Early Takes: Volume 1

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Early Takes: Volume 1
Compilation album by George Harrison
Released 1 May 2012
Genre Rock, folk
Length 30:39
Label UMe
Producer George Harrison
Compiler Giles Martin
George Harrison chronology
Collaborations (with Ravi Shankar)
(2010)
Early Takes: Volume 1
(2012)
The Apple Years 1968–75
(2014)

Early Takes: Volume 1 is a compilation album of tracks recorded by George Harrison, released on 1 May 2012. The tracks were featured in and originally released as part of the deluxe version of Martin Scorsese's 2011 documentary film George Harrison: Living in the Material World.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 79/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
American Songwriter 4/5 stars[3]
The Independent 4/5 stars[4]
Mojo 4/5 stars[5]
No Ripcord 9/10[6]
PopMatters 7/10[7]
Record Collector 4/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[9]
Ultimate Classic Rock 8/10[10]
Uncut 8/10[11]

Early Takes: Volume 1 was released on 1 May 2012 by UMe[12] on CD, LP and as a digital download.[13] In October 2011, the album had been issued as part of a deluxe edition Blu-ray, DVD and CD release of the documentary in the United Kingdom.[14]

The album debuted at number 66 in the UK[15] and number 20 on the US Billboard 200.[16] In other US charts the album also reached number 3 (Top Soundtracks), number 7 (Top Rock Albums) and number 17 (Top Digital Albums).[17] It also debuted at number 51 on the Canadian Albums Chart.[18]

David Fricke of Rolling Stone wrote that the album deserved a "brass-band welcome" and concluded: "This set's subtitle suggests there are more rarities to come; based on the quality here, I propose a full-blown Anthology."[9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by George Harrison, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Recorded for Length
1. "My Sweet Lord (Demo)"     All Things Must Pass 3:33
2. "Run of the Mill (Demo)"     All Things Must Pass 1:56
3. "I'd Have You Anytime (Early Take)"   Harrison, Bob Dylan All Things Must Pass 3:06
4. "Mama You've Been on My Mind (Demo)"   Dylan N/A 3:04
5. "Let It Be Me (Demo)"   Gilbert Bécaud, Mann Curtis N/A 2:56
6. "Woman Don't You Cry for Me (Early Take)"     Thirty Three & 1/3 2:44
7. "Awaiting on You All (Early Take)"     All Things Must Pass 2:40
8. "Behind That Locked Door (Demo)"     All Things Must Pass 3:29
9. "All Things Must Pass (Demo)"     All Things Must Pass 4:48
10. "The Light That Has Lighted the World (Demo)"     Living in the Material World 2:23
Total length:
30:29

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Critic Reviews for Early Takes, Vol. 1". Metacritic. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "George Harrison Early Takes, Vol 1". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Beviglia, Jim (2 May 2012). George Harrison: Early Takes Volume 1". American Songwriter. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  4. ^ Gill, Andy (5 May 2012). "Album: George Harrison, Early Takes Volume 1 (Universal)". The Independent. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "George Harrison Early Takes: Volume 1". Mojo. July 2012. p. 101. 
  6. ^ Bevington, Matt (31 May 2012). "George Harrison 'Early Takes Volume 1'". No Ripcord. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  7. ^ Tebo, Daniel (4 June 2012). "George Harrison: Early Takes, Vol. 1". PopMatters. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  8. ^ Staunton, Terry (July 2012). "Early Takes Volume 1 – George Harrison". Record Collector. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Fricke, David (23 May 2012). "Early Takes Volume 1 George Harrison". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  10. ^ Springer, Matt (7 May 2012). "George Harrison, 'Early Takes: Volume 1' – Album Review". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  11. ^ Quantick, David (July 2012). "George Harrison – Early Takes Vol 1". Uncut. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  12. ^ Fanelli, Damian (24 April 2012). "George Harrison's 'Early Takes Volume 1,' Featuring Demos and Early Versions of 10 Tracks, Coming 1 May". Guitar World. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  13. ^ Marchese, Joe (23 March 2012). "Behind That Locked Door: George Harrison Demos Surface on 'Early Takes Volume 1'". The Second Disc. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
  14. ^ Marchese, Joe (5 October 2011). "Details Revealed For George Harrison Film 'Material World' Deluxe Edition, CD To Feature Unreleased Recordings". The Second Disc. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  15. ^ "George Harrison | Artist". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "George Harrison Album & Song Chart History". billboard.com. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  17. ^ "George Harrison Early Takes, Vol. 1: Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  18. ^ "CANOE - JAM! Music SoundScan Charts". Jam.canoe.ca. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2012.