SMAS-3410 Living In The Material World
Produced by George Harrison (track 9 by George Harrison and Phil Spector)
Released on May 30, 1973
US CHART POSITION #1 . . . GOLD RECORD . . . UK CHART POSITION #2
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SMAS-3410 cover
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I remember that the B side for “My Sweet Lord,” “Isn’t It A Pity,” scared me off from buying All Things Must Pass for years. What if the rest of the songs all sound like that?, I wondered, doing the multiplication in my head with trepidation. Two years later, the sunny single for Harrison’s modest Material World arrived and I wondered: What if the rest of the album sounds like “Give Me Peace” and “Miss O’Dell?” This was an album I had to own! Only, in retrospect, it turned out to be more pity-full than George’s earlier Pass. Living In The Material World is wonderfully packaged and expertly produced (I think) by George, but gone is the joy of tracks like “What Is Life,” “Wah-Wah,” “Awaiting On You All,” “I Dig Love,” etc. In essence, George the lighthearted Beatle had been replaced by George the enlightened Beatle, who turned out to be something of a killjoy. “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)” is at least a match for “My Sweet Lord,” the title track is neat as is George’s version of “Try Some Buy Some,” but the rest of the record is minor-key music minus the memorable melodies of his earlier, grander opus. You get the sense that George could write these songs any time, and in fact he revisited some of them on subsequent records like 33 & 1/3 (e.g., “The Light That Has Lighted The World” sounds a lot like “Learning How To Love You,” la la la). From a production standpoint the Material World is more complex than I first imagined; I’m suspending final judgment until I hear this on a digital remaster. But I don’t suspect that any digital remaster will reveal melodies that were never there to begin with. Living In The Material World set the stage for a solo career that offered a respite from John and Paul rather than an alternative. All Things Must Pass, it turned out, was a fantasy world pieced together from bits of broken Beatles. Here was the real world, and the material was frankly a little dull in comparison.

SMAS-3410 inner gatefold SMAS-3410 back cover
SMAS-3410 inner gatefold SMAS-3410 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. GIVE ME LOVE-(GIVE ME PEACE ON EARTH)    3:32
  2. SUE ME, SUE YOU BLUES    4:43
  3. THE LIGHT THAT HAS LIGHTED THE WORLD    3:28
  4. DON'T LET ME WAIT TOO LONG    2:54
  5. WHO CAN SEE IT    3:49
  6. LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD    5:27
  7. THE LORD LOVES THE ONE (THAT LOVES THE LORD)    4:32
  8. BE HERE NOW    4:07
  9. TRY SOME BUY SOME    4:06
  10. THE DAY THE WORLD GETS 'ROUND    2:50
  11. THAT IS ALL    3:40

    LP/CD reissue bonus tracks
  12. DEEP BLUE
  13. MISS O'DELL

    All songs written by George Harrison

CREDITS

GEORGE HARRISON -- vocals, guitar
NICKY HOPKINS -- keyboards
JIM HORN -- sax & flutes
ZAKIR HUSSEIN -- tabla
JIM KELTNER -- drums
RINGO STARR -- drums
KLAUS VOORMANN -- bass
GARY WRIGHT -- keyboards
John Barham -- strings
Jim Gordon -- drums (9)
Phillip McDonald -- recording and remix engineer
Wilkes & Braun, Inc. -- design
Kendall L. Johnson -- cover photograph
Ken Marcus -- inside photograph

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US May 30, 1973 Apple LP SMAS-3410 gatefold cover, lyric insert
UK/NZ June 22, 1973 Apple LP/8T PAS/8X-PAS 10006 gatefold cover, lyric insert
BRA 1973 Odeon LP SBTX-1026  
COL 1973 EMI Odeon LP 11251  
GER 1973 EMI Electrola LP 1C 062 05370 gatefold cover
JPN 1973 Apple LP EAS-80697 lyric insert
MEX 1973 Apple LP SLEM-473 gatefold cover, lyric insert
FRA 1978 Pathe Marconi LP 2C 066 05370 gatefold cover, lyric insert
ITA   Apple CS 3C 244 05370  
US 1980 Capitol LP SN-16216  
JPN 1980 Apple LP EAP-80840 gatefold cover, lyric insert
UK 1991 Parlophone CD CDP 7 94110  
JPN 1991 EMI CD TOCP-6952  
JPN 1991 EMI/Apple CD TOCP-65542  
US January 28, 1992 Capitol CD 94110  
UK 2006 Parlophone LPX/CDX 366899 digital remaster w. bonus tracks
UK 2006 Parlophone CDX+ 366900 digital remaster w. bonus tracks + bonus DVD
JPN 2006 EMI CDX TOCP-70072 digital remaster w. bonus tracks
JPN 2006 EMI CDX+ TOCP-70073 digital remaster w. bonus tracks + bonus DVD

 

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