George Harrison 7/22/20

Set for release on September 29th is George Harrison: Be Here Now – Photographs by Barry Feinstein with Chris Murray. The new book, features Feinstein’s world renowned shots of the “Quiet Beatle‘ in and around the sessions and performances which resulted in his first three-post Beatles albums — 1970’s All Things Must Pass, 1971’s The Concert For Bangladesh, and 1973’s Living In The Material World.

According the book’s press release, the tome, with text by Murray, “includes never-before-seen photographs from Feinstein’s archive as well as ephemera relating to these seminal releases. Among Feinstein’s best known and most iconic photograph is Harrison in his wellies surrounded by garden gnomes at his home Friar Park, which graces the cover of All Things Must Pass. Serving as the official photographer of The Concert for Bangladesh, Feinstein’s exclusive access allowed him to capture Harrison and his friends. Among those musical artists were Bob DylanRavi ShankarEric ClaptonRingo StarrLeon RussellBilly PrestonKlaus Voormann, and more.”

Shortly before his death, George Harrison made it clear that although he loved being a musician, the fame of the Beatles and the mania that always surrounded them, stunted a substantial part of his creativity once the group moved past its legendary club era in Liverpool and Hamburg: [“It was like an apprenticeship; you could learn how to — you could make mistakes, and you’d learn your licks and your chops and all them little musical things, and I was just getting good and then we got famous and it just wrecked it.”] SOUNDCUE (:12 OC: . . . just wrecked it)

Phil Spector set the scene prior to him signing on to produce Harrison’s first post-Beatles album, the triple record set, All Things Must Pass: [“(Paul) McCartney was making an album, John (Lennon) had a single ready to go and now John was talking about making an album already — the Plastic Ono Band (album) — and I said to George, ‘Y’know, you ought to consider making an album.’ I went to George’s (estate) Friar Park, which he had just purchased, and he said, ‘I have a few ditties’ for you to hear.’ It was endless! He literally had hundreds of songs — and each one was better than the rest. He had all this emotion built up when it released to me.”] SOUNDCUE (:31 OC: . . . released to me)

TL: DR

  • Set for release on September 29th is George Harrison: Be Here Now – Photographs by Barry Feinstein with Chris Murray. The new book, features Feinstein’s shots, which chronicle Harrison’s initial post-Beatles era.

FAST FACTS

  • George Harrison‘s first post-Beatles album, the triple-record set, All Things Must Pass, was released on November 27th, 1970. The album hit Number One on January 2nd, 1971 and held down the top spot for a whopping seven weeks.
  • The album’s lead single “My Sweet Lord,” went on to top the charts for four weeks, with its followup — “What Is Life” peaking at Number 10.
  • Among the high profile guests playing on All Things Must Pass included Ringo StarrEric ClaptonDave MasonPeter FramptonPhil CollinsGary WrightBilly PrestonBadfingerGary BrookerKlaus VoormannBobby WhitlockJim GordonCarl RadleBobby KeysJim Price, and Ginger Baker, among others.

SIDE NOTES

  • Earlier this year, George Harrison‘s widow and son, Olivia and Dhani Harrison revealed that they are looking closely at the late-Beatle‘s outtakes. Dhani told Rolling Stone, “We have people digging through mountains of tapes, and they keep coming. Boxes and boxes of them.”
  • Olivia Harrison touched upon the upcoming 50th anniversary of George’s first post-Beatles solo set, the massive All Things Must Pass, hinting about the outtakes, revealing, “A lot of it has been bootlegged, but we have better versions. We have all the 24-tracks of All Things Must Pass, and we found lots of different takes and talking in the studio.”