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2.0 out of 5 stars All previously released, 30 April 2012
This review is from: Early Takes Volume 1 [VINYL] (Vinyl)
- beware: all tracks were previously released on the expensive "Living in the material world" DVD/CD box set, which many collectors especially bought because of the "unique" demo CD that was unavailable elsewhere at the time. The sleeve now says "all previously unreleased". That's nonsense.
- there's only 30 minutes of music on this release. A shame. They could easily have added 4 or 5 more songs to give value for money. 26 pounds for an LP, are you kidding ?????
- there is no information whatsoever on where these tracks were recorded, when they were recorded and who else played on them (at least there is no such info with the LP release). Only some scarce liner notes by a certain dr Warren Zanes (who cares he's a doctor anyway) that add nothing really.
+ good quality vinyl pressing, nice cover art, although previously seen on the DVD/CD box.
+ nice to hear early versions of familiair songs, but probably you won't play this LP very often, as the released versions sound much better.
- On the later demos (e.g. Let it be me, Mama you've been on my mind) Harrison's singing and guitar playing is quite poor. I'm a Harrison fan, but on these tracks he is certainly not at his best.
My conclusion: quick moneymaking by "the Harrison Estate" (as they call themselves) by simply reissuing an half hour of music that was already available a months ago without paying attention the details. But as always, anything Beatles-related will sell anyway and they know it.
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Initial post: 1 May 2012 20:39:25 BDT
Saw that the price for the LP has dropped to 22 pounds....

In reply to an earlier post on 2 May 2012 03:36:02 BDT
Same thing happened with the Dark Hourse CD box set released a few years ago, where the 'exclusive DVD story of Dark Horse Records was released seperately a few months later.

There's heaps of unreleased stuff around from this period, It Dont Come Easy demo and Going Down to Golders Green for starters.

Posted on 3 May 2012 10:51:14 BDT
Allan Heron says:
Would echo the comments about this material being previously unreleased. I believe the expression is "bare-faced lie".

The CD was a good addition to any already over-priced boxset (which has proven to the poorest value package of these all-singing all-dancing sets) but at 30 minutes for a commercially released CD is getting beyond a joke.

A much fuller CD could have been made - it would still raise the hackles for those of us who bought the deluxe edition but would have been a much more appropriate commercial release.

Very, very disappointed in the approach being taken on George's legacy. Hope some lessons can be learned.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 May 2012 20:52:57 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 May 2012 17:51:34 BDT
Mister Kite says:
For me this release is bordering on the seriously distasteful. Of all the Beatles, it is ironic that George's product is posthumously being subjected to the material world cash registers. It's not well thought out, it's not value for money, and it leaves many of George's fans with a sour milk sea of a taste in their mouths. As some others have said, those in control of the Harrison legacy should look at the recent remasters of the early seventies McCartney albums - look at the beautiful box set of Ram, soon to be released, £85 for 4 CD's and a dvd, not to mention the artwork and photo extras. Incredible care and pretty good value. This album is neither.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2012 11:04:00 BDT
As someone said on amazon.com: in the past some of us collectors paid $25 for a bootleg with half an hour of unreleased music. That is true for sure, but one may expect more from official sources. Macca does it much better, I agree: better artwork, more tracks, good deal if you buy LP and CD box, better sound quality and more attention to release details.

Posted on 10 Jun 2012 21:19:29 BDT
king-stumble says:
Just listened to an interview with Olivia Harrison and it appears that she was the driving force behind this release together with Dhani and some technical input from Giles Martin.So don't you think she has the absolute right to do what she wants with her late husband's tapes?

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jun 2012 21:42:27 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Jun 2012 21:43:15 BDT
Yes, she has, just as we have to right to like this or not. But no worries, she's no Yoko who put out 5 compilations, 2 box sets, remasters, re-remasters, zillions of outtakes and in fact nearly every fart that John ever recorded (plus the home demo of that fart and the remix of it).

Posted on 1 Jan 2013 10:36:16 GMT
M456AN says:
Bootlegs Of GEORGE seem to be the way to go? They offer more!
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