Wednesday, April 15, 2009

At Long Last, the Career-Spanning George Harrison Compilation

It's going to be called "Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison," and it's announced for June 16.

I'm very happy to hear about this, as a true collection of George's career has been long overdue. I doubt if I'll desire the album for any individual track, as I already have pretty much everything he did, and I'll probably grouse about half the choices anyway.

What really makes me happy is that there will be a new way to introduce people to George's music. Most people who like the Beatles know very little of George's stuff aside from the obvious hits like "My Sweet Lord" and "Got my Mind Set On You." This album will likely be the first George album bought by Beatles listeners, who may then be spurred on to check out his other recordings. Or at the very least, they've got a good supplement to their Fab Four collection, right?


At 4/21/09, 7:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's hope they do it right. Remember, we've been stuck with "The Best of George Harrison" for ages now.

At least the Beatle-era tracks will be from the Bangladesh Concert, but hopefully they will use Live in Japan as well as some of the other bits. The Prince's Trust Concert has a Great "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"

I hope that they leave the oddities, such as the 'Porky's 3' Soundtrack off, to make a very tight, one disc set (but the very title concerns me, as I don't think that 'The Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp' belongs on a best of!

My Sweet Lord
What is Life
Bangladesh (live)
Something (CfB)
Give Me Love
Beautiful Girl
Here Comes the Sun (Saturday Night Live)
This Song
Blow Away
While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Prince's Trust)
Got My Mind Set on You
When We Was Fab
Taxman (Live in Japan)
Handle with Care
Any Road

Feel free to fiddle!

At 4/25/09, 11:46 PM, Blogger Monster, Indeed! said...

Here's what I'd pick right now.

First, make sure it has his ten biggest hits (I don't think "Isn't A Pity" counts, and besides, it's not a very lively track - also, two are represented by live versions I think are superior)...

My Sweet Lord
Got My Mind Set on You
Give Me Love
All Those Years Ago
What is Life
Bangla Desh (Live)
Dark Horse (Live in Japan)
Blow Away
Crackerbox Palace

...Then, to make sure we have at least one song from each Studio album...

Dream Away
Any Road

...Plus any song that made his top ten on Itunes (but no live Beatles covers)...

If Not For You
When We Was Fab, finally, some songs I just think are among his best...

Beautiful Girl
Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby (Carl Perkins & Friends)
This is Love
Handle With Care
End Of the Line
P2 Vatican Blues (Last Saturday Night)
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

At 4/27/09, 4:59 AM, Anonymous Boston Bill said...

Good List. My only objection would be to 'End of the Line', which comes off as more of a Wilbury Jam than a number starring George.

So, what would your running order be?

At 4/27/09, 8:05 AM, Blogger Monster, Indeed! said...

In defense of "End of the Line", Tom Petty credited George as the primary creative force behind both songs.

As for the order, I guess I'll wimp out and go chronological, except I'd put his "Dark Horse" live cover right after "Give Me Love." This does create some unevenness, particularly in the three "All Things Must Pass" numbers.

I have to admit, the Live in Japan Taxman cover is particularly good.

At 4/30/09, 9:33 AM, Anonymous Harpo said...

I'll take most anything form Live in Japan!
THAT was a great concert unlike the Concert From Bangladesh, which I try to revisit and time and again it leaves me flat....... Must be the lifeless and drugged up Clapton pulling things down for me on that outing.

Last Night From The Traveling Wilburys Vol 1 gets my vote . It's like a refined piece from 331/3 with Jeff Lynne And George picking up where they left off.
Man I miss the Wilbury sound.

At 4/30/09, 9:10 PM, Blogger Monster, Indeed! said...

I agree about "Live in Japan"--it is the better live experience, though lacking the historic ooomph of Concert for Bangladesh.

My main reservation about"Last Night" is that it's sung mostly by Petty.

But now Amazon has gone and posted the track list...and Capitol has denied that it's the final line-up.


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