GEORGE HARRISON Wonderwall Music (1968)

Wonderwall Music (1968)
Still Potent After All These Years

The first solo album by a Beatle, George Harrison’s soundtrack to the film Wonderwall was recorded during the peak psychedelic years of 1967/68. Now that we listeners are long past the initial “disappointment” of Wonderwall Music not containing any mop top pop (and we’ve all been duly schooled about the world full of music outside the confines of Top 40 radio), George Harrison’s bold creation can be fully appreciated for what it was, and still is today – a unique, experimental and totally original fusion (albeit, side by side) of Indian culture and 60s psych. The December, 1967 sessions recorded in Bombay feature some of India’s finest musicians (and also yielded The Beatles’ b-side, “The Inner Light”), while the January, 1968 UK sessions* include Harrison (listed only as producer/arranger/writer), Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and even uncredited Monkee, Peter Tork. The best thing about Wonderwall Music then, is the best thing about Wonderwall Music now – it still sounds unexpected and still goes great with a joint. These days, you can find Wonderwall on vinyl (HERE), CD (HERE), DVD (HERE) and a Rhino Handmade box set, without any actual music, (HERE) at Amazon.


Microbes
Red Lady Too*
Tabla And Pakavaj
In The Park
Drilling A Home*
Guru Vandana
Greasy Legs
Ski-ing*
Gat Kirwani
Dream Scene*
Party
Seacombe*
Love Scene
Crying
Cowboy Music*
Fantasy Sequins
On The Bed*
Glass Box
Wonderwall To Be Here*
Singing Om

15 Comments

  • 1
    roy rocket
    December 8, 2008 - 21:39 | Permalink

    Nice one, Willard.
    Yeah, great album, and nice to find a copy that will replace my long worn out C-90.
    Although it probably sounds best on eight track!
    Regards, roy

  • 2
    Pants Elk
    December 9, 2008 - 09:48 | Permalink

    It's salting my cracker. The movie, though, stinks. Really, *really* horrible, and not in a good way. Avoid!

  • 3
    Argantonio
    December 10, 2008 - 09:39 | Permalink

    It reminds me of the earlyearlyearlyearly Kraftwerk stuff… or the other way round.
    Awsome blog!

  • 4
    Drunk Santa
    December 11, 2008 - 15:45 | Permalink

    Actually the movie is not quite as bad as Pants Elk might suggest, but it is an "Art House" movie of it's time. It's subject matter is a more than a little risque to some (complete plot – guy finds a hole in the wall of his flat and perves on girl next door) BUT it's the music that's important here. It's a bloody great album (and a huge improvement on Electronic Sound) with or without the joint.

    Thanks for posting it.

    Didn't know about the Monkee connection though. That's probably more scarier…

  • 5
    Capt. Willard
    December 11, 2008 - 16:20 | Permalink

    It's my understanding that young Pete Tork plays banjo on one track. Thanks for commenting, all.

  • 6
    Art Simon
    January 8, 2009 - 03:35 | Permalink

    Thanks, I remember this from years ago. It seemed so strange back then!

  • 7
    FabFan
    January 18, 2009 - 15:46 | Permalink

    Awesome! I found this one on vinyl last year, so it's great to now be able to put it on my iPod too. Thanks so much!

  • 8
    winkingtiger
    March 1, 2009 - 19:39 | Permalink

    Coolness! Thanks back at ya. And if you *should* ever get out of the boat, I'll kick any other tiger's ass for ya. ;-)

  • 9
    Anonymous
    June 2, 2009 - 18:10 | Permalink

    Actually this sounds even better backwards. Honest!
    Very cool and you don't need any drugs to appreciate it! Good luck if you choose to attempt it! It's worth the ambition!

  • 10
    David Federman
    July 29, 2009 - 18:54 | Permalink

    The mono version of this album is, in many ways, far superior to the stereo. Some tracks have phasing and other effects not possible with stereo at the time. Try to find it and post it. The differences are even more dramatic than those between the mono and stereo versions of Sgt. Pepper.

  • 11
    Anonymous
    November 5, 2009 - 17:19 | Permalink

    This is amazing. Every review I've ever heard of this album was really negative, so I guess I'm just more impressed than I normally would have been. Maybe they were just expecting "All Things Must Pass" years before they'd get it.

  • 12
    MGseed
    November 22, 2009 - 23:38 | Permalink

    Oh my gosh, I'd about shit my pants if someone posted the REAL mono version. The only one I can find seems to be recorded from the movie with an open mic…its not an actual rip of the mono LP.

    I'd even [i]buy[/i] it, but you just dont see it anywhere.

  • 13
    W
    March 15, 2011 - 15:46 | Permalink

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  • 14
    Brian
    January 5, 2012 - 00:53 | Permalink

    I don’t remember which I heard first, “Wonderwall” or “Electronic Sound”. But neither disappointed. Very surprising and unexpected, both. But not disappointing! I loved/love them both. The nod going towards “Electronic Sound” because that was the music a synthesizer – a ‘modern, 20th century instrument’ – should play: newly invented music! Still is a satisfying/desert-island album I could not be without.

    -Brian

  • 15
    zappahead
    July 23, 2013 - 06:47 | Permalink

    After only just watching the movie recently ….I didn’t think Id get the chance to listen to the soundtrack any time soon…well of course I didn’t expect anything different from you Willard…so its with thanks I can listen to all this…and more…..cheers.

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