The Many Solo Moods of George Harrison: Inside ‘The Apple Years’ Box

LONDON - 24th JUNE: George Harrison (1943-2001) from The Beatles arrives at EMI Studios in Abbey Road, London for a press call before the recording of 'All You Need is Love' on 24th June 1967. (Photo by Mark and Colleen Hayward/Redferns)

LONDON – 24th JUNE: George Harrison (1943-2001) from The Beatles arrives at EMI Studios in Abbey Road, London for a press call before the recording of ‘All You Need is Love’ on 24th June 1967. (Photo by Mark and Colleen Hayward/Redferns)

“It’s a great forest to explore,” Dhani Harrison says of The Apple Years 1968-75, the first boxed reissue – seven CDs with bonus tracks and a DVD – of the early solo work of his father, Beatles guitarist George Harrison. “People will be surprisingly pleased with how strange some of it is.”

The heart of the set, overseen by Dhani, is the 1970 masterpiece All Things Must Pass, and the spiritual 1973 hit Living in the Material World. But the set opens with George’s 1968 immersion in classical raga, Wonderwall Music, and the weirdly prophetic 1969 Moog recital, Electronic Sounds. “Every synth and dance record ever made is in there,” Dhani claims.At the other end of the box are 1974’s earthy Dark Horse and 1975’s R&B-tinged Extra Texture (Read All About It). “The deep tracks on those albums are among the best he ever wrote,” Dhani says. Dark Horse now includes an acoustic outtake of the title song, but Dhani says that The Apple Years is meant to celebrate “the canon. It’s been 13 years since my dad died. I’d like to let him speak with this music for a while.”

Watch Dhani Harrison Perform one of His Father’s Songs on ‘Conan’

Tears For Fears to reissue Songs From The Big Chair


Tears For Fears have announced a reissue of their 1985 sophomore album, Songs From The Big Chair.

Due out November 4th, the remastered record will be available in five different formats, including an extensive six-disc box set of four CDs and two DVDs. This “Super Deluxe Edition” features previously unreleased material, a 30-page replica tour program, a 32-page booklet of photos, and a 5.1 surround sound mix courtesy of producer and Porcupine Tree founder Steven Wilson. The total package will cost $85.

The album will also be available as a single CD, a double disc deluxe edition, as an LP pressed on heavyweight 180-gram vinyl, and as a Pure Audio Blu-ray. Pre-orders are currently ongoing.

Songs From The Big Chair remains the duo’s highest selling album. It peaked at No. 2 on the UK charts and stayed at No. 1 on the US Billboard chart for five consecutive weeks. It included six hit singles, including “Shout”, “Mothers Talk”, and “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”.

Below, revisit the video for “Head Over Heels”.




Songs From The Big Chair Tracklist:

Disc One – Songs From The Big Chair

01. Shout : 6:31
02. The Working Hour : 6:29
03. Everybody Wants To Rule The World : 4:09
04. Mothers Talk : 5:04
05. I Believe : 4:54
06. Broken : 2:38
07. Head Over Heels : 5:02
08. Listen : 6:54

09. The Big Chair : 3:20
10. Empire Building : 2:41
11. The Marauders : 4:13
12. Broken Revisited : 5:15
13. The Conflict : 4:02
14. The Working Hour – Piano Version : 2:08
15. Pharaohs : 03:42
16. When In Love With A Blind Man : 2:22
17. Sea Song : 3:51

Disc Two:
Edited Songs From The Big Chair
01. The Way You Are : 4:49
02. Mothers Talk – Single Version : 3:53
03. Shout – Single Version : 5:58
04. Everybody Wants To Rule The World – Single Version : 4:14
05. Head Over Heels – Remix : 4:15
06. I Believe (A Soulful Re-Recording) : 4:39
07. Everybody Wants To Rule The World : 4:30
08. The Way You Are – Short Version : 4:21
09. Mothers Talk – U.S. Remix : 4:14
10. Shout – U.S. Single Version : 4:51
11. Everybody Wants To Rule The World – Running Version : 4:30
12. Head Over Heels – Radio Version : 4.20
13. Mothers Talk – Video Version : 4:14
14. Shout – Short Version : 4:03
15. Listen – Clean Intro : 4:03
16. Interview with Curt & Roland : 7:35

Disc Three:
Remixed Songs From The Big Chair

01. The Way You Are – Extended Version : 7:37
02. Mothers Talk – Extended Version : 6:18
03. Shout – Extended Remix Version : 7:40
04. Everybody Wants To Rule The World – Extended Version : 5:40
05. Broken / Head Over Heels / Broken – Preacher Mix : 8:00
06. Mothers Talk – Beat Of The Drum Mix : 8:54
07. Shout – U.S. Remix : 8:02
08. Everybody Wants To Rule The World – Urban Mix : 6:06
09. Mothers Talk – U.S. Remix alternate : 4:12
10. Shout – Dub : 6:49
11. Everybody Wants To Rule The World – Instrumental : 4:21
12. Shout – Acappella : 5:02

Disc Four:
Unreleased Songs From The Big Chair

01. Head Over Heels : 4:14 Richard Skinner Session
02. The Working Hour : 6:06 Richard Skinner Session
03. Broken : 3:19 Richard Skinner Session
04. Mothers Talk : 4:05 Live At Massey Hall
05. Broken / Head Over Heels : 5:01 Live At Massey Hall
06. Memories Fade : 6:50 Live At Massey Hall
07. The Working Hour : 7:31 Live At Massey Hall
08. Everybody Wants To Rule The World : 4:19 Live At Massey Hall
09. Shout : 7:50 Live At Massey Hall
10. Mothers Talk – Early Mix / Instrumental : 4:39
11. The Way You Are – Early Mix : 4:25
12. Broken – Early Mix : 5:38
13. Shout – Early Mix : 5:08
14. Everybody Wants To Rule The World – Alternate Single Version : 4.20

Disc Six:
(DVD-A) 5.1 and Stereo mix

Shout : 6:32
The Working Hour : 6:31
Everybody Wants To Rule The World : 4:11
Mothers Talk : 5:10
I Believe : 4:54
Broken : 2:38
Head Over Heels : 5:20
Listen : 6:49

Disc Six:

01. Scenes From The Big Chair – Documentary : 1:14:43
02. Interview with Producer Chris Hughes : 35:00
03. The Way You Are – Music Video : 3:57
04. Mothers Talk – Alternative UK Video : 4:00
05. Mothers Talk – Music Video : 4.49
06. Shout – Music Video : 6:31
07. Everybody Wants To Rule The World – Music Video : 4:52
08. HEAD OVER HEELS – Music Video : 4:26
09. I Believe – Music Video : 4:45
10. Mothers Talk – US Mix – Music Video : 4:52
11. Everybody Wants To Rule The World – Music Video : 4:52

03. The Way You Are : 4:11 Top Of The Pops
04. Mothers Talk : 3:48 Top Of The Pops
05. Mothers Talk : 3:51 Top Of The Pops
06. Shout : 4:20 Top Of The Pops
07. Everybody Wants To Rule The World : 4:08 Wogan
08. Everybody Wants To Rule The World : 3.35 Top Of The Pops
09. Everybody Wants To Rule The World : 3.45 Top Of The Pops
10. The Working Hour : 4:28 Wogan

U.S. Media Calls for Preventing Venezuela from UN Security Council Seat

By Peter Hart
Global Research, September 29, 2014

Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Theme: Media Disinformation

Washington Post Slams Venezuela for Electing ‘Former Bus Driver’

Maduro-373x249It’s no secret that the Washington Post editorial page was quite alarmed by Venezuela’s shift to the left under former President Hugo Chavez. The Post–like the rest of elite US media (Extra!11/05)–was an unrelenting critic of Chavez’s policies.

Some things haven’t changed.

In a scathing editorial (9/20/14), the Post went after Chavez’s successor Nicolas Maduro, calling him an “economically illiterate former bus driver” because he “rejected the advice of pragmatists” and will continue to pursue policies that are ruining what was “once Latin America’s richest country.”

During the Chavez years, the most important economic story was the rapid gains by the country’s poor (FAIR Blog12/13/12); what the Post remembers as the good old days were when prosperity was not so widely shared.

The Post‘s real point is that the United States should do something significant to oppose the human rights abuses under Maduro–most especially the crackdown on anti-government protests earlier this year. The Post cites a Human Rights Watch report to make its case, and the solution was as clear as the editorial headline: “Venezuela Doesn’t Deserve a Seat on the UN Security Council.”

It turns out that Venezuela is a candidate for one of the rotating seats on the Security Council, and the Post thinks it’s time to block that from happening:

Next month Venezuela will stand for a seat on the UN Security Council, where it would be able to advocate for allies such as Syria, Iran and Cuba. Though unopposed, the Maduro government must win the votes of two-thirds of the General Assembly in a secret ballot. The Obama administration could help itself and send a message to Mr. Maduro by rounding up the 65 votes needed to keep Venezuela off the Security Council.

The Post‘s editorial page seems to reserve this kind of thing for Latin American leftists; as we noted last year (FAIR Blog, 6/25/13), the Post called Rafael Correa the “autocratic leader of tiny, impoverished Ecuador,” and recommended the United States use trade deals to punish that country “to demonstrate that Yanqui-baiting has its price.”

But if the Post‘s argument is that human rights abusers should be blocked from the Security Council, then one might assume the paper has made the same case against, let’s say, Saudi Arabia. That country was up for a spot last year; it surprised many observers by rejecting the position, and Jordan, another US-allied monarchy, took its place (Reuters12/6/13).

ExecutionBoth of those countries have records worth condemnation, if the Post were really interested in such matters. According to Human Rights Watch World Report 2014,  Jordanian law “criminalizes speech deemed critical of the king” and other government officials, its penal code offers “reduced sentences for perpetrators of ‘honor crimes,’” and police torture remains a serious problem.

Saudi Arabia’s deplorable record is probably better known; it’s been in the news recently because the Islamic State’s gruesome beheading videos are a reminder that the Saudi government still considers that to be an acceptable form of punishment; the UN (9/9/14) reports that at least eight people were beheaded in August “for nonviolent crimes including drug-smuggling and sorcery. Other offenses resulting in beheading have reportedly included adultery and apostasy.”

Did those countries’ deplorable human rights records prompt the Post to call for preventing them from a seat on the UN Security Council? Evidently concern for human rights is more important when the country in question is an Official Enemy, the kind of place where some lowly bus driver can be elected president.

P.S. The Post published a letter (9/24/14) from the charge d’affaires of the Venezuelan embassy, which noted that “Venezuelans are proud to belong to a democracy that allows former blue-collar workers to rise to the top.”