Contrary to popular belief, George Harrison’s first solo album is not Everything must pass. The triple album was George’s first album outside of being a Beatle. However, his solo debut is Wonderwall Music, the soundtrack to the 1968 film of the same name. George’s son Dhani calls it a “completely freaky record”.
George Harrison recorded ‘Wonderwall Music’ because he wanted to open the world to Indian music
The Beatles have signed on to do the soundtrack for director Joe Massot’s feature debut, wall of wondersbecause he wanted to show Indian music to the world.
“The predominantly instrumental album is an intricate and vibrant tapestry of Western rock music and classical Indian style compositions”, George’s website writing.
In 1992 George said, “I decided to do it as a mini-anthology of Indian music because I wanted to help people turn to Indian music.”
The instrumental album resembles many of George’s songs with the Beatles at the time. This is the first solo album by any Beatle.
Dhani remastered it for 2014 The Apple years 1968-1975. He added three bonus tracks to the remastered album: “‘In The First Place’ by Liverpool band The Remo Four, who played rock elements from the recording sessions, an unreleased alternate take of ‘The Inner Light’, and the unreleased “Almost Shankara”, a raga that was not used in the film or for the LP soundtrack,” writes George’s site.
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George Harrison’s son Dhani says ‘Wonderwall Music’ is a ‘complete freakout recording’
Dhani said rolling stone this wall of wonders The music is his favorite album in The Apple years 1968-1975 box. He also admitted that he was always amazed by his father’s music. “I was trying to find chords for one of these songs,” Dhani said. “And I realized you can’t hear the chords in there – because there’s 50 horns going over it.”
Rolling Stone asked him why Wonderwall Music is his favourite, especially since it is one of George’s least listened to albums.
“I remember buying a CD of it in the early 90s and thinking, ‘What is this?’ You’re sitting there almost meditating to the music, literally drooling on your knees,” Dhani said. “Then a shenai [an Indian oboe] will come in and practically take the top of your head off.
“It’s such a deep, psychedelic record. It had Eric Clapton in it, all that backwards guitar, horns – it’s a freaking freaking record. And it was instrumental. All the songs were deep Hindu songs.
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There are many different parts in the soundtrack
Wonderwall Music has many different parts working inside.
Dhani said, “It was a mixture of spaghetti-western music, the Songs of India things my dad with Ravi [Shankar] and the best Beatles freakouts. For people who haven’t heard this record, this is the first thing you should listen to in the box.
“wall of wonders, for my generation, is a title associated with Oasis. It’s not. It’s one of the first things my dad did on his own, away from the Beatles.
“For someone who has not heard wall of wonders before but who knows “The Inner Light”, it gives them a better idea of the place of this album in the history of my father. This album is a missing link towards the end of the Beatles.
Dhani is right; Wonderwall Music is a completely creepy disc. It’s easy to get lost in his melodies. Although one thing is missing; George’s voice.
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