George Harrison Review: 'Early Takes' Puts a Gorgeous, Stripped-Down Spin on 'All Things'
The Wrap - almost 5 years
Back in 2003, the surviving Beatles authorized the release of “Let It Be … Naked,” an album of remixes that stripped away the most outlandish production flourishes producer Phil Spector had added to the original “Let It Be” album in 1970.
In a way, the new George Harrison release “Early Takes, Volume 1” does the same thing for the former Beatle's Spector-produced 1970 solo debut, “All Things Must Pass,” as, among other selections, it offers up six songs from that landmark effort in completely unvarnished form. All things must pass -- even Spector's Wall of Sound, right?
There are differences between “Early Takes” and “Let It Be… Naked,” of course. The 10 tracks here are all demos or early takes of songs that were re-recorded later, not stripped-down mixes of the release versions. Also, Spector's mammoth production on “All Things Must Pass” was actually welcomed and acclaimed, unlike the arguable hostile takeover he did on “Let It Be.”
Still, even if these classic songs di
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