Brainwashed

George HarrisonNovember 18, 2002
Adult Contemporary℗ 2002 Umlaut Corp
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Brainwashed is the twelfth and final studio album by English rock musician George Harrison. It was released posthumously on 18 November 2002, almost a year after his death at age 58, and 15 years after his previous studio album, Cloud Nine. Recordings began over a decade before Harrison's death but were repeatedly delayed. The album's overdubs were completed by his son Dhani and longtime friend and collaborator Jeff Lynne.
Brainwashed reached the top 30 in the UK and the top 20 in the US, and received mostly favourable reviews. The album includes the singles "Stuck Inside a Cloud" and "Any Road". The instrumental "Marwa Blues" went on to receive the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, while "Any Road" was nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

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Any Road3:51
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P2 Vatican Blues (Last Saturday Night)2:38
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Pisces Fish4:52
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Looking For My Life3:49
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Rising Sun5:27
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Marwa Blues3:41
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Stuck Inside A Cloud4:04
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Run So Far4:05
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Never Get Over You3:25
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Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea2:34
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Rocking Chair In Hawaii3:07
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Brainwashed6:07
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Total length
47:48
Tracks
12
Released
January 1, 2002
Label
℗ 2002 Umlaut Corp
File type
MP3
Access type
Streaming and by permanent download to your computer and/or device
Internet connection
Required for streaming and downloading
Playback information
Via Google Play Music app on Android v4+, iOS v7+, or by exporting MP3 files to your computer and playing on any MP3 compatible music player
In 1995, twenty five years after The Beatles had stopped working together, a TV series telling the group’s story was broadcast. Called Anthology, it featured recently filmed interviews with Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr; John Lennon, who had died in 1980, was represented by archive footage. To complement the documentaries, three albums of previously unreleased Beatles material were issued under the same title.

The tracks in the Anthology 2 collection date from February 1965 to February 1968 - the period when The Beatles became the ultimate record makers. It was during 1965 that, as John Lennon recalled, The Beatles ‘got knowledge of the studio’. That year had been as hectic as the previous one with concert tours around the world, a film to shoot and two albums to make. But although studio time was still restricted and the group continued to face the pressure of fast approaching record release dates, they were constantly searching for new sounds. One of the most radical innovations was heard on ‘Yesterday’ from Help! when a recording of Paul’s guitar and voice was embellished by a sombre string quartet. Anthology 2 includes the first take without the added strings. There is also a solo performance by Paul with an orchestra taken from the British TV show Blackpool Night Out. ‘’Thank you, Ringo, that was wonderful’, John quips when he returns to the stage. The other songs from that show prove how proficient The Beatles were in live performance.

However, in this era, it was mostly inside the studio - in collaboration with producer George Martin and the skilled Abbey Road engineers and technical staff - that The Beatles’ creativity flourished. For the first time, sessions for their 1966 album Revolver stretched over nearly three months. They began recording with the startlingly different ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ and the first take of the song, called at that point ‘Mark I’, is a stark reminder of its revolutionary basis. Frequently, tracks might be considered finished, only then to be rerecorded with a different approach. An example on Anthology 2 is the first unreleased version of ‘And Your Bird Can Sing’ which features the sound of John and Paul dissolving into giggles as they attempt to overdub harmony vocals. In contrast, a ‘strings only’ mix of ‘Eleanor Rigby’ reveals in mesmerising detail the dramatic sound of the double string quartet. Elsewhere in the collection, it is fun to hear George Harrison’s ‘Taxman’ with different backing vocals and his composition ‘Only A Northern Song’ presented in a much simpler form compared to the released version. Ringo’s drumming is impressive throughout - just listen to his exciting drum fills on the versions of ‘Got To Get You Into My Life’ and ‘Good Morning Good Morning’.

The zenith of The Beatles’ experiments in changing sounds and bringing in musicians from outside the pop world was reached during the sessions for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Anthology 2 charts the evolution of trailblazing tracks such as ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, ‘Penny Lane’, ‘A Day In The Life’, ‘Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite!’ and ‘Within You Without You’. Indeed, listening to Anthology 2 gives a remarkable insight into the quantum leaps of imagination made by The Beatles as they worked on tracks recorded during this adventurous musical era.
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