George Harrison Video Trove Released Onlineby Best Classic Bands Staff
With little fanfare, dozens of diverse George Harrison videos have been posted to YouTube recently, including live performances, standard videos for studio recordings, interviews, rehearsals and more. Though there is no text explaining why the videos have been posted at this particular time, the date they were uploaded – November 29, 2016 – marked the 15th anniversary of his death. They are all available to view at the GeorgeHarrisonVEVO channel.
All of the clips come from Harrison’s solo years, including videos for popular songs such as “This Song,” “Crackerbox Palace” and “Got My Mind Set On You,” the latter being Harrison’s final #1 single, from 1987.
One highlight among the videos is “When We Was Fab,” Harrison’s 1988 tribute to that little band he was in during his youth. It begins with Harrison standing alone in front of a brick wall, strumming a black-and-white Fender while miming the words. At about the half-minute mark, a fellow wearing sunglasses and a neatly trimmed beard delivers a cello to George and—well, what do you know?—it’s Ringo! As disembodied hands emerge from unlikely parts of Harrison’s body, the scene gets more surreal, with various individuals arriving and disappearing just as quickly, among them Jeff Lynne and Elton John—and a lot more Ringo.
Watch the “When We Was Fab” video
The “When We Was Fab” video, along with several others, spotlights Harrison’s deadpan sense of humor: In “Crackerbox Palace,” he dons a schoolboy uniform eerily similar to the one sported by AC/DC’s Angus Young, while “This Song” (scroll down to view) features a rocking courtroom scene.
Related: 2002’s Concert for George
Some of the videos, on the other hand, appear to have been produced for a handful of pennies and with little thought as to context: “What Is Life,” from the landmark 1970 All Things Must Pass album, is reportedly a newly made video, issued to coincide with the release of the George Harrison vinyl collection. The entire video features a pair of yellow-sweatered dancers cavorting in various locations. The video for the live version of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is a real head-scratcher, with nothing but a slow pan across a studio soundboard.
Other videos in the collection offer behind-the-scenes looks at special events (The Concert for George, featuring Ravi Shankar; the making of Living in the Material World), excellent live performances (“Give Me Love,” “Devil’s Radio”) and more.
Watch “Give Me Love,” performed live
Although there is almost zero documentation accompanying the videos, the collection provides an opportunity to revisit some of Harrison’s best solo work and remember, once again, how much he is missed.
Watch the video for “This Song”
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