- Audio CD (29 Jun. 1992)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording remastered
- Label: Apple/EMI
- ASIN: B000008GEG
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,328 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Wonderwall Music By George Harrison Original recording remastered
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Don't get me wrong, it's not for every one! If your wildest dreams are fairly tame and your sleeping world is similar to your waking one then you will no doubt hate this record twice as much as will loath the film. But if you are an imaganitive person and like things more on the magical and spiritual side of life, or are just open minded enough to accepet this side of things without too mush cynicism (like myself!) then this is a collection of tunes that will change your life just as much as seeing "Koyaanisqatsi" or "Sprited Away" or listening to "Atom Heart Mother" or "Pet Sounds" did.
Excuse my somewhat rambeling (and poorly spelled!) review but I really cannot praise George Harrison enough for this (and other) music which has ment so much to me and to others over the past four decades or so.
I was surprised when I brought all of Harrison's solo records, that the music did not have a bigger Indian influence to it, which is a bit of a shame considering how popular World Music nowadays (there may have been a bit more interested show to George's album if they had).
So the original record consists of 19 tracks, the India songs feel like works-in-progress, a good mix of tempos & melodies, but a little too short (because they have to fit to various scenes in the Wonderwall film), it's a shame that there aren't any epic 10 minute pieces, like in "Concert for Bangladesh", this is when this type of music really shines.
It's not all India music (George does come up for air occasionally), with tracks such as the hard rock "Ski-ing" featuring Eric Clapton & Ringo, "Party Seacombe" has a psychedelic feel to it, & "Cowboy Music" as you can probably guess is Western tingled (quite similar to The Who's "A quick one whiles he's away).
Also the sound quality is excellent & there are extensive liner notes.
As for the extra tracks:
"In the first place"
This song is performed by The Remo Four, the musicals who played on the album (the rock stuff), a decent little mid-pace rock track.
A raga, which George did consider using on a future Beatle album, a pleasant laid back piece.
"The Inner Light" (alternative take, instrumental)
Highlight of the bonus songs, without the vocal, you can really hear the great melodies come through.
So as you can probably anticipate, there are no songs up to quality of "Something" or "While my Guitar...", but that's not the point of the album, it was I think for George the first time he really stretch his artist muscle, giving him a new found confidence , & I don't think it's surprising that the quality of his music with the Beatles improved dramatically after this release.
It certainly needs repeated listening to enjoy. After perserving I now love this album. There is an air of freedom on it which could be due to Harrison having this album as an outlet from the pressures of The Beatles.
I would call this collection of instrumentals eclectic but with an Indian flavour running through. Yes, there are Country and Western style compositions on this as well as slower funk styled pieces but on finishing the album it's the Indian music that stays in the mind.
"Wonderwall Music" is worth the effort.<
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this CD to replace original vinyl alum. Is as good as I remember. Haven't listened to the vinyl for several years.Published 13 months ago by Phil Brooks
A fusion of Indian and Western music. Though it might not sound appealing, and it probably works better in conjunction with the film, there are some decent tunes here. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Quiverbow
this album may take two or three listens to get into it.. this is late george harrisons indian music album. on it there is one or two "novelty" sounding tunes. Read morePublished on 25 Feb. 2014 by graham cole