1. The Story of “In the First Place”

    by Martin Lewis

    […] With the assistance of his eldest son Jason, an aspiring filmmaker, [director Joe Massot] started to re-edit [Wonderwall] and create a new ‘director’s cut.’ He also decided that he needed to restore the glory of the film’s original soundtrack which - conforming to the low-fi exhibition standards of the day - had been mixed in mono. Massot set about tracking down all the original elements of the soundtrack. Several masters were located in the tape libraries of Abbey Road Studios and EMI’s Bombay studios. However there were still some music cues missing. Massot decided to contact George Harrison to see if he could be of assistance. Harrison searched deep in his personal vaults and eventually located all the multi-track masters that he had created for the movie. He passed the tapes to Massot to be used for the soundtrack restoration. It was then that Joe Massot made his startling discovery….

    The tapes contained most of the missing music cues. The Wonderwall tapes also included a hidden gem. Apparently Harrison had been working on a SONG for the movie - called ”In the First Place”. However since the commission had been for instrumental music and there seemed to be no obvious location for a song in the movie - he had not bothered to submit the track to the film’s director!

    The song was an extremely strong piece of psychedelic pop - in the style of the Beatles’ Blue Jay Way recorded by Harrison just weeks before the Wonderwall sessions. The atmospheric style perfectly matched the movie’s mood. Since he was in the process of re-editing the film, Massot felt that he could find a way to include this long-lost gem. In fact he wanted to use it as the film’s theme song. He approached Harrison with news of his discovery and his request.

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  2. thebeatlesordie:

    43 years ago today » concert for bangladeshaugust 1, 1971

    "i think the most memorable thing, really, was the fact that is came off and that it worked because there was very little time preceding the concert, to organize it. the concert happened to be on august the 1st because that was  the only day madison square garden was available. so it was pure coincidence. and all the people that were assembled there with very short notice, very little rehearsal in come cases there was no rehearsal. i managed to do a little bit with the horn players and with the rhythm section but that was the main thing, that it actually worked." -george harrison 

  3. Tagged #1966
  4. Michael Palin: George Harrison is a wonderful patron. He will actually give you money because he likes what you do.

    John Cleese: Pop people are great to get involved with because they grant you the freedom that they would want. We couldn’t have made the film anywhere in the world with as much creative control as we had with George.

    - “The Making Of Monty Python’s Life Of Brian”, SabotageTimes [x]

    (Source: harrisonstories)

  5. Chicago press conference (1966)

    (Source: bewareofchairs, via bewareofchairs)

    Tagged #1966 #my gifs

  6. thateventuality:

    Carl Perkins & George Harrison - “Distance Makes No Difference With Love” - Go Cat Go

    "[W]hen I got over to George’s house, I sang it for him, and he said, ‘Wow, man, that’s a beautiful song.’ I had a couple of other things, and I was open for whatever he wanted to do. H kept going back, and he said, ‘Sing That Distance again,’ and I said, ‘Sure,’ and he said, ‘Man, let’s do that one.’ So we buckled down and he played, I played a couple of different guitar parts, he played the piano, he played rhythm, he played slide, he played everything on there. [Except for drumming by Jim Capaldi.]

    We had a really good time. George worked awfully hard on this thing, he sang all those harmony parts himself, I think he really poured his heart and soul into it. He meant for it to sound great and I’m so proud of that, I really am.” - Carl Perkins, October 1996, quoted in Goldmine

  7. John Lennon ” Oh My Love ” Take 12 Audio Test 1-1971

    Beatle Bob: "More testing on remastering the audio for the ‘Oh My Love’ sessions. What you are hearing is switching between the film audio and attempts at synching up the multi-tracks."

    (Source: harrisonstories)

  8. John Lennon Oh My Love (Take 6) Sample

    Beatle Bob: “‘Oh My Love’ from the 1971 Imagine sessions. This is just a test at an audio remastering project. You will hear the video toggle between camera and soundboard audio.”

    (Source: harrisonstories)

  9. Tagged #1969 #style

  10. "

    A few years back, I met George in England while doing a Gary Moore album in England, near Friar Park in Henley. We had been recording for days & it was at the time of the Wimbledon Championships. John McEnroe was playing, so we were seeing his antics on the big screen daily on our breaks from work. One night at about twilight, while seated for dinner at the house next to the studio, we looked out the picture window facing the garden & 2 ominous figures started to approach the house. Looking a little closer it seemed like we were back in the TV room because there in front of us was the face of John McEnroe! But wait, he’s being followed by another familiar-looking someone……..WOW! It’s George Harrison!! Well, they had heard we were recording & just felt like doing some playing with us on our break! And play we did!

    Afterwards, George graciously invited us to his ‘pad’ to visit. He couldn’t have been sweeter & more hospitable, repeatedly making certain everyone was comfortable ‘Can I get you another orange juice? Do you want to sit over here? Have you heard this rare Roy Orbison record?’ etc. At one point, I picked up one of his beautiful ukuleles (he had them scattered about the living room) & started to play. George picked another one up & we were jamming away!

    I asked Olivia why she thought George was so nice. She explained simply that George comes from a working class background & this was fitting behavior. All I could think was, ‘Here’s a guy who’s been on top of the world, never really left & I am getting treated like I was at home - only better’!

    One day in NYC I checked my answering machine at home and there was a message from someone with a very convincing Scouser accent: ‘Hello Will, this is George Harrison calling. I’d like to steal you away from that Television Programme (Letterman Show) for a couple of days to play with me at the Albert Hall. My number is…………’.

    Now, my brother Rob does great vocal impressions, so I really didn’t pay much attention. I did call Rob, though to congratulate him on such a convincing job. He said, ‘What? I hope you saved that message. It could have been the real thing!’ Luckily I hadn’t erased it because it was for real! The experience was unforgettable - fly over on the Concorde, rehearse one day, perform the next. I think it was George’s last solo gig & the first time in London in years - in fact I think since the Apple roof. We did all his hits, starting with “I Want to Tell You” and I want to tell you, playing Albert Hall with GH was Rock & Roll Heaven!

    The capper of that gig was the encore. First, George introduced Ringo & the place went nuts. The first of two songs was “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” with Gary Moore aceing the guitar solo. Then finally, we broke into “Roll Over Beethoven”, which as it turns out, I knew the words, for I had just sung the song for the movie “Beethoven” (the dog movie). So it was George & I duetting with Ringo playing drums - what a night!!!

    So, Mr. Harrison thank you forever for all you’ve given me and for everything you continue to give to us all through your music & your spirit.

    — Musically, Will Lee (via harrisonstories)

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