Early Takes: Volume 1

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Early Takes: Volume 1
Early Takes V1 cover.jpg
Compilation album by
Released1 May 2012
GenreRock, folk
ProducerGeorge Harrison
CompilerGiles Martin
George Harrison chronology
Collaborations (with Ravi Shankar)
Early Takes: Volume 1
The Apple Years 1968–75

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
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
American Songwriter4/5 stars[3]
The Independent4/5 stars[4]
Mojo4/5 stars[5]
Music Story4/5 stars[6]
No Ripcord9/10[7]
PopMatters7/10 stars[8]
Record Collector4/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[10]
Ultimate Classic Rock8/10[11]

Early Takes: Volume 1 was released on 1 May 2012 by UMe[13] on CD, LP and as a digital download.[14] 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.[15]

The album debuted at number 66 in the UK[16] and number 20 on the US Billboard 200.[17] In other US charts the album also reached number 3 (Top Soundtracks), number 7 (Top Rock Albums) and number 17 (Top Digital Albums).[18] It also debuted at number 51 on the Canadian Albums Chart.[19]

David Fricke of Rolling Stone said 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."[10] Writing in the Uncut Ultimate Music Guide title on Harrison, in 2018, Peter Watts gave Early Takes a five-star review and described it as a "miraculous" collection that featured the best cover art of all the artist's compilation albums and included engaging performances by Harrison, particularly his "rapturous first take" of "Awaiting on You All".[20]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by George Harrison, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Recorded forLength
1."My Sweet Lord (Demo)" All Things Must Pass3:33
2."Run of the Mill (Demo)" All Things Must Pass1:56
3."I'd Have You Anytime (Early Take)"Harrison, Bob DylanAll Things Must Pass3:06
4."Mama You've Been on My Mind (Demo)"DylanN/A3:04
5."Let It Be Me (Demo)"Gilbert Bécaud, Mann CurtisN/A2:56
6."Woman Don't You Cry for Me (Early Take)" Thirty Three & 1/32:44
7."Awaiting on You All (Early Take)" All Things Must Pass2:40
8."Behind That Locked Door (Demo)" All Things Must Pass3:29
9."All Things Must Pass (Demo)" All Things Must Pass4:48
10."The Light That Has Lighted the World (Demo)" Living in the Material World2:23
Total length:30:29


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  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. ^ Bennett, Ross (July 2012). "George Harrison Early Takes: Volume 1". Mojo. p. 101.
  6. ^ Larrède, Christian. "Critique de Early Takes Volume 1, George Harrison (in French)". Music Story. Archived from the original on 5 October 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  7. ^ Bevington, Matt (31 May 2012). "George Harrison 'Early Takes Volume 1'". No Ripcord. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  8. ^ Tebo, Daniel (4 June 2012). "George Harrison: Early Takes, Vol. 1". PopMatters. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  9. ^ Staunton, Terry (July 2012). "Early Takes Volume 1 – George Harrison". Record Collector. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  10. ^ a b Fricke, David (23 May 2012). "Early Takes Volume 1 George Harrison". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  11. ^ Springer, Matt (7 May 2012). "George Harrison, 'Early Takes: Volume 1' – Album Review". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  12. ^ Quantick, David (July 2012). "George Harrison – Early Takes Vol 1". Uncut. p. 93. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ "George Harrison | Artist". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
  17. ^ "George Harrison Album & Song Chart History". billboard.com. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
  18. ^ "George Harrison Early Takes, Vol. 1: Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
  19. ^ "CANOE - JAM! Music SoundScan Charts". Jam.canoe.ca. 3 May 2012. Archived from the original on 6 April 2011. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  20. ^ Watts, Peter (2018). "Live and Compilations". Uncut Ultimate Music Guide: George Harrison. London: TI Media. pp. 114–15.