[sixties-l] George Harrison Says The World Is Going Mental

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Date: 01/14/01

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    George Harrison Says 'The World Is Going Mental'
    By Dean Goodman
    Thursday December 21
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former Beatle George Harrison is so concerned about 
    the state of the world that he's jokingly thinking of calling his next 
    album "Your Planet is Doomed, Volume One."
    "The world is just going mental as far as I'm concerned," Harrison told 
    Reuters Wednesday. "It's speeding up with the whole technology and 
    everything that's happening."
    Having survived both a home invasion by a knife-wielding maniac last Dec. 
    30 and a throat cancer scare in 1997 -- incidents he declined to discuss -- 
    57-year-old Harrison could be forgiven for seeing life in shades of black.
    To remind himself of the bright side of things, Harrison has re-recorded 
    his ode to peace, love and Hare
    Krishna, "My Sweet Lord," which topped the American and British charts in 
    1971. It will appear, along with the original, on a 30th anniversary 
    re-issue of his "All Things Must Pass" triple album, set for release on 
    Jan. 23 via Capitol Records.
    "I just like the idea and the opportunity to freshen it up, because the 
    point of 'My Sweet Lord' is just to try and remind myself basically that 
    there's more to life than the material world," Harrison said.
    "Basically I think the planet is doomed," he said with a laugh. "And it's 
    my attempt to try to put a bit of a spin on the spiritual side, a reminder 
    for myself and for anybody who's interested."
    Harrison added that while pessimistic about the environment, he is positive 
    about "my place in creation ... and I don't have any worries whatsoever 
    about that."
    "All Things Must Pass," originally released in December 1970 as the Beatles 
    were breaking up, served as a much-needed creative outlet for Harrison, 
    whose songwriting efforts were overshadowed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
    Musicians on the sessions included Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, keyboardist 
    Billy Preston, guitarist Dave Mason and an uncredited Eric Clapton.
    Besides the original album's 23 songs, the reissue also contains an unused 
    song from the sessions, "I Live For You," different versions of the tracks 
    "Beware of Darkness" and "Let It Down," and a horns-heavy instrumental 
    version of the single "What Is Life."
    Harrison produced the album with Phil Spector, whose "Wall of Sound" 
    technique, in which songs were given lush orchestral treatments, sounds 
    outdated today, he now claims. But it worked well at the time. "All Things 
    Must Pass" ended up selling about three million copies worldwide.
    Harrison was later dragged into court when it was claimed that "My Sweet 
    Lord" sounded a lot like the Chiffons' "He's So Fine." He was judged to 
    have unknowingly plagiarized the earlier song.
    Harrison's son, Dhani, a 22-year-old university student, plays acoustic 
    guitar on the updated version, and is also helping his dad a little for an 
    album of new material, Harrison's first since 1987's "Cloud Nine."
    Harrison said it would possibly come out next October or November. He plays 
    most of the instruments, with session drummer Jim Keltner, and has produced 
    it himself so far, though may bring in an outsider for some finishing 
    touches. A free agent, he has talked to a number of labels about distribution.
    Needless to say, the album will be computer-free. "My music doesn't seem to 
    belong to any particular period," Harrison said. "I just make it the same 
    way as we made it back in the sixties, which is analog tapes, microphones 
    and guitars, bass, drums, pianos."

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