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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 14 July 2002
In 1992 George Harrison went on tour, persuaded and joined by Eric Clapton, after he vowed he never would again after the failure of a tour within the 1980s.
The result is this CD, and an excellent package it is, too.
It is a superb overview of George's career, with some of his best Beatles tracks mixed wth excellent solo songs. The songs sound as good, some even better than when they were released, with little known classics, such as If I Needed Someone and Old Brown Shoe. His voice sounds amazing, it seems to have gotten better as he has gotten older. The highlights of the album are without a doubt the amazing versions of Something and While my Guitar with new solos by Eric Clapton. This beats Sir Paul McCartneys excellent live album - Tripping The Live Fantastic, hands down. If you want to hear a good solo Beatle album, choose this, its only got half the tracks TTLF has, but they're all amazingly good and you will want to listen to them again and again.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 13 April 2006
This is a solid live collection of George's Beatles and solo

material with Eric Clapton and his Band, dating from 1991. The live sound is good and it doesn't sound like it was over-dubbed like mad to fix it up, as was the case with some other high profile alleged 'live' albums which shall remain nameless.

The playing is marvellous and George is in excellent voice. 'Roll Over Beethoven' and 'Devil's Radio' are highlights, with the only minus side of the set some awful 'shoo-wop' backing vocals on 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' which really grate.

Eric contributes nice backing vocals and subdued, tasteful guitar licks. These guys were great friends, and it shows on these CDs.

Four songs from this tour can be found on the Dark Horse DVD (that may not be the exact title)so perhaps a complete show is coming from the Harrison Estate? Please?

Well worth a purchase.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 17 July 2006
I actually obtained this version through the box set and already owned the originally released CD from 1992 so you can guess I'm a fan. The make up of the album spanning the years from Beatle hits through to solo hits works on many levels. Both Geroge and Eric's guitar work is sensational on "Something" and Eric is certainly credited on my copies. The finale of Isn't it a pity through to Roll Over Beethoven is true masterclass.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 April 2013
Harrison was always on a hiding to nothing with the release of his second live album, having to follow the iconic "Concert for Bangladesh", which saw George at his creative peak & hungry to prove himself as a solo artist.
But this album does stand up well, featuring a fan favourite play list of Harrison's most popular Beatle & Solo songs, delivering them in a contemporary style backed by large group of musicians.
Highlights include a more complex version of "If I needed some one" & an extended guitar solo by your man Clapton on "While my Guitar..".
The only small grip that I do have is there isn't a solo section of the show, just featuring Harrison on acoustic guitar, but after the disastrous U.S. tour in the 1970s, there was probably more chance of Yoko & Linda making out.
So this was probably more of healing process for Harrison, laying a few ghosts to rest, & considering that his was hardly a veteran of the live circuit this is a surprisingly strong concert (although coming off the back of "Cloud 9" & "The Travelling Wilburys" certainly help with his confidence)
The price of this CD is still quite high, considering that is entire back-catalogue has been re=released, so I would purchase this record after the rest of his studio albums, & "Bangladesh" obviously.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 15 February 2004
In April 1992 George played his last ever UK concert at the Albert Hall supporting the Natural Law party's election campaign. Anyone lucky enough be at the Albert Hall will want to buy this CD. The 'Live in Japan' concert is pretty much the same songlist and band with the addition of Eric Clapton on lead guitar! The CD kicks off the brilliant opener 'I Want To Tell You', a rocking 'Old Brown Shoe' with George barely stopping for a breather before belting out 'Taxman'. However the concert loses a litle focus when George covers his later solo material. 'All Those Years Ago' and 'Cloud Nine' although performed well are very much in a diffferent style and suffer from being placed amongst classics such as 'My Sweet Lord' 'What is Life' 'If I Needed Someone' and 'Here Comes THe Sun'. The climatic 'Isn't it a Pity' and 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' bring the concert to a close with Clapton and Harrison playing stunning guitar solo's.
The bands playing is emaculate through-out, although Clapton sounds a little restrained which is fine as it was George's show. George himself sounds like he is really enjoying himself playing well with some brilliant vocals. All in all a great buy for Harrison fans or indeed for anyone who was at the Albert Hall in 92. For new Harrison fans it would be better to check out ' All Things Must Pass' or 'Material World'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 April 2014
What a bargain, great cd of George in top form and with Eric Clapton and his band backing him up. Buy this now at a really good price from a top seller.
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on 29 March 2015
I got the standard version and found the sound quality of recording to be very good for a live album. I love the Dark Horse period of GH's output and am not disappointed by the collection of songs here.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2013
It's not the best live album ever. There are some obvious errors in the music and Harrison's voice is not at his best, but it's those little imperfections that keep a guy interested..... And it's Harrison performing live with Clapton. What more do you want?
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on 18 July 2015
Excellent
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7 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 2008
With so many good reviews, I am so disappointed with this double Cd recorded in SACD 5.1 Hybrid Multi-Channel. When played back on my 5.1 Sony equipment that did cost the earth, but the earth did not move for me when playing this. The sound was dull and flat. There is nothing to shout about unless you a fan. Just try any other SACD from your collection and then listen to this. I REST MY CASE.

The tracks are truly great by George Harrison in their own rights. But this Live recording in December 1991, recorded in Osaka and Tokyo, Japan had excellant musicians that included, Steve Ferrone on Drums, Ray Cooper on Percussion, Greg Phillinganes and Chuck Leavell on Keyboards and backing vocals, Andy Fairweather Low and Eric Clapton on Guitar and backing vocals, Tessa Niles and Katie Kissoon vocals and not forgetting George Harrison on Guitar and vocals.
It sounded to good to be true, and I was right. Save your money and just buy a second-hand copy if you really need it that bad.
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