May 01, 2012
Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Pop/Rock, AM Pop, Album Rock

Album Review

Originally released as part of the deluxe Blu-ray edition of Martin Scorsese's 2011 documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World, the 2012 disc Early Takes, Vol. 1 rounds up ten of George Harrison's demos dating from the '70s. The exact dates are fuzzy, as the liner notes are little more than hagiography, but a quick scan of the titles pegs the great bulk of them -- six, to be precise -- from All Things Must Pass, with two others dating from 1976's Thirty Three & 1/3 ("Let It Be Me," "Woman Don't You Cry for Me), another from Living in the Material World, the 1973 album ("The Light That Has Lighted the World), and, finally, a perfectly fine cover of Dylan's "Mama, You've Been on My Mind." Several of these are solo acoustic demos, some are rough band run-throughs, and nothing is all that far removed from the finished product, so the collection winds up just a tad anticlimactic for containing nothing but unreleased music: it all feels cozy. And while it's hard not to wish there were a surprise or two along the way, the familiar warmth certainly has its charms, too.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. My Sweet Lord [Demo] [#][Demo Version]
  2. Run of the Mill [Demo] [#][Demo Version]
  3. I’d Have You Any Time [Early Take] [#][Take]
  4. Mama You’ve Been On My Mind [Demo] [#][Demo Version]
  5. Let It Be Me [Demo] [#][Demo Version]
  6. Woman Don’t You Cry for Me [Early Take] [#][Take]
  7. Awaiting on You All [Early Take] [#][Take]
  8. Behind That Locked Door [Demo] [#][Demo Version]
  9. All Things Must Pass [Demo] [#][Demo Version]
  10. The Light That Has Lighted the World [Demo] [#][Demo Version]