Volume 1 will also be released independent of the film release.

Released on CD, digital and 180-gram vinyl formats. EARLY TAKES is a pivotal companion piece to this critically acclaimed documentary and features previously unreleased recordings from Harrison. Included are rare, early takes of “I’d Have You Anytime” and “Awaiting On You All,” plus unheard demo versions of “Behind That Locked Door,” “All Things Must Pass,” “Run of the Mill” and “My Sweet Lord,” all later featured on Harrison?s 1970 chart-topping album All Things Must Pass. Other unreleased tracks include demos of “The Light That Has Lighted the World,” “Let It Be Me,” Bob Dylan?s “Mama You’ve Been on My Mind,” and an early take of “Woman Don’t You Cry For Me.”

ALL TRACKS ARE PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED.

  1. My Sweet Lord
  2. Run of the Mill
  3. I’d Have You Any Time
  4. Mama, You’ve Been On My Mind
  5. Let It Be Me
  6. Woman Don’t Cry For Me
  7. Awaiting On You All
  8. Behind That Locked Door
  9. All Things Must Pass
  10. Light That Has Lighted the World

Review

These songs were all recorded at Harrison’s home studio just prior to the recording of his epic post-Beatles debut All Things Must Pass. Although this CD is brief (30 minutes) and contains no recording details, it is great listening, especially if you like George in a solo acoustic setting with minimal production apart from some bass, drums and some occasional overdubbed slide guitar.

Only ‘My Sweet Lord’ with its demo-like skeletal arrangement is a shadow of the majestic wonder that graced All Things Must Pass. Everything else here is extremely worthwhile including excellent covers of Dylan’s ‘Mama You’ve Been On My Mind’ and the Everly Brothers’ ‘Let It Be Me’ with Harrison providing beautiful vocals and some country guitar licks.

Harrison’s singing is warm up close and his acoustic guitar work a joy, especially on the driving folk blues take on ‘Woman Don’t You Cry for Me’, which surfaced later on 33 and a 1/3.

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