Most fans know the story behind George Harrison’s Somewhere In England. He originally submitted his 9th solo LP to Warner Brothers in 1980, only to have it handed back to him as unsatisfactory. George was pissed, and anyone familiar with the guy’s history knows him as someone who doesn’t cotton much to being artistically dictated to (just ask Paul). Still… Harrison acquiesced, but only after making a mental note to not re-sign with the label after his next (and last) contracted LP (Gone Troppo). As fate would have it, the record company interference worked to Harrison’s advantage… in a sickening way, of course. While George was preparing new tracks to bolster this rejected LP’s commerciality, John Lennon was murdered. In response, Harrison took a backing track he had originally worked up for Ringo, “All Those Years Ago,” re-wrote the lyrics as a tribute (of sorts) to Lennon and his time with The Beatles, and included it on the new (and approved) Somewhere In England. It was a sizable hit. Harrison, being Harrison, also managed to get his digs in at WB with the album’s new lead off track, a bitter indictment of the music business entitled “Blood From A Clone.” What we have here is Harrison’s originally submitted music (as has been disseminated via the web, anyway). What’s different about this post is the sequencing. Famed Beatles bootleg experts, Vigotone, have etched this underground release in stone with their 1996 issue of this material… with a different running order. But in recent years, the album’s original artwork has surfaced in the form of uncut cover slicks, showing a completely different sequencing from Vigotone’s notable release (seen HERE). We’ve replicated the Warner artwork’s running order here, with the full knowledge that there’s bound to be those that will refute the idea. So be it. Either way, it’s a fascinating listen to one of George Harrison’s career-altering experiences with a major label. As you may know, we’ve got way too much Beatles and George in the archives to list, so click HERE & HERE to peruse. Get the 2004 Somewhere in England remaster (with restored cover art) at Amazon, HERE.
Tears Of The World (4:00) #
Hong Kong Blues (2:57)
Unconsciousness Rules (3:34)
Save The World (4:56)
Baltimore Oriole (3:55)
Life Itself (4:22)
Sat Singing (4:27) #
Lay His Head (3:53) #
Writing’s On The Wall (4:02)
Flying Hour (4:35) #
Running Order (As Per Warner Bros. Printed Artwork)
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