Songs From The Material World: A Tribute To George Harrison

Songs From The Material World: A Tribute To George Harrison

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Released on what would have been George Harrison¿s 60th birthday (Feb. 25, 2003), ¿Songs From The Material World: A Tribute to George Harrison¿ is one of the strongest musical compilations in memory and a fitting tribute to the so-called ¿Quiet Beatle.¿ A wide-ranging mix of Harrison¿s contemporaries and those he influenced provide reworkings of a dozen songs covering his years with the Fab Four and his adventuresome solo career. While some efforts only partly measure up to the original (Marc Ford¿s ¿I, Me, Mine¿ and a joint effort by Jay Bennett and Edward Burch covering ¿Isn¿t It A Pity¿), other artists hit the mark perfectly. The Smithereens conjure up the magic of their early work on ¿I Want To Tell You¿ with a combination of ringing guitars and artful vocal harmonies. They Might Be Giants infuse just the right amount of playfulness and distinctive horn section riffs to tackle ¿Savoy Truffle.¿ Todd Rundgren delivers a dead-on version of ¿While My Guitar Gently Weeps,¿ until the ending guitar solo where he blazes with a more fiery attack than that used by Eric Clapton. And who would have thought the decidedly rocking ¿Taxman¿ delivered by the Beatles in 1966 would work as a retro-styled swing number in 2003? Bill Wyman¿s Rhythm Kings prove it does. The collection also allows rock fans to reflect on the loss of another seminal and often-unsung hero; John Entwistle recorded his upbeat version of ¿Here Comes The Sun¿ before his death last summer in Las Vegas at age 57. And Kinks guitarist Dave Davies¿ ¿Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)¿ recalls how Harrison¿s words ¿ 16 months after his death from cancer on Nov. 29, 2001 ¿ continue to speak to a world in need of his enlightened voice.