Living In The Material World Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
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The rest of the album is equally fine. 'Sue Me Sue You Blues' contains a rather sad lyric on the Beatles split, but what Slide Guitar!! 'The Light That Has Lighted The World' is absolutely perfect, great chord changes again.....and a melody to die for. 'Don't Let Me Wait Too Long' is an infectious George pop song. Brilliant. 'Who Can See It' strains George's vocals for sure in rather too high a key. So what? Would we have preferred Ronnie Spector to have sung lead here? I think not. The title track is a pretty good stomping rocker with a lovely guitar solo, although far too short. George was rather fond of the horn section but the reason people buy George albums is to hear his guitar, not the horn solos of Tom Scott et al. Am being a bit picky, but you get the point!Read more ›
Although he wasn't as strong or confident a singer as John and Paul there was a haunting wistfulness in George's voice that really gave his music a quality that the other two wouldn't match. Just as George couldn't compete with them when it came to belting out rockers so they wouldn't have conveyed the emotion that he did on his first 2 solo albums. For me, the slow ballads were George's strength - his serious reflections on life, fame and spirituality.
There are several standouts on 'Material World' including 'The Light That Has Lighted The World' - a song about resisting change which is melodically strong if lyrically dark. Nicky Hopkins' piano is just outstanding and George shows how far he has developed his guitar skills. In his book 'The Music of George Harrison - While My Guitar Gently Weeps' (a recommended read with many observations, insights, technical comments on the GH songs) Simon Leng says that the song is "not quite fully realised as there is no chorus, and no hook to fix the piece in the mind.Read more ›
BUT this is still one of my all-time favourites! I wore out two vinyl copies in the 70's, and the CD is always close at hand.
George's singing touches the soul - if it doesn't, then you probably haven't got one.
If he'd only ever made this record, his reputation would still have been assured.
When I spotted the remastered box set, I bought it without question. The set itself is lovely, matching that of its predecessor ATMP. But upon hearing the CD firstly through the headphones and latterly through my system's speakers, I have to admit to being somewhat disappointed by the quality of the remastering. The bass end sounds warmer, but the top end is still paper thin and sadly, the hissing of the master tape is just about as audible as ever.
However, one thing that hasn't lost its shine is the content. These songs are nothing short of beautiful, wonderfully played and George's voice still sends a shiver down my spine not because he was a particularly great singer but simply because he sang from the heart: he meant every word he sung.
The poorest recorded track is the opener, the gorgeous Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth). The drums sound awful and the guitars are light. The harmonies however are superb and again, the voice keeps this great tune together. The DVD contains a live recording of this track from his Live In Japan tour of the early 1990s. This version turned up through the home-cinema system sounds fantastic and it gave me the chance to work out how to play the song on my guitar with the capo on the second fret!
The rest of the DVD is disappointing and if you already own Live In Japan on this format I wouldn't bother buying the CD/DVD set.
Living In The Material World - the song - has benefited from remastering.Read more ›
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A truly beautiful album. Spark up some incense & channel your inner hippie! My favourite George Harrison album. Read morePublished 3 months ago by S. Smith
To my mind All Things Must Pass is the finest album by a solo Beatle. It's beauty and grace showed Harrison to be much more than "the quiet Beatle" and Living in the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Peter Steward
Good album from George second only to All things must pass. Great stuff though.Published 6 months ago by kevin East
I loved this album when it first came out - so warm and resonant . I wanted to buy the CD but it had a huge price tag ...... Read morePublished 7 months ago by W. Jones
Very disappointed in the CD packaging (no hard cover to protect the item) which is not attractive for a gift.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer