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Scenestealer: 'George Harrison Early Takes Vol. 1'

By Zaki JufriMovies - 18 June 2012 11:24 AM | Updated 4:21 PM

Scenestealer: 'George Harrison Early Takes Vol. 1'

It’s hard to believe that we lost the great George Harrison almost eleven years ago.

But auteur Martin Scorsese has immortalized the Quiet Beatle in his epic documentary ‘George Harrison: Living in The Material World’.

Scorsese traces Harrison's life from his beginnings in Liverpool to becoming a world-famous musician, philanthropist and filmmaker, weaving together interviews with George and his closest friends, photographs and archive footage including live performances - much of it previously unseen.

It also turns out that Harrison left behind a wealth of demos and early versions of songs that went on to be considered classics.

Ten of these recordings appear on ‘George Harrison: Early Takes Volume 1’ released May 1 by Universal Music to coincide with the DVD/Blu-ray release of Scorsese’s Harrison biopic. All 10 recordings are featured in Scorsese's documentary.

The album includes early and demo versions of eight songs from Harrison's solo catalogue like ‘My Sweet Lord’, ‘Awaiting on You All’, ‘The Light That has Lighted The World’ and ‘Woman Don’t You Cry For Me’, plus two new additions -- covers of Bob Dylan's ‘Mama You've Been On My Mind’ and The Everly Brothers' ‘Let It Be Me.’

Also featured are demos of ‘The Light That Has Lighted The World,’ the final version of which graced Harrison's 1973 solo album, ‘Living In The Material World’, and ‘Woman Don't You Cry For Me,’ the finished version of which wound up on Harrison's 1976 album, ‘Thirty Three and 1/3’.

‘George Harrison: Early Takes Volume 1’ is a great addition to the original body of Harrison’s work, one which highlights the quality of his songwriting and presents the material in a new light.

‘George Harrison: Early Takes volume 1’ is available in music stores now.