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.”

The CBS Interview with President Barack Obama

Militant Islamist fighters take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province

ISIS is estimated to have amassed more than 30,000 fighters, including many recruits from Western nations.

President Obama acknowledged in an interview broadcast on Sunday that the United States had underestimated the rise of the Islamic State militant group, which has seized control of a broad swath of territory in the Middle East, and had placed too much trust in the Iraqi military, allowing the region to become “ground zero for jihadists around the world.”

Reflecting on how a president who wanted to disentangle the United States from wars in the Middle East ended up redeploying to Iraq and last week expanding air operations into Syria, Mr. Obama pointed to assessments by the intelligence agencies that said they were surprised by the rapid advances made in both countries by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

Obama 60 Minutes interview Obama CBS interview 2014 

“Our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper (Obama is putting the blame on Clapper), has acknowledged that, I think, they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” Mr. Obama said on “60 Minutes,” the CBS News program, referring to James R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence. Mr. Obama added that the agencies had overestimated the ability and will of the Iraqi Army to fight such Sunni extremists. “That’s true. That’s absolutely true,” he said.

In citing Mr. Clapper, Mr. Obama made no mention of any misjudgment he may have made himself. Critics have repeatedly pointed to his comment last winter characterizing groups like the Islamic State as a “JV team” compared with the original Al Qaeda.

But he rebutted critics who say his refusal to intervene more directly in the Syrian civil war and his decision to pull all American troops out of Iraq in 2011 had created conditions that allowed the rise of the Islamic State. Instead, he pointed a finger at Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, until recently the prime minister of Iraq. “When we left, we had left them a democracy that was intact, a military that was well equipped and the ability then to chart their own course,” Mr. Obama said. “And that opportunity was squandered over the course of five years or so because the prime minister, Maliki, was much more interested in consolidating his Shia base.”

Ten cents worth:

The CIA and the military did not underestimate the rise of ISIS. There were plenty of forewarnings. President Obama, for political reasons, wanted to perpetuate the idea that al Queda and other militant groups “were on the run”. And, that his killing of Osama Bin Laden ended the terrorist threat. It was naive on his part to believe that that misconception would be sustainable. Now, Mr. Obama is admitting his underestimation of ISIS while blatantly underestimating the level of effort required to stop ISIS by eliminating the option of US boots on the ground. It won’t be long until he’s forced to admit that option will be required.

As awful as ISIS is, and it should be eliminated, let’s not kid ourselves into thinking that our reason for bombing Syria is based on humanitarian reasons. There’s only one reason that the U.S. is involved in the Middle East — oil. We are hamstrung by our reliance on Mideast oil, and we continue to make poor policy decisions because of it.  Until we can fully rely on energy sources other than that particular fossil fuel in that particular region, we will continue to dance to the tune of whomever is pulling on our strings. This kind of high-jacked strategy is no way for a supposedly powerful nation such as ours to enact policy, whether foreign or domestic.


Dempsey: 15,000 ground troops needed to destroy ISIS

Chuck Hagel, Martin Dempsey


As the massive US-led air campaign plows ahead, the US’s top military chief says it will take 15,000 ground troops to wipe out ISIS in Syria.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made the statement at a Friday briefing as Britain, Belgium and Denmark joined the bombing campaign to wipe out the terror group in Iraq.

“The answer is yes. There has to be a ground component in the campaign,” Dempsey said, appearing alongside Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

“We need 12,000 to 15,000 to reclaim lost territory,” he said, referring to the huge swath ISIS carved out from Iraq and Syria.

ISIS is estimated to have amassed more than 30,000 fighters, including many recruits from Western nations.

The US-led coalition, which also includes five Arab countries joining the air campaign, plans to train Syrian rebels to do the dirty work on the ground, while also relying on Kurdish peshmerga forces and Iraqi tribal fighters.

President Obama has repeatedly insisted US troops won’t play a combat role in the campaign.

In Great Britain, Parliament gave an overwhelming vote, 534-43, to join the Iraq coalition Friday — just days after ISIS released a video showing the beheading of British hostage David Haines.

“This is about psychopathic terrorists that are trying to kill us, and we do have to realize that, whether we like it or not, they have already declared war on us,” said British Prime Minister David Cameron.

“There isn’t a ‘walk on by’ option. There isn’t an option of just hoping this will go away.”

The UK is dispatching six Tornado fighter jets. Belgium is sending six F-16s, and Denmark is sending seven more.

In the face of the withering air attack, ISIS militants are changing tactics by ditching conspicuous convoys in favor of motorcycles.

The jihadists have also taken to erecting their notorious black flag on the rooftops of residential houses and buildings — many of them empty — to create confusion.

Report: U.S. Air Strike in Syria Kills 27 civilians including Six Children, Zero ISIS Members

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Residents of a village in northwestern Syria are in shock after U.S. air strikes demolished two neighborhoods, despite there being no ISIS militants in the area, killing 27 people including six children.

Aljazeera –September 29, 2014 8:00AM ET

Latest air raid on ISIL targets hits grain silos, killing workers and destroying country’s largest gas plant.

U.S.-led air strikes hit grain silos and other targets in Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)-controlled territory in northern and eastern Syria overnight, killing civilians and wounding insurgents, a group monitoring the war said on Monday.

The aircraft may have mistaken the mills and grain storage areas in the northern Syrian town of Manbij for an ISIL base, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. There was no immediate comment from Washington.

The United States has targeted ISIL and other fighters in Syria since last week with the help of Arab allies, and has targeted ISIL in Iraq since last month. Washington says it aims to damage and destroy the bases, forces and supply lines of the Al-Qaeda offshoot that has captured large areas of both countries.

The strikes in Manbij appeared to have killed only civilians, not fighters, said Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Observatory, which gathers information from sources in Syria.

These were the workers at the silos. They provide food for the people,” he said. He could not give a number of casualties and it was not immediately possible to verify the information.

Manbij sits between the western city of Aleppo and the northern town of Kobani, which ISIL has been trying to capture from Kurdish forces, forcing tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds to flee over the border to Turkey.

Syria’s army also carried out air raids in Aleppo province overnight, targeting anti-government rebels, though not specifically ISIL, in areas east of Aleppo city with barrel bombs and other projectiles, the Observatory said. The army also carried out air strikes in Hama in western Syria.

Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have been battling rebel fighters around Aleppo, which is held by a number of factions.

In eastern Syria, U.S.-led forces bombed a gas plant controlled by ISIL outside Deir al-Zour city, wounding several of the militant group’s fighters, the Observatory said.

The U.S. has said it wants strikes to target oil facilities held by ISIL to try to stem a major source of revenues for the group.

The raid hit Kuniko gas plant, which feeds a power station in Homs that provides several provinces with electricity and powers oil fields generators, the Observatory said.

U.S.-led warplanes also hit areas of Hasaka city in the northeast and the outskirts of Raqqa city in the north, ISIL’s de facto Syrian capital.