EMI CD CDP7-46682-2: The Best of GEORGE HARRISON - 1990 USA NM
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George Harrison, MBE (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was an English musician and singer-songwriter who achieved international fame as lead guitarist of the Beatles. Sometimes referred to as the "quiet Beatle", Harrison became over time an admirer of Indian culture and mysticism, and introduced it to the other Beatles, as well as their Western audience. Following the band's break-up he was a successful solo artist, and later a founding member of the Traveling Wilburys. Among his other accomplishments Harrison was also a session musician and a film and record producer. He is listed at number 11 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.

Although most of the Beatles' songs were written by Lennon and McCartney, Beatle albums generally included one or two of Harrison's own songs, from With The Beatles onwards. His later compositions with the Beatles include "Here Comes the Sun", "Something" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". By the time of the band's break-up, Harrison had accumulated a backlog of material, which he then released as the triple album All Things Must Pass in 1970, from which two hit singles originated: a double A-side single, "My Sweet Lord" backed with "Isn't It a Pity", and "What Is Life". In addition to his solo work, Harrison co-wrote two hits for former Beatle Ringo Starr, as well as songs for the Traveling Wilburys—the super group he formed in 1988 with Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Roy Orbison.

Harrison embraced Indian culture and Hinduism in the mid-1960s, and helped expand Western awareness of sitar music and of the Hare Krishna movement. With Ravi Shankar he organized the first major charity concert with the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh. In addition to his musical accomplishments, he was also a record producer and co-founder of the production company HandMade Films. In his work as a film producer, he collaborated with people as diverse as the members of Monty Python and Madonna.

He was married twice, to model Pattie Boyd from 1966 to 1977, and for 23 years to record company secretary Olivia Trinidad Arias, with whom he had one son, Dhani Harrison. He was a close friend of Eric Clapton. To date, he is the only Beatle to have published an autobiography, with I Me Mine in 1980. Harrison died of lung cancer in 2001.

The Best of George Harrison is a 1976 compilation album by George Harrison, released following the expiration of his EMI-affiliated Apple Records recording contract. Uniquely among all the four Beatles' solo releases, and somewhat controversially, it mixes a selection of the artist's Beatles-era songs with later hits recorded under his own name.

The Best of George Harrison was the first of three Harrison compilation albums, and was followed by 1989's Best of Dark Horse 1976–1989 and the posthumous Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison, in 2009. It was first issued on CD in 1990 but has yet to be remastered since then.

Ray Coleman of Melody Maker observed in December 1976 that it was "somehow ironic" that EMI, having made millions of pounds from The Beatles' recordings, should put out The Best of George Harrison within days of Harrison's debut release on Warner-distributed Dark Horse Records. The compilation was instigated by EMI's US counterpart, Capitol Records, a company with which Harrison had grown increasingly disaffected since August 1971, due to their "avaricious dithering" over the release of the Concert for Bangladesh album. In a final effort to force Capitol to distribute the live album at cost price, and so generate much-needed funds for the refugees from East Pakistan, Harrison had gone public with the issue and severely embarrassed the label.

From January '76, when all the former Beatles' contracts with EMI/Capitol expired, and with only Paul McCartney choosing to re-sign with Capitol, the two record companies were free to license releases featuring songs from the band's back catalog and the individual members' solo work, without the need for artist's approval. Along with accompanying singles, the double album Rock 'n' Roll Music was Capitol's first venture under this new arrangement, in June 1976, containing 28 previously released tracks from throughout The Beatles' career. John Lennon and Ringo Starr both expressed dissatisfaction with the compilation, particularly Capitol's choice of packaging. Nevertheless, after what the record company had promised would be "the largest selling campaign in the history of the music business", the recycled product was a major commercial success.

Late the previous year, EMI/Capitol had issued greatest-hits collections for Lennon and Starr − Shaved Fish and Blast from Your Past − both of which sold reasonably well, though not spectacularly. For George Harrison, however, due to the long delays between releases following his All Things Must Pass post-breakup triumph, he had only completed his quota of studio albums in the autumn of '75, with Extra Texture (Read All About It). Come the second half of 1976, thanks partly to the success of Rock 'n' Roll Music, nostalgia for all things Beatles continued to fill  the airwaves. Increasingly generous offers from rival promoters Bill Sargent and Sid Bernstein for a one-off reunion concert, 20th Century Fox's musical documentary All This and World War II (for which, as with the earlier stage play John, Paul, George, Ringo … and Bert, Harrison would refuse permission for any of his songs to appear) and Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel hitting the UK top ten with their cover of "Here Comes the Sun" were all examples of this heightened interest.  Sensing the mood, Capitol chose to combine the idea of a Harrison greatest-hits compilation with an experiment whereby Beatles tracks were mixed with solo hits on the one package. Predictably, the artist immediately disavowed the venture − he being the least attached to the Beatles legacy of all his former band mates − and it was a concept that would never be repeated for further Beatle-related releases.

To fill one side of the LP, Capitol selected Harrison-penned songs that had been released by The Beatles between 1965 and 1970. As with the unimaginative album title, a risk-free approach prevailed − nowhere was Indian music represented, for instance, a musical genre with which Harrison was  synonymous and with which he had helped revolutionize Western culture during the mid and late '60s. In this way, "landmark" songs such as "Within You, Without You" and "The Inner Light" were overlooked while "Taxman" received its second album release in six months (having been included on the Rock 'n' Roll Music compilation).

Side two was made up of Harrison's biggest solo hits: "My Sweet Lord" and "What Is Life" from All Things Must Pass (1970), "Give Me Love" from Living in the Material World (1973), the title track from Dark Horse (1974), and "You" from Extra Texture (1975). The sixth solo offering was the non-album single "Bangla Desh", released in 1971.

Aside from the obvious commercial value of repackaging Beatles-era selections, part of the reason for Capitol reducing Harrison's (mostly) successful solo years thus far into a mere half-dozen tracks was due to the "lackluster" commercial fate of the Lennon and Starr compilations. Another factor was Harrison's tendency to limit single releases to a minimum: he'd been reluctant to issue any 45 from All Things Must Pass originally, and the scheduled second single from Material World, "Don't Let Me Wait Too Long" − a "certain #1", author Simon Leng has suggested − was cancelled altogether. Yet the criteria for inclusion on the compilation was confused, since the big-hits requirement was not applied to the Beatles selections, only one of which, "Something", had even been issued as a single.

In November 1976, while promoting his new Thirty Three & 1/3 album, Harrison reported that Capitol had ignored his suggested track list and alternative title for the collection. "[There] was really a lot of good songs they could have used of me separately. Solo songs," he complained. "They did that with Ringo's Blast From Your Past and John's Shaved Fish. It was just John's. It wasn't digging into Beatles records." Notable omissions from The Best of George Harrison were "Isn't It a Pity" − one half of the double A-side single with "My Sweet Lord", and a number 1 hit in Canada in its own right − and "Ding Dong, Ding Dong", which only scraped inside the top 40 in the main markets of America and Britain, but was a top ten hit in Europe. In comparison, Shaved Fish had contained "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)", "Mother" and "Woman Is the Nigger of the World", singles which in the United States, respectively: did not chart at all; peaked at number 43; and reached number 57. On the "short weight" Blast from Your Past, at just 30 minutes in length, the non-album B-side "Early 1970" was included, as were "I'm the Greatest", an album track never released  as a single, and "Beaucoups of Blues", which peaked at only number 87 on the Billboard Hot 100. On those terms, Harrison had "Deep Blue" (a much-admired 1971 B-side), the underachieving "Ding Dong", and acclaimed album tracks in "All Things Must Pass", "Awaiting on You All" and "Beware of Darkness".

As evidenced on THE BEST OF GEORGE HARRISON, the Quiet Beatle did well in his little corner of Fab Fourdom despite being in the considerable shadow of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The first seven songs on this collection point to Harrison's substantial contributions to the band, with "Taxman," "Here Comes The Sun" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" being some of the more notable Harrison compositions. "Something" was the only song Harrison wrote for the Beatles that became a hit and ended up being covered by a number of artists including Frank Sinatra (who mistakenly credited it to Lennon/McCartney). Having been one of the first rock musicians to experiment with and embrace Eastern culture invariably bore a heavy influence on Harrison's music, most notably on his early solo work. "My Sweet Lord" and "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)" with their messages of spiritual tranquility both topped the charts while "What Is Life" landed in the top 10. Harrison's commitment to the East resulted in a pair of 1972 charity concerts at Madison Square Garden for the people of Bangladesh from which the single "Bangla-Desh" peaked at 23 and earned more money for this personal crusade.

This listing is for a very rare, out of print CD title - an OPENED, Near MINT CD PRESSED and ISSUED by EMI // PARLOPHONE // APPLE of a highly collectible title from their catalog - a superb title featuring -

GEORGE HARRISON

CD title -
THE BEST OF GEORGE HARRISON

Track listing:
All songs written by George Harrison.
All tracks performed by The Beatles and produced by George Martin, except track 6, which was produced by Phil Spector
1. "Something" – 3:01
2. "If I Needed Someone" – 2:22
3. "Here Comes the Sun" – 3:05
4. "Taxman" – 2:37
5. "Think for Yourself" – 2:18
6. "For You Blue" – 2:31
7. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" – 4:45
All tracks performed by George Harrison and produced either by himself or with Phil Spector
8. "My Sweet Lord" – 4:38
9. "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)" – 3:35
10. "You" – 3:41
11. "Bangla Desh" – 3:57
12. "Dark Horse" – 3:53
13. "What Is Life" – 4:17

Performers on this item include -
George Harrison – vocals, guitars, keyboards, sitar
Various other performers as these tracks were culled from various, different LPs.

The CD is from the EMI // PARLOPHONE // APPLE Records series of out of print CDs.

CD catalog # CDP7-46682-2
CD was issued in 1990 (first pressing of this title on CD format)
CD was made in the USA

The CD, JEWEL CASE and INSERTS are all in NEAR MINT condition - the CD may have a light mark or two on the reflective side (although we could not see any marks under strong, white light). We play tested this item on our audio system and it performed PERFECTLY!!

This CD is an audiophile quality pressing (any collector of fine MFSL, half speeds, direct to discs, Japanese/UK pressings etc., can attest to the difference a quality pressing can make to an audio system).

Don't let this rarity slip by!!!

  • Item #: EMI CD CDP7-46682-2 NM
  • Manufacturer: EMI / Electrola / Odeon / Pathe Records
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EMI CD CDP7-46682-2: The Best of GEORGE HARRISON - 1990 USA NM

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