The 2011 Martin Scorsese documentary, George Harrison: Living in the Material World, finally appears to be getting a U.S. release on Hip-O Records in various configurations.
In addition, the bonus audio album, originally included only as part of a U.K. box set last October, will be issued both on LP and CD as separate releases. There has been no official announcement, but various formats have been listed on Amazon and TAPsheet.
Amazon is listing a DVD, a Blu-Ray, a DVD/CD Blu-ray/CD/book combo (see below), a CD, and an LP. The last three formats are currently scheduled to be released on May 1.
The new title listed for the bonus audio CD/LP is Early Takes Volume 1: Music From The Martin Scorsese Picture Living In The Material World.
Since Amazon does not have a track list, it is possible the new version may differ. Hopefully, the “Volume 1” is an indication of more “Early Takes” releases in the works, and not a partial release of some kind.
Here is the original track list:
- My Sweet Lord (demo) 3:33
- Run Of The Mill (demo) 1:56
- I’d Have You Any Time (early take) 3:06
- Mama You’ve Been On My Mind * (demo) 3:04
- Let It Be Me (demo) 2:56
- Woman Don’t You Cry For Me (early take) 2:44
- Awaiting On You All (early take) 2:40
- Behind That Locked Door (demo) 3:29
- All Things Must Pass (demo) 4:38
- The Light That Has Lighted The World (demo) 2:23
(* Note: The correct title is “Mama, You Been On My Mind.”)
The original U.K. “limited-edition deluxe version” was packaged in a bespoke picture frame box with easel back for photo display. The expensive deluxe version also included two DVDs and one Blu-ray featuring the complete film plus 11 bonus features, two exclusive lithographs, a 96-page book, and an exclusive 10-track CD of previously unreleased recordings. A coffee table version of the book was published separately.
Of particular interest to Bob Dylan fans was the inclusion on the audio CD of Harrison’s demo of Dylan’s “Mama You Been On My Mind,” and an early All Things Must Pass take of the Dylan-Harrison composition, “I’d Have You Any Time.” In addition, “Behind That Locked Door” was reportedly written by Harrison about Dylan after attending the 1969 Isle Of Wight concert, as encouragement to become more active, and “Let It Be Me” was also twice covered and released by Dylan.
For what it is worth, the Harrison CD included in the box set was probably the most played album in my collection over the past six months or so. In fact, I just listened to it again yesterday, twice. I cannot recommend this album enough.
The first day of May appears to have significance in the friendship of Bob Dylan and George Harrison.
On May 1, 1970, the newly ex-Beatled George Harrison showed up at Columbia Studio B, New York City, just as Dylan was starting to record his New Morning album. At this session, the two future Wilburys were joined by Charlie Daniels on bass and backing vocals, and Russ Kunkel on drums, with producer Bob Johnston occasionally joining in on piano. The version of “If Not For You” found on The Bootleg Series, Volume 2, is from these sessions.
Dylan returned to Liverpool on May 1, 2009, for a concert at the Liverpool Echo Arena. He performed George Harrison’s most popular song, “Something,” for the second time ever. (Harrison died in 2001.)
Thanks to Beatles Examiner Stan for the head’s up.
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