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This was a surprise! Back in 1970 with the break-up of The Beatles, all focus was naturally on the main songwriters/singers, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, to see what they would do next. However, it was George that hit the ground running with All Things Must Pass. That it turned out to be the very first triple album ever released was even more surprising to many, given how few tracks he ... Read more in Amazon's George Harrison Store

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  • Audio CD (18 May 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B000002UCN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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1. Something
2. If I Needed Someone
3. Here Comes the Sun
4. Taxman
5. Think for Yourself
6. For You Blue
7. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
8. My Sweet Lord
9. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)
10. You
11. Bangla Desh
12. Dark Horse
13. What Is Life

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HARRISON GEORGE

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As the Beatles' perpetual dark horse, Harrison rarely got the chance to write and sing more than one or two songs per album. But once the band split up, the former "quiet one" was quick out of the gate with a series of memorable hit singles that seamlessly merged his budding spirituality and an epic, Phil Spector-inspired pop sensibility. This collection, originally released in 1976, combines seven of Harrison's best-known Beatles numbers, including "Something", "If I Needed Someone", "Here Comes the Sun", and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" with a half-dozen early solo hits including "My Sweet Lord", "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)", "You" and "What Is Life". As such, it's a good entry-level Harrison primer. --Scott Schinder

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Lukoff on 9 Dec. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Casual George fans really don't have it good. 'The Best of Dark Horse' is out of print, and this is the only compilation to cover his years on Apple. But of the 13 tracks on this album, over half are performed by the Beatles, not by George as a solo artist. You've got two from 'Abbey Road,' "Something" and "Here Comes the Sun"; two from 'Rubber Soul,' "If I Needed Someone" and "Think for Yourself"; and one each from the White Album, 'Revolver,' and 'Let it Be'. It would be a travesty if "Here Comes the Sun," "Something," and "Taxman" were missing from such a collection--as fortunately they are not--but it's almost as bad that "I Need You" and "Within You and Without You" are missing. That is to say, this isn't even an adequate best-of-Beatle-George collection. Not that there should really be *any* Beatles tracks on an album by this title.
To the proper solo George tracks, we're given two from ATMP, "My Sweet Lord" and "What Is Life?"; "Bangla Desh" from the concert album; "Give Me Love" from 'Living in the Material World'; and one each from 'Dark Horse' and 'Extra Texture': the title track and "You," respectively. Again, setting aside the fact that 'The Best of George Harrison' only contains six solo George songs, this is somewhat disappointing. The title track from 'All Things Must Pass' is missing, which is a real shame; so is "If Not For You"--both are solo George classics.
To sum up, what is needed is a REAL best-of collection, one that spans George's entire solo career, and one which OMITS his work with the Beatles. They didn't even do that for *Ringo's* best-of album released about the same time (and it would have been very easy to replace some of his solo work with "A Little Help from My Friends" and "Octopus's Garden").
George's music is stellar; this album is quite sad--so five stars for the music and one star for the album itself average to three.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By John Heaton on 18 Mar. 2005
Format: Audio CD
It seems incredible that even Ringo Starr got a compliation of his solo efforts released in the 1970s, 'Blast From the Past' (1975). Paul has 'Wings Greatest' (1978) and John put out 'Shaved Fish' (1975).
Yet the only George Harrison compliation put out in the 1970s was the frankly scandalous 'Best Of George Harrison' album from 1975, which was half Beatles and half solo. No one is complaining about the quality of songs actually included on this album. It's just that to reduce George's solo career to that point to a mere six tracks and then coupled with highlights from his Beatles output is so utterly ridiculous that one is simply lost for words. This album can be put together with home taping if it really needs to be. But as an official release it is unrewarding, insulting and as I said earlier: ridiculous. By 1975 Harrison had at least put out in 1970 one fantastic double album 'All Things Must Pass' (ignoring the third jam disc). And then another commendable follow up in 'Material World' (1973). It is true that the following two albums lacked that consistent quality. And I hate compilation albums anyway. This album can conceivably be only for those with a supremely casual interest in George Harrison's music. This kind of album has no place because the listener would find a much richer experience in purchasing an original Bealtles album if they want to hear Beatles songs. Pick any album, you really can't go wrong. But if Harrison is your prime souce of interest, then pick anything from 'Rubber Soul' onwards to hear those great Beatles Harrisongs in their true context.
And if you're interested in solo George, then go for (from this period) 'All Thing Must Pass' or 'Material World'. Not this pathetic attempt at a compliation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By street-legal on 3 Jun. 2007
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If you are wanting to get into the Beatles and their various facets, I guess this is okay from George's side BUT.....you would be much better served getting All Things Must Pass, which to these ears is the best post-Beatles Beatle album ever made. It is represented here by just two songs. In fact, the whole thing is cobbled together rather shabilly with a ton of Beatles-era tracks that even the most cloth-eared dolt must know. I think its high time that a new George Harrison retrospective was issued, combining his Apple, Dark Horse and Wilbury years. George was the first artiste to put out a triple album (and he did it twice!) so he deserves another one!
This is a typical lp era compilation squeezed into the confines of forty odd minutes, yet it remains the only source of the excellent 'Bangla Desh' on cd, so its a tad frustrating for completists to have to trawl through songs they know by heart on myriad albums and compilations just for this!
Let's update this once and for all. Please. With a few bonus tracks....

Post review comment: This review is a tad out of date now, a new Harrison compilation was released about 18 months later, and although it was not what I was rather hoping for in this review, it spans a couple of discs and is a decent all round collection. No bonus tracks though.....grrrr
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Daniel B on 16 Jan. 2003
Format: Audio CD
For quality of SONGS, this album would get 5 stars, but this is just not an essential Harrison collection. For starters, more than half of the songs are by the Beatles (George is the only ex-Beatle to include Beatles songs on a 'Best of' album)! For someone (like myself) who is a huge fan of the Beatles and wants to start getting into their solo work, it will be hard to find an album to start off with George Harrison. Paul McCartney has "Wingspan," John Lennon has "Lennon Legend," Ringo Starr has "Blast from Your Past," but George is in desperate need of a new 'best of' compilation. This album was originally released in the mid-70s, before some of his big hits like "All Those Years Ago" or the #1 "Got My Mind Set on You" came out. With only 6 solo Harrison songs, the listener can't get a real good taste of George. I personally think that the song-book "George Harrison Anthology" ... should be turned into an album (minus the Beatles songs, yet again) to give a broader selection from Harrison's solo career.
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