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Songs from the Material World: A Tribute to George Harrison

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  • Audio CD (February 25, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Koch Records
  • ASIN: B000087DTV
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,192 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Not surprisingly, this is really only of interest to George Harrison fans. Sure there are plenty of recognizable musicians on this CD (Todd Rundgren, Dave Davies (of THE KINKS), John Entwistle (of THE WHO, duh!), and Bill Wyman (of THE ROLLING STONES, double duh!), but these guys may only be impressive to people who were true fans of THE BEATLES or 60s/70s rock & roll.
I was glad to see really well done songs by newer groups.
THE SMITHEREENS' version of "I Want to Tell You" is excellent, actually quite better than the mid-sixties original. BIG HEAD TODD AND THE MONSTERS provide a very interesting version of "Within You, Without You" that is definitely worth a listen. The last two songs are probably the only other true notables. "Its All Too Much" is performed with appropriate "cool guitar" sounds, and "Isn't It A Pity" is done with similar positive feelings like George's classic. It is nice to know that others like me who didn't grow up in the 60s can still appreciate the wonderful, soulful music by brilliant people like George Harrison. I couldn't be more sorrow that he died at an early age but hearing this special tribute makes me realize what great songs were left behind to be enjoyed again, and again.
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While this Harrison tribute CD may not be consistently great, it does highlight with even this small smattering of George's work what an excellent and enduring songwriter he was. While I'm sure we could all come up with SOMETHING that we wish had been included, what is here yields some diamonds. While it wasn't my favorite of George's tunes, Leslie West from the band Mountain positively smokes on "Old Brown Shoe." When West screams, "Baby, baby, I'm in love with you," you can feel the love to your toes! Rolling Stone Bill Wyman, here with the Rhythm Kings, adds a throbbing bass line to Harrison's classic "Taxman" that gives the track a soulful makeover. Dave Davies from The Kinks lays down an aching vocal with George's gorgeous classic "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)." Todd Rundgren's version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" may be very similar to the original, but why toy with perfection? He smokes on this one. Wayne Kramer from MC5 tries hard with "It's All Too Much," but his voice takes some getting used to. Former-Wilco Jay Bennett lays down a good version of the beautiful "Isn't It A Pity" which builds into a glorious choir crescendo. Smithereens on "I Want to Tell You" are excellent and Big Head Todd does an interesting version of Harrison's Sgt. Pepper track "Within You, Without You." The only track that makes me reach for the skip button is They Might Be Giants odd version of "Savoy Truffle" which is a much better song than its treatment here. While not everything here works, Harrison's music shines through. I think the true test of music is when others bring something to the spirit of the piece. In that, this set succeeds.Read more ›
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I like this cd, but I would truly love it if the running time was more than 55 minutes. I expected songs like "You," "Cloud 9," "Ding Dong," or "What is Life," to be attempted, but I was disappointed. I love They Might Be Giants, but they simply phoned in their cover of "Savoy Truffle"; "Within You, Without You" is merely okay. The saving graces are Dave Davies' cover of "Give Me Love," the Bennet/Burch cover of "isn't It A Pity," and MoR's "Devil's Radio."
I had hoped that this tribute would be stronger...it is better than the Lennon tribute, for what that's worth.
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This release has a mix of well-known performers and unknowns. It is certainly pleasant, with only one real dud, but with a roster of well-known performers it seems like it should be substantially more exciting than it is.
Todd Rundgren is a talented performer, a great musician, and a huge fan of the Beatles. The musicianship on his performance of While My Guitar Gentle Weeps is first rate. But one has to wonder what the point is of doing an arrangement that is so similar to the original version. Devil's Radio by Masters Of Reality really rocks, but the vocal is weird. I Me Mine by Marc Ford sounds sort of bluesy and is not particularly interesting.
Hearing Dave Davies performing George Harrison is worth the price of this disc. Dave never sounded more like his brother Ray. The instrumental backing is kind of funky. Here Comes The Sun is easily the outstanding track on this collection. Entwistle's voice was not the best in his later years and Steve Luongo provides a good vocal. The arrangement makes this sound like The Who's version of the song. Wow! Within You Without You by Big Head Toad And The Monsters is the other standout track in this collection. They reinvent this song giving it a Middle Eastern flavor. While I miss the wonderful Indian instrumental work of the original, they deserve credit for trying something new and different.
Savoy Truffle by They Might Be Giants is an annoyingly bad vocal with barely competent instrumental backing. What a stinker!
The Smithereens turn in a solid performance, particularly the strong instrumental work, on I Want To Tell You. People of a certain age will remember West from Mountain (Mississippi Queen). Undoubtedly he is a very talented musician, but I don't care for his style of playing.
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