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You'd think the people behind this album would have picked his best, um, material.


This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Let’s face it: George Harrison wrote lots of good songs — but not so many truly great ones that you couldn’t fit them all on a single tribute CD.

So why, you wonder, are so many of George’s Beatles and solo classics unrepresented on Songs From The Material World? Not that you’ll complain about the ones that are here — Todd Rundgren strums a lush While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Masters of Reality pump up the volume on Devil’s Radio, John Entwistle supercharges Here Comes The Sun, They Might Be Giants savour Savoy Truffle, The Smithereens light a fire under I Want To Tell You, Leslie West puts some blues polish on Old Brown Shoe, Bill Wyman borrows some James Brown funk for Taxman, Wayne Kramer sends It’s All Too Much into fuzz-box overdrive. But where is My Sweet Lord? What Is Life? All Those Years Ago? Got My Mind Set On You? Or Something, for crying out loud? Bottomline: If you’re gonna put out a Harrison tribute disc — and call it Songs From The Material World — you oughta pick the best material.


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