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Photos: Henry Grossman
Underrated George Harrison albums, in no particular order:
Brainwashed (2002) [Full album above, courtesy of YouTube user 1lindentd23]
Tracklist: Any Road - P2 Vatican Blues (Last Saturday Night) - Pisces Fish - Looking For My Life - Rising Sun - Marwa Blues - Stuck Inside A Cloud - Run So Far - Never Get Over You - Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - Rocking Chair in Hawaii - Brainwashed
This posthumous release should have been a much bigger bit than it was, in my humble opinion, because it encapsulates everything that distinguished George as an artist, and indeed, as a person. The album is a unique blend of George’s gift for melody; his wry, honest, witty and reflective lyrics; his singing voice which always managed to convey such emotion and soul; and his inimitable sound as a guitarist.
Guitar World: “Does listening to ‘Brainwashed’ make you sad?”
Dhani Harrison: “For me, it’s not a sad album. I mean, the saddest it gets for me is listening to ‘Marwa Blues.’ And that’s a real beautiful song, but ii’s also like real lament. It’s a man who wants to be somewhere else, or searching for something else. And it’s got no lyrics! So it might not necessarily be that the sad songs are ‘Looking for My Life’ or ‘Stuck Inside a Cloud.’ WIth my dad, it’s hard to tell, unless you’re really close to him. I don’t know: anyone who looks at life the same way would get it, but not many people really do.” (From the January 2003 issue of Guitar World)
Some have said that they can’t bear to listen to George’s last album, that it’s too sad to even give it a chance… which is such a shame, because I don’t think it’s that sad, either. Of course, there’s bound to be sadness when thinking of the fact that George is no longer physically here, that this album was one he couldn’t see released during his lifetime; and of course it tugs at the heart strings.
But as someone who bought the album on the day of its release back in 2002, and has listened to it countless times - I’m always left with a really positive feeling; a feeling that’s uplifting and hopeful, wise and thoughtprovoking. There are songs that instantly put a smile on your face, humor that will make you laugh. There are moments that make you emotional, yes. But then, that’s life - it’s constantly changing, with highs and lows and happiness and sadness.
Brainwashed is a very special album for me, because it’s helped me through some tough and sad times. This is one album on which I cannot possibly choose a favorite song, because from start to finish, each is brilliant. In thinking of the way George was, the way he dealt with life and death - the overall feel of the album is inspring and by no means sad. Instead, it seems to encapsulate everything that’s so loved about George as a person, an artist, a songwriter and a composer… It’s truly beautiful.
'One day George came home and said he'd got an audition, at the British Legion Club in Speke,' says Mrs. Harrison. 'I told him he must be daft. He hadn't even got a group. He said don't worry, he'd get one.'
George did get a group for his big night at the Speke British Legion. He got his brother Peter on guitar, his friend Arthur Kelly on guitar and two others, one on a tea chest basss and another on a mouth organ. He himself was on guitar. They all left the house one by one, ducking down behind the hedge. George didn’t want all the nosy neighbors to know what they were doing.
They got to the hall and found that the real artists hadn’t turned up. Not only did they get their audition, they had to go straight on and play all night as there was no one else.
'They were so excited when they came home, all shouting together,' says Mrs. Harrison. 'I couldn't make out at first what happened. Then they showed me the ten bob they'd got each, their first professional engagement. The poor boy on the tea chest looked awful. His fingers were bleeding from playing. The blood was all over the tea chest. They called themselves The Rebels for that night. They had it painted on in red. But I can't remember them playing together again.'"
Fun and twinkling lights. Nothing religious for me, really.
Great voice and nice lad.
Nothing. I don’t think about it.
Rubbish. Stupid. The more true-to-life TV the better.
Mick. The singer with the Stones.
Andrew. I think a lot of Andrew as an A & R man. I agree with his ideas about recording pop music.
I haven’t seen enough to form an opinion.
Anyone who can be a millionaire in this country with the government taking most of it is a real winner. We’re not millionaires.
Haven’t heard any yet. It’s more a case of obscene minds listening to them.
Yeah, yeah, yeah.
I only heard of him for the first time when he moaned about Dylan.
Good folk is great, but there’s too much bad folk which people say is great.
They are a case of trying to buy brains for thick kids.
Murray the K
He’s smart, because he’s always first one around with anything.
I don’t get them at all. Debs are something that’ve passed. Some people wish they hadn’t.
An amazing businessman and our pal.
It’s terrible. I only know a little bit about it, but what I know is off.
Middle-Aged Autograph Hunters
Depends on their attitude. They are not bad on their own.
I haven’t been there. It’s a nice street, I believe.
Looking rather under-nourished.
Which Art in Heaven.
Not as funny as they think it is, but quite nice.
P. J. Proby
A bit foolish, but great to have around.
A violent sport.
Big voice and big smile.
To be avoided.
A Talent For Loving
A good book. A Western, but different to others.
A bit simple and not understanding.
Good fun and laughs.
Great. I like hipsters. As trousers, not as people.
Always up for (Beatles) questions, so here goes. :)
Scan - George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe and John Lennon, Heiligengeistfeld, Hamburg/Germany, November 1960
Photo: Astrid Kirchherr
"…Not long before he died, he showed up in Liverpool (in the Pierre Cardin jacket with no collar; he had one before we did) and he went round and hung out with us - almost as if he’d had a premonition that he wasn’t going to see us again. He came to visit me at my house quite apart from when I saw him with the others and it was a very good feeling I got from him…" - George Harrison, The Beatles Anthology
"Stu was more than just the bass player - he was like our art director." - George Harrison on Stuart Sutcliffe, quoted in Liddypool: Birthplace of The Beatles by David Bedford
"I know, for example, that [George] always looked up to John, and probably even Stu, as big-brother figures." - Astrid Kirchherr