Live in Japan (George Harrison album)

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Live in Japan
Live album by George Harrison with Eric Clapton and Band
Released 13 July 1992 (UK)
14 July 1992 (US)
Recorded 1–17 December 1991
Genre Rock
Length 87:16
Label Dark Horse
Producer Spike and Nelson Wilbury
George Harrison chronology
Best of
Dark Horse
1976–1989

(1989)
Live in Japan
(1992)
Brainwashed
(2002)
Eric Clapton chronology
Journeyman
(1989)
Live in Japan
(1992)
Unplugged
(1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
The Music Box 3/5 stars[2]
MusicHound 4/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[4]

Live in Japan is George Harrison's second official live album release, coming after 1971's Grammy-winning The Concert for Bangladesh and was released in 1992. Although unknown to anyone at the time, Live in Japan would prove to be Harrison's last solo release in his lifetime. It was credited to George Harrison with Eric Clapton and Band.

History[edit]

In 1991, a year after releasing the final Traveling Wilburys album Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3, Harrison was persuaded by close friend Eric Clapton to come out on tour with him in Japan. Mindful of his unsavory live tour for Dark Horse in 1974, Harrison finally relented and in December 1991 performed extremely well received shows which not only featured his songs, but Clapton's as well. The experience — his last ever tour — proved to be a joyous one for Harrison, where he treated fans to both a variety of Beatles songs as well as several solo hits all in one set.

Release[edit]

Released in July 1992 with the production credit of "Spike and Nelson Wilbury" (Harrison's two personæ on the two Traveling Wilburys albums), Live in Japan was a no-charter in the United Kingdom and only managed number 126 in the United States, but reached number 15 in Japan. Writing for MusicHound, Roger Catlin describes Live in Japan as "a remarkable live set, featuring Harrison back by Eric Clapton and his band and playing a repertoire that blends the best of his Beatles writing with his solo material".[3]

In 2004, the album was remastered and reissued both separately and as part of the deluxe box set The Dark Horse Years 1976–1992 on Dark Horse with new distribution by EMI, and with an extra SACD 5.1 surround sound remix alongside the original.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by George Harrison, except where noted.

Disc one
  1. "I Want to Tell You" – 4:33
  2. "Old Brown Shoe" – 3:51
  3. "Taxman" – 4:16
  4. "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)" – 3:37
  5. "If I Needed Someone" – 3:50
  6. "Something" – 5:21
  7. "What Is Life" – 4:47
  8. "Dark Horse" – 4:20
  9. "Piggies" – 2:56
  10. "Got My Mind Set on You" (Rudy Clark) – 4:56
Disc two
  1. "Cloud 9" – 4:23
  2. "Here Comes the Sun" – 3:31
  3. "My Sweet Lord" – 5:42
  4. "All Those Years Ago" – 4:26
  5. "Cheer Down" (George Harrison/Tom Petty) – 3:53
  6. "Devil's Radio" – 4:25
  7. "Isn't It a Pity" – 6:33
  8. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" – 7:09
  9. "Roll Over Beethoven" (Chuck Berry) – 4:45

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
Japanese Oricon Weekly Albums Chart (top 100)[6] 15
US Billboard 200[7] 126

Sales[edit]

Country Provider Sales
Japan Oricon 34,000+[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ John Metzger, "George Harrison The Dark Horse Years (Part Six: Live in Japan)", The Music Box, vol. 11 (12), December 2004 (retrieved 14 August 2014).
  3. ^ a b Gary Graff & Daniel Durcholz (eds), MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide, Visible Ink Press (Farmington Hills, MI, 1999; ISBN 1-57859-061-2), p. 529.
  4. ^ Rolling Stone review
  5. ^ Saulnier, Jason (8 April 2010). "Chuck Leavell Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  6. ^ ジョージ・ハリスン-リリース-ORICON STYLE-ミュージック "(Highest position and charting weeks)". oricon.co.jp. Oricon Style. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  7. ^ "allmusic ((( Live in Japan > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  8. ^ "George Harrison Japanese Album Chart trajectories". Retrieved 2008-07-01.