George Harrison

Awaiting on You All

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This digipack bootleg release parallels the superb Beatles and Rolling Stones digipack bootleg series in both quality and scope. The first 18 tracks assemble the best-quality masters and performances from the ubiquitous All Things Must Pass outtakes in one place. The latter include not only such jewels as the instrumental track from "Awaiting on You All" (which offers beautifully exposed slide guitar) and acoustic guitar demos and early arrangements of songs such as "If Not for You" and "Apple Scruffs," but also the chronologically related, Harrison-sung demo of "It Don't Come Easy" (a song he gave Ringo Starr as a gift). There are also notable unissued excerpts from the "Apple Jam" sessions (including "Down By the River"), among oddities from off the radar screen. Not everything here is as interesting as "Awaiting on You All," but even "Wah-Wah" -- a somewhat repetitive track -- offers some insights into the way that the songs were constructed. The whole disc is sort of "All Things Must Pass -- The Planning Stages," with a lot more spontaneity and most of the melodic beauty of the finished album, and includes a distant preview of "You" from Extra Texture.