ST-11578 The Best of George Harrison
previously released material
Released on November 8, 1976
US CHART POSITION #31 . . . GOLD RECORD (2/15/77)
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ST-11578 cover
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T his has always been an interesting compilation because it broke with tradition and featured the best of George Harrison the songwriter rather than George Harrison the solo artist (as earlier releases from John and Ringo had). Half an album of George’s songs with The Beatles, half an album of hits recorded since then, does it sell his solo career (which had enjoyed its share of success) short? Maybe, but let’s face it, wouldn’t you rather hear “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” than “This Guitar (Can’t Keep From Crying)?” And since EMI/Capitol seemed determined to capitalize on The Beatles’ continued popularity regardless of whether the member’s solo careers warranted the retrospective, limiting this to the choicest solo cuts hides any potential weaknesses. At least on this album, George’s solo work holds its own with The Beatles, which is more than can be said for Blast From Your Past or Shaved Fish. It’s true that The Best of George Harrison isn’t a helpful compass, but if you’re not familiar with songs like “What Is Life” or “Give Me Love - (Give Me Peace On Earth),” you’re in for a neat surprise. A career-wide retrospective is overdue, and no doubt forthcoming; let’s hope they follow this precedent and not exclude the best band in the world when picking the best of George Harrison.

ST-11578 back cover ST-11578 picture sleeve
ST-11578 back cover ST-11578 picture sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. SOMETHING    2:39
  2. IF I NEEDED SOMEONE    2:19
  3. HERE COMES THE SUN    3:04
  4. TAXMAN    2:36
  5. THINK FOR YOURSELF    2:16
  6. FOR YOU BLUE    2:25
  7. WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS    4:46
  8. MY SWEET LORD    4:39
  9. GIVE ME LOVE - (GIVE ME PEACE ON EARTH)    3:32
  10. YOU    3:40
  11. BANGLA-DESH    3:52
  12. DARK HORSE    3:50
  13. WHAT IS LIFE    4:18

    All selections composed by George Harrison

CREDITS

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
WW November 20, 1976 Parlophone LP/CS PAS 10011 diff. cover, picture sleeve
US November 8, 1976 Capitol LP/CS ST-11578 picture sleeve
BRA/GER 1976 EMI/Odeon LP 064-06249 diff. cover, picture sleeve
JPN   Odeon LPPRO EAS-80720 promotional copy, gatefold cover
MEX   EMI LP SLEM692 picture sleeve
US 1978 Capitol LP ST-11578 purple label
UK October 1981 Music for Pleasure LP/CS MFP 50523 lyric sleeve
US 1987 Capitol CD/CS 46682 different cover
UK May 1987 Parlophone CD CDP 7 46682 different cover
JPN   Parlophone CD TOCP-6955  

 

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