Best vocals on a Harrisong

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Best vocals on a Harrisong

Postby Berkeleyan » Tue Oct 05, 2004 7:20 am

George's vocals could be his one weak spot plenty of times, but nevertheless he came up with great vocals on plenty of his Harrisongs.

I believe that his album with best vocals overall (great range, right key plus assertiveness, entonation etc. from him) was CLOUD NINE, with plenty of outstanding vocal performances: the title track, That's What it Takes, I've Got My Mind Set on You, The Wreck of Hesperus, to name a few.

Does anybody agree/disagree on this thought ?
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Postby Bluebird » Tue Oct 05, 2004 10:15 am

My fave 5 harri Vocals (no order)

Got My mind Set on you
That´s what it takes
Awaiting on your all
I me mine
If I needed someone
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Postby kylestyle » Tue Oct 05, 2004 11:55 pm

I agree with Bluebird's choices, but maybe swap If I Needed Someone for For You Blue - I love the way he squeezes out those higher notes in that song.
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Postby Berkeleyan » Wed Oct 06, 2004 6:10 am

I think the HarriAlbums "All Things Must Pass", "33 1/3", "Cloud Nine" and "Brainwashed" display excellent Harrivocals throughout. And mind you, there are many songs in them that are pretty tough to sing in....
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Postby esto » Wed Oct 06, 2004 8:33 am

George was very good backing vocal singer. With Beatles and Traveling Wilburys as well.
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Postby dsnito » Wed Oct 06, 2004 9:36 am

You guys mentioned the best ones but we have the other side of the coin too...the weakest George performances are on "Dark Horse", the title song, "So Sad" and "Far East Man"...he was kinda hoarse on some of the songs. In 1974 his american tour failured maybe for his performances.
"Extra Texture" I think seconds that album as the weakest not for his vocals but for the melancholy songs on that...
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Postby Berkeleyan » Wed Oct 06, 2004 10:59 am

Yes -
But the thing was, during "Dark Horse" (dubbed "Dark Hoarse" by a clever critic) and "Extra Texture", George was agonizing over his relationship with Patti (naturally that ended up in divorce) and this fact alone made him compose a lot of sad, depressing or angry songs.

I'd add that his heavy smoking (and partying) days were in that period and also contributed to the overall "down feeling", plus the bad shape of his voice and throat !
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Postby Bluebird » Wed Oct 06, 2004 12:02 pm

Berkeleyan wrote:I think the HarriAlbums "All Things Must Pass", "33 1/3", "Cloud Nine" and "Brainwashed" display excellent Harrivocals throughout. And mind you, there are many songs in them that are pretty tough to sing in....
Totally agree... These four is his best!
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Postby Bluebird » Fri Oct 22, 2004 6:40 pm

Perhaps "For you blue" is one of my fave beatles vocals by him. Very nice sweet voice which match the slide guitar phoenomenol..
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Postby Berkeleyan » Tue Oct 26, 2004 11:22 am

Well I think "For You Blue" is a very pleasant track; yes, George's voice is very fine on it. And he's certainly proud of it 'cause during the instrumental bridge he says "...Elmore James got nothing on this, Baby..."
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