Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison

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Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison
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Greatest hits album by
Released16 June 2009
LabelDark Horse/Parlophone/Apple
ProducerRay Cooper, Dave Edmunds, Dhani Harrison, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Phil Spector, Russ Titelman
George Harrison chronology
The Dark
Horse Years

Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison
Collaborations (with Ravi Shankar)
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
PopMatters6/10 stars[4]
Record Collector4/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[6]
Spin8/10 stars[7]
Uncut5/5 stars[8][9]

Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison[10] is the third compilation of George Harrison's music, and the first to span his entire solo career after the Beatles era. The collection was announced on 14 April 2009, the same day that Harrison received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and was released 16 June 2009, on both CD and in digital format.[10]

Track selection[edit]

The album features songs originally released on the Beatles' EMI-affiliated Apple Records and Harrison's Dark Horse label. All the tracks are presented in digitally remastered form, and the collection includes a 28-page booklet featuring previously unseen and rare photos together with an essay by music historian Warren Zanes.

The album includes all of Harrison's songs that reached number 1 on America's Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, including "My Sweet Lord", "Isn't It a Pity", "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)" and "Got My Mind Set on You",[11] as well as other international number 1 singles such as "What Is Life" and "All Those Years Ago".

The track list was selected by George's widow, Olivia Harrison, with some assistance from close friends and family.

iTunes exclusively offers the digital album with a previously unreleased bonus track, Harrison's earliest demo version of "Isn't It a Pity".[11]

Despite being marketed as Harrison's first career-spanning hits compilation, four of his ten studio albums were not represented at all: Dark Horse (1974), Extra Texture (Read All About It) (1975), Thirty Three & 1/3 (1976) and Gone Troppo (1982). In addition, several of his hit singles were also absent from the track listing – songs such as "Bangla Desh", "Dark Horse", "You", "This Song" and "Crackerbox Palace".


Let It Roll was released on 16 June 2009. It debuted at number 4 in the UK (with first week sales of 28,045 copies), becoming Harrison's highest-charting album there since 1973's Living in the Material World.[11] In the US, the album debuted at number 24 on the Billboard 200 chart, and as of 5 July 2012 had sold over 164,000 copies. In 2012, it was also listed at number 9 on Billboard's Top Pop Catalog Albums.[12]

In his review of the album, for Spin magazine, Andrew Hultkrans wrote that Harrison "arguably had a stronger, more consistent solo career than any of his [Beatles] bandmates", and added: "This hits collection avoids chronology, honouring the old and new alike as part of the same stylistic continuum."[7]

Reception to the inclusion of live versions of Beatles-era compositions "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Something" and "Here Comes the Sun" was mixed.[citation needed] Some reviewers welcomed the songs as essential parts of Harrison's career, since the tracks came from his landmark Concert for Bangladesh shows in 1971; yet the same commentators suggested that the quality paled in comparison to the original studio recordings.[citation needed] Others compared the inclusion of Beatles-related material to EMI/Capitol ill-conceived 1976 compilation The Best of George Harrison, on which more than half of the tracks were songs recorded by the Beatles, thus downplaying the importance of Harrison's solo career. Some other critics wondered why Beatles songs were included, when songs from Harrison's supergroup the Traveling Wilburys (such as "Handle with Care") were overlooked.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by George Harrison, except where noted.

No.TitleOriginal albumLength
1."Got My Mind Set on You" (Rudy Clark)Cloud Nine3:52
2."Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)"Living in the Material World3:35
3."Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)"All Things Must Pass3:48
4."My Sweet Lord"All Things Must Pass4:40
5."While My Guitar Gently Weeps [Live]"The Concert for Bangladesh4:46
6."All Things Must Pass"All Things Must Pass3:46
7."Any Road"Brainwashed3:52
8."This Is Love" (Harrison, Jeff Lynne)Cloud Nine3:47
9."All Those Years Ago"Somewhere in England3:46
10."Marwa Blues"Brainwashed3:41
11."What Is Life"All Things Must Pass4:25
12."Rising Sun"Brainwashed5:27
13."When We Was Fab" (Harrison, Lynne)Cloud Nine3:51
14."Something [Live]"The Concert for Bangladesh3:10
15."Blow Away"George Harrison3:59
16."Cheer Down" (Harrison, Tom Petty)Lethal Weapon 2 soundtrack4:06
17."Here Comes the Sun [Live]"The Concert for Bangladesh2:54
18."I Don't Want to Do It" (Bob Dylan)Porky's Revenge soundtrack2:54
19."Isn't It a Pity"All Things Must Pass7:07
iTunes Store bonus track
No.TitleOriginal albumLength
20."Isn't It a Pity [Demo Version]"previously unreleased2:58

Album remastered by Giles Martin, individual producer credits are as follows:



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  3. ^ Moore, Mark (22 June 2009). "George Harrison – Let It Roll Album Review". Contactmusic.com. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  4. ^ Blackie, Andrew (19 June 2009). "Review: Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison". PopMatters. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
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  9. ^ "News: Uncut's Top 10 Most Popular Pages This Week". Uncut. 19 June 2009. Archived from the original on 22 October 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2014. "Solid, surprising refresher course in the Dark Horse gets a five-star Uncut review."
  10. ^ a b "Capitol/EMI Announces Global Release of George Harrison's First Ever Career-Spanning Solo Hits Collection, 'Let It Roll: Songs By George Harrison,' on June 16". EMI/Capitol. PR Newswire. Retrieved 14 April 2009.
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  16. ^ "( Let It Roll > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )". Allmusic. Retrieved 9 September 2009.
  17. ^ "British album certifications – George Harrison – Let It Roll". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 10 December 2013. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Let It Roll in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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