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Electronic Sound [Import]

George Harrison, Philippe ChatelAudio CD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 10, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Zapple
  • ASIN: B0000070RC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,468 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Under The Mersey Wall
2. No Time Or Space

Editorial Reviews

Reissue of George's second non-Beatles album. Self-produced,it contains two lengthy experimental electronic tracks & wasfirst released on the Apple label in 1969. Also includes theoriginal cover art. 1996 EMI release.

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars George Harrison's Moog Masterwork!! May 30, 2003
Format:Audio CD
When it comes to the so-called 'synthesizer wizards', one would not usually think of Beatle George as being one of them. For a brief time in 1969 however, he was just that. Following a recording session for Apple artist Jackie Lomax, George expressed a high interest in what was then a relavtively new instrument. Immediately following this, he purchased a Moog synthesizer and assembled "Electronic Sound". Shortly afterwards, The Beatles were using the Moog for the sessions which became the "Abbey Road" album.
Originally released in May 1969 on the Zapple label, "Electronic Sound" was dismissed as uncommercial rubbish. Over 30 years after its original release, it's amazing to see just how far ahead of its time this album really is.
"Under The Mersey Wall" is the first of the two tracks which comprise this album. It begins with a series of racecar-like noises and various other sounds. At about the half-way mark, the piece shifts into a surreal meditative mood which floats like a strange unknown planet.
"No Time Or Space" is a 25-minute masterwork which goes all over the place. There has been a long-running controversy surrounding this piece. Synth-pioneer Bernie Krause has claimed in numerous publications that it was he, not George, who created this track. Indeed, Krause is credited as an assistant on this track but it is still a mystery as to who is actually creating the noises on this track. Either way, there is no denying that this piece is extraordinary. It begins with what sounds like a plethora of shotgun blasts. This then transforms into a series squaks, squeals and bursts of white noise. After several minutes of this, a giant galeforce wind of white noise comes in which leads into roughly 15-minutes worth of what sounds like aliens taking over a galaxy in a sci-fi cartoon.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The most un-"Harrison" recording ever... December 18, 2002
Format:Audio CD
OK, we all know what this album is, right? For the benefit of those who don't already know, this album was originally released in 1969 and was George Harrison's experiment with nothing more than a moog synthesizer. It's not what you'd call "music"...as the title suggests, it is "sound." That does not mean that it's in the same category as John Lennon's "Revolution 9" or his other experiments, however. This is 40-some minutes of sound created with a moog synthesizer--there are no vocals or voices in it whatsoever. You will also not hear any of George's guitar talent or even any actual rhythms.
This is a good album to listen to if you need some far-out background sound for whatever reason. You will not be able to memorize this like you would with regular songs, so the album sounds almost new every time you listen to it. If you like more modern industrial music, you might really enjoy this album, if not solely for its historical signifigance.
Listening tip: Wear headphones or have your speakers on either side of you to get that nice "surround" effect. Many of the sounds jump from side to side and it's much more exciting to listen to this way (as is pretty much anything recorded back when stereo was still a new thing).
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Avant Garde LP. July 21, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Other people have given this LP negative reviews, but they obviously 1. Haven't listened to it close enough, or 2. Have no idea what experimental/avant garde music is all about. For anyone who ever bought Coil or Nurse With Wound albums, you will love this. I only give it a four star rating, because the 'art of noise' has come a long way since 1969. If you're just getting into this kind of music, I recommed starting with Nurse With Wound's "Thunder Perfect Mind," or ELpH vs. Coil's "Worship The Glitch," then move on to this. Sure, it's not like the rest of your George Harrison collection, but it is a wonderful LP and a lot of fun to listen to.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What The Hell Am I Listening To ???? August 23, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
What would be the one album I would take to a deserted island? "Electronic Sound" by George Harrison. Made up of only two cuts...over 40 minutes long...and PURE NOISE. Then why do I love this recording? I love Progressive Rock, and George Harrison took it to the extreme.
Should you buy it? Yes! It is Non-Music at it's finest. Can I tell you what it sounds like? No! And you will hear why.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Curiosity July 6, 2000
Format:Audio CD
If you are about to begin a collection of the solo output of the Beatles, this is not the place to start. This album was originally released in 1969 on the Zapple label (a subsidiary of Apple, which only released two albums) as an experiment in sound. It is George Harrison tinkering on a Moog synthesizer for three quarters of an hour. It does get old. I have this in my collection only for the sake of having a complete collection, and for that, it is essential. Understand, however, that I have listened to the CD once (the same is true for my original vinyl copy). If you want everything Beatles or George Harrison, buy it. If you want to listen to George Harrison's music, start with the absolutely brilliant ALL THINGS MUST PASS.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harrison's avant-garde album August 12, 2001
Format:Audio CD
...Although his first instrumental solo album, '68's brilliant "Wonderwall" (mostly Indian music) could be called avant-garde by some, it is his second solo effort "Electronic Sound" (1969) which is truly of that genre. Given a Moog synthesizer, Harrison proceeded to record whatever sounds he managed to emit from it. It's not exactly music, but then again it is. Don't expect to hear any singing or lyrics or actual melodies, and you should enjoy this disc for it's sheer boldness. I like some avant-garde and of course I love Harrison, so this has always been a disc I appreciate immensely. It is CERTAINLY better than those three avant-whatever albums John and Yoko dumped on the public at around the same time. So while Beatles fans need those cd's as well to complete their collections, "Electronic Sound" is more than that. It is a surprising gem; George never released a bad record, and this is no exception.
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2.0 out of 5 stars one of those "it's so bad I mine as well play it one time" type of...
Electronic Sound by no means should be actually *owned*. Do not even think about spending your hard earned money on an album that is completely devoid of songwriting and instead... Read more
Published on August 11, 2011 by B. E Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe I bought this three times so far...
I bought an excellent condition used LP, I bought the Apple CD from the 1990s, and now I own the Japanese mini-LP. And all this time, I've known it's not a great album. Read more
Published on October 19, 2009 by T. Casey
4.0 out of 5 stars Electronic-Machine Music
With nearly 44 minutes of ambient music, George Harrison explores the emerging potential of the Moog synthesizer in producing atmospheric sounds. Read more
Published on April 19, 2008 by Best Of All
5.0 out of 5 stars NEAT stuff.
This is not a top ten lp or something you'll fined on the charts, It's just george playing at home on his new toy.
Published on March 16, 2008 by Mark A. Bentz
4.0 out of 5 stars for conosseurs only
Great service and quality product but the recording itself is obviously George having a lot of fun at the listener's expense, though I knew that going in - avid Beatle collector... Read more
Published on June 14, 2007 by Greg R. Vadimsky
2.0 out of 5 stars An experimental piece, nothing more
This LP-now-CD was intended to be an experimental piece by fledgling electronic player Harrison, and nothing more. Read more
Published on June 1, 2007 by tmpp
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I have all Georges work on cd and I think this has to be one of the best, I love it I know its not like any of his other stuff not even Wonderwall Music. Read more
Published on April 27, 2007 by Rita A. Lemay
1.0 out of 5 stars Learning to play with a synthesizer 101
This is a compilation of a lot of synthesized sounds. I can't call George's work on this recording music. Read more
Published on November 7, 2006 by Frustrated in Indiana
2.0 out of 5 stars What Was He Thinking?
I give this only two stars, although I admit I drop it into the CD player about twice a year, if I'm home alone and doing something idle around the house. Read more
Published on July 17, 2006 by Gord o' The Books
2.0 out of 5 stars too weird
Label should read "file under: acidhead freak noise" What a weird record this is. kind of like lou reed's Metal Machine Music, another weirdo record. Read more
Published on July 1, 2006 by d. sososikwitit
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