George Harrison’s Solo Career Explored

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With George Harrison’s birthday coming up (Feb. 25), as well as his solo career spanning box set out now, we’re taking a deeper dive into his work outside of The Beatles.

From his first soundtrack album onward, it was a joy to watch George Harrison realize his full potential as a progressive musician outside of the group mentality.

What’s your favourite George Harrison record? Let us know in the comments below!

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WONDERWALL MUSIC –1 November 1968

Wonderwall Music is the soundtrack album to the 1968 film Wonderwall. The songs are all instrumental pieces, except for occasional non-English vocals, and a slowed-down spoken word segment on the track “Dream Scene”.

Standout song: “Dream Scene

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ELECTRONIC SOUND –9 May 1969

The album is entirely comprised of two lengthy pieces performed on the Moog synthesizer.

Standout song: “Under the Mersey Wall

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ALL THINGS MUST PASS – 27 November 1970

CAN: Gold | US: 6x Platinum

This triple album was the first solo release post-Beatles break-up. Also George’s most successful, selling over 6 million copies in the United States alone.

Standout song: “My Sweet Lord

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LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD – 30 May 1973

US: Gold

Rolling Stone described this album as a “pop classic”, a work that “stands alone as an article of faith, miraculous in its radiance.”

Standout song: “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)

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DARK HORSE

9 December 1974

US: Gold

Author Simon Leng refers to the album as “a musical soap opera, cataloguing rock-life antics, marital strife, lost friendships, and self-doubt”

Standout song: “Dark Horse

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EXTRA TEXTURE (READ ALL ABOUT IT)

– 22 September 1975

US: Gold

Harrison’s final album under his contract with Apple Records and EMI, and the last studio album issued by Apple. Extra Texture stands out as the only album whose lyrics are absent of spiritual message.

Standout song: “You

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THIRTY THREE & 1/3 – 19 November 1976

US: Gold

Standout song: “This Song

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GEORGE HARRISON – 20 February 1979

US: Gold

Harrison wrote several of the songs in Hawaii. Eric Clapton assisted with guitar on “Love Comes to Everyone.”

Standout song: “Blow Away

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SOMEWHERE IN ENGLAND

– 1 June 1981

Somewhere in England was the first Harrison album to be released after the death of his former Beatles bandmate John Lennon. He changes the lyrics of “All Those Years Ago” to reflect the tragedy.

Standout song: “All Those Years Ago

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GONE TROPPO

– 5 November 1982

The title is an Australian slang expression meaning “gone mad/crazy” and also a reference to the Italian term ‘non troppo’, meaning ‘not too much’.

Standout song: “Wake Up My Love

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CLOUD NINE

– 2 November 1987

US: Platinum

The hit single “Got My Mind Set on You” from this album re-established Harrison as a critically acclaimed and commercially significant recording artist.

Standout song: “Got My Mind Set on You

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BRAINWASHED

– 19 November 2002

CAN: Gold | US: Gold

Released almost a year after his death at age 58. Recordings began over a decade before Harrison’s death but were repeatedly delayed.

Standout song: “Any Road


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