George Harrison released his fourth studio LP “Living in the Material World” on …
Written by megarock on May 30, 2018
George Harrison released his fourth studio LP “Living in the Material World” on May 30, 1973. As the follow-up to 1970’s critically acclaimed “All Things Must Pass” and his pioneering charity project, the “Concert for Bangladesh,” it was among the most highly anticipated releases of that year. The album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America two days after release, on its way to becoming Harrison’s second number 1 album in the United States, and produced the international hit “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)”. It also topped albums charts in Canada and Australia, and reached number 2 in Britain.
The lyrics to many of the songs reflected Harrison’s struggle for spiritual enlightenment against his status as a superstar, as well as for what many commentators consider to be the finest guitar and vocal performances of his career. In contrast with “All Things Must Pass,” Harrison scaled down the production for “Material World,” using a very talented group of musicians including Nicky Hopkins, Gary Wright, Klaus Voormann, Jim Keltner. Ringo Starr, John Barham and Indian musician Zakir Hussain.
Where would you rate this LP as compared to his others (not counting Beatles)?
Happy 45th Birthday to “Material World”!!!