The (never so) Quiet Beatle, George Harrison, would have turned 74 on February 25, 2017, and the Harrison family and UMe have chosen to honor the occasion with the release of the George Harrison – The Vinyl Collection box set a day early on February 24, which features all of George’s solo studio albums in one collection for the first time.
This fab vinyl box includes all 12 of George’s studio albums with exact replicas of the original release track listing and artwork. Also included in the box are George’s classic double-live album Live in Japan and two 12-inch single picture discs — one for “When We Was Fab,” and one for “Got My Mind Set on You.”
All of these LPs are 180-gram heavyweight vinyl and are housed in a high-quality two-piece rigid slipcase box. The original analog master tapes were used for the new remasters and were cut at the legendary Capitol Studios to ensure exceptional audio quality throughout. The individual albums from the collection will also be available separately, with All Things Must Pass appearing as a limited-edition title.
And yes, if you want to go the hi-res download route, the balance of Harrison’s solo catalog up to 1975 is available in 96kHz/24-bit form on HDtracks.
Also available today is George Harrison’s I Me Mine – The Extended Edition, which was originally published by the specialist book publisher, Genesis Publications, in 1980. It became the first of many collaborations between George and Genesis founder, Brian Roylance. In conversation with his friend and former Beatles press officer Derek Taylor and in a first-person commentary that accompanies his songs, Harrison’s own words here recount everything from his upbringing in Liverpool to early Beatlemania, his spirituality, and philosophy.
This new extended version of the book now spans the complete length of Harrison’s career in music, told in his words and through 141 songs with handwritten lyric sheets faithfully reproduced in full color. Now stretching to 632 pages, I Me Mine features lyrics to more than 50 songs not previously included, as well as new photographs, many unpublished until now.
As the above Genesis version is likely to be sold out by the time you click on the above link, don’t descend into darkness — a much more affordable Extended Edition version can be obtained via Amazon.
Back to the vinyl! The George Harrison – The Vinyl Collection LP box set contains the following albums:
Wonderwall Music (1968) | 1 LP
Electronic Sound (1969) | 1 LP
All Things Must Pass (1970) | 3 LP limited edition
Living In The Material World (1973) | 1 LP
Dark Horse (1974) | 1 LP
Extra Texture (1975) | 1 LP
Thirty Three & 1/3 (1976) | 1 LP
George Harrison (1979) | 1 LP
Somewhere in England (1981) | 1 LP
Gone Troppo (1982) | 1 LP
Cloud Nine (1987) | 1 LP
Live In Japan (1992) | 2 LP
Brainwashed (2002) | 1 LP
12-inch Picture Disc Singles of “When We Was Fab” and ‘Got My Mind Set On You” (only available as part of the box set)
Finally, also available as the perfect companion for the LP box set is the George Harrison Essential III turntable. This elegant piece is manufactured and designed by Pro-Ject Audio Systems, one of the world’s leading suppliers of record players.
The artwork was designed by Studio Number One, based on an exclusive 2014 art-print lithograph designed for the Harrison Family by Shepard Fairey. This turntable is limited to 2,500 pieces worldwide.