Let It Roll
(Apple / Capitol/Dark Horse)


I just can’t believe its going to be 8 years since George Harrison dropped the body as he would say, on November 29, 2001. Even though you can’t speak to him or touch him, George’s earthly presence is all over a new 19 track, 2009 CD retrospective of his solo albums entitled Let It Roll - The Songs Of George Harrison. Of course, as per the title track, there’s plenty of tracks from All Things Must Pass, the famous 3 album box set from 1970 that was produced by George and apocalyptic rock and roll pioneer, Phil Spector. In a miserable twist of fate, Phil Spector's public life ended in 2009, as regarding his final court trial, he’s now lost his freedom forever. Fittingly, “Isn’t It A Pity,” yet another Spector produced Harrison classic, closes out the CD. There’s plenty from the Cloud Nine CD, including the Let It Roll opener, “Got My Mind Set On You,” the song that proved to be George’s last major hit single. Live takes of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," “Here Comes The Sun” and “Something,” all from the original Concert For Bangla Desh album, touch on the ‘68 / ‘69 Beatles era. Other highlights on the 19 track sampler include cuts from his final Brainwashed album, including George’s own Santo And Johnny flavored instrumental, “Marwa Blues” and of course his John Lennon tribute from the spring of ‘81, “All Those Years Ago.” Remastering from the diverse sources of sounds was expertly handled by Giles Martin at Abbey Road studios while the CD packaging is outstanding, topped off by insightful liner notes written on April 2, 2009 by musicologist Warren Zanes.


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