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  posted on 6/20/2009 at 06:40 PM
anyone get this? what a crazy and random tracklisting. why is it missing several actual top 40 hits?

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  posted on 6/21/2009 at 10:05 AM
guess no one saw this/bought/cared. it does have a few rare soundtrack only tunes but it should have been a 2 disc or they should have put all the charting singles on there and then went back and picked album tracks.
 

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  posted on 6/21/2009 at 10:11 AM
Havent bought it yet, but I intend to.

Happy they included some TW tunes though

 

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  posted on 6/21/2009 at 10:20 AM
TW tunes?
 

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  posted on 6/21/2009 at 10:31 AM
I was being sarcastic

Suprised they didnt at least include one Willbury tune..

 

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  posted on 6/21/2009 at 02:51 PM
Oh ok. I couldnít even figure out at first what TW was standing for. Honestly this should have been 2 discs. Why are there only 2 tracks from 1973-1979? It skips over about 6 top 40 hits he had during that timeframe with 3 albums not represented at all. I would have dropped the 3 beatles live tunes. ringo, paul and john didnít include any beatles tunes on their newer compilations. The only was they should keep the beatles tunes is if it was 2 discs. Also too much focus on ďall things must passď. I know its his best album but thatís also the album most fans own. 4 tunes from that album should be on there, the title track and the 3 hits singles.
 

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  posted on 6/21/2009 at 05:27 PM
An interview by Spinner with Olivia Harrison where she talks about "Let It Roll". This may shine some light on the album -

Harrison's Widow Still Loves to Hear His Voice

On June 16, George Harrison's first greatest-hits collection in more than 30 years was released. The set, 'Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison,' is the only compilation that spans his entire solo career. Its release is one of a series of current activities celebrating Harrison's legacy, starting in April when he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In September come both the Beatles' highly anticipated version of Rock Band and their rereleased, remastered catalog.

Spinner talked with Harrison's widow, Olivia, about 'Let It Roll,' plans for other Harrison reissues and her late husband's obsession with taping everything.

S - How involved were you in picking the music for 'Let it Roll'?

OH - More than I cared to be, to be honest, because it was nearly impossible. Everyone was fighting and pushing and pulling. [Harrison's son] Dhani had a list, of course, and he was, "No, you can't have this; you gotta have this." Then the record company has ideas ... I had a two-CD set; we really honed it down [to one] ... We tried to pick something from every era.

S - What's the most gratifying part for you that there's seemingly no end in the interest in George's music, whether it's solo, with the Traveling Wilburys or with the Beatles?

OH - I guess just hearing his voice. I love that voice ... But you know, [people] would say, "What would you like to be remembered for?" and [George] would say, "I don't really care if I'm remembered" ... He wasn't trying to make himself into something that had to be remembered. If somebody takes something away, which I think they have and obviously his music has endured, [that's fine], but if not, that's fine, too.

S - Do you listen to your husband's music a lot?

OH - I listen to a lot of really rough recordings, cassettes and demos. George seemed to have a tape recording going ...The other night I listened to New Year's Eve, it must have been '87. There was Joe Brown, a great musician; and Dave Edmunds; Alvin Lee, who was a neighbor; Jon Lord from Deep Purple. We're all just hanging out. And then we're sitting around the piano, someone has a guitar. You can hear all the wives talking, the guys are playing and we're all singing along ...I'm like, 'Wow, who had this tape going,' you know? And George would always end up putting it in his pocket, throwing it in a drawer, so I listen to things like that.

S - Any thought of releasing them?

OH - No, not really, but you just sit and listen and it's sort of like you're there again.

S - Why is there no previously unreleased material on the set?

OH - George had a "best of" that ended in 1976 -- that was the only "best of" collection out there. That album always bothered me ... I just thought that is really not fair and I think we have to put something in that place, and that's really what this is.

S - What do you want someone to learn about George from this collection?

OH - I think the basic thread that runs through it is his guitar playing and his sentiment, which veers towards a person questioning their existence and also somebody with a sense of humor ... And also, there's a longing, especially, like in the song 'Isn't It a Pity.' He really meant that. He used to feel so bad when bad things would happen. I think the ultimate was a couple of months before he died was 9/11. He was so disappointed and so heartbroken, like everyone else.

S - Will there be a Volume Two of the greatest hits? There are omissions here like 'Dark Horse' or 'Crackerbox Palace.'

OH - With 'Dark Horse,' I will remaster that, but there's a lot of peripheral material to that and I don't want to just do the album and put it out without everything ... There's photographs, there's artwork, there are a lot of things that could go into that to make it a really nice package. But to actually put the music out because they fans want it ... if they wait, I can make it better.

S - In April, George received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. What would he think about that?

OH - I think by this point he would have been OK. But there was a point, sort of in the '90s, he was enjoying himself so much not doing anything in the public eye, he might not have done it. But you know, we want to give him a star and so that's too bad, George, you're going to have it [Iaughs]. He would always say, no matter what it was, "Oh that's nice." Sometimes people would make up an award and send it because they like him and he'd go, "Oh, that's nice." And he'd kind of put it on the table and it would just be there. Probably people don't realize that he did appreciate it whether it was the biggest award in the world or the smallest little award or a flower left in the gate ... He might have some hokey little thing beside an Oscar on the shelf and it was all the same to him.

S - The Beatles: Rock Band game comes out in September. How involved were you?

OH - Oh, we [Olivia, Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr] were all very involved. The technical things you leave to Harmonix and EA because that's what they do, but little things like, you know, the shape of the face and certain things, the nose: "His chin wasn't like that" ... There was a point where I had to say, "Hang on a minute, it's a game. They're not trying to re-create him here." But you wanted it to be nice and you wanted it to reflect a look. They're very cute.

S - Dhani gave an interview where he said there may be some unreleased Beatles songs in the game. True?

OH - I don't think that was an accurate quote, actually.

S - So the answer is no, then?

OH - I think what is it is there's a lot of [unreleased] dialog that was given from the [recording] sessions and that has been used ... They had hours and hours of studio talk, so they were able to incorporate that.

 

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  posted on 6/21/2009 at 08:05 PM
that slightly helps. hopefully she was telling the truth abuot dark horse the album getting a remaster. thats really a huge reason i was hoping a few songs from dark horse and extra texture are included because those are the only 2 harrison albums that weren't remastered and they need it bad. so hopefully since she mentioned dark horse extra texture will get a remaster also
 

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  posted on 6/21/2009 at 08:40 PM
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George Harrison's first greatest-hits collection in more than 30 years was released


Not true. "The Best of Dark Horse" was issued in 1989.

 

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  posted on 6/21/2009 at 10:50 PM
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George Harrison's first greatest-hits collection in more than 30 years was released


Not true. "The Best of Dark Horse" was issued in 1989.


how is that not true? it says his FIRST hits collection came out 30 years ago. the one you are talking about is his 2nd

 

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  posted on 6/21/2009 at 11:18 PM
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George Harrison's first greatest-hits collection in more than 30 years was released


Not true. "The Best of Dark Horse" was issued in 1989.


how is that not true? it says his FIRST hits collection came out 30 years ago. the one you are talking about is his 2nd


I think you need to read that again. Whatever, I found it interesting that his 2nd GH collection wasn't mentioned.

 

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  posted on 6/22/2009 at 01:41 AM
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George Harrison's first greatest-hits collection in more than 30 years was released


Not true. "The Best of Dark Horse" was issued in 1989.


how is that not true? it says his FIRST hits collection came out 30 years ago. the one you are talking about is his 2nd


I think you need to read that again. Whatever, I found it interesting that his 2nd GH collection wasn't mentioned.




yes my bad. jumped the gun. the article makes it seem like this is his first hits collection in 30 years when yes you are right he released 1 about 20 years ago

 

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  posted on 6/22/2009 at 12:05 PM
Didn't the first one come out in 1975 or so (around the same time as Extra Texture) -- one side was his Beatles stuff, the other his solo songs

 

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  posted on 6/22/2009 at 01:09 PM
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Didn't the first one come out in 1975 or so (around the same time as Extra Texture) -- one side was his Beatles stuff, the other his solo songs


about then. maybe the year after extra texture

 

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  posted on 6/22/2009 at 08:23 PM
Right you are Matt -- it was 1976 -- "The Best of George Harrison" -- as you said the year after Extra Texture (Read All About It)

 

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  posted on 6/23/2009 at 02:25 PM
Just my .02... because I read a different Olivia Harrison article, and it does mention the Dark Horse collection from 89... I believe they were thinking that THE BEST OF GEORGE HARRISON from 1976 was "greatest hits" collection but ignored THE BEST OF DARK HORSE because it wasn't really covering "hits" it was covering just songs from an era... I don't agree with that, but I think that's why it was written like that.

Also, in the other article it said the FIRST career spanning greatest hits collection.

Not long after BRAINWASHED came out, I had put together a single disc BEST OF GH collection for a friend and I included (in non-chronilogical order):

My Sweet Lord
Isn't it a Pity?
What is Life?
While My Guitar Gently Weeps (from bangla desh)
Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)
Dark Horse
You
Here Comes the Sun (from SNL with Paul Simon)
Crackerbox Palace
Blow Away
All Those Years Ago
Dream Away
Got My Mind Set On You
When We Was Fab
This is Love
Cheer Down
Something (live in Japan)
Stuck Inside a Cloud

I wish I had it here, because I put a lot of thought into the sequence, to make it flow without being chonilogical. I do remember its started with "Got My Mind Set On You" and ended with "Isn't it a Pity?" ... Anyway, my idea was to represent every album and try to get the "radio" hits that at least we heard growing around here... There were some tough decisions to leave off and putting something like "Dream Away" on was tough, but I wanted to include every album, and that song actually did get radio play here in Chicago back in 82. Anyway, my friend loved it, became a diehard fan and bought all of George's available material. - I thought I made a nice collection.

In fact, my wife & sister,both who already own all of this stuff asked for copies for their cars.

Anyway, to each their own. "hits" collections are ALWAYS hard to do and no one is ever truly happy.

 

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  posted on 6/23/2009 at 02:28 PM
One other thing I would like to mention, if no one else has yet... There is a bonus track on the iTunes version of the album. It's "Isn't it a Pity? (earliest demo version)" and I want to point out that I'm quite sure this is the demo George recorded on January 26th, 1969 during the GET BACK/LET IT BE sessions, the same day as the raw tracks of the released version of "The Long and Winding Road" & "Dig It".

I mention it because I didn't think that recording would EVER see the light of day. And though it's just George on Leslie'd electric guitar & vocal. It is from a Beatles session and it was just sort of snuck out... I love it.

 

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  posted on 6/23/2009 at 05:15 PM
IMO any GH "Best of" should include "Beware of Darkness". One of the most moving songs he's ever written.
 

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  posted on 6/23/2009 at 05:42 PM
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IMO any GH "Best of" should include "Beware of Darkness". One of the most moving songs he's ever written.


or at least all of his charting singles

 

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  posted on 6/23/2009 at 06:39 PM
IMHO,this all you really need!

 

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