George Harrison disliked listening to The Beatles’ music on CD. He preferred to listen to his band’s music in another way.
George Harrison disliked listening to The Beatles’ music on CD
During an interview with Charles Bermant in 1987 George Harrison on George Harrison: Interviews and Encounters), George talked about how he thought the Beatles’ music would look on CD. He liked the old versions more.
“I bought a CD player when they released them, yes,” said George. “I’ve listened to some of them. I still prefer older versions, how I remember them on vinyl. There’s a lot of stuff you can hear now, that’s good.
“In some cases there are a lot of things that you shouldn’t hear so loud that they somehow get into the mix. Open Sergeant. Pepper I keep hearing this horrible tambourine sound bouncing from the right speaker. It was obviously in the original mix, but it was never that loud.”
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How would George release the rest of the Beatles’ music on CD?
Bermant told George that there are still about 30 songs that are not on CD. He asked the former Beatle how to make them available. George explained that it was no longer the job of The Beatles to decide how their music would be distributed.
“Well, it’s none of our business anymore; We lost all control over the Beatles product when our contract expired,” said George.
Still, George revealed how he would release The Beatles’ music.
“I think if you took all the songs, you could sort them by the year they were recorded, and then as technology progressed and our technique progressed, you would hear them in the correct order. Or you can put all the singles in one or the B-sides in the other.”
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Later, the former Beatle liked how it sounded on the live album of their 1991 Japan tour.
George played some of the Beatles’ music during his 1991 tour of Japan with Eric Clapton. They recorded everything and put it on a live album. Initially, George thought it would be difficult to record a live performance, but he thought the album turned out great.
He told Scott Muni on WNEW-FM (per George Harrison on George Harrison), “I’m happy in spite of everything. I thought it was good; Considering that live streaming isn’t the easiest thing to record and mix and hold, he has a really good sound – you know, because you have so much on your hands. strength on stage with all its amplification, but it’s not that easy to put it back on a CD and have it sound that powerful. But I think it turned out pretty well.
“I’m very happy. You know, like I said before, every time I mix the record, it’s not that easy to try and get the mix. to feel to disk of the show, but I’m very happy how it turned out.
“Engineer John Harris was excellent, and for being cautious, I thought it was better than I expected. And it was a great group to work with and I hope I can do it again sometime.”
George was delighted with the sound of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” on the live album. “I think it’s far superior to the original studio recording and Eric is just playing his ass. It’s really good,” he said.
George was not happy with the sound of The Beatles’ music on CD. However, he thought that at least his own music sounded good.
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