Harrythebannister wrote:The problem is, which Lennon & McCartney songs would you replace with Harrison compositions. Personally I wouldn't touch a Beatles Album and let's face it, eventually he got all of his songs out anyway. Does it matter?
Excellent point. I agree he wasn't treated fairly, but well said.
As I said before with The Beatles I'd tend to keep everything & only add material myself. My hope being that with a less Lennoncentric/McCartneycentric group that work would've been happier and more productive, instead of a increasingly abrasive & difficult situation (ask Emerick or Martin about how bad it got, as well as any of The Beatles).
That said, and this is just for fun, but also to illustrate a point...I'll go over where I think Harrison material could've fit in well, & what it "finished ahead of"...that's my way of saying "I'd cut this"...because I'd rather have seen them getting together more albums worth of material.
'67- "It's All Too Much"- In my top 5 Beatles tracks, so there are few if any songs, from any years that this would finish behind. At best really it'd be tied with a handful of most Lennon songs, and maybe a couple of Macca tracks from that year that I think are on the same level...otherwise this is, along with "All Things Must Pass", the most glaring example of a sheer out & out masterpiece that never really got it's due, and was relegated to "Yellow Submarine" soundtrack status.
"It's Only A Northern Song"- Happily it's short, so I think it could've easily just been added to Pepper, but while it's not exactly on level with "A Day In The Life", or "Within You Without You" for that matter, it still holds it's own with many other tracks on the album, and would have been a welcome addition.
Sgt. Pepper- weakest track, and it's still good, is probably "Lovely Rita", but again rather than losing that I'd insert "It's Only A Norther Song" into the run of three mostly Macca tracks on side one from tracks 4-6.
MMT- Well it's a shorter album, so "It's All Too Much" could've been on side two pretty easily...quite possibly "It's Only A Northern Song" too...heck you might have been able to find a spot somewhere for "All Together Now" as well!! But, "Flying", though I dig it seems like a weakest track...& though I really dig them, and the uniqueness that add to the project my other two nominees for weakest might be "Your Mother Should Know" or Harrison's own "Blue Jay Way". Or...you could wait for those 4 early '68 tracks to be recorded and cobble together side two of MMT, 5 tracks, with the three leftover '67 tracks on "Yellow Submarine" & you've got a 12 track holdover album that fills the gap before The White Album, and replaces the YS soundtrack.
'68- We aren't really not touching much here on the "All Things Must Pass" tracks that were written in '66-'67 (there were some, but not tons & outside of "Art Of Dying" I can't recall too many). So we have three killer tracks to start with "Dehra Dhun", the equally amazing "Sour Mild Sea", and the very good "Not Guilty". I'd rather see a nice triple White Album, or an extra full length album with these three Harrison tracks on it, like "Revolver".
The White Album- I love all the little extras, but "Why Don't We Do It In The Road" & "Wild Honey Pie", and while I dig "Revolution 9", those Macca doodles and the excess of R9 over those 3 Harrison tracks?!? Come on. The fact that they couldn't find room for great Harrison songs, but were indulging in those kinds of things...the two Macca tracks would equal room for one Harrisong, and R9 is 8:22, and we could certainly make room for one more with shortening that, or two with outright dropping it. How about an EP with "Revolution 9", "You Know My Name Look Up The Number", "What's The New Mary Jane", "Carnival Of Light" (excerpts), "Wild Honey Pie" & "Why Don't We Do It In The Road"?
Weakest tracks: Obla-Di, Obla-Da, Sexy Sadie, Rocky Raccoon, Bungalow Bill, Glass Onion, Honey Pie, Don't Pass Me By, & Piggies.
The thing is that it's great strength is it's wild diversity, so I'd shutter to cut any of the aforementioned lesser tracks in my mind, because they add so much to the album. While I like R9, I could see it being still successful, but shorter & while I'm glad to have the weird two Macca snippets, I'd certainly rather have those Harrison songs.
'69- The most Harrison tracks. "All Things Must Pass"..."Isn't It A Pity", "Let It Down", "Hear Me Lord", etc., etc.. Off the top of my head those are 4 that were attempted by The Beatles, and I think there were more. "Let It Be" is, happily, pretty short, so there would be no problem adding "Don't Let Me Down" & "All Things Must Pass", and maybe even another Harrison track. "All Things Must Pass" would have been one of those top ten Beatles tracks up there with "Across The Universe", and "Let It Be".
There are so many great tracks from "All Things Must Pass" that were around, that making "Let It Be"- more likely, or even "Abbey Road" a double album would be ideal, or having another full single album- most likely like "Let It Be" with extra leftover clean out the vaults, but if they were working better together, who knows? There were lots of left over John & Paul tracks too.
Let It Be- "One After 909" is the most obvious weak track, but a fine rocker (not to mention "Maggie Mae" & "Dig It"). And this has relatively weak Harrison tracks, well at least "For You Blue" (great and all but more of a throwaway rock blues shuffle) especially compared to what else of his was around...what ended up released was evidence of how aborted the sessions were.
Abbey Road- weakest tracks are probably Maxwell's Silver Hammer, and Mean Mr. Mustard...maybe "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window", or "Oh Darling" too, or shorten "I Want You (She's So Heavy)? I LOVE all of those all well... Good luck with cutting here, much easier to release another album or find room on "Let It Be".