• George Harrison - Wonderwall Music
    (Apple Records  1968  SAPCOR1)
    UK Pressing

    Sleeve in Excellent condition
    - some slight wear to edges & light crease in top left corner
    Original Apple Inner Sleeve has a small split in the bottom

    Vinyl in Very Good condition

    (there are quite a few surface marks & a few nasty looking ones which do give light pops/crackles but sound quality is Excellent overall - there is a scratch on the fade out of Cowboy Music)
     

    George Harrison MBE (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was an English musician, singer-songwriter, music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles. Often referred to as "the quiet Beatle", Harrison embraced Indian culture and helped broaden the scope of popular music through his incorporation of Indian instrumentation and Hindu-aligned spirituality in the Beatles' work. Although the majority of the band's songs were written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, most Beatles albums from 1965 onwards contained at least two Harrison compositions. His songs for the group included "Taxman", "Within You Without You", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Here Comes the Sun" and "Something", the last of which became the Beatles' sixth-most covered song of all time.

    Harrison's earliest musical influences included George Formby and Django Reinhardt; Carl Perkins, Chet Atkins and Chuck Berry were subsequent influences. By 1965, he had begun to lead the Beatles into folk rock through his interest in Bob Dylan and the Byrds, and towards Indian classical music through his use of the sitar on "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)". Having initiated the band's embracing of Transcendental Meditation in 1967, he subsequently developed an association with the Hare Krishna movement. After the band's break-up in 1970, Harrison released the triple album All Things Must Pass, a critically acclaimed work that produced his most successful hit single, "My Sweet Lord", and introduced his signature sound as a solo artist, the slide guitar. He also organised the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh with Indian musician Ravi Shankar, a precursor for later benefit concerts such as Live Aid. In his role as a music and film producer, Harrison produced acts signed to the Beatles' Apple record label before founding Dark Horse Records in 1974 and co-founding HandMade Films in 1978.

    Harrison released several best-selling singles and albums as a solo performer. In 1988, he co-founded the platinum-selling supergroup the Traveling Wilburys. A prolific recording artist, he was featured as a guest guitarist on tracks by Badfinger, Ronnie Wood and Billy Preston, and collaborated on songs and music with Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and Tom Petty, among others. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 11 in their list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". He is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee – as a member of the Beatles in 1988, and posthumously for his solo career in 2004.

    Harrison's first marriage, to model Pattie Boyd in 1966, ended in divorce in 1977. The following year he married Olivia Arias, with whom he had a son, Dhani. Harrison died from lung cancer in 2001 at the age of 58, two years after surviving a knife attack by an intruder at his Friar Park home. His remains were cremated and the ashes were scattered according to Hindu tradition in a private ceremony in the Ganges and Yamuna rivers in India. He left an estate of almost £100 million.

    Wonderwall Music is the debut solo album by English musician George Harrison and the soundtrack to the 1968 film Wonderwall, directed by Joe Massot. Released in November 1968, it was the first solo album by a member of the Beatles, and the first album to be issued on the band's Apple record label. The songs are all instrumental pieces, except for occasional non-English vocals, and mostly comprise short musical vignettes. Following his Indian-styled compositions for the Beatles since 1966, he used the film score project to further promote Indian classical music by introducing rock audiences to instruments that were relatively little-known in the West – including shehnai, sarod, tar shehnai and santoor. The Indian pieces are contrasted by Western musical selections, in the psychedelic rock, experimental, country and ragtime styles.

    Harrison recorded the album between November 1967 and February 1968, with sessions taking place in London and the Indian city of Bombay. One of his collaborators on the project was classical pianist and orchestral arranger John Barham, while other contributors include Indian classical musicians Aashish Khan, Shivkumar Sharma, Shankar Ghosh and Mahapurush Misra. The Western music features contributions from Tony Ashton and the latter's band, the Remo Four, as well as guest appearances by Eric Clapton and Ringo Starr. Harrison recorded many other pieces that appeared in Wonderwall but not on the soundtrack album, and the Beatles' 1968 B-side "The Inner Light" also originated from his time in Bombay. Although the Wonderwall project marked the end of Harrison's direct involvement with Indian music as a musician and songwriter, it inspired his later collaborations with Ravi Shankar, including the 1974 Music Festival from India.

    The album cover consists of a painting by American artist Bob Gill in which, as in Massot's film, two contrasting worlds are separated by a wall, with only a small gap allowing visual access between them. Harrison omitted his name from the list of performing musicians, leading to an assumption that he had merely produced and arranged the music. The 2014 reissue of Wonderwall Music recognises his contributions on keyboards and guitar. The album was first remastered for CD release in 1992, for which former Apple executive Derek Taylor supplied a liner-note essay.

    While viewed as a curiosity by some rock music critics, Wonderwall Music is recognised for its inventiveness in fusing Western and Eastern sounds, and as being a precursor to the 1980s world music trend. The album's title inspired that of Oasis' 1995 hit song "Wonderwall". Harrison's full soundtrack for the film was made available on DVD in early 2014, as part of the two-disc Wonderwall Collector's Edition. In September that year, the album was reissued in remastered form as part of Harrison's Apple Years 1968–75 box set, with the addition of three bonus tracks.

    Track listing

    All selections written by George Harrison, except where noted.

    Side one

    1. "Microbes" – 3:42
    2. "Red Lady Too" – 1:56
    3. "Tabla and Pakavaj" – 1:05
    4. "In the Park" – 4:08
    5. "Drilling a Home" – 3:08
    6. "Guru Vandana" – 1:05
    7. "Greasy Legs" – 1:28
    8. "Ski-ing" – 1:50
    9. "Gat Kirwani" – 1:15
    10. "Dream Scene" – 5:26

    Side two

    1. "Party Seacombe" – 4:34
    2. "Love Scene" – 4:17
    3. "Crying" – 1:15
    4. "Cowboy Music" – 1:29
    5. "Fantasy Sequins" – 1:50
    6. "On the Bed" – 2:22
    7. "Glass Box" – 1:05
    8. "Wonderwall to Be Here" – 1:25
    9. "Singing Om" – 1:54

    Personnel

    • George Harrison – piano, Mellotron, electric and acoustic guitars, tape loops, musical arrangements
    • John Barham – piano, flugelhorn, harmonium, orchestral arrangement
    • Tony Ashton – tack piano, organ, Mellotron, piano, harmonium
    • Colin Manley – electric and acoustic guitars, steel guitar
    • Philip Rogers – bass guitar
    • Roy Dyke – drums
    • Tommy Reilly – harmonica
    • Eric Clapton – electric guitar
    • Ringo Starr – drums
    • Big Jim Sullivan – bass
    • Aashish Khan – sarod
    • Mahapurush Misra – tabla, pakhavaj
    • Sharad Kumar – shehnai
    • Hanuman Jadev – shehnai
    • Shambhu Das – sitar
    • Indranil Bhattacharya – sitar
    • Shankar Ghosh – tabla
    • Chandrashekhar Naringrekar – surbahar
    • Shivkumar Sharma – santoor
    • S.R. Kenkare – bansuri
    • Vinayak Vora – tar shehnai
    • Rijram Desad – harmonium, tabla tarang

     

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    GEORGE HARRISON - WONDERWALL MUSIC LP - VG UK 1968 APPLE BEATLES

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