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.