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4.0 out of 5 stars The long wait is over for this classic Harrison album, 15 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Thirty Three And 1/3 (Audio CD)
At long last, George Harrison's 1976 solo album "Thirty Three And 1/3" is back out on CD! Recorded when George was 33 & 1/3 years old, this is certainly one of his most solid solo albums, and for the greater part, has stood the test of time.
Stand-out tracks include the 'Abbey Road'-era "Beautiful Girl", a Harrison classic that no fan should be without. Also, "This Song" is a brilliant and bitter musical response to the successful lawsuit for plagerism over "My Sweet Lord" (brought by Bright Records Ltd.) Starring Eric Idle, "This Song" comments on the fact that 'This Song has nothing Bright about it', and 'This Song came to me, unknowingly...', and begins with an archetypal 60's style bassline that 'Sounds like Sugar Pie Honey Bunch'... a musical joke that was no doubt not lost on his critics!
"See Yourself" is another great track, but the keyboard intro/refrain might be just a touch on the 70's side for some people. Another single from the album, "Crackerbox Palace" is a fun song, and boasts a real Harrison lyrical gem in it's opening line - "I was so young when I was born.."... we know what you meant George! Otherwise it's a great piece of music, even if the lyrics are quite daft.
The opening track "Woman Don't You Cry For Me" and also "It's What You Value" have aged rather less gracefully, but are still mighty listenable. For me, "Dear One" is probably the one track that has aged the most and is somewhat of an anachronism now. But with lyrics inspired by and dedicated to Parahansa Yogananda (author of "Autobiography of a Yogi"), this song is more akin to what George Harrison is best-known/loved for, and is the most meditative/reflective song on the album.
There is also two more ballad-like songs, "Pure Smokey" and "Learning How To Love You" (dedicated to Herb Alpert). Both are subtly understated moments of sublime music. For good measure, Harrison also has a go at covering the Cole Porter classic 'True Love', and produces an upbeat and worthwhile piece of music to maintain the overall balance of the album.
Although not to everyone's taste, especially since some tracks sound quite dated now, I still can't understand why this album has been kept from us for so long. This album has it's fair share of 'must-have' Harrison on it, and proves once again that there was more to this man than met the eye.
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