Saturday, September 23, 2006

Number 806 - George Harrison

Number 806

George Harrison

"Got My Mind Set On You"

25.02.43 to 29.11.01
George Harrison always came across to me like the youngest brother of 4 brothers. John was the rebel, Paul was the driven successful one and Ringo the black sheep misfit.
Being in the "Beatles" gave George the freedom to experiment with "his" sound (or was it the drugs?). By the time Sergeant Pepper was released in '67 he successfully claimed being not only the "sound" of the Beatles but the greatest guitarist of the world at that time.
In 1987 he released a very successful album called Cloud 9. Teaming with legendary Beatles obsessive Jeff Lynne, George Harrison crafted a remarkably consistent and polished comeback effort with Cloud Nine. Lynne adds a glossy production, reminiscent of ELO, but what is even more noticeable is that he has reined in Harrison's indulgences, keeping the focus on a set of 11 snappy pop/rock numbers. The consistency of the songs remains uneven, but the best moments -- "Devil's Radio," "Cloud 9," "Just for Today," "Got My Mind Set on You," and the tongue-in-cheek Beatles pastiche "When We Was Fab" - make Cloud Nine one of his very best albums. Cloud Nine was reissued in 2004 with two bonus tracks from the Shanghai Surprise soundtrack: the title song and "Zig Zag."
"Harrison had been treated for throat cancer in the late 1990's, but in 2001 it was revealed that he was suffering from an inoperable form of brain cancer. At the time of his death on November 29, 2001, The Concert For Bangladesh album had been announced for upgraded reissue in January of 2002, and a DVD of the film was in release internationally."
For the Beatles see Number 947, 894, 587 , 489
For John Lennon see Number 639
For Paul McCartney see Number 583
For Ringo Starr see Number 901
For Jeff Lynne see Number 790 & Number 969
What does RS Think about Mr Harrison?
George Harrison played lead guitar and wrote occasional songs for the Beatles; he also was the group's only convert to Eastern religion. Since the Beatles broke up, he has had an uneven solo career. Born into a working-class family, Harrison attended Dovedale Primary School, three years behind John Lennon. In 1954 he entered Liverpool Institute, a grade behind Paul McCartney. In 1956, at the height of Britain's skiffle craze, Harrison formed his first group, the Rebels. He started jamming occasionally with his new acquaintance McCartney, and in 1958 McCartney introduced him to Lennon. Soon all three were playing in the Quarrymen, who later became the Silver Beetles and then the Beatles. ~ [Source: Rolling Stone]
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number (Rolling Stone only preferred his earlier work) and the Album ranked at Number (Now if Ringo was in the credits...)
This song has a crowbarred rating of 63.7 out of 108
George Harrison - Got My Mind Set On You
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