(2007) George Harrison

George Harrison

... read moreGeorge Harrison is, except for the overdubbed London strings, a painstakingly polished L.A.-made product -- and not a particularly inspired one at that. It's an ordinary album from an extraordinary talent. "Love Comes to Everyone" leads it off on a depressing note -- it's a treadmill tune with...

46′:31″ 12 Songs

1
Love Comes To Everyone (2004 Mix)
George Harrison
4:36
2
Not Guilty (2004 Mix)
George Harrison
3:36
3
Here Comes The Moon (2004 Mix)
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4:48
4
Soft-Hearted Hana (2004 Mix)
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4:03
5
Blow Away (2004 Mix)
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4:00
6
Faster (2004 Mix)
George Harrison
4:46
7
Dark Sweet Lady (2004 Mix)
George Harrison
3:22
8
Your Love Is Forever (2004 Mix)
George Harrison
3:45
9
Soft Touch (2004 Mix)
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3:59
10
If You Believe (2004 Mix)
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2:55
11
Here Comes The Moon (Demo Version / 2004 Mix)
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3:37
12
Blow Away (Demo)
George Harrison
3:04
Released 01 January 2007, ℗ 2007 G.H. Estate Limited, under exclusive licence to Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

Review

George Harrison is, except for the overdubbed London strings, a painstakingly polished L.A.-made product -- and not a particularly inspired one at that. It's an ordinary album from an extraordinary talent. "Love Comes to Everyone" leads it off on a depressing note -- it's a treadmill tune with greeting-card verses -- and there are too many other such half-hearted songs lurking here, although some are salvaged by a nice instrumental touch: there's a catchy recurring guitar riff on "Soft Touch" and some lovely slide guitar on "Your Love Is Forever." Compared to the original, tougher Beatles version that was left off the White Album, the remake of "Not Guilty" is an easy listening trifle, though it was a revelation when it came out (the original had to wait until 1996 and Anthology 3 for an official release), and the succeeding "Here Comes the Moon" is a lazy retake on another Beatles song. "Blow Away" would be the record's most attractive new song -- and a number 16 hit -- but "Faster," a paean to Harrison's passion for Formula One auto racing, probably better reflected where his head was at this time. There are a few quirks: "Soft-Hearted Hana" is a strange, stream-of-consciousness Hawaiian hallucination, and "Dark Sweet Lady" is a Latin-flavored tune written for his new wife, Olivia. Finally, the inevitable spiritual benediction "If You Believe" offers some thoughtful philosophy to ponder, even if it's not an especially memorable tune. ~ Richard S. Ginell