It’s George Harrison week on Conan O’Brien’s US late night show right now. Every day, an artist, such as his son Dhani, perform the Beatles guitarist’s songs. From Harrison’s solo albums as well as the songs he wrote for the Beatles.
We bring you three songs in its original versions – as performed by Geoge Harrison himself. Here’s the diablog Playlist.
1. “Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)”
It has all the qualities many George Harrison songs had. Melancholy and melody. “Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)” is a track from his 1970 triple album “All Things Must Pass”. The song is about English lawyer and microscopist Sir Frank Crisp, 1st Baronet, who died in 1919. He owned Friar Park, a 120-room Victorian neo-Gothic mansion in Henley-on-Thames, before George Harrison lived there.
Fans of the CBS show “How I Met Your Mother” may know the song from the last episode of 2010’s sixth season.
Written for The Beatles, the song was released on their 1969 album “Abbey Road”. In 1969 Frank Sinatra recorded “Something”, and later described it as “the greatest love song of the past fifty years“. Here’s a version from Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh – two benefit concerts organised by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar. The shows took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City – at 2.30 and 8.00 pm on Sunday, August 1st, 1971.
3. “Got My Mind Set on You”
Originally written by American songwriter Rudy Clark, George Harrison released his version of the song in 1987 – on his album “Cloud Nine”. The first long-player after a five-year hiatus from his career as a solo artist.
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