George Harrison - Living in the Alternate World
1973 - DPRO-79963 - SB 6
Comments: From the Liner Notes:
The general consensus in 1973 was that George still had his act together more than any of the others. Given the surprise triumphs of All Things Must Pass and the magnanimous Bangla Desh concert, album and film which were fresh in the public's mind, a receptive audience was guaranteed for Living in the Material World.
This album, whose title was originally announced as The Magic is Here Again, was lavishly packaged with color representations of the Hindu symbols, while the lyrics repeatedly hammered home the message that the best way to insure a better deal for yourself in the next life is to keep your mind focused on God in this one. Just about the only secular note on the album was struck by Sue Me, Sue You Blues, a commentary on the Beatles legal squabbles, complete with the sort of vicious slide guitar work George had provided for John's How Do You Sleep?
With one exception, Harrison handled Material World's big production job by himself. As on All Things Must Pass, great blocks of strings, horns and overdubbed guitars were piled onto one another to bring Harrison's somewhat dirge-like hymns to appropriately transcendent heights.
Thanks in part to the inclusion of his heartfelt number one single Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth), Material World chalked up another massive commercial success for George. Yet as Harrison would cease to underscore his dogma with the exquisite musical underpinnings that were still evident on Living in the Material World, the critics would do their best to knock him back down to earth.
Contained on this compact disc are alternate versions of all the songs Living in the Material World, an alternate version of Miss O'Dell, (the 'B' side) to Give Me Love, and the official version of Try Some Buy Some which was coproduced by Phil Spector and recorded at an earlier time than the rest of the album. Taken from an acetate, the songs that comprise the bulk of this CD sound dramatically different than their released counterparts and as such provide the listener with the experience as if they were hearing this memorable album again for the first time. Enjoy!