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In November 1968, George Harrison released 'Wonderwall Music'. A soundtrack to an art film called 'Wonderwall' this predominantly Indian music collection was the first solo album to be released by a Beatle and also the first album on the newly formed Apple Records. George would continue to release albums on Apple (and EMI) through to 1975's soul-influenced 'Extra Texture (Read All About It)' touching on experimentalism with 'Electronic Sound', the magnificent triple album 'All Things Must Pass', the chart-topping 'Living In The Material World' and the, perhaps, less well-known 'Dark Horse'. This box brings all these eclectic albums together in one set that mirrors 2004's 'Dark Horse Years' box set and will contain a perfect bound book with a DVD. All albums have been remastered by Dhani Harrison and Paul Hicks and all will be packaged in high-quality card packs and all albums, apart from 'All Things Must Pass' and 'Living In The Material World' contain newly written notes by Kevin Howlett. The DVD contains a brand new, never before seen video which has been painstakingly overseen by Olivia Harrison and all packages contain new photos many never seen before.

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  • Audio CD (September 23, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 7
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00MG4CUH4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,396 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I will keep this review short and to the point as best I can. I'm sure others will provide great detail on specifics. My review is for those who want to know if it's worth the money to shell out for this set, when you most likely own the collection in various formats, ( cd's, lps etc.). Absolutely, a resounding Yes !!. I was having buyers remorse since I already have the last remasters of ATMP and LITMW. The sonic differences are great, especially in the presentation of his voice. This really made the difference for me. The clarity and the warmth in the instrumentation hits you in that soft spot. These guys who remastered this are on their A game. It should make you feel very happy to listen to these new upgrades . You can clearly hear the separation and perfection that we should of heard All those years Ago. I've been going through the set all day. Just superb. I wonder if some people who can't hear a difference are playing them on a semi descent set. I knew some people who couldn't hear the difference in the Beatles remasters. The look of the box set is a work of art as well if that means anything to anyone. A must have for George fans, As far as the music, well ,we all know it's a 10 out of 10. Enjoy everyone , you will not regret a penny !!
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A decade ago, 'The Dark Horse Years, 1976-1992' was released. That six album (on seven CDs) set brought together all George's releases on his own label. In one handy box, it was accompanied by a DVD of various promos and some in concert footage. Ten years later, the Harrison estate has seen fit to issue something similar that encompasses all six of his solo LPs (also on seven CDs) issued on Apple called, unsurprisingly, 'The Apple Years, 1968-75', once again accompanied by a DVD. So, let's "Open the box!"

THE BOX:
It's the same style as before but unlike that previous box, the easily breakable jewel cases have been dispensed with and each is in the 'new standard' card case, which I think is better. Included is a 48 page glossy book with plenty of unseen photos (tape boxes included) and a decent narrative from Kevin Howlett, and each disc, bar 'All Things Must Pass', which has no booklet or text, and 'Living In The Material World', contains an essay by the same author.

WONDERWALL MUSIC:
A fusion of Indian and Western music. Though it might not sound appealing, and it probably works better in conjunction with the film, there are some decent tunes here. Phasing guitars, honky-tonk piano and banjos all mix with sitars, tablas, tamburas, etc. to produce some country, psychedelic, spy music and some heavy (for the time) stuff, too. It's not as bad as you might think. Harrison does play on this, alongside the Remo 4, Eric Clapton, Ringo and others. Of the three bonus tracks, the most interesting, in title at least, is 'The Inner Light'. It's an alternate instrumental take, though not wildly different, with some preceding studio chatter.
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In 1968, as early as that, one could see the beginnings of the unraveling of The Beatles. Not because of any overt (media covered) arguments between Lennon and McCartney, but because there was now a third Beatle pushing forward with his own artistic visions. With only a small amount (allowed) of songwriting credit and artistic appearance on Beatles records, Harrison had, up to 1968, been lying in wait, in the shadows of John and Paul who steered, commanded, and appeared always at the forward bridge of the ship. George however, had been slowly introducing his band mates to the Eastern influence of a classical music culture which we in the western world, were mostly ignorant of, that is before George Harrison and Donovan Leitch besotted us with sitars and tablas in rock and roll. So while George made personal inroads in Beatle’s compositions and credits, and The Beatles launched their new Apple label, he mysteriously began work on a uniquely “Indian” project, the very first formal music recordings by a Beatle, outside of The Beatles.

One has to wonder at the infighting which occurred when McCartney wanted to release his eponymous solo album in 1970. Lennon and others had fits over this, but apparently no one uttered a word when George released WONDERWALL MUSIC in November-December (UK and then USA releases) of ’68. Water under the bridge now, matey’s. Classified as a “soundtrack” album (to the odd and spacey indie film Wonderwall), this work just might be considered the very first “world music” album released long before the term would become vogue.
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A lot of people may complain here's another reissue but what you may not know these are all done in analogue. Finally I can listen to All things must album and not have to turn it off because I can't stand the harshness. Plus all the albums are done in analogue as well. Some might argue 100$ is a lot to pay for 6 albums which really may be only 4 if you count out Wonderall and Electronic sounds as neither really has any singing on them. I will say the package is attractive just like the 1st box set released 10 years ago except these discs are in digipaks and you can smell the ink very clearly. Yes there's bonus tracks with the albums not that many...some just 1 bonus track another 3-4 the most...the booklet which is really like a small book has beautiful gloss...can't say it's really worth 100$ but you do have the option of buying the cds individually, but that's the freedom of choice and what your needs are and how bad you want something like this, this fall there's a lot of releases to consider.
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