George Harrison

Through Many Years

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A patchy assortment of outtakes and rarities from Harrison's early solo career, filled out with a few similar items from Ringo Starr's early solo sessions. The first half-dozen tracks are the most exciting, as all are outtakes from George's best album, All Things Must Pass, only one of which ("I Live for You") was previously bootlegged (in inferior quality). "Dera Dhun" (which Harrison briefly busked in the Beatles' Anthology documentary) and "Gopala Krishna" are pleasant, if unformed, tunes that, as their titles indicate, have an Indian influence, although they are performed by a rock band with no Indian instruments. There's also a derivative rockabilly jam ("Going Down to Golders Green"), a half-assed vamp on "Get Back," and, straight from the bottom of the All Things Must Pass barrel, "Pete Drake's Talking Steel Guitar," which is exactly that. It's followed by the three February 1969 solo demos that already appeared on Anthology 3. With VigoTone's typical hubris, the (very good) liner notes describe two of the tracks as boasting superior mixes here. The early-'70s non-LP Harrison B-sides "Deep Blue," "Miss O'Dell," and "I Don't Care Anymore" are useful to completists, as they haven't been reissued on CD, although none are among his more memorable compositions. Rounding out the program are a 1969 television-special mix of Starr's "Octopus's Garden" (including some non-Beatles musicians), a "Stormy Weather" outtake from Starr's first solo album, and two unissued tracks from Starr's 1970 Beaucoups of Blues album. The fidelity is excellent throughout the disc.