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George Harrison - let it roll
on 8 May 2009
Well the track listing has been released (May 7th 2009) and whilst I am still looking forward to a long overdue release I have to say I am disappointed at the lack of imagination in the song selection. One wonders which "focus group" came up with this all too predictable collection.
It seems there is no place for "Your love is forever" from the 1978 "George Harrison" album; a solo Beatle classic and a fantastic demonstration of George's open D tuning and vastly underrated, slide guitar technique.
In addition there is no room for "Life Itself," "Run of the mill" "Tired of midnight blue" "Cockamamie Business," the Philly inspired "Woman don't you cry for me" "Unknown delight" "Awaiting on you all" "Beware of darkness," "Stuck inside a cloud" and many many more. This might have been an excellent opportunity to release one or two tracks that have been lying in the vaults - "Lay his head" is the one that immediately springs to mind.
One can only hope that Olivia Harrison, who hitherto has managed George's not inconsiderable legacy with a dignity and a grace which has been truly inspiring, will persuade the powers that be to re-visit this project and add another disc which will do justice to a talent that for so long has been overlooked.
All of the above being said I will still order a copy - from Amazon of course
Roger Bell - Ascot, Berkshire