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Every Career Should End Like This,
This review is from: Live In Japan [2 SACD] (Audio CD)
I look at Harrison's Live In Japan as more than a collection of music played live. Taken with "Brainwashed" and "Concert For George", this album is the first of an epic trilogy in which George first says good bye to us, and then we say goodbye to him.
Coming off a five-year hiatus in 1987, George re-enters the limelight with "Cloud Nine". The years 1987 - 1991 were one of those post-breakup golden eras of the Fab Four. The three surviving Beatles were beginning to reconnect with each other, Yoko puts out "Imagine". The ice was thawing rapidly now, and Beatles fans were deliciously treated.
From Cloud Nine to the Traveling Wilbury albums, George is having a blast, and shows that of all rock icons, he has perhaps the coolest and perhaps most numerous group of iconic friends. Everybody is jamming with George these days. In the pantheon of the Beatles legend, 1987 - 1991 were George's years.
The quiet Beatle, who shunned the limelight, agrees to do this concert and album in Japan. His music covers the gamut - only about half love songs, the remainder are his commentary on life, the environment, spirituality, his love for John Lennon and all of his friends. On this album, George Harrison is where he was not often found while in the Fabs: front and center, and he masterfully commands the stage.
To the side, Harrison's devoted friend Eric Clapton treats Beatles music with respect and love.
Live In Japan is released, and within a few years George is first diagnosed with cancer. But in the meantime, he reunites with the Beatles for the Anthology, then records some tracks that are to become "Brainwashed". Each brick of the Harrison edifice is carefully put in place as his career comes first circle.
Finally - the Concert for George closes the final chapter in the saddest and most joyful of ways. But that's another review.
George covers all of his bases as he exits the stage . . . perfect!
This CD belongs in every Beatles and classic rock collection.