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High time this was replaced by a real best-of collection
on 9 December 2003
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.