50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on 19 January 2004
Released in the spring of 1979, George Harrison's self titled sixth solo effort is an accoustically led, optomistic affair.
Available again and digitally remastered, the album contains the ten original tracks and a bonus demo of 'Here Comes The Moon'.
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. Taken from the title of his friend Jackie Stewart's book, and complete with the catchy "faster than a bullet from a gun chorus", 'Faster' now sounds slightly dated thanks to the added sound effects but is enjoyable all the same.
Notable tracks on the album include the lovely 'Your Love Is Forever' complete with distinctive George Harrison guitar intro and 'Dark Sweet Lady' which contains melodic harp and was written about his wife Olivia. Both songs are accoustic, with a light and dreamy feel evocative of his time in Hawaii. Also with a dreamy feel, 'Here Comes The Moon' illustrates Harrison's contentment on holiday, he would spend a great day on the beach, with the sea breeze and the palm trees swaying, enjoy an incredible sunset and then to top it all off, at night would come the moon.
The album also contains the song 'Not Guilty' which was originally written and demoed for the Beatles 'white album' in 1968. Re-recorded and with a lighter more accoustic feel than the original the song is by no means a classic but is still worth hearing.
'Soft Touch' is notable in that its melody was inspired by the closing horn part from 'Run Of The Mill' off 'All Things Must Pass', and the tongue in cheek lyrics on the jaunty 'Soft Hearted Hana' (written after experiencing some dubious mushrooms in Hawaii) are entertaining.
The closing track on the original and now the penultimate one before the bonus demo of 'Here Comes The Moon', 'If You Believe' was co-written with Gary Wright who also played on 'All Things Must Pass' and 'Cloud Nine'. Written on new years day 1978 the optimism of a new year, new start is evident in the track.
From a generally overlooked back catalogue is this well recommended album. 'George Harrison' contains examples of the qualities that Harrison had, his ability to write great melodies matched with thought provoking lyrics and an eternal optimism that was with him til the end.
31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 28 October 2004
Well I must say this album gets to me in so many ways it's hard to know where to start..the ten songs here are all of the highest quality...I agree with Bob Woffinden's comment that had this album come out at the beginning of the 1970s instead of the end it would have been a MASSIVE seller...Your Love Is Forever is possibly the most perfect ballad he ever wrote, Blow Away the catchiest....and that's a COMPLIMENT....Soft Hearted Hana is hilarious...Not Guilty is a White Album reject and we won't go into why Revolution 9 was prefered....NO COMMENT....Faster is gorgeous, Dark Sweet Lady was the second dance at my wedding (after Wings' Warm & Beautiful!), Soft Touch is incredibly heart-warming and such a great melody (even if half nicked from 1970's Run Of The Mill, the last track If You Believe a melodic and uplifting song about self belief and the abilty of ourselves to shape our own happiness!!! And as an album it flows like no other George album, so much so that it remains my favourite 25 years on, even surpassing the monumental All Things Must Pass in its ability to generate alsolute happiness....and that must be what music is primarily about when it's good. Horses for courses maybe but this is the album for me.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 2003
It is an unfortunate fact that following the release of Living in the Material World George Harrson suffered a critical backlash. This was compounded by the Dark Horse album and the disastrous tour that was meant to promote it.Harrison never really recovered his reputation in spite of releasing some absolute gems on his subsequent releases. I believe the time has now come for a radical reappraisal of some of his post-Beatles albums and I cannot think of a better place to begin than with the George Harrison album.
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. Yet on the song Faster, Harrison, we learn has heroes other than Carl Perkins or Del Shannon. His admiration for Grand Prix drivers makes for an interesting contrast to his more philosophical side.
Not that it is lacking! Check out If You Believe, or Blow Away to find evidence of that side of the Quiet One's personality. He's even feeling so laid back that he delves back to his Beatles days to dig out what was at the time an unreleased gem entitled Not Guilty. Subsequently this has been made available on the Beatles Anthology series but here it is much lighter in tone, indicating the peace of mind George had discovered.
All in all George Harrison is perhaps the work of a more relaxed man who has understood how to project himself positively . Gone is the heavyness of some of his ill considered earlier albums. Now if only this had been released after All Things Must Pass it is possible that George's solo career may never have flagged. Hindsights a wonderful thing!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2008
Compared to his former co-band members in the Beatles, George Harrisons solo output may be considered the most uniform. Not one to wildly diverge as far as styles and soundscapes go, his albums were written either because he felt like writing or because he had to write. As much as we love George to this day, the fact of the matter is, that this was a solo career headed for the dumps. A few prolonged projects in the mid 70's ate away his recording time, and when he returned, the record buying public were looking elsewhere. George was less impressed with the workings and demands of record companies, and even less impressed with the musical tastes of the late 70's. After delivering a fine album (33 1/3) to his new record company, he would go on to watch sales drop, the record company moan and the World losing interest. So, George did other things that interested him. Started paying more attention to downtime, racing, movies, producing movies and so on.
But then, after a couple of years had passed, he returned with this self titled album. And what a return it was. Regardless of the record buying publics reaction to this album, it's a real gem. George sounds so at ease, and in such a pleasant mood here, it radiates positivity through the speakers. Here is a man who has found love, and who seems to have enjoyed himself these past years. He is telling us that we will all receive love (Love Comes to Everyone), he tells us how splendid the moon looked when he was on vacation in Hawaii (Here Comes The Moon) and he lets us in on how much he enjoys Grand Prix racing (Faster).
This is in a way the last of the post-Beatles George Harrison albums. Somewhere in England was recorded mostly before the death of John Lennon, but will forever be remembered as a post Lennon album. By the time of Gone Troppo, George had lost interest in such a degree, it ruined any hope the listener had of hearing a great George Harrison album again. Of course, he would return in a commanding way with 9th Cloud, but in 1979, these events could not be guessed. As it is, George Harrison, the album, bookends a decade that began in such a splendid manner, on the ruins of the Beatles, with the monumental 'All Things Must Pass', and it bookends it splendidly.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
An unashamed treat - this mostly acoustic album from Harrison's mid period sounds superb in this remastered form. The standout track is Here Comes The Moon which actually sounds off key upon first listen but after a few spins it gets under your skin and affects a smile. Surely the hallmark of great music.
God bless you George, we miss you all.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 17 March 2004
This ranks as one of George's best efforts - a sweet, gentle sounding album that takes a little while to sink in, but is lovely to listen to.
Love Comes to Everyone is a melodic opener, with some great chord changes. The re-mastering is wonderful on this track and brings out so many different instuments and sounds from the mix.
Not Guilty is a much softer, mature and ultimately better offering than the version you can hear on Anthology 3, whilst Hear Comes the Moon, the standout track on the album, is exquisitely sweet and wonderful. Don't expect anything earth-shattering, but this snoozy, night-time song is romantic and innocent.
Soft Hearted Hana is another good track, quite catchy but with a throwaway feel. It is above all good fun, and again a happy-sounding song.
Blow Away, the other standout track is brilliantly catchy, uptempo and again sweet. "All I've got to do is to love you, all I've got to be is be happy" is as romantic a line as anything George has ever written.
Faster is again uptempo, charged and sounds great. Ok, so it sounds a little out-dated, as does a lot of George's music in truth, but that's to miss the point of the appeal of this album. It sounds of a time, but also timeless.
Then you come to a beautiful trilogy of songs which form the romantic core of the whole thing. Dark Sweet Lady is gorgeous but the real star track and, for me, the very best thing on the album, is 'Your Love is Forever'. It really is the best thing George ever recorded. Soft Touch completes these three songs with a sound as gentle as its title suggests. If You Believe then finishes the album with an optimistic message of hope. As a bonus you get the lovely Here Comes the Moon demo. The whole thing was so good that the first time I listened to it, I just pressed play and listened to it again
An excellent album which gets better with each passing year.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2008
George Harrison's self-titled album, released in 1979, is one of his best 'Dark Horse' productions. "George Harrison" is a tight album through all ten tracks, each one following the same musical theme through-out; resulting in a consistent, absorbing sound.
Harrison seems to tone down all the other instruments in exchange for more prominent guitar work; possibly due to the slightly 'crowded' feel of his previous album (Thirty Thee & 1/3). This album now seems a lot more raw compared to some of Harrison's other releases - but subsequently allows George to fully exhibit his guitar mastery! You'll find typical Harrison beauty with "Here Comes The Moon" and "Soft-Hearted Hana". The track "Not Guilty" proves that George is reverting to his more original style; as it was written originally during his Beatle days in 1968.
"George Harrison" is certainly one of George's better pieces. Musically, it's in the same league as "All Things Must Pass" and "Brainwashed", but you won't quite find the depth of lyrics as with the other two. Listen out for "Not Guilty", "Here Comes The Moon", "Soft-Hearted Hana" and "Blow Away".
Overall, this is an essential album for a Harrison fan. It has a much more 'realistic' touch than a lot of his others and nicely proves the fact that George Harrison really could compose some brilliant music.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 17 January 2007
After the high of "All things must pass" and "Concert for Bangladesh", George sort of lost his way a bit, and albums did not come up to much, yet in this album you can tell that George is standing on top of the World and is enjoying life, as it is a fantastic album!
Gone is the Phil Spector "wall of music" sound and George stripped right back to make this sweet album, that has nothing big about it... just a man who is enjoying life and wanting the world to know!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2004
Probably the best of George's solo albums. Every song is witness to his great songwriting skill and beautiful guitar playing. As Clapton noted on several occasions, George Harrison is among the top slide guitar players - not so much for technique but for melody and emotion. 'Your Love is Forever' is my absolute favourite. What a song, what a fantastic guitar!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 September 2010
There is not a lot that can be added to the reviews of this album that have already been posted. I am a huge Beatles fan and i have been gradually collecting their canon of solo works. John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison continually remind us in their solo works why the Beatles were so incredible. On the whole i feel that George Harrison provided the more solid albums, possibly because as the Beatles split he was still a relatively untouched source as a songwriter existing in the shadow of the Lennon/McCartney songwriting team.
George Harrison is a typically solid offering. Nothing could ever in my mind compare to "All Things Must Pass," but on this album there is a song that is incomparable in its beauty. "Your Love Is Forever" ranks as one of the greatest pieces of music that i have ever heard, and for that reason alone this album is worth more than i paid for it.
Buy it and cherish it. The messages that Harrison tried to give over in his music are still relevant to this day. Possibly more so. Love comes to everyone