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Living in the Material World [CD + DVD] [Deluxe Edition] Original recording remastered

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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 Sept. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Apple
  • ASIN: B000GLKMD8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,625 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)
2. Sue Me, Sue You Blues
3. The Light That Has Lighted The World
4. Don't Let Me Wait Too Long
5. Who Can See It
6. Living In The Material World
7. The Lord Loves The One (That Loves The Lord)
8. Be Here Now
9. Try Some Buy Some
10. The Day The World Gets 'round
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Disc: 2
1. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) (Live At Tokyo Dome)
2. Miss O'Dell (Alternative Version)
3. Sue Me, Sue You Blues (Acoustic Demo Version)
4. Living In The Material World
5. Material World Charitable Foundation (incl. Don't Let Me Wait Too Long')

Product Description

This the classic 1973, No. 1 album is available as a deluxe, limited edition `digi-pack in a box' set including:

THE ORIGINAL ALBUM WITH 2 BONUS TRACKS: `Deep Blue' (a B-side from 1971) and `Miss O'Dell' (The B-side of `Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)')

Features original artwork and special 40 page booklet including: Previously unseen photographs from the original photo shoot featuring George and his guest musicians including Ringo Starr. Lyrics to all the songs including some in George's own hand. New, informative sleevenotes.

WITH...

A NEW AND VERY UNIQUE DVD CONTAINING: * Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)' Rare footage of George performing from his 1991 Japanese tour with Eric Clapton (in 5.1 and stereo). * `Miss O'Dell (Alternative Version)' Previously unreleased version. Featuring a fun new video including animated stills from the original photo-shoot. * `Sue Me, Sue You Blues (Acoustic Version)' Previously unreleased version Featuring George's guitar and hand-written script. * Living In The Material World A new video using film commissioned by George in 1973 of the album manufacture in Britain and America. Total running time approx 15 mins.

ALSO AVAILABLE AS A STANDARD CD, DIGITAL DOWNLOAD (ex-i-tunes) + LIMITED EDITION VINYL (vinyl release October) : The original album with 2 bonus tracks, all newly re-mastered (denoted on front sticker). Original artwork + expanded booklet (16 pages).

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62 of 62 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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19 of 19 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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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By L. N. Nixon on 28 Sept. 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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17 of 17 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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28 of 29 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dudley Serious VINE VOICE on 3 Aug. 2007
Format: Audio CD
The early 1970s saw George Harrison enjoying his post-Beatles freedom. He had provided some of the highlights on the White Album and
Abbey Road, and had produced a seriously good magnum opus in the shape of "All Things Must Pass". Then he had recruited many of his rock star mates to perform a now legendary benefit for the emerging nation of Bangladesh. Quite a lot of activity for the so-called Quiet One. So what next?

"Living in the Material World", that's what. A patchouli-scented collection of east meets west, bells and bangles and electric guitars. It is more overtly spiritual than "All Things Must Pass", many of the songs being specifically about George's faith. On the hit single "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth) "the message is given a light touch, aided by some very stylish slide guitar. "The Day the World Gets Round" is another delicate, spiritual ballad.

On "The Lord Loves the One (That Loves the Lord)" however the message sounds a bit oppressive, which I am sure was not the intention. The preachiness of one or two tracks has caused some to dismiss this album, but don't be put off because they are still strong musically and many other tracks are excellent in all departments, for example the stomping title track, where tablas and sitars interplay with drums and guitars, and the stately "Try Some, Buy Some" with its opulent orchestral arrangement. The bitter legal wrangles over Apple and the Beatles' break-up also get an airing in the shape of "Sue Me, Sue You Blues".

This remastered version provides some worthwhile additions, including "Deep Blue", the b-side of the single "Bangladesh". What a shame they didn't give us "Bangladesh" as well, because it did not feature on any original album (although there is a good live version on the Concert for Bangladesh".
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