[photogallerylink id=108664 align=left]It’s George Harrison‘s birthday weekend and we’re setting you up today with the patented XRT Rock and Roll Birthday bash. George was the third most important Beatle who brought a clutch of good songs to the studio (he would have preferred more), distinctive vocals, innovative guitar parts and an Eastern spirituality that informed several fab four tracks. He also loved Formula One racing, gardening and Monty Python.
He was also one of the coolest looking people ever. Here’s some of his best tracks:
- “Art of Dying” from All Things Must Pass. A stirring treatise on the end-game with guitars (I think it’s Clapton) that cross the boundary between this world and the next.
- “Govinda” by the Radha Krsna Temple. A prayerful chant produced by George from an album of devotional music. One of the catchiest hymns ever.
- “Devil’s Radio” from Cloud Nine. A song about the little rudder that steers the big ship…the tongue. (WSTN…All commercials… all the time!) From the last studio album released during his lifetime.
- “Beware of Darkness” from The Concert for Bangladesh. When Leon Russell takes the mic, it’s a revelation.
- “The Inner Light“, the “B” side of “Lady Madonna. The “Tao” of George.
- “Only a Northern Song” from Yellow Submarine. A clever and bitter music-biz music tune. (Are there any positive ones?)
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