Post by queenofthehours on Aug 7, 2016 12:20:13 GMT
Living in the Material World - George Harrison (1973)
1."Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)"
2."Sue Me, Sue You Blues"
3."The Light That Has Lighted the World"
4."Don't Let Me Wait Too Long"
5."Who Can See It"
6."Living in the Material World"
7."The Lord Loves the One (That Loves the Lord)"
8."Be Here Now"
9."Try Some, Buy Some"
10."The Day the World Gets 'Round"
11."That Is All"
Bonus tracks -
Living in the Material World is the fourth studio album by George Harrison and reached #2 in the UK and #1 in the US. George intended to co-produce the album with Phil Spector but because of problems Harrison became the record's sole producer although Spector received a credit for "Try Some, Buy Some". Sessions took place partly at Apple Studio in London, but mostly at Harrison's FPSHOT studio. All the lead and rhythm guitar parts were performed by George alone
The songs reflect George's spiritual devotion. According to writer Gary Tillery "The album expresses his impressions of the mundane and the spiritual worlds and the importance of ignoring the lures of the everyday world and remaining focused on the eternal verities." While Simon Leng notes that "while George Harrison was bursting with musical confidence, Living in the Material World found him in roughly the same place that John Lennon was when he wrote 'Help!' – shocked by the rush of overwhelming success and desperately wondering where it left him." Stephen Holden calls it a "profoundly seductive record" and believes that of all the four Beatles, Harrison had inherited "the most precious" legacy – namely, "the spiritual aura that the group accumulated, beginning with the White Album".
Harrison donated his copyright for nine of the eleven songs on the LP, together with "Miss O'Dell", to his Material World Charitable Foundation which was set up in reaction to the tax issues that had hindered his relief effort for the Bangladeshi refugees, and ensured a perpetual stream of income, through publishing royalties, for the charities of his choice. The artwork of the album features a painting from the Bhagavad Gita featuring Krishna with Arjuna, A parody of da Vinci's The Last Supper and a fictitious Jim Keltner Fan Club with information available by sending a "stamped undressed elephant" to a Los Angeles postal address. This detail was an affectionate thank-you to Jim as well as a light-hearted dig – in its use of "wing" symbols, like those in Wings' logo.
I chose this album because it is quite possibly my most favourite album of all time (which I say cautiously on an ELO forum!). If not my all-time favourite than it is the one album I cannot live without. I have never not felt so much better after listening to this, this is music as therapy at it's best. Listening to the songs is like feeling cool rain or drinking a cold, fresh glass of water. It can get into the corners of your soul and give them a good clean out. Most albums create emotions that tires us out - ELO? No band could make us happier! But being happy is tiring, who wasn't left breathless in this year-of-Jeff'? On this LP George has created something so serene and lovely that your emotions get to rest awhile - no angry rock to get the blood pulsing, no soppy love songs to tolerate, no fancy dated production to stumble over. Just simple songs with great production and truly beautiful music. The words - "zen", "meditative" and "chill" come to mind but for me it's more than that.
The album maybe more pared down and retrained than All Things Must Pass but it is not without emotional intensity which comes primarily from George's performance; the truthfulness and the intensity of the way he sings and the way he plays. Without the music none of the lyrics whould be half as affecting and George knows this which is why the main attraction of this LP is what he does best - create music which speaks louder than words. The album is awash with gorgeous slide guitar and according to critic Graham Reid: "oftentimes the music is a more truthful guide to the sense of the lyrics than the words themselves. Harrison is not a great wordsmith but he is a superb musician. Everything flows, everything interweaves. His melodies are so superb they take care of everything".
They feel threatened when you talk about something that isn't just "be-bop-a-lula". And if you say the words "God" or "Lord", it makes some people's hair curl.
– Harrison to Melody Maker in September 1971
George Harrison – vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, dobro, sitar, backing vocals
Nicky Hopkins – piano, electric piano
Gary Wright – organ, harmonium, electric piano, harpsichord
Klaus Voormann – bass, standup bass, tenor saxophone
Jim Keltner – drums, percussion
Ringo Starr – drums, percussion
Jim Horn – saxophones, flute, horn arrangement
Zakir Hussain – tabla
John Barham – orchestral and choral arrangements