IT’S JOHNNY’S BIRTHDAY [COVERART #34]

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All Things Must Pass was released on 27th November 1970

It consisted of a double album plus a third LP of jams recorded during the sessions

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When the album was re-released in March 2001, the original sepia cover photograph was colourised.

Reflecting Harrison’s environmental awareness, the CD sleeves and booklet carried a rather sardonic story of urban decay.

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George Harrison

B: 25 February 1943

D: 29 November 2001

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It’s not Johnny’s Birthday (Track 2, Side 5), but it would have been George’s

13 comments

  1. I’ve never seen those pics before – brilliant!

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    1. It’s a dark and funny sequence, isn’t it? Apparently George was very involved in the re-issue process.
      And it’s good to know that CDs do have their place (sometimes).

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      1. I can’t agree that without rendering my whole life a pointless charade, so I’ll take the firth amendment on that please. Despite being Welsh and not being entirely sure it’s the right amendment, or anything.

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        1. I do understand, and empathise. Given this blog’s title, I have found myself turning my back on albums to write about due to not having them in the ‘correct’ format. Orthodoxy is a burden, nicht wahr?

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        2. Vinyl oder tod.

          (thanks to Google translate)

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  2. Love seeing this, Bruce. George is one of my heroes, musically and otherwise.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it, J. And thanks for the reblog!
      Have you seen the Scorsese film? It’s long, but engrossing.

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      1. I did see it, and really liked it, in particular the very first moments, when we see Harrison in the gardens at his estate, looking right at the camera from a middle distance. The film also gave me my first listen to an acoustic version of My Sweet Lord that I like, almost more than the ‘standard version’….

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  3. Reblogged this on augenblick and commented:
    This hat tip to one of my heroes was originally posted by Bruce on his his fantastic blog, Vinyl Connection.

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  4. Great to see these pictures. Still wishing George was with us, that’s for sure.

    You know, my old buddy Neil/Nigel did a parody of this cover that was hilarious, of course. 😉

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    1. Yeah, he was a bit special, the old George. I was in the UK when he died; it was the day after my birthday. Scorsese’s film is a fine tribute if just a trifle hagiographic. It could probably have used a Neil/Nigel parody to lighten things up.

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  5. The Prudent Groove · · Reply

    It’s great to see these all line up. Thank you!

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