Somewhere in England [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
This record had a troubled birth, for when George Harrison originally submitted it for release in November 1980, Warner Bros. rejected it, claiming that four songs -- "Flying Hour," "Lay His Head," "Sat Singing," and "Tears of the World" once available on the bootleg Ohnothimagen -- were not worthy of being issued. Harrison was forced to go back into the studio to cut four new tunes, delivering a bitterly barbed thrust at his record label in "Blood From a Clone" which they did release and a tune originally meant for Ringo Starr but rewritten as a remembrance after John Lennon's assassination "All Those Years Ago", as well as "Teardrops" and "That Which I Have Lost." ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
This record had a troubled birth, for when George Harrison originally submitted it for release in November 1980, Warner Bros. rejected it, claiming that four songs -- "Flying Hour," "Lay His Head," "Sat Singing," and "Tears of the World" once available on the bootleg Ohnothimagen -- were not worthy of being issued. Harrison was forced to go back into the studio to cut four new tunes, delivering a bitterly barbed thrust at his record label in "Blood From a Clone" which they did release and a tune originally meant for Ringo Starr but rewritten as a remembrance after John Lennon's assassination "All Those Years Ago", as well as "Teardrops" and "That Which I Have Lost." As a result, the most compelling issue of this album is the contest of wills between the artist and the suits. Now how do the four deleted tunes stack up against the ones that replaced them? The four missing tunes are of generally even quality, even similar in sound, although "Tears of the World" is a strident attack against corporate and political masters that probably unnerved the executives the most. Actually, the six tunes that Warner Bros. spared should have been more likely candidates for the hook, including the curious covers of two Hoagy Carmichael songs, "Baltimore Oriole" and "Hong Kong Blues." Yet in general, the new ones are indeed superior and more varied, with more of a punch than the ones they replaced. The bouncy "All Those Years Ago" is a definite gain, being the most heartfelt song on the record as well as a de facto Beatles reunion Starr plays drums and Paul and Linda McCartney overdubbed backing vocals, and it was justly rewarded with a number two showing on the singles charts. The official release is slightly preferable over the bootlegs of the original. [Somewhere in England was reissued in 2004 with a different cover based on Harrison's original intention for the cover, plus a demo of "Save the World" as a bonus track.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2004
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724359408828
  • Catalog Number: 94088
  • Sales rank: 13,129

Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Harrison Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Musician
Al Kooper Synthesizer, Keyboards, Musician
Ringo Starr Drums, Musician
Tom Scott Horn, Lyricon, Musician
Gary Brooker Synthesizer, Keyboards, Musician
Herbie Flowers Bass, Tuba, Musician
Jim Keltner Drums, Musician
Ray Cooper Synthesizer, Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Musician
Neil Larsen Synthesizer, Keyboards, Musician
Dave Mattacks Drums, Musician
Mike Moran Synthesizer, Keyboards, Musician
Willie Weeks Bass, Musician
Alla Rakha Tabla, Musician
Technical Credits
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
George Harrison Composer, Producer
Ray Cooper Producer
John Etchells Remastering
Phil McDonald Engineer
Simon Heyworth Remastering
Drew Lorimer Redesign
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