Saturday, February 25, 2017

Ultimate George Harrison, a Career Spanning Compilation in honor of George's 74th Birthday



In honor of George Harrison’s 74th birthday today, I offer this selection of my favorite George Harrison songs.

Shortly after George Harrison passed away in 2001, my brother Layne and I made our own George Harrison Mix, to celebrate his great legacy. We came up with 42 songs, spanning both his Beatles and solo careers. When one is an ardent fan of a musical artist, one is often not satisfied with the available hits albums and packages. There is always something left off or something included that should not be there.


On our list, This Song from the 1976 album, 33 and ⅓ makes our list, but has not made the official greatest hits packages from the record companies. The same with Living in the Material World, the title track from George's 1973 #1 Album, one of his most underrated and magnificent compositions.


I have probably left a couple of items off that I would include now, including two of George’s Indian-inspired tunes, Within You, Without You, and the Inner Light, possibly his most successful song of that genre.


The songs that bring tears to my eyes are Give Me Love and the lovely Marwa Blues.


Give Me Love is a perfect expression of George’s Bhakti Yoga, the path of devotion.


Marwa Blues features George’s excellent slide work. Bonnie Raitt considered George the best slide player, and Jeff Lynne Considered him the King of the Slide Guitar.
Tommy Bruner, songwriter and guitarist, and my brother Layne's band mate in the Past Masters band, states perfectly why George is the best:

“The reason I love George the best (for slide guitar) is [that] most slide players play primarily in blues and pentatonic scales. When you do that a certain amount of inaccuracy can actually add character to what you're playing. But George played slide primarily in major and minor scales. To do that every note has to be extremely accurate or it doesn't work. To be that accurate in major and minor scales and still play with the feeling he did is to me very beautiful and out of the ordinary.”

There are also some deep Beatle cuts, including the superb Savoy Truffle (which incidentally features Paul McCartney giving a bass -clinic).


I no longer say I have a favorite Beatle, I love all four of them, and admire them for different musical and personal characteristics. But today, on February 25th, George Harrison is my favorite Beatle.


I leave you with this testimony from George’s widow Olivia, which I deeply appreciate as a lifelong spiritual seeker:

“George left this world in the same way he lived in it- in the consciousness of God....There was a profound experience when he left his body. It was visible. He just lit the room.”


- Olivia Harrison




ULTIMATE GEORGE HARRISON DISC 1

ULTIMATE GEORGE HARRISON DISC 2
1
I Need You
1
This Song
2
Think for Yourself
2
Crackerbox Palace
3
If I Needed Someone
3
Love Comes to Everyone
4
Taxman
4
Blow Away
5
I Want to Tell You
5
Here Comes the Moon
6
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
6
All Those Years Ago
7
Piggies
7
You are the One
8
Savoy Truffle
8
Wake Up My Love
9
Only A Northern Song
9
Gone Troppo
10
Old Brown Shoe
10
Cloud 9
11
Something
11
When We Was Fab
12
Here Comes the Sun
12
I've Got My Mind Set on You
13
I Me Mine
13
Handle With Care
14
For You Blue
14
Poor Little Girl
15
I'd Have You Anytime
15
Cockamame Business
16
My Sweet Lord
16
Cheer Down
17
What is Life?
17
Any Road Will Take You There
18
Beware of Darkness
18
Marwa Blues
19
Bangladesh
19
Brainwashed
20
Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)


21
Living in the Material World


22
Dark Horse


23
You








THIS SONG
 

MARWA BLUES

PROMOTIONAL VIDEO FOR THE LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD ALBUM