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Living In The Material World Original recording remastered, Extra tracks


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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 (25 Sep 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Apple
  • ASIN: B000FZERIG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,660 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) (2006 Digital Remaster)
2. Sue Me, Sue You Blues (2006 Digital Remaster)
3. The Light That Has Lighted The World (2006 Digital Remaster)
4. Don't Let Me Wait Too Long (2006 Digital Remaster)
5. Who Can See It (2006 Digital Remaster)
6. Living In The Material World (2006 Digital Remaster)
7. The Lord Loves The One (That Loves The Lord) (2006 Digital Remaster)
8. Be Here Now (2006 Digital Remaster)
9. Try Some Buy Some
10. The Day The World Gets 'round (2006 Digital Remaster)
11. That Is All (2006 Digital Remaster)
12. Deep Blue (2006 Digital Remaster)
13. Miss O'Dell (2006 Digital Remaster)

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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By John Heaton on 4 Feb 2005
Format: Audio CD
The critics had a field day dismissing this album: religious preaching, holier than thou lyrics and all the rest of it. Why can't people listen to the music for a change? How can anyone be offended by spiritual conviction? Or should I say scared? The same thing happened with Dylan when he became a Christian....it would seem that people prefer no allegiances to anything stronger, which is ridiculous. Life is complex and different people have different ways of dealing with it. And who can blame George after years of being idolised as some sort of hero in the Beatles? When the only return he got was Money for sure but a complete lack of privacy and sense of identity as an individual. Anyway, to the music. Which is Mighty Fine here. The opener 'Give Me Love' is among the finest songs written by anyone and as a result was about the highlight of the Conert For George concert. This song summed up George, even McCartney remarked upon the great chord changes in this song.
The rest of the album is equally fine. 'Sue Me Sue You Blues' contains a rather sad lyric on the Beatles split, but what Slide Guitar!! 'The Light That Has Lighted The World' is absolutely perfect, great chord changes again.....and a melody to die for. 'Don't Let Me Wait Too Long' is an infectious George pop song. Brilliant. 'Who Can See It' strains George's vocals for sure in rather too high a key. So what? Would we have preferred Ronnie Spector to have sung lead here? I think not. The title track is a pretty good stomping rocker with a lovely guitar solo, although far too short. George was rather fond of the horn section but the reason people buy George albums is to hear his guitar, not the horn solos of Tom Scott et al. Am being a bit picky, but you get the point!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By L. N. Nixon on 28 Sep 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is a surprisingly good re-issue given that the original album sold so well. I thought there'd be little to re-discover but the digital production has been done with a sympathy that has cleared the original sound but left a warmth and honesty in everything. Oddly, in an age where Devandra Banhart and Jonna Newsome are kooky and cool this album fits very well. It's folkier than the albums that followed, sometimes spiritual, but often very open and engaging. Some of the tracks - Be Here Now, for example with its haunting simplicity - haven't dated at all. It's great to see Miss O Dell - where Harrison cracks up twice in fits of giggles - finally released on an album, proving wrong those who thought the man too serious.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Darkhorse on 15 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
In 1971 George Harrison released the excellent and hugely successful 'All Things Must Pass' - his first solo album (excluding the 'Wonderwall' soundtrack and the failed experiment with 'Electronic Sound' both recorded prior to the Beatles break-up). 'My Sweet Lord' was the massive, and controversial, hit from that album. (Listen to 'Isn't It a Pity' for the standout track.) After the major success of 'All Things' the question was could George repeat the feat with his 2nd album - 'Living in The Material World' (1973)?
Although he wasn't as strong or confident a singer as John and Paul there was a haunting wistfulness in George's voice that really gave his music a quality that the other two wouldn't match. Just as George couldn't compete with them when it came to belting out rockers so they wouldn't have conveyed the emotion that he did on his first 2 solo albums. For me, the slow ballads were George's strength - his serious reflections on life, fame and spirituality.

There are several standouts on 'Material World' including 'The Light That Has Lighted The World' - a song about resisting change which is melodically strong if lyrically dark. Nicky Hopkins' piano is just outstanding and George shows how far he has developed his guitar skills. In his book 'The Music of George Harrison - While My Guitar Gently Weeps' (a recommended read with many observations, insights, technical comments on the GH songs) Simon Leng says that the song is "not quite fully realised as there is no chorus, and no hook to fix the piece in the mind.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Jan 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album is full of such exquisite pain, seemlessly blended with heart soaring joy that if it doesn't move you you're already dead. There are a few good old rocking numbers on it, but having listened to it from start to finish you will feel like you've undergone an emotional journey both draining yet fulfilling. My words can't do it justice, just listen to it, that is all.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By R. Foster on 31 Dec 2003
Format: Audio CD
Albums come and go, times change, all things must pass............
BUT this is still one of my all-time favourites! I wore out two vinyl copies in the 70's, and the CD is always close at hand.
George's singing touches the soul - if it doesn't, then you probably haven't got one.
If he'd only ever made this record, his reputation would still have been assured.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. B. Duffield on 30 Dec 2006
Format: Audio CD
It was probably impossible to follow up such a masterpiece as "All Things Must Pass" (surely one of the top 3 solo Beatles albums ever) and I think LITMW has suffered unfairly in comparrison with George's magnum opus. Indeed, George himself probably realised this as he decided late in the day to drop the original title for this album, "The magic is here again".

Nevertheless, LITMW has much to recommend it on top of which this re-issue has wonderfully crisp sound and benefits from two excellent b-sides from early 1970s singles. The box set was made with care and reminds me of the quality feel attached to the original All Things Must Pass triple album set.

This album has six stand out brilliant tracks - Give Me Love (just gets better on each hearing), The Light that has Lighted The World (wonderful flowing piano perfectly intwined with George's trademark slide guitar and excellent vocal), That Is All (perfectly realised despite several key and timing changes), Living In The Material World (utilises Ringo's best "Get Back" drumming to great effect under a humourous vocal), Don't Let Me Wait Too Long (catchy hit single that never was) and the mystical "Be Here Now". I don't give this album 5 stars because I am not keen on the tracks "Try Some Buy Some" or "Sue Me Sue You Blues" because the first is a too overblown and cachophanous and the second is too one dimensional for my taste. However all the other tracks are good to great in my view and the album has an engaging intimacy that All Things Must Pass lacks which rewards the listener more with each play and each passing year.
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