The Quiet Beatle Sings Again – George Harrison: Living In the Material World
Here comes the sun little darling…
It is probably a fair assumption that almost everyone loves The Beatles. For the three or four people out there who (a) don’t and (b) happen to be reading this you should probably stop now.
Okay. Are they gone? Good.
For those fanatics of The Beatles, we have been privy to lots of hidden, unearthed, and out-take(n) material over the past two decades, including The Beatles Anthology and the reissue of all the albums on the original Mono (but just in CD format, argh). Yet, I haven’t been as excited for a Beatles related audio or visual release as much as I was when I learned about the new George Harrison related material coming out. And, now it’s out!
This week two wonderful pieces by and about George Harrison were released:
- First, Martin Scorsese‘s documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World – a documentary surrounding George’s post-Beatles work framed largely through his masterpiece (and true classic) All Things Must Pass*.
Check out a clip of the documentary here on George’s website.**
Second, a CD/LP entitled George Harrison: Early Takes Volume 1, a collection of demos and acoustic material mostly from All Things Must Pass.
If you are not familiar with All Things Must Pass, check out this medley of tracks from the album, the G. Harrison Playlist (via YouTube).
If you love the Beatles, these must be viewed and heard, respectively. Nearly everyone I’ve spoken to about the demos and out takes have been really blown away by the beauty. (But then I think music geeks tend to like George better. Perhaps it’s a “we know better thing”? I think his post Let It Be work was just better.)
*I will argue (until I’m blue in the face) that All Things Must Pass is easily the best post-Beatles record by a good deal. Band On The Run is an excellent record but not even close.
** I bet you put it in your movie queue right after seeing that.