Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Mid-Week Harrison Joyful Extravaganza Music Twofer

Just over 47 years ago, George Harrison released his critically acclaimed triple album, "All Things Must Pass," a body of work that revealed the full genius of this often- undervalued Beatle. One reviewer aptly characterized the album as an "extravaganza of piety and sacrifice and joy."  Two songs from the album reflect the latter emotion to us.  "What Is Life" kicked off side two with its exuberant pace and rollicking guitar, with guest artists like Eric Clapton on rhythm guitar and driving bass courtesy of the late Carl Radle of Derek and the Dominoes/ Delaney & Bonnie. (The joyous video, with dancers Emma Rubinowitz and Esteban Hernandez, was released this past February to commemorate would have been Harrison's 74th birthday.)

"Apple Scruffs" is an homage to the devoted fans who camped outside the Beatles' Abbey Road studio and features a nice harmonica riff by Harrison.  He also did all the backing vocals! It was released as the "B" side of the "What Is Life" single. Hope you enjoy.


DivaNewYork said...

Thanks for recognizing "What Is Life," W!!!! Harrison was extremely talented and, yes, the undervalued Beatle.

W. Hackwhacker said...

It just bursts with his essence. We hadn't heard it in a long while, and when we did a week or so ago, it just blossomed out of the radio like a big sunflower. Thanks, Diva!

Feline Mama said...

Someone pass the kleenex NOW. I really miss Him & John. What a talented bunch of guys, these Beatle chums were. DAMN!!!
Then there is the Orange Menace, still breathing & potus of all things. So much unfairness & sorrow!!
THANKS, Guys!!!!!!

W. Hackwhacker said...

Given the Orange Menace's continuing menace, we thought a bright, hopeful Harrison song would be a nice elixir. Thanks, FM!