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  • (Koch Records KOC-CD-8390)
  • Compilation Producer: Scott Kuchler
  • Mastered by Drew Lavyne at A.L.L., Digital NYC
  • Liner Notes: John Kruth
  • Illustration: Milton Glaser
  • Art Direction & Design: Jeff Chenault
  • (P) & (C) 2003 KOCH Records (KOCH Entertainment Company)
  • Songs From The Material World

    After George Harrison's death from brain cancer in November of 2001, a tribute to "the quiet Beatle" and his music was inevitable. Songs From the Material World: A Tribute to George Harrison, released in March of 2003, finds Harrison contemporaries like Bill Wyman, John Entwistle, and Dave Davies contributing effective, if not particularly memorable versions of Harrison's words and music.

    "Although this is a bit of a weak turnout in terms of big hitters, this George Harrison tribute album does have some character. It's hard to destroy songs that Harrison crafted. They just ring out as long as the chords are played properly. For instance, where did they dig up this band called Leslie West & Torque for this compilation? A better question would be why? They probably put in the weakest of the collection, a bluesy rendition of 'If I Needed Someone'.

    Even ex-Wilco, Jay Bennett lets us down on 'Isn't It A Pity'. A track from the Masters of Reality, 'Devil's Radio' is probably the winner with the best track. Some other notable ones are Todd Rundgren's 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' for not changing it one bit, Marc Ford's cool version of 'I, Me, Mine' and Wayne Kramer sounding more and more like Iggy Pop on 'It's All Too Much'. Songs From The Material World is definitely not an essential album but Harrison fans might get a kick out of it."

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    Songs From The Material World

  • 1. While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Todd Rundgren
  • 2. Devil's Radio - Masters of Reality
  • 3. I Me Mine - Marc Ford
  • 4. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth) - Dave Davies
  • 5. Here Comes the Sun - John Entwistle
  • 6. Within You, Without You - Big Head Todd & the Monsters
  • 7. Savoy Truffle - They Might Be Giants
  • 8. I Want to Tell You - The Smithereens
  • 9. Old Brown Shoe - Leslie West
  • 10. Taxman - Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings
  • 11. It's All Too Much - Wayne Kramer
  • 12. Isn't It a Pity - Jay Bennett / Edward Burch
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