Showing posts with label George Harrison. Show all posts
Showing posts with label George Harrison. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

George Harrison Vinyl Collection, turntable, book out Feb. 24

The Harrison family is marking what would be George Harrison's 74th birthday Feb. 24 with the release of a vinyl box set collecting all his albums, a Harrison-branded turntable and a new, expanded version of a his memoir/lyrics collection, "I Me Mine."

All three items are available for pre-order from the official George Harrison site.


The vinyl box set includes all twelve of George’s studio albums with exact replicas of the original release track listing and artwork. Also included in the box set are George’s classic live album Live In Japan (2LP), and two 12” single picture discs of ‘When We Was Fab’ and ‘Got My Mind Set On You’. All the discs are 180-gram heavyweight vinyl and are housed in a high-quality two-piece rigid slipcase box. The original analogue master tapes were used for the new re-masters and were cut at the legendary Capitol studios to ensure exceptional audio quality throughout. The individual albums from the collection will also be available separately, with All Things Must Pass as a limited edition title.
George Harrison – The Vinyl Collection vinyl LP box set contains:
Wonderwall Music (1968) | 1 LP
Electronic Sound (1969) | 1 LP
All Things Must Pass (1970) | 3 LP *limited edition piece
Living In The Material World (1973) | 1 LP  
Dark Horse (1974) | 1 LP
Extra Texture (1975) | 1 LP
Thirty Three & 1/3 (1976) | 1LP
George Harrison (1979) | 1 LP
Somewhere in England (1981) | 1 LP
Gone Troppo (1982) | 1 LP
Cloud Nine (1987) | 1 LP
Live In Japan (1992) | 2 LPe
Brainwashed (2002) | 1 LP
12” Picture Disc Singles of ‘When We Was Fab’ and ‘Got My Mind Set On You’ (only available as part of the box set)

Also available, the perfect companion for the vinyl set is the George Harrison Essential III turntable. This elegant piece is manufactured and designed by Pro-Ject Audio Systems, one of the world’s leading suppliers of record players. The artwork was designed by Studio Number One based on an exclusive 2014 art-print lithograph designed for the Harrisons by Shepard Fairey. This turntable is limited to 2500 worldwide.

George Harrison’s I Me Mine was originally published by the specialist book publisher, Genesis Publications in 1980. It became the first of many collaborations between George and Genesis founder, Brian Roylance. In conversation with his friend and former Beatles press officer Derek Taylor, and in a first-person commentary that accompanies his songs, Harrison’s own words recount everything from his upbringing in Liverpool, to early Beatlemania, his spirituality and philosophy.  This new extended version of the book now spans the complete length of Harrison’s career in music, told in his words and through 141 songs with hand written lyric sheets faithfully reproduced in full color. Now stretching to 632 pages it features lyrics to more than 50 songs not previously included, as well as new photographs, many unpublished until now.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Beatles Bits: Weekly news roundujp

Entertainment Tonight spoke with Ron Howard about his new Beatles touring years documentary, "Eight Days a Week" documentary which airs on Hulu in September.
The film traces John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr from 1962-1966 during the years that they became a phenomenon. Howard was a kid at the time, playing Opie on The Andy Griffith Show, and he (like everyone else) found himself swept up in Beatlemania.
"For my 10th birthday what I wanted was Beatle boots and a Beatle wig," Howard said. "My parents couldn't find Beatle boots, but down at the dime store, Woolworths or someplace, they found a Beatle wig!"

Billboard reports Olivia Harrison is open to an archive project collecting some of George's unreleased work, possibly with son Dhani finishing some songs still in the vault. That's about all the detail she's offering at the moment, however.
Harrison said she and Dhani Harrison, her 37-year-old musician son with George Harrison, have talked about him finishing some unreleased tracks that her late husband left behind. “There are a lot of songs that are unfinished,” she said. “I think there’s a project there. I just need time to get to it.”
Fans have been hankering for a sequel to 2012's Early Takes Vol. 1, which collecting 10 Harrison session outtakes and demos in excellent sound.

In the same Billboard piece, Yoko Ono mentions she hoped to release around 10 songs on a new LP soon. Her bout with the flu earlier this year, which garnered a lot of press and generated dark rumors about her health, delayed work on the project until recently, she said.
“That derailed the whole situation,” she said. Ono explained that “everything in my body is OK now, except I have a problem walking,” adding, “I want to be a little more normal” before turning her attention back to the record.

The Liverpool Echo posted a video of Pattie Boyd talking about her Beatles Story photo exhibition featuring images of ex-husbands George Harrison and Eric Clapton.

The exhibit also includes some of Boyd's clothing worn during the 1960s, including an outfit created by the design collective The Fool, which provide clothing to the Beatles' Apple Boutique store in London.

A St. Louis newspaper has a nice profile of Sara Schmidt, who runs the excellent Meet the Beatles for Real blog, who has just released a book about the Beatles' appearances in her home city.


Beatles friend Klaus Voormann discusses his new graphic novel, which recounts how he designed the cover to the band's Revolver LP 50 years ago.
“So the band all asked me to come down to Abbey Road Studios. This was when they had recorded about two-thirds of the tracks for that album. When I heard the music, I was just shocked, it was so great. So amazing. But it was frightening because the last song that they played to me was Tomorrow Never Knows.”

A 1956 Austin Princess hearse once owned by John Lennon is going up for auction.
A defining feature of the car is its five aeroplane seats, which were added by John and are still in the car today.

The buyer will also receive the original vehicle registration and title document, complete with John’s signature from the original purchase.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

George Harrison's "I, Me, Mine" coming in expanded version

High-end publisher Genesis Publications has announced a new, expanded version of the George Harison's memoir/lyrics collection "I, Me, Mine."

The original book was published in limited run of only 2,000 signed copies in 1980, which was followed by mass market editions in hardcover and paperback.

As a memoir, the book is pretty scant but does provide George - the help of the late Beatles publicist Derek Taylor - detailing his growing up years in Liverpool, his days with the Beatles and beyond - at least up until 1980.

John Lennon, who was still living at the time the book came out, was hurt by how little he is mentioned or credited as a friend and influence to George.

Together with lyrics and illustrations, and the brief memoir section, the book is more an art piece or collectible than full autobiography.

Here are details on the new, exanded edition, which can be ordered here:
Cherished by fans and collectors, I ME MINE is the closest we will come to George Harrison's biography. This 2016 edition has been significantly developed since the book's first printing in 1980. In his own words I ME MINE now covers the full span of Harrison's life and work with lyrics to 141 songs (59 more than any previous edition), an extended text commentary and new photographs. At 632 pages, the entire work is reproduced in full colour throughout and is presented for Genesis subscribers as an exclusive book and vinyl boxed set of only 1,000 numbered and estate-stamped copies worldwide.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Beatles Bits: Weekly news roundup

A batch of letters written to Beatles fans by George Harrison's mother and sister are up for auction.
"Dear Sal", says Louise in another letter. "George is a very happy and kind person, I think he is kind of interested in Patti (Boyd, George's wife between 1966-1977) as she is also quite a jolly person."

A new German book collects images from more than 200 films featuring or inspired by the Beatles.


Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are among musicians signing a special cover of Billboard magazine that functions as an "open letter" demanding the U.S. Congress to take action on gun control. Nearly 200 other artists, including Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez and Jennifer Lopez, also signed.


Paul McCartney signed another letter this week, too. This one calls on Congress to reform the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, because it doesn't prevent YouTube from posting music with little or no compensation to the artists. Other signers include Taylor Swift and U2.


Liverpool's Beatles Story attraction is displaying one of the late Stu Sutcliffe's school report cards.
“The notes provided by a former teacher on the back of the report card make it clear that while Stuart wasn’t necessarily the most academic pupil, from an early age he was considered to have an artistic streak and was happily involved with the arts."


Phillip Norman, author of the best-selling (but badly aged) Beatles biography "Shout!" along with one about John Lennon and a new one about Paul McCartney, counts down his Top 10 Beatles books for the Guardian. Interestingly, there not one title by leading Beatles scholar Mark Lewisohn, whose "Tune In" Norman really should've read before writing his book on Macca.


Beatles writer Spencer Leigh has a new book about the Cavern Club and its role in the Beatles story. You can read and excerpt - including some recollections contributed by Paul McCartney - here.

Paul McCartney's brother, Mike, voted against Britain leaving the European Union.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Artifact: George Harrison-signed dinner bill from 1964

Via Heritage Auctions:
A 5.875" x 9.625" printed form filled out by hand for a dinner for two with wine and bar tab, signed at the bottom in blue ballpoint: "George Harrison". He and his guest (assumed to be Pattie Boyd) dined on Steak Diane at this legendary club located at 44 Berkeley Square, London, W.1. Included is an 8" x 10" b&w glossy photo of the two together at another period London hotspot, The Saddle Room.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

New from Genesis Publications: "Songs By George Harrison" pocket edition

Available for order now from Genesis Publications:
In 1985, George Harrison was introduced to artist Keith West and so began a collaboration to produce a stunning set of watercolours illustrating the composer's many memorable songs. West, one of the finest botanical watercolour artists in the world, soon found himself travelling regularly from his cottage in North Wales to Oxfordshire to discuss the interpretations of Harrison's song lyrics to prepare his illustrations. The result, "Songs by George Harrison" was published in February 1988 as a songbook of lyrics and commentary with fine watercolour illustrations and hand-drawn lettering.

Described in the book's original prospectus as a 'superb collection of art... with small paintings that possess an irresistible charm', Songs by George Harrison was limited to 2,500 copies and sold out very quickly. Harrison explained, 'in a world of crass, disposable junk, it's meant to be a lovely thing'.

"The Songs by George Harrison" pocket edition features over 100 pages of selections from the original, includes written contributions from Jeff Lynne and Elton John, and is the first chance in over twenty years to see and own this beautiful book.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Artifact: George Harrison handwritten letter to sitar instructor, 1967

Via Heritage Auctions:

Shambhu Das assisted Ravi Shankar in teaching George Harrison the sitar beginning in 1966. When Harrison was given the commission to compose the soundtrack to the film Wonderwall, he envisioned the project as a way of introducing the West to his beloved Indian music. He contacted Das to help perform, recruit musicians, and aid in the recording of his songs during potential sessions in Bombay.

Recording had begun on November 22 at Abbey Road Studios, continued during several days in December and January, before moving to Bombay in January.

This letter brings Das up to date about his plans for these Indian sessions saying that he was "...having difficulty with the people from the film company...".

These were budgetary problems; the entire budget for the soundtrack was £600 against a final cost of £15,000 with George making up the difference out of his own pocket. He then lets Das know that he would "...tell you how many musicians of each kind I will require." This was done in a telegram dated December 29, 1967.

Harrison then inquires about the equipment: "Can you tell me what the equipment is like in the independent studio? Is it 1, 2, or 4 tracks." It turned out to be a mono recorder converted to two tracks and was hand-delivered on a train from Calcutta to Bombay.

He then congratulates Das on the birth of his baby and closes the letter with an apology about the delay, citing money problems: "Sorry about my delay, but I really cant do anything until I am sure that they pay for all these things." George did end up flying to Bombay after the first of January and the sessions took place from January 9th through 14th. Finishing touches were done back at Abbey Road in January and February, just before George and John flew to India with their wives to take part in Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Transcendental Meditation course.

Claremont Drive.


Dear Shambhu,

Thank you for your very quick reply.

At the moment I am having difficulty with the people from the film company and I cant go ahead now until that business is cleared up. I still think I will come to Bombay, but now not until after 1st January. I will write you again when I know the exact time I can come, and I will give you enough time to arrange these things, and also tell you how many musicians of each kind I will require. Can you tell me what the equipment is like in the independent studio? Is it 1, 2, or 4 tracks.

Lots of congratulations for you & Gowri for your baby, that really was a big surprise. I hope you are all very well.

I will keep you in touch, as to what (and when) I will do about this music.

Lots of Love from


Sorry about my delay, but I really cant do anything until I am sure that they pay for all these things.

Friday, December 11, 2015

"George Fest" tribute/benefit concert coming to audio/video

Via the official George Harrison website:
Available February 26th, 2016. In aid of the The Material World Foundation, Hot Records Ltd. and Vagrant Records present "George Fest" A Night To Celebrate The Music Of George Harrison. Recorded and filmed on September 28th, 2014 at the The Fonda Theater in Los Angeles, a host of today's best musicians pay tribute to their favorite George Harrison songs. To be released on February 26th, 2016, this wonderful live tribute will be available in 4 configurations including 2xCD/DVD, 2xCD/Blu-Ray, 3xLP (180 gram) and digital.

Track Listing:

Old Brown Shoe Conan O’Brien
I Me Mine Britt Daniel (from Spoon)
Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll) Jonathan Bates feat. Dhani Harrison
Something Norah Jones
Got My Mind Set On You Brandon Flowers (from The Killers)
If Not For You Heartless Bastards
Be Here Now Ian Astbury (from The Cult)
Wah-Wah Nick Valensi (from The Strokes)
If I Needed Someone Jamestown Revival
Art of Dying Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Savoy Truffle Dhani Harrison
For You Blue Chase Cohl featuring Brian Bell (From Weezer)
Beware of Darkness Ann Wilson (from Heart)
  Let It Down Dhani Harrison
Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) Ben Harper
Here Comes The Sun Perry Farrell (from Jane's Addiction)
What Is Life “Weird Al” Yankovic
Behind That Locked Door Norah Jones
My Sweet Lord Brian Wilson (from The Beach Boys)
Isn’t It A Pity The Black Ryder
Any Road Butch Walker
I’d Have You Anytime Karen Elson
Taxman Cold War Kids
It’s All Too Much The Flaming Lips
Handle With Care Brandon Flowers, Britt Daniel, Dhani Harrison, Jonathan Bates, Wayne Coyne, and “Weird Al” Yankovic
All Things Must Pass Ann Wilson, Dhani Harrison, Karen Elson and Norah Jones

Monday, November 30, 2015

History: BBC Pop Profile interviews with George Harrison and John Lennon

On Nov. 30, 1965, BBC announcer Brian Matthew, host of "Saturday Club" did relatively serious interviews with both George Harrison and John Lennon.

These shows weren't broadcast in Britain, but pressed onto transcription disks for use in overseas markets. Matthew did similar interviews with Paul and Ringo in May 1966. And all four of the interviews are included on the Beatles' On Air: Live at the BBC Vol. 2 compilation.

You can hear the conversations with George and John below:

Friday, November 27, 2015

Beatles Bits: Bootlegs, Bieber, Bron, Old Blue Eyes and more

Two Dutch fans are suing over ownership of the Beatles' "Nagra tapes," a collection of fly-on-the-wall recordings taped during production of the "Let it Be" film, which have turned up on countless bootlegs over the years.

The name "Nagra" stems from the brand of reel-to-reel tape recorders used to capture hours and hours of the Beatles talking, rehearsing and playing music during the filming of "Let it Be." Two of the mono recorders were rolling almost constantly during the production.

Stan Snelleman and Jos Remmerwaal claim they legally purchased the tapes from a former Apple Corps employee in 1992 and want them back.  The two men were arrested when found in possession of the tapes - which Apple claimed were stolen - in 2003 and the tapes were returned to the Beatles. Some of the recordings turned up that same year on the bonus "fly-on-the-wall" disk included with the official Let it Be ... Naked release.

Apple hasn't commented on the case.

"Let it Be" director Michael Lindsay-Hogg shares his account of George Harrison quitting the Beatles during production of the film.
George didn't want to make a TV special. He just wanted to do the album. One day we went to have lunch and George came up and said, at the head of the table, "See you round the clubs"—and left! I was there when John mentioned Clapton—but that wasn't going to happen. Would Eric have become a Beatle? No. Paul didn't want to go there. He didn't want them to break up. Then George came back.

Justin Bieber this week broke a record previously held by the Beatles by placing 17 songs on the Billboard Hot 100. The Beatles set the previous record in 1964, when they landed 14 songs on the charts simultaneously. That record was tied by Drake earlier this year.


The Guardian catches up with the Beates' "Help!" co-star Eleanor Bron.


George Harrison's All Things Must Pass was released 45 years ago this week. The Los Angeles Times marks the anniversary by interviewing two of its biggest fans, Chris Carter, host of "Breakfast with the Beatles" on KLOS radio, and Les Perry, host of "Saturday with the Beatles" on KCSN.
“One time I got a call from [Harrison’s widow] Olivia, and she called to thank me for playing George’s music,” Carter said of a show entirely dedicated to Harrison’s songs — with the Beatles and solo. “Her mother still lives here [in Southern California] and told her she’d heard it. Olivia was calling from their estate in Friar Park [in England], and she said it was raining, and she talked about how George loved the rain and he would always go out into the garden and plant something when it rained.

“I’m sitting here in Los Angeles, where the sun is shining and thinking, ‘She took the time to call me just to say thank you for playing her husband’s music,' ” he said. “That shows you what kind of people they are.”

Here's a nice piece looking at George Harrison, Frank Sinatra and "Something."
Sinatra only recorded two Beatles songs, and they happen to be the two most recorded, which suggests someone was just shoving under his nose the hits that everyone was doing. But "Something" came to mean something, and "Yesterday" didn't. Nancy Sinatra describes "Something" as "the only Beatles song of I know of that Dad really liked".

Ringo Starr tells People mag he's a big fan of Adele.
"You have to listen to [''Hello.''] There are so many emotional moments in her performance ... It is fabulous." 

Forbes takes a spin in Paul McCartney's 1966 Aston-Martin DB6 (the same model James Bond drove in "Goldfinger."

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Upcoming book "The Smith Tapes" includes transcripts of George Harrison, John and Yoko interviews

On the heels of a CD release of these interviews: 

The Smith Tapes: Lost Interviews with Rock Stars & Icons 1969-1972
Out Nov. 3, 2015

The 1960s were a period of radical cultural, social, and political upheaval in the United States and around the globe; yet in just three years, between 1969 and 1972, Village Voice "Scenes" columnist, WPLJ FM radio host, and cult figure Howard Smith got to the heart of it all by talking it out—both on and—off the record. As famous as those who passed through the airwaves, Smith encapsulated the end of an era through personal conversations and hard-hitting interviews with Mick Jagger, Frank Zappa, Andy Warhol, Buckminster Fuller, leaders of the feminist movement and the Gay Liberation Front, a NARC agent, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and scores of other iconic and influential personalities, including musicians, artists, filmmakers, actors, writers, politicians, and social activists, from countercultural luminaries to everyday revolutionaries and everyone in between.

The Smith Tapes transcribes, for the first time ever, sixty-one of those recorded sessions, from an archive of more than one hundred fifty reels unearthed after more than forty years. Edited by documentary film writer and director/producer Ezra Bookstein, this book reveals the time capsule that Smith ingeniously captured, and contains raw and unscripted talks that take you right into the midst of a transformative cultural and musical explosion.

Researchers locate war grave of George Harrison's grandfather

In Hunter Davies' authorized biography of the Beatles, George Harrison recounts how his grandfather, Henry Harrison, died in the World War I Battle of Mons in France.

However, researchers now claim to have found a grave for Pvt. Harrison at the site of a different, the Battle of Loos. It's believed that Harrison died on the first day of fighting, on Sept. 25, 1915.

The 2,000 men who died in the battle were buried at Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery, north of Lens in the Pas de Calais. Only 218 of those killed are in named graves, including Harrison.