What a surprise to find an album of George Harrison rarities on my desk today.
‘Early Takes Volume 1’, an album of George’s early demos, was released with little fanfare.
The album is an incredible first listen to the early demos that where mostly built up for the classic ‘All Things Must Pass’ and ‘Living In The Material World’ albums, George’s first two major solo releases.
The album also features some extremely rare and never-before released covers of The Everly Brothers ‘Let It Be Me’ and ‘Bob Dylan’s beautiful ‘Mama You’ve Been On My Mind’ by George.
There is also a very early version that ‘Woman Don’t You Cry For Me’ that would not be heard for years later when George released the ’33 1/3’ album in 1976.
‘Early Takes Volume 1’ has been released to accompany the Martin Scorsese directed ‘Living In The Material World’ documentary and book.
The album was produced by Giles Martin, son of The Beatles’ producer George Martin.
‘Early Takes Volume 1’ features the demo of ‘My Sweet Lord’ and an incredible stripped back version of the All Things Must Pass song ‘Awaiting On You All’, featuring just George on vocals and electric guitar.
‘Early Takes Volume 1’ is out through Universal Music.
The tracklisting is:
1. My Sweet Lord (demo) (3.33)
2. Run Of The Mill (demo) (1.56)
3. I’d Have You Any Time (early take) (3.06)
4. Mama You’ve Been On My Mind (demo) (3.04)
5. Let It Be Me (demo) (2.56)
6. Woman Don’t You Cry For Me (early take) (2.44)
7. Awaiting On You All (early take) (2.40)
8. Behind That Locked Door (demo) (3.29)
9. All Things Must Pass (demo) (4.38)
10. The Light That Has Lighted The World (demo) (2.23)