DH 3005 Thirty-Three & 1/3
Produced by George Harrison
Released on November 24, 1976
UK CHART POSITION #35 . . . US CHART POSITION #11 . . . GOLD ALBUM (1/19/77)
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DH 3005 cover
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T hirty-Three & 1/3 is a clever title; it alludes to both the revolutions per minute (RPM) of an elpee and George Harrison’s age at the time. The album has its share of admirers and detractors, strikingly similar to John Lennon’s Walls & Bridges in many ways. Both albums featured a pair of strong singles (in this case “Crackerbox Palace” and “This Song”), a mix of languid ballads and boogaloo (i.e., a slightly soulful, kinda funky brand of uptempo rock music), and more emotional depth than Paul or Ringo could plumb. Fans of the album can point to well-written songs that smack of vintage Harrison, rendered in countrified boogaloo (“Woman Don’t You Cry For Me”), a sort of spiritual disco (“Learning How To Love You”), or the lightly gilded and translucent pop that Harrison could conjure on command (“Beautiful Girl”). Detractors will fault Harrison for settling into too comfortable a setting and not wringing more from his muse. In a way, it’s flattering that George is held to the same high standards as John and Paul (and, in my opinion, this gets the nod over Wings at the Speed of Sound as the better bicentennial ex-Beatles album). “This Song,” which lampoons his legal troubles over “My Sweet Lord” (though the incorrigible Beatle steals from his own “What Is My Life” in the process) and the remarkably funky “Crackerbox Palace” are primo George-o. The rest of the album is rarely less than engaging, with some fine guitar work (“Pure Smokey”), sage advice (“See Yourself”) and a kickin’ one-man horn section in Tom Scott. Thirty-Three & 1/3 is a good album, not a great one. Together with the eponymous album that followed and 1987’s Cloud Nine, it’s one of the few Dark Horse releases you can bet on showing you a good time. (Thanks, Jim, for letting me keep this one.)

DH 3005 inner gatefold DH 3005 back cover
DH 3005 inner gatefold DH 3005 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. WOMAN DON'T YOU CRY FOR ME    3:15
  2. DEAR ONE    5:08
  3. BEAUTIFUL GIRL    3:38
  4. THIS SONG    4:11
  5. SEE YOURSELF    2:48
  6. IT'S WHAT YOU VALUE    5:05
  7. TRUE LOVE    (Cole Porter)    2:43
  8. PURE SMOKEY    3:52
  9. CRACKERBOX PALACE    3:52
  10. LEARNING HOW TO LOVE YOU    4:15

    CD reissue bonus track
  11. TEARS OF THE WORLD

    All songs written by George Harrison unless noted

CREDITS

GEORGE HARRISON -- guitars, vocals, synthesizers & percussion
DAVID FOSTER -- Fender Rhodes & clavinet
EMIL RICHARDS -- marimba
TOM SCOTT -- saxophone, flute & lyricon, assistant producer
ALVIN TAYLOR -- drums
RICHARD TEE -- piano, organ & Fender Rhodes
WILLIE WEEKS -- bass
GARY WRIGHT -- keyboards
Billy Preston -- piano, organ & synthesizer
Hank Cicalo -- recording engineer
Phil McDonald -- remix
Kumar Shankar -- second engineer
Bob Cato -- album design & photography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK/ISR November 24, 1976 Dark Horse LP/CS K56319 gatefold cover, lyric sleeve
US November 24, 1976 Dark Horse LP/CS/8T DH 3005 gatefold cover, lyric sleeve
COL   CoDiscos/Warner LP WEA10606  
JPN 1976 Dark Horse LP P-10285D gatefold cover, lyric sleeve
GER 1976 Dark Horse LP DH56319  
NET 1976 Warner Bros. LP WB56319  
RUS   ATR LP ATR30225  
SPA   Dark Horse LP HDHS 871-01 gatefold cover, inner sleeve, insert
BRA 1977 Dark Horse LP 66000  
US 1991 Warner Bros. CD 26612  
UK January 1992 EMI CD    
UK 2004 EMI CDX 594086 digital remaster w. bonus track
US February 24, 2004 Capitol CDX 94086 digital remaster w. bonus track
ARG/GER/NET February 26, 2004 Capitol CDX 594233 digital remaster w. bonus track
JPN 2004 EMI CDX TOCP-67335 digital remaster w. bonus track

 

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