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Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 – Reissue

June 13, 2007

Two of the original five Wilburys have moseyed on, mortality-wise: George Harrison and Roy Orbison. But what really sounds boneyard-bound on these reissues is Jeff Lynne's production. In the late 1980s, he produced every other record on rock radio (i.e.,...

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Concert For Bangladesh (Reissue)

October 20, 2005

The Concert for Bangladesh is rightly enshrined in rock history as the model for Band Aid, Live Aid, Live 8 and every other superstar benefit concert of the last three decades. George Harrison organized it when his friend and teacher, Indian sitar master...

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The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration

September 16, 1993

At Bob Dylan's anniversary celebration, held at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 16, 1992, the event transcended the man. Between the stunning range of artists who performed Dylan's songs – from Stevie Wonder to Roger McGuinn, Tracy Chapman to Eric...

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Live At The BBC

January 25, 1991

Every age, it seems, gets the Beatles it requires. Ambitious prog rockers of the '70s looked to Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band as proof that rock & roll could accommodate classical aspirations, with whatever mixed results. A bit later, the...

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Traveling Wilburys Volume One

October 18, 1988

This is the best record of its kind ever made. Then again, it's also the only record of its kind ever made. A low-key masterpiece, Volume One marks the auspicious debut of the Traveling Wilburys – Lucky Wilbury (a.k.a. Bob Dylan), Nelson Wilbury...

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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

August 27, 1987
Not Rated

I just listened to it and said to myself, "God, I really love this album." Still, today, it just sounds so fresh. It sounds full of ideas. These guys knew what they were doing. They're good. And they're inventive. I haven't heard anything this year that's...

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Please Please Me

July 16, 1987
Not Rated

"It was twenty years ago today/Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play." That line has been invoked an awful lot this year, as Capitol Records has turned the Greatest Album Ever into (Capitol says) "the most important and revealing compact disc release there...

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Somewhere In England

August 6, 1981

As the first album released by an ex-Beatle since the nightmare of last December 8th. Somewhere in England will be eagerly received — and given the benefit of every doubt — by fans desperate for consolation and reassurance that at least some...

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Extra Texture

November 20, 1975
Not Rated

George Harrison and his music are best approached with deep caution, if only because his music (being former Beatle stuff) inevitably commands special attention; one wants to respect Harrison, to fathom his pursuit of Krishna, perhaps even to share his...

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Living In The Material World

July 19, 1973
Not Rated

At last it's here, beautifully-packaged with symbolic hand-print covers and the dedication, "All Glories to Sri Krsna." Even if Living in the Material World were as trivial and regressive as McCartney's Red Rose Speedway, there would be many who would...

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All Things Must Pass

January 21, 1971
Not Rated

In those haylcyon days when Beatles did not have destinies, only personalities, and every Beatle fan had a favorite Beatle, John once satirized his mates as "wide-eyed Paul, cozy Ringo, and skeleton George." George, overshadowed as he was by two enormous...

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Brainwashed

December 12, 2002

George Harrison was the youngest and quietest Beatle. He was also the first to write a song about what a drag it was to be a Beatle: "Don't Bother Me," for the 1963 British LP With the Beatles. He never stopped writing about it. Harrison's best music...

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Live in Japan

August 6, 1992

It was during the heady days of punk and New Wave, as 1979 was dissolving into 1980, that Joe Strummer of the Clash spat out the line "Phony Beatlemania has bitten the dust" in "London Calling," his band's anthem to the new insurgence. That sentiment...

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Under The Red Sky

October 4, 1990

Oh Mercy, Bob Dylan's 1989 album, showed the singer returning compellingly to form, flexing strengths ranging from the hot topicality of "Political World" to the blue, spare grace of "Where Teardrops Fall." The latter song's stripped-down, essential power...

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Cloud Nine

December 3, 1987
Not Rated

If Cloud Nine were simply a decent record, it would still mark a major comeback for George Harrison, whose latter-day solo efforts have for the most part presented little more than a tired blend of spiritual, romantic and musical banalities. But the good...

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With The Beatles

July 16, 1987
Not Rated

" ""It was twenty years ago today/Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play."" That line has been invoked an awful lot this year, as Capitol Records has turned the Greatest Album Ever into (Capitol says) ""the most important and revealing compact disc release...

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Gone Troppo

February 17, 1983

They say I'm not what I used to be/All the same/I'm happier than a willow tree," sings George Harrison in "Mystical One," a song from his new album, Gone Troppo. Well, it's great that George is happy, but he's right about his career: lately, he's made...

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George Harrison

April 19, 1979
Not Rated

Time hasn't treated the individual Beatles' solo projects kindly. Probably most of John Lennon's self-advertisements were never intended to reverberate any longer than the now-defunct media myths they once exploited. Paul McCartney carries on as a singles...

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Dark Horse

February 13, 1975
Not Rated

In defense of his tour and new album, George Harrison has argued that "If you don't expect anything, life is one big bonus. But when you expect anything, then you can be let down." So expect nothing — is that the moral of a shriveled career? Given...

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Concert For Bangladesh

February 3, 1972
Not Rated

The Concert for Bangla Desh is rock reaching for its manhood. Under the leadership of George Harrison, a group of rock musicians recognized, in a deliberate, self-conscious, and professional way, that they have responsibilities, and went about dealing...

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