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George Harrison: The Vinyl Collection (UMC)

Jamie Atkins, Record Collector, March 2017

AH GEORGE, the thinking Beatles fan's favourite. The best haircut. The most endearingly grumpy interviewee. The one you'd bet has a wicked sense of humour – I mean, when one of music's biggest stars starts referring to himself as a dark horse, he's got to be a riot right? He who Trojan Horsed a lot of properly odd stuff into Beatle songs, the slightly-warped kind of thing that sticks in young minds; see 'Old Brown Shoe''s interest in a "Short-hurred girl who sometimes wears it twice as long". Oh and who (much like Ringo) wasn't the flashiest player, but was perfect for those songs; possessing an intuitive sense of when to let them breathe and when to unleash spare and graceful embellishments – often as memorable as the vocal lines.

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