Album: George Harrison, Early Takes Volume 1 (Universal)
There's a simplicity about these previously unreleased demos that's utterly beguiling, the spare settings allowing the sweeter side of George Harrison's character to shine unencumbered by studio blandishments.
The impression is of a sweet, gentle soul in love with the immediacy of music, while the material – from demos of "My Sweet Lord" and "Awaiting on You All" to deliciously delicate covers of "Let It Be Me" and Dylan's "Mama You've Been on My Mind" – produces a tone of reconciliation and forgiveness. Particularly engaging are the lilting country number "Behind That Locked Door", and gentle country-blues "Woman Don't You Cry for Me", showcasing Harrison's nimble blend of strumming and picking.
Download: Mama You've Been on My Mind; Woman Don't You Cry for Me; Behind That Locked Door
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