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Living in the Material World

George HarrisonAudio CD
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Over a period of decades, George Harrison earned a reputation as one of the most enigmatic and creative individuals born to rock and roll. As signaled by his first post-Beatles release, 1970’s epic All Things Must Pass, here was a man with a story all his own. His list of accomplishments is long and eclectic in its scope.

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  • Audio CD (January 28, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Emd/Capitol
  • ASIN: B000008GEF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,671 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)
2. Sue Me, Sue You Blues
3. The Light That Has Lighted The World
4. Don't Let Me Wait Too Long
5. Who Can See It
6. Living In The Material World
7. The Lord Loves The One (That Loves The Lord)
8. Be Here Now
9. Try Some Buy Some
10. The Day The World Gets 'Round
11. That Is All

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This CD is an out of print collectible! It is the original 1991 Capitol release. Catalog CDP-7-94110-2.

To say that George Harrison's post-Beatles career peaked early is an understatement. Long frustrated by the dominance of the Lennon-McCartney songwriting juggernaut, Harrison's pent-up creative juices (and a wealth of unrecorded songs penned during the Fabs' final years) infused his 1970 epic multidisc All Things Must Pass with a grandeur that rivaled his former band's best. Three years passed before this distinctly more humble studio follow-up was released (with 1971's live Concert for Bangladesh sandwiched in between) to tepid reviews and some fan grumbling. But as Harrison hinted in his 2000 notes to the reissued All Things (which curiously complained about Phil Spector's typically bigger-than-life production), Material World may well represent Harrison's artistic vision in its purest form: an often perplexingly ironic stew of spiritualism ("Living in the Material World," the more accessible single "Give Me Love," and others) and misanthropy (especially regarding his ex-band and their lawyers on the "Sue Me, Sue You Blues"). Despite the presence of many of All Things' core session men (Ringo Starr, Jim Keltner, Nicky Hopkins, Kalus Voorman), Harrison's self-production is low-key funky and more organic than its predecessor, even as he tellingly tends to shortchange his own voice in the bargain. Rife with subtle country and folk touches, there are some warm surprises here (the quietly introspective "Be Here Now," the pop smarts of "Don't Let Me Wait Too Long" and "The Lord Loves the One," with "Try Some, Buy Some" briefly revisiting Phil Spector and his wall of sound), even if it's an album that largely suffers from the curse of expectations. --Jerry McCulley

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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars greatly needed update, keep 'em coming October 1, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I pre-ordered this set, knowing that I was going to buy it regardless of the reviews that had not yet been posted. I got it locked in at $23.99, which was subsequently changed to $29.88 as of the day of this review. So there may be a lesson about the value of the pre-order, especially if you just know that you will indeed make the purchase.

Being a big George Harrison fan, and now knowing that all we can look forward to are the things that already exist, I was happy to see the expansion of his catalog in the modern age of sound engineering as well as the visual arena with this set.

The DVD made me go this route rather than the CD only, and at about nine or ten dollars for the less than 15 minute disc, I am not sure about the monetary value. I guess in the years to come, I will be happy that I spent up to the expanded set. This DVD does one thing for my expectations for the future. Both the previously issued "Dark Horse" DVD and this one have nicely rendered 5.1 videos from the 1991 Japan concerts, which must mean that there are videos from all of the songs on that double CD. I hope that we can see those songs on a concert DVD in the future. The DVD was a bit of a shock for me, because for years of listening to the CDs from that tour of Japan, I had assumed that the terrific slide work on "Give me love" was from George himself. It was surprising to watch both Harrison and Clapton strumming acoustics, while Andy Fairweather-Low replicated the slide sound in the Harrison style. Still, it was nice to see George playing in front of a crowd. The rest of the songs on the DVD were basically audio soundtracks with a montage of stills and non-related video that support the songs. The alternate take on "Sue me, sue you blues" was really stripped down and raw.
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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful
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First the important question does this remaster/reissue improve on the previous version released nearly a decade ago? Yes. The sound is fuller with slightly better detail. It is remastered a bit louder as well but the most important improvement is the inclusion of the B-sides "Deep Blue" and "Miss O'Dell" The former song was the B-side to "Bangela Desh" written about George's loss of his father and the latter is a lark with a Dylanesque quality to the music. The lyrics go from serious to humourous with George cracking up during the chorus.

As to the DVD well it's nice to have the two bonus tracks (with "Give Me Love" in 5.1) as well as the video footage. I suspect that many fans will not watch the videos more than once (although the live footage was nice). I'd like to see the full live show for "Live in Japan" get a DVD release separate from the re-releases/remasters of his back catalog. I don't feel that the CD/DVD set is essential but fans who pay for it will enjoy the second disc I was just hoping for more live footage/outtakes/demos or even the other mix of the album.

I'm a bit disappointed that George's rehearsal for "It Don't Come Easy" with George on lead vocals (he co-wrote the song with Ringo even though he wasn't credited as such until recently)isn't included as he provides a spirited version of the song (this has also been available on bootlegs for years. My suspicion is that if it is eventually released it will find its way onto "Dark Horse" although it really belongs here).Finally it's a pity that the single version of "Bangela Desh" wasn't included as well.

The booklet included has some nice rare photos from the inside cover shoot which feature George along with musicians that appeared on the album.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazon's "bonus" DVD is CENSORED! November 2, 2006
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This album is pleasant enough, and much better due to remastering. However, beware that not only is the "bonus" DVD woefully short at 15 minutes, but the version Amazon has been selling is CENSORED. Here's where: During the album's photo shoot chronicled in the "Miss O'Dell" montage, there are three stills of a NUDE LADY sitting in a window. On the version I bought through Amazon, all three shots have a BLACK BAR over the nipples. This was not a problem except that I have seen others' bonus DVD's, and the bars are simply NOT there. So, if you're going to spend the extra money on this title JUST for 15 minutes worth of footage and/or montages, DON'T buy it from here. It's silly for me to make a fuss over three seconds of nipple, but even siller for us not to be told by EMI *or* Amazon what we're paying for in comparison to someone else. I'm an ADULT, and I want my DVD's UN-CUT!
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Madonna must have heard this record March 16, 2000
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Living in the Material World is the third album in a row that George Harrison released after the breakup of the Beatles that was very successful. All Things Must Pass (1970) was number one on the album charts for two months. The Concert For the Bangla Desh (1971) won the Grammy for album of the year. Living In the Material World followed suit by hitting number one when it was released in May of 1973. This album is currently out of print in the United States and that is a pity, because for the Exception of All Things Must Pass and Cloud Nine, this is the best George Harrison record to buy. This is also the last album that Harrison really seems to go all out on until Cloud Nine which didn't come out until 14 years after this one did. The songwriting on Living In the Material World is mostly good with only a couple of throwaway tracks. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) was the single the album's hit single and was number one for four weeks when it was released in 1973. But some other songs also deserve special mention. The song Living in the Material World is one of the very best that Harrison has written. The song also has a very good sitar section that fans of the Beatle days will enjoy. Sue Me, Sue You Blues is a bluesy acoustic rocker that finds Harrison in fine vocal and guitar form.
There have been many that have said that this record is too preachy in regards to Harrison's religious beliefs. There is something to this critism to be sure but Living in the Material world is not a first listen record. Living in the Material World is a record that grows on the listener after many listens. Living in the Material World is also at times a very dark and very personal record for those who are fans of the Beatles music only.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
One of George Harrisons album after he found religion.
Published 18 days ago by Sunnyjim
5.0 out of 5 stars Good version of this album, but the 2014 version will be better
While not as good as All Things Must Pass, George Harrison's LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD has many good performances and fine guitar playing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by steve_manassas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Adheroom
5.0 out of 5 stars I think this is George Harrison's best album. I love it and it puts me...
I think this is George Harrison's best album. I love it and it puts me in an otherworldly place ... which is probably the intent.
Published 3 months ago by Diane Kahn
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite
One of my favorite George Harrison recordings.
Published 3 months ago by Casie Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars "Got a lot of work to do, got to get a message through, and get back...
Over the years many critics have bemoaned that George Harrison never again created anything as good as All Things Must Pass. The truth is that in 44 years neither has anyone else. Read more
Published 4 months ago by DarkHorse1031
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!
George Harrison's follow up to 'All Things Must Pass' cemented his status as a superstar without the Beatles. Read more
Published 6 months ago by B. C. Flippo
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any collection
Well of course you need this album in your collection. It is one of the Beatles. It is all about treating each other more kindly and keeping your sanity while living in a world... Read more
Published 9 months ago by J. Farmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Living in the Material world review
This album is reflective of the inner spiritual journey George Harrison had embarked upon as he pursued his Eastern spiritual philosophy studies. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Darene Dorton
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I can play it over and over and never tire of listening to it.
Highly recommend this cd if you are a fan of George's.
Published 13 months ago by Lisa
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Material World and Materialism
You have made great points -- surely it seems this re-issuing of LITMW is a cash-in (for certain, the also just-released 'the U.S. vs. John Lennon' is another "old wine in a new bottle" compilation that nearly no Lennon fan needs - unless one really wants 'Bed Peace' that badly). ... Read More
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More Comming Soon?
What would really be amazing is if they reissued Traveling Wilburys, Vol 1 and Vol 3
Sep 26, 2006 by David Epstein |  See all 3 posts
Thank you, Olivia and Dhani
Yes, listeners are sure to be satisfied in every way with this release. I'm disappointed, though. Disappointed in my luck -- I already own Living in the Material World, and I just ordered all the Harrison CDs I don't own (Dark Horse through Live in Japan) from my local record store and Amazon a... Read More
Sep 16, 2006 by C. M. Cabe |  See all 2 posts
A Lifelong Beatle Fan
I agree that George's solo work was underappreciated (bias against his spirituality, perhaps?)by the mainstream. I have been a lifelong Beatle fan and it does my heart good to see my sons and other people their age discovering the Beatles, and George particularly. It has been fun re-discovering... Read More
Sep 24, 2006 by L. E. Jenkins |  See all 2 posts
when will this cd be remastered?
A remaster will be released in spetember. For more info, visit
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