CD Review: George Harrison


George Harrison
Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison
Capitol/EMI
By David Chiu

With the exception of the poppy “Got My Mind Set On You,” the late George Harrison’s solo songs conveys a sense of finding personal and spiritual enlightenment that also doesn’t come across as being preachy or disingenuine (i.e. “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)”). It what makes up the bulk of Let It Roll, the first new Harrison compliation in 20 years that span his entire body of recordings, including those aforementioned songs. It is also not surprising that a bulk of Let It Roll’s tunes are taken from his debut and widely-regarded as his finest solo album, All Things Must Pass: the title track, “What Is Life,” “Isn’t It a Pity,” and “My Sweet Lord.” There are also other Harrison songs that are a must for this chronicle like “Blow Away,” “All Those Years Ago,” a 1981 tribute to John Lennon, and the cheeky “When We Was Fab.” Even to the end Harrison was still making find music as evident on his posthumous recording Brainwashed, whose three tracks are representeon Let It Roll including the wonderful Any Road and the gorgeous instrumental Marwa Blues. There is also the inclusion of his greatest songs with the Beatles, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Here Comes The Sun,” and “Soemthing” from The Concert For Bangladesh. Unfortunately other great songs such as “Crackerbox Palace” and “Love Comes To Everyone” aren’t part of Let It Roll (you can find those on his ‘70s solo albums or the now-deleted Best of Dark Horse 1976-1989). Overall this is a fantastic tribute to Harrison’s fine post-Beatles work.

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