Enter The Wormhole #23 (The Quiet One)

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  • Visions
    October 21, 2011 - 15:41 | Permalink

    Wicked good! Thanks!

  • Steven
    October 21, 2011 - 22:31 | Permalink

    Thanks so much for this, Willard! It’s been great being reminded lately of how much I love this guy and his incredible body of work. Here’s a question for you — you don’t happen to have a copy of the “original version” of “Somewhere In England,” do you? I had been sort of remiss in investigating his late ’70s/early ’80s work — somewhat justifiably — but I’m told the original version of that album is vastly superior, and I’ve been poking around for it, with no success. Know anything about that? I don’t suppose you, or one of your readers, could weigh in on whether or not this is worth tracking down? Thanks as always for sharing and turning me onto so much great music!

    • Visions
      October 22, 2011 - 07:05 | Permalink

      Steven, see my comment below about “Somewhere In England.” The album you want, along with a fine bonus disc featuring George and Carl Perkins playing ca. 1985, is on eBay right now, I see.

  • Willard
    October 21, 2011 - 22:42 | Permalink

    No… news to me. Like a lot of folks, I kind of zoned out on his later work. He did some good stuff after a lot of those solo albums (when he finally realized he worked best with other people) but never investigated much past a handful of required listens. Loved hearing his later stuff (like “All Those Years” or the Wilbury stuff) on the radio, though. That’s why I liked these demos. There are a couple from the popular boot of his All Things Must Pass demos, but many of the other early takes and unearthed performances were new to me. That Dylan cover on the streamer is incredible. It almost sounds like some Paul Simon mojo is in there.

  • Art Ducko
    October 22, 2011 - 01:55 | Permalink

    Told ya there was a bonus disc. Now where’s the Blu-ray of the documentary?

  • Visions
    October 22, 2011 - 06:22 | Permalink

    Regarding “Somewhere in England” — The original version was released on Vigotone’s Pegboy label. Liner notes are as follows:


    George Harrison’s “Somewhere In England” album was originally completed and set for release October 29, 1980. However, at the last minute, the album was withdrawn and handed back to Harrison by Warner Bros., who requested that he “rework” it a bit. In the meantime, release plans were cancelled, despite the fact that the album had already been announced, pictured, and detailed in the company’s November 1980 new release booklet. The revised album finally appeared in June 1981.

    Now, with this release, the original “Somewhere In England” album is available in compact disc from an excellent source tape, allowing fans the opportunity to compare the two versions of the album and decide for themselves which is better.

    The most obvious difference is of course the cover. The cover of the original featured a satellite photo of England which blends into a close-up profile photo of George. Warner Bros. reportedly disliked this cover even more than the album’s recorded contents. Incidentally, the wrap around banner on the Japanese “Double Fantasy” LP also features this same front cover in the advertisement on the back noting other “new” Warner Bros. releases in Japan which were due at the same time.

    The original album was produced solely by Harrison. The 1981 version lists Ray Cooper as co-producer. Obviously, only the four “new” tracks of the 1981 album – “All Those Years Ago,” Teardrops,” “That Which I Have Lost” and “Blood From A Clone”- were actually produced by Ray Cooper.

    Of the ten songs, four did not appear on the revised LP. They are: “Flying Hour,” “Lay His Head,” “Sat Singing” and “Tears Of The World.” “Flying Hour” is an uptempo number driven by a combination of acoustic and electric guitars. Undoubtedly the best song of the original line-up, it is unbelievable that this track would have been chosen as one of the songs to be dropped. “Lay His Head” and “Sat Singing” are both very slow paced tunes, the first being a love song to Harrison’s wife and the second dealing primarily with Krishna. “Tears Of The World” is almost a straight musical re-working of “This Guitar” from “Extra Texture”.

    Following Warner Bros.’s rejection, George began recording new material for a revised version of the LP. It was during these sessions that John Lennon was murdered. George took the opportunity to record a pair of tracks relating to Lennon’s death (“All Those Years Ago” and “Teardrops”). These were added along with two other new tracks, “That Which I Have Lost” and “Blood From A Clone” (featuring a scathing set of lyrics which clearly portrays George’s hurt and anger at having his original album nixed by Warners), to replace the four songs dropped from the line-up.

    The entire contents appear in different order on both sides, with the exception of “Save The World” which appears at the end of side two on both versions. Of interest also is that the “gong” at the beginning of “Hong Kong Blues” was to have signaled the start of the album, as this was originally the lead-off track.

    It’s interesting to note that the advance sheet for the revised album in Warner’s spring 1981 new release booklet did not list “Save The World” as being included on the album. Presumably the revised version would have only featured nine songs, but fortunately, this tenth track was reinstated prior to release.

    In retrospect, neither version of “Somewhere In England” could be considered to be among George’s best work though the album(s) does feature many fine songs. In the end it’s the album’s unusual history that makes it interesting. Was Warner Bros. justified in rejecting the LP as originally submitted by George and, if so, was George’s revised version an improvement? It’s up to the listener to decide.

    • Willard
      October 22, 2011 - 07:53 | Permalink

      Thanks Visions. I think I remembered him re-recording some stuff, but didn’t know the details.

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    October 22, 2011 - 08:41 | Permalink


  • JOAO
    October 22, 2011 - 09:43 | Permalink

    Thank you !!!

  • Sefton
    October 22, 2011 - 18:10 | Permalink

    thanks man! this is fabulous!

  • Ken Lawrence
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    • Willard
      June 21, 2014 - 15:34 | Permalink

      Just tried it and it’s fine. You have to use certain browsers with MEG. I use Chrome for d/l’ing. Ask Google.

  • duane
    April 10, 2015 - 07:12 | Permalink

    Thank you Will!

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