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Early Takes Volume 1 [CD]

George Harrison Audio CD
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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 (30 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B007IE4DSG
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,489 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  7. Awaiting On You All (Early Take) 2:400.99  Buy MP3 
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Early Takes: Volume 1 is a pivotal companion piece to Martin Scorsese’s critically acclaimed documentary on the life of George Harrison, Living In The Material World.

The album features a wealth of previously unreleased recordings from Harrison, including 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".

The collection is presented in digipack packaging and was produced by Giles Martin, engineered by Paul Hicks, mastered by Steve Rooke at Abbey Road Studios, and executive produced by Olivia Harrison. Sleeve notes are by producer Giles Martin.

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2.0 out of 5 stars All previously released 30 April 2012
- beware: all tracks were previously released on the expensive "Living in the material world" DVD/CD box set, which many collectors especially bought because of the "unique" demo CD that was unavailable elsewhere at the time. The sleeve now says "all previously unreleased". That's nonsense.
- there's only 30 minutes of music on this release. A shame. They could easily have added 4 or 5 more songs to give value for money. 26 pounds for an LP, are you kidding ?????
- there is no information whatsoever on where these tracks were recorded, when they were recorded and who else played on them (at least there is no such info with the LP release). Only some scarce liner notes by a certain dr Warren Zanes (who cares he's a doctor anyway) that add nothing really.
+ good quality vinyl pressing, nice cover art, although previously seen on the DVD/CD box.
+ nice to hear early versions of familiair songs, but probably you won't play this LP very often, as the released versions sound much better.
- On the later demos (e.g. Let it be me, Mama you've been on my mind) Harrison's singing and guitar playing is quite poor. I'm a Harrison fan, but on these tracks he is certainly not at his best.
My conclusion: quick moneymaking by "the Harrison Estate" (as they call themselves) by simply reissuing an half hour of music that was already available a months ago without paying attention the details. But as always, anything Beatles-related will sell anyway and they know it.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not Run Of The Mill 3 May 2012
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OK - Apparently this album was already included in the expensive "Living In The Material World" DVD & CD box set. However, because I haven't got that, this CD was new to me and I have really enjoyed it. What I'd read before on Beatles forums etc. was that this was some kind of unofficial release/bootleg, but it's not - it's an official Harrison product - it's got Olivia Harrison as executive producer and the compilation was produced by Giles Martin. You can't get more official than that.

Regardless of whether this should have been released in this form, I think what is important here is the content of the CD - the music. Being a fan of George, especially his "All Things Must Pass" period, this album really appeals to me and it's wonderful to hear early demos and alternative takes of George songs which haven't been polished and slickly produced. I particularly enjoyed George's version of the classic "Let It Be Me", a beautiful "I'd Have You Any Time", a fragile, honest "All Things Must Pass" and - on the whole - the raw, stripped down feel of the whole album. I've read some very negative reviews, but they've focused mainly on the fact that it was available with the box set before (and those people making negative noises are probably peeved that they haven't got an exclusive any more) and the fact that it's only 30 minutes long. Well, I'd have preferred this CD to be longer too, hence four stars instead of five, but I'd rather focus on what IS on the album rather than what isn't.

Hopefully, seeing as this album is entitled "Volume 1", we're going to get a series of albums and this is the start of an "Anthology" type collection of George's demos and rare tracks throughout his solo career. Fingers crossed. As for this particular release - frankly, if you're a serious Beatles and/or George Harrison fan, you really do need to own this album. Mainly because it's simply lovely.
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Run of the Mill 30 April 2012
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In typical company fashion, a DVD box set is released with a CD of alternate versions and demos to tempt the fans into parting with big money thinking they're getting something exclusive. Those loyal fans are then dumped on six months later. You can hear the mocking, "Suckers!" from distance. Right, that's got that out of the system. On with the review.

Other than five songs on the reissued `All Things Must Pass', the five spread across `The Dark Horse' box set and the scandalously download only demo of 'Isn't it a Pity', George fans have been underepresented in the `previously unreleased' stakes. Until now, that is. The seven demos and three discarded takes are a mixture of acoustic and electric set-ups with George announcing the title to some of the tracks with occasional studio chatter included. Listening to these, you can hear that George knows exactly what he wants from the song and where he wants to go with it. Whereas many of the Lennon demos changed somewhat, Harrison sticks religiously to how he can hear it in his head and won't be swayed. Actually, the seven `ATMP' tracks wouldn't have sounded out of place on that release in the form in which they're presented here.

MY SWEET LORD. This sounds strange without the wah-wah guitar and backing vocals. In fact, so familiar is everyone with this, you'll find yourself taking the place of those backing singers at the appropriate junctures. Fading at the end, it's missing the closing mantra.
RUN OF THE MILL. A minute shorter than the familiar version, Harrison seems to run out of ideas, maybe because he hadn't finished writing it.
I'D HAVE YOU ANYTIME. The best track on the CD, in my own opinion, I think this is superior to what was eventually decided.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brings out the depth and sincerity of the music 26 Jun 2012
By Stephen Reid TOP 500 REVIEWER
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George Harrison's solo work around the time of 'All Things Must Pass' was brilliant, but he himself said in later years that he felt his famous triple album was over-produced. Well, here's the antidote - a short collection of songs in demo or early form that show the underlying beauty of the material he was producing at the time.

I thought, when I received this, that it would be an album of interest to completists only but unlikely to be played repeatedly for its own merits. That is wrong. This album is well worth listening to as a free-standing release in its own right.

The analogy I would draw is with the the acoustic version of 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' on the Beatles Anthology. That song is achingly beautiful in its reduced-production form and the same is true of much of this album.

This album brings out the depth and sincerity of Harrison's words as well as the music and is well worth listening to for those values. A bit short but well worth owning. Four stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars More is wanted!
Of course this is George playing and singing tracks from the beginning. VERY good! But there must be
more!? Awaiting for Them all,
Published 4 months ago by Stax
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely intimate versions of the songs we love
So we've had the rather overpoduced but still fabulous original, then George's remix, removing some of Phil Sp[estor's excesses. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Martin Purssell
5.0 out of 5 stars george harrison
early music really good my sweet lord lots of good music I really like Liverpool music all the beatles cd`s
Published 10 months ago by paul david hurst
4.0 out of 5 stars My sweet George
Some lovely demo material here that only served to make me eager to get a volume 2 and 3 and so on. Most of these tracks come from the All Things Must Pass/ Material World eras and... Read more
Published 11 months ago by G. M. Dobbs
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
Good early versions and the odd unknown track for Harrison obsessives. This disc could have run longer than the 30 odd minutes. Perhaps there will be a Volume 2! Read more
Published 14 months ago by C. S. Grant
3.0 out of 5 stars Value for money?
A great collection, but at only 10 tracks and under half an hour hardly what you'd cll value for money. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Darryl W. Bullock
5.0 out of 5 stars early takes 1
My daughter was thoroughly delighted to receive this on Christmas morning. It arrived within the time limit and suitably packaged.
Published 19 months ago by ktba
3.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, but what about Dark Horse & Extra Texture!
I am really pleased that these George rarities have been released, and it's particularly great to hear his take on Dylan's Mama, You Been On My Mind. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mr. P. C. Ewens
5.0 out of 5 stars George Harrison Early Takes Volume 1
Basic tracks before all the studio production. Brilliant. It just shows what talent George had. A great listen - More please Olivia!
Early Takes Volume 1
Published on 13 Jun 2012 by Cheshireman
5.0 out of 5 stars why shout when y can shine
ah george we love you...and this shows why....too often surrounded by egos large, at last we hear you naked...full of love and beauty... Read more
Published on 12 Jun 2012 by jo hunter
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