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Living in the Material World - [Original recording remastered]

George Harrison Audio CD
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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 Word Gets 'round
11. That Is All
12. Deep Blue (bonus track)
13. Miss O'Dell (bonus track)

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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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#1 album originally released in 1973 that contains the #1 Pop single "Give Me Love". Now remastered and repackaged with two bonus tracks.

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4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars - an excellent sophomore effort April 21 2004
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Living In The Material World (1973.) George Harrison's second solo album.
In 1970 the Beatles split up and their solo careers began. Everyone probably knew ahead of time that John Lennon and Paul McCartney were destined for great things in their solo careers, but it's doubtful anyone knew just how successful George Harrison's would be. His solo debut album, All Things Must Pass, took the world by storm, and showed them that the so-called "quiet Beatle" actually had a lot to say. Following his classic Concert For Bangladesh, he released his second solo album, Living In The Material World. Read om for my review.
The album kicks off with Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth), the song on the album that everybody knows. This is one of George's biggest solo hits, and an extremely catchy song. It's only proper that this song receives all the credit it does. Although it's really the only big hit on the album, the other material is no less excellent. Track number two, Sue Me Sue You Blues is George's message to Paul McCartney. It's not nearly as cold and cruel as John Lennon's How Do You Sleep?, though. It's an underrated little tune. Third is The Light That Has Lighted The World. Admittingly, this tune is a little harder to get into than the others on the album, but if you give it some time to grow on you, you'll grow to love it. Don't Let Me Wait Too Long is another excellent pop rocker, probably the most Beatles-sounding thing on the album. More underrated good stuff from George. Who Can See It is one of George's most underrated solo tunes of all - you really must hear it to be able to fully appreciate it. In the title track, George combines a plethora of different musical stylings, which make for a rather interesting tune.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous George June 23 2003
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Living In The Material Word is, to me, the musical essence of what George Harrison was all about. Unfortunately, it also provided a handful of ammunition to Harrison's detractors and inaugurated George's status as a musical piñata for the critics. Rolling Stone did give it a good review, though.
George was definitely on a role during this time, and Living In The Material World was a commercial blockbuster. But LITMW was quickly forgotten, which was (and is) undeserved. Some of Harrison's most beguiling melodies and his most soulful slide playing are present on this masterpiece, and his often-criticized vocals are in great shape. But it would be a mistake to assume that "Living In..." makes for an immediately infectious listening experience; many of the best songs require repeated listening to be fully appreciated. Frankly, it took me a few years to fully appreciate the beauty & mastery of these songs.
"Give Me Love" is the song here that everybody knows. Criticized in some quarters for being "preachy" and redundant, it actually boasts an attractive melody and some inspired guitar work.
"Sue Me, Sue You Blues" is the sole diatribe on LITMW. Apparently aimed at Paul McCartney, it's not as nasty as Lennon's "How Do You Sleep" or as goofy as Ringo's "Early 1970". The dobro work on the tune is excellent, and George really doesn't come across as vindictive, merely resigned.
"The Light That Has Lighted The World" is one of those tunes that took me forever to appreciate. To those who don't like introspective tunes, it comes across as dull as dishwater. But if one relaxes & allows the Zen-like melody some room to breathe, it can be very therapeutic.
"Don't Let Me Wait To Long" is the most Beatle-esque tune on here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful; an underrated gem. Dec 30 2002
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A great, meaningful album. George's plea for peace and spirituality in a world gone mad. And (unfortunately) the message still needs to be heard now more than ever. I think this is George's best solo album. Although the best 7 or 8 songs on "All Things Must Pass" are better than anything on this album, I still consider LITMW better overall. ATMP is too long, horrendously overproduced and does have a few songs that overstay their welcome. LITMW is tighter, superbly and tastefully produced and all the songs are great. Very melodic tunes; many with a rock/R&B feel. Great guitar playing from George and the best singing of his career. Just superb work by his backing musicians. (The song LITMW features guitar and sax trading licks as in "Savoy Truffle" from the White Album. Wonderful stuff.) It might be a bit preachy in places but, so what? It's OK to open your mind and listen to lyrics other than rehashed love song cliches once in a while. Besides, the music is just so good on this album you can forgive a few clunky lyrics. Solid from start to finish. This album sounds fabulous 30 years after its initial release. George never got the full credit he deserves. With the exception of "Band on the Run", this is far better than any of Paul's solo albums.
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Probaly the most underrated album of all time. A great piece of work. I could never understand why this album never got the praise it deserves. Expectations too high after ATMP maybe? But jeez: if this isn't good enough for you, there's something wrong with you. At least it did make it to #1, which it certainly deserved. In many ways it's a stronger work than ATMP. The writing is more consistent in overall quality. And the sound is way, way better. The production job on this album is excellent. One of the best produced albums from a former Beatle and without question George's best produced album. Very meaty R&B sound (reminiscent of "Savy Truffle" from the Beatles' white album) on many of the tracks. Great sax, piano and guitar work. And Harrison's singing is the best of his career on this album. A shame he didn't bring the same quality of production to subsequent albums instead of opting for a softer, etheral sound. Not a lot of depth to the lyrics perhaps but - I dunno - overall it sounds awfully [darn] good to me. I recently listened to LITMW after getting his superb last album, "Brainwashed" which I initially thought may have been better. In fact, several songs on "Brainwashed" exceed anything on LITMW (especially lyrically) and his slide playing on several "Brainwashed" songs is the best of his career, but overall LITMW packs a heavier punch. Bottom line: great mid-70's rock that still sounds great 30 years later.
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4.0 out of 5 stars always underrated George
Given the task of somehow following up the critical and commercial triumph of "all things must pass" George Harrison seemed to crawl back into his insecurity blanket. Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2005 by philip freeman
5.0 out of 5 stars music for the open-hearted
Beautiful music from a beautiful guy. It's a shame there a folks
who can't appreciate this artistic flower. Isn't it a pity?
All the tracks shine. Read more
Published on Dec 14 2003 by vamos a ramos
4.0 out of 5 stars Living In The Material World
I just bought this album and I must say, it's worth the money. Although, I have worn out "All Things Must Pass", I thought I give this a try. Read more
Published on Sept. 4 2003 by Nikki
5.0 out of 5 stars A quiet masterpeice
I just bought this Cd today, braced for disappointment, given that I had never really heard much about this Cd, but with high hopes still, as I am a huge George fan. Read more
Published on June 18 2003 by David J. Finn
5.0 out of 5 stars The critics are wrong
I don't know that I've ever read a positive review of this album in the press, and I can never understand why, but this is a great album.
Published on Jan. 3 2003 by Kyran J. Flaherty
4.0 out of 5 stars Living Still....
This album was bought for me when I was 10 years old on vinyl and it's always been one of my favorites. Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2002 by Frank Grande
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST POP ALBUM OF ALL TIME
George Harrison is, hands-down, the most underrated figure in the history of popular music, and the most deeply moving songwriter of the twentieth century. Read more
Published on Oct. 29 2002 by Chris
3.0 out of 5 stars GEORGE HARRISON- "LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD" 1973
More soulful and personal than "All things Must Pass," George Harrison approaches this album with a very reflective worldview. Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2002 by jms2979
5.0 out of 5 stars Living In The Material World - Underrated Classic
by Suckerfly.
I've decided to rewrite my original review of 'Living In The Material World', feeling that I didn't do the album or the writer justice. Read more
Published on Sept. 29 2002 by Mr. S. St Thomas
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