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Here Harrison sounds content, both as an artist and a newly married man, he has regained his voice, and has toned down the direct religious references evident on albums such as 'Dark Horse'.
The majority of the album still sounds fresh today- his relaxed state of mind after the stresses of the 'My Sweet Lord' plagerism court case, his recent marriage to Olivia and the birth of his Son Dhani and the fact much of the album was written in Hawaii are evident in the laid back style of the album.
The mellowness and positiveness of the album are highlighted on the fantastic 'Blow Away'. One of three singles lifted from the album, 'Blow Away' is probably the best known. The song was written during a rainstorm in a shed in the grounds of Friar Park. With rain falling outside Harrison composed the number that basically says no matter how bad things appear, think positive and things will improve. Complete with a lovely distinctive guitar intro the song was released as a single and sums up the person Harrison was at the end of the 'seventies content both domestically and spiritually.
The other two singles are the opener 'Love Comes To Everyone' and 'Faster'.
'Love Comes To Everyone' which contains guest appearances from Eric Clapton who provides the introduction, and Steve Winwood who provides the song with its distinctive moog sound, is an effective opening flavour of the album to come. 'Faster' is a song inspired by and written for the Formula One drivers Harrison hung out with whilst enjoying his passison for Motor Racing.Read more ›
Material World and Dark Horse were slammed in part because of Harrisons percieved tendency to come over as humourless and moralising. Undoubtedly this was true but to dwell only on these aspects of his personality is misleading. On George Harrison we see the warmth and humour of a man shedding the somewhat gloomy aftermath of the immediate post Beatles years. The tongue in cheek humour of Here Comes The Moon reveals a much more contented Harrison. As always George surrounded himself with only the best musicians and on the first track, Love Comes To Everyone Stevie Winwood makes a welcome contribution with his distinctive style pervading the entire song.
The sensitive side of Harrison that produced the Beatles classic Something, also comes to the fore in the shape of the beautiful Your Love is Forever. If this song had been on a Beatles album I have no doubt it would have recieved a lot more attention that it has. Looking for a gem to discover in the solo Beatles back catalogue? Then look no further,this is the song for you.
In stark contrast to his religious beliefs was Harrisons passion for motor-racing. Such was the damage done to his image by the Material World album that it seemed almost beyond belief that he should enjooy such a past time.Read more ›
God bless you George, we miss you all.