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|George Harrison||Primary Artist|
|Jim Horn||Flute, Saxophone|
|Kevin Howlett||Liner Notes|
|Drew Lorimer||Art Direction|
It's hard to believe that this music was recorded in 1972 (released 1973), the range of tempo, messages in each song (whether it's a prayer or story)and the clarity of each instrument (the variety is uncanny), George Harrison et al is refreshing, spiritual and thoroughly enjoyable for any music lover.
Listen with any open ear, open heart and an open mind. Enjoy!
Posted October 1, 2010
Honestly, I didn't get into 'Material World' until 2003, and that was after I heard the David Bowie cover of "Try Some Buy Some" on his 'Reality' album. As a life long Beatles and Harrison fan, I felt that I neglected this album far too long, then got it soonafter hearing the Bowie cover, and thought it was a great album (perhaps not as great as All Things Must Pass, but that was too hard an act to follow). So now I got the deluxe remastered edition, and it does sound improved over the original CD. It has the b-side "Miss O'Dell" which I did have for years on the "Give Me Love" single (one of my favorite non-LP tracks ever). I believe I avoided the Material World album for years because of the presumed spiritual, almost preachiness air that I thought Harrison was giving off (song titles such as "The Lord Loves the One (who loves the lord)" were evidence of this), but in the end, that wasn't a very good reason to neglect this gem of an album. George happened to be a certain frame of mind, and simply wrote about it, and in fact all the songs are very good -- I especially like the slower paced tracks ("The Light that has Lighted the Word", "Be Here Now", "That is All") and Hari's cynicism and social commentary lyrical bite that he did with the Beatles on "Taxman" and "Piggies" is here on "Sue Me Sue You Blues" (as 'material world' a song as it gets!). I also didn't realize until recently that on the album, George Harrison is the sole guitarist, so all the slides, acoustic, etc are all him, and beautifully done. Highly recommended if the only solo Hari you own is 'All Things Must Pass', and even if you have it on CD and not this version, it's worth getting.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
You don't. Having said that, this was a fantastic album. It didn't get the credit it was due. "Give me Love" was a great lead off single. The gentle guitar that blends accoustic blues with Eastern religion is a perfect blend of yin and yang. The guitar solo at the end of "The Lord Loves the One" may be George's best ever. The Title cut is pure fun, with Jim Horn and George trading licks on Sax and slide guitar on the fade out. Comes to a glorious climax of jazzy confection. The two bonus tracks were hidden B-side gems of "Bangladesh" and "Give Me Love". "Deep Blue" is about George's Mom dying of cancer and his inability to help her. One of his best songs ever. "Miss O'Dell" shows the humor George had that few took note of. The Limited Edition has some nice videos. The "Miss O'Dell video is my favorite. The odd Last Supper like group picture on the lawn of his then home is funny and comes to life in the video. The picture on the inside sleeve of the gatefold album cover was black and white, except for George. The colorized pictures are amazing. Thanks George for the memories. Slide guitar never sounded better, than it did in your hands.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.