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  5946652 (2 discs)
  George Harrison: Live in Japan
  "Live in Japan"

George Harrison (lead vocals, guitar)
Eric Clapton, Andy Fairweather-Low (guitar, background vocals)
Greg Phillinganes, Chuck Leavell (keyboards, background vocals)
Nathan East (bass, background vocals)
Steve Ferrone (drums)
Ray Cooper (percussion)
Tessa Niles, Katie Kissoon (background vocals)
Track listing:
  Disc 1:
1. I Want To Tell You
2. Old Brown Shoe
3. Taxman
4. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)
5. If I Needed Someone
6. Something
7. What Is Life
8. Dark Horse
9. Piggies
10. Got My Mind Set On You

Disc 2:
1. Cloud 9
2. Here Comes The Sun
3. My Sweet Lord
4. All Those Years Ago
5. Cheer Down
6. Devil's Radio
7. Isn't It A Pity
8. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
9. Roll Over Beethoven
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Review by Marpow February 7, 2015 (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
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George Harrison: Live in Japan

A 2 disc, Live recording, released in 1992, remastered/remixed and re released as this hybrid stereo/multi channel in 2004.

There are 8 great reviews prior to this review. 5 reviews from 2004 and 3 from 2005. I clearly have the advantage in my review as having the help of others from 10 years ago.

My style is not to comment on what should have been done or the state of the artist, etc. Just a brief summary of the below items that I feel are to the point of a certain release. I will always remained saddened of George's passing in 2001.

Performance: Couldn't be better. Great band, front cover is, George Harrison, with Eric Clapton And Band. No slouches in this line up. This two disc set really packs a wallop with George's singles and Beatles songs. I loved every version of every song, especially the way the songs where performed with great power and clarity, and of course small twists on all the familiar tunes.

Stereo Sonics: I listened to in car as I frequently do in order to sync myself with the performance. Sounded fantastic in car.

Multichannel Sonics: Of course is the point of purchase. I am completely satisfied and I want for no other. I have been to many live recordings in my life and the mch sonics of this recording come across great. I agree with others that it is what I call front loaded with ambient rears. I personally do not have a problem with a live recording being mixed this way, a studio recording, that is another story. I can attest from my digital read out on my amp that it clearly front loaded. However, there in lies the beauty at beginning and end of tracks the rears light up and you really get a good dose of the happiness of the crowd. These two discs benefit greatly for the volume being on the high side because with the added volume you do get the full ambiance of the mch recording regardless of how it was mixed. It is mch and you will like it better than a stereo listen, trust me. Separation between front speakers is perfect and mixed very well. There are a few gems where the rears light up a little more like in Piggies, and the dueling guitars of Dark Horse.
As always I listened to via well kept equipment, HDMI outs, great equalization, with no need to interfere with the sound that was given to me via the two discs.

Packaging: Plastic jewel case. Weird little spindle where the two discs are stacked on top of each other, of course not preferred, but I take care of my stuff. Paper mini booklet, with fantastic liner notes, George making mini comments on his feelings and history of every track. Original and SACD recording notes. Photos of George looking happy. Hmm, the black on black cover, did Metallica see something they liked?

I love this two disc set, recorded very well, with out bells, whistles, gimmicks. A great SACD to own, thanks George Harrison.

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Review by raffells May 31, 2005 (4 of 9 found this review helpful)
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Well I was put off by some of the reviews.didnt buy it for a long while ......I must now add that IMO the person who gave this 1 star should be banned from this forum..Its getting 5 stars from me to balance the stupidity of that rating..This is a live version with the major artist backed by a terrific team (Clapton etc and should be judged as a historic event..luckily recorded in hirez which is better than the 16 bit cd level by a fair distance...Its Live and sounds it..Starting track with its micky taking..wanna tell you in slightly different key was a laugh but this performance got better and better..despite Georges poor health..We dont yet have the Beatles on HiRez..but this is the next best thing,,,,,as an ex roadie I think the comments "that I prefer studio recordings" are for non musical persons..being diplomatic !!!! get out and getta life... .I disagree with the packaging/ 2 discs on top of each other.That aint good enough...Alternatively If you have been put off and prefer Pseudo Beatles ie Oasis etc and want to be bored to death by repetitive better quality ? studio recordings then, so be it,,,Please listen to it as a Live in Japan performance with Eric Clapton and his Band.....note I am from Liverpool.......If people on this site can give 5 stars to some of the average mediocre performances by below average performers then I can Give 5 stars to two sets of the worlds top artists in a historic performance......history will be the judge...Dave

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Review by DACooper March 23, 2004 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
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Harrison was notoriously uncomfortable on stage. "The Quiet Beatle" relished his privacy and tried vigorously to stay out of the spotlight. Perhaps that was part of the reason why he was relegated to 1 or 2 songs per Beatles album (although -- competing with Lennon & McCartney for songs would be a losing battle for any songwriter). And while I agree with the previous reviewer that "Something" and "Here Comes The Sun" were the best two songs on Abbey Road, they weren't the only good songs. I would also quarrel with your assessment of George Martin, but this is not the place for that discussion.

Harrison's solo career and his Beatles compositions are well represented on this album, and the band behind him is a solid collection of road-tested musicians who were clearly having a good time playing great songs behind a legendary front-man. Harrison's vocals aren't as strong as I would have liked, even to the point of occasionally sounding like someone doing a weak impression of him, but his strong band more than makes up for any of his vocal shortcomings. I'm not a big fan of Clapton's solo work in the past 10 years or so, but it is absolutely thrilling to hear him expanding on the classic solo of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."

The redbook CD sounds similar to the previous release of this CD and is unremarkable. The original concert was not very well recorded, so the sound on the CD layer is a bit flat and muddy, including George's vocals. The SACD layer makes a good attempt at polishing the sound, and does so admirably, considering the source material. Harrison's vocals are still a little weak, but anchored to the center channel they are better focused and clearer. There is more immediacy to the music, better audience ambiance, and individual performances from the band are more clearly defined than previous editions of this CD.

The SACD is a definite improvement, and if you are a fan of George Harrison, then this is a must own.

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