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This review is from: Living in the Material World (Audio CD)
The critics had a field day dismissing this album: religious preaching, holier than thou lyrics and all the rest of it. Why can't people listen to the music for a change? How can anyone be offended by spiritual conviction? Or should I say scared? The same thing happened with Dylan when he became a Christian....it would seem that people prefer no allegiances to anything stronger, which is ridiculous. Life is complex and different people have different ways of dealing with it. And who can blame George after years of being idolised as some sort of hero in the Beatles? When the only return he got was Money for sure but a complete lack of privacy and sense of identity as an individual. Anyway, to the music. Which is Mighty Fine here. The opener 'Give Me Love' is among the finest songs written by anyone and as a result was about the highlight of the Conert For George concert. This song summed up George, even McCartney remarked upon the great chord changes in this song.
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! Side 2 (of the vinyl album) opened with The Lord Loves The One which also showcases an inspired guitar solo, this time of appropriate length. 'Be Here Now' is beautiful. Period. 'Try Some Buy Some' ditto. What a gorgeous melody! And George's production here proves that he could do a pretty effective Spector impresssion, to great effect. 'The Day The World Gets Round', written the day after the Bangla Desh concert is similarly breathtaking in its melody and production. And then we come to the closer 'That Is All' which is about the best ballad George wrote, at least as a solo artist. And those words of the middle eight ring as true 33 years later as they did at the time.
'Times I find it hard to say...with useless words getting in my way
Silence often says much more...than trying to say what's been said before'
George chose his allegiances....and his friends carefully. A best practice if ever there was one. And this album is brimming full of happiness if you look beneath the surface. Inner Peace. And beautiful music throughout. A worthy follow up to the monumental 'All Things Must Pass' (1970) if you ask me.
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Initial post: 1 Feb 2010 00:46:30 GMT
J. P. Webster says:
I've just read John Heaton's review some five years after he wrote it. (The Web's a big place - we can't all be omnipotent!) It's a fabulous review of a fabulous album and reading John's review has just reminded me that it's time to buy the album on CD instead of thinking that I'll pull my (pristine) vinyl copy out of the loft someday and get round to dragging my turntable out... I'm almost compulsed to buy it digitally, but then it won't have the same impact as if I go into a shop (do you remember them?! :-)) and take it home and read the sleeve notes, etc. etc. Thanks, John, for reminding me what a great album this is. I must admit that some of the tracks on this album had personal meanings for me - but that's another story...
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Feb 2010 18:04:39 GMT
John Heaton says:
Thank you JP Webster...the thing which grabs me about the songs on this album and the previous one 'All Things Must Pass'are the unusual (not to mention beautiful and moving) chord progressions....I think Jeff Lynne commented on this too...as he said in the david wigg interview from 1969...'you know i wasn't Lennon..and I wasn't McCartney..I was ME' God bless you George :- )
Posted on 28 Aug 2011 18:29:16 BDT
John Heaton's review is a great overview, and might force me to go back to the album, which I still have on vinyl.
One thing - I thought the basic production for 'Try Some Buy Some' WAS by Phil Spector. I'm sure he gets a co-production credit, although I am unable to go and check the sleeve, as I write this.
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