linclink wrote:Very nice...newly posted, and now...it's...THE ALBUM OF THE WEEK; June 3rd-10th, 2008!!
I'll just start with a quickie, my usual quicker & shorter pre-review preview, and say that this is one of his very best. My favorite track on it would have to the transcendent "This is Love" It also helped to spawn The Traveling Wilburys, and laid the groundwork for the later Beatles-Threetles tracks. All in all My fave Harrison works are still "All Things Must Pass" & "Thirty-Three & 1/3", and close behind those would be "Brainwashed" (at this same level would be "The Concert for Bangladesh" & the 1st Traveling Wilburys album). "Cloud 9" would be in the very next group and sits there with 1979's "George Harrison", and "Living in the Material World" (and Traveling Wilburys Vol.3); thus ending the list of truly great George solo works (others are good and have great moments). It certainly makes my top 5 of pure solo Harrison albums (at either #4, #5, or #6 depending on the day- with only 3 laying claim to being outright better) and one should keep in mind that I feel Harrison's solo works, and career was every bit as great as Lennon's, and I even prefer it to McCartney's; though not by much. Blessings!
Adding to my previous post...
The Level I tracks, best of the best, would be: This Is Love, Fish On The Sand, That's What It Takes, When We Was Fab, Got My Mind Set On You (5 of 11- very good start)
Level Ia, still amazing: Devil's Radio, Breath Away From Heaven (2 of 11; making 7 of 11 some part of Level I- pretty impressive)
Level II, still very good: Someplace Else, Just For Today, Cloud 9 (3 of 11)
Level IIa, still good:
Level III, good: Wreck Of The Hesperus (1 of 11)
Not exactly "Help", but certainly far superior to "London Town". As far as the Jeff Lynne works go, I think this is in the same league as "The Traveling Wilburys (I)", which it spawned, better than "Traveling Wilburys Vol.3", and only trails behind the wonder that is "Brainwashed". I can understand some of the complaints about Lynne, but overall I like him, and his work here, and think he did a whole lot towards getting George inspired, and having fun with music again.
I LOVE Ringo's work on this album, but have very mixed feelings about Clapton. Eric made great contributions to ATMP, but here he works sometimes, but sounds too corporate cliched generic blues-rock...like he's not serving the song (something George does impeccably), just punching his clock and doing his day job. The only problem I feel on this album is Clapton, not Lynne. The title track does work well, but George's slide work outshines Eric's, though their interplay is great. This part of their relationship is at it's worst on "Live In Japan". Clapton is good sometimes, and this tour never would've happened without him & his band, but he & the band are, more often than not, corporate & generic, and sometimes Harrison is able to rise above it, but it's no "Concert For Bangladesh", and a mixed bag at best.