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‘Live In Japan’: A Joyous Celebration of George Harrison’s Career

Released in 1992, this album captures George Harrison’s performance with Eric Clapton and remains a joyous celebration of Harrison’s career.
Outside of his time in The Beatles, George Harrison didn’t tour an enormous amount. But when he did, he made it count. At the end of 1969, for instance, George embarked on a short tour as a member of Delaney & Bonnie & Friends. For the Delaney & Bonnie tour, Harrison played with his friends Eric Clapton and Dave Mason, as well as Bobby Whitlock, Carl Radle and Jim Gordon, who would, with Eric, become Derek & The Dominos in the summer of 1970, while also helping George with his solo album All Things Must Pass.

The following year George played his Concert For Bangladesh, and in 1974 George toured North America on what was billed The Dark Horse Tour, which heralded the launch of his record label and album of the same name.
It would be another 17 years until George staged another tour. When he did, it was with a series of dates in Japan, during December 1991, with Eric Clapton and his band. This tour produced the album Live In Japan. Released on July 13, 1992, it’s truly an uplifting and joyous celebration of George’s career as a Beatle and his two decades as a solo artist. The concerts began with George’s third song from Revolver, “I Want To Tell You,” and the performance captured for the live album epitomizes what makes the record so good. The vocal harmonies, while echoing The Beatles, have a freshness about them and the musical interplay between George and Eric is as close as their friendship was.

The rest of the band is super-tight as well, with the rhythm section of Nathan East on bass and former Average White Band drummer, Steve Ferrone, superbly underpinning everything. For their part, keyboardists Greg Phillinganes and Chuck Leavell do much to create the multi-layered soundscapes that are so essential to George’s “signature sound” – to particularly beautiful effect on “Isn’t It A Pity.”
Tackling The Beatles’ classics – even when they were his own songs – was no small task, and by the time the opening chords of “Something” come around there is magic in the air. George’s vocal is heartfelt and the band’s take on what is, for some, the pinnacle of George’s songwriting, is exemplary.

Other highlights include a delicate version of “Here Comes The Sun” from Abbey Road, which is followed on by “My Sweet Lord”: a faithful recreation of George’s “gospel incantation with a Vedic chant.” Backing singers Tessa Niles and Katie Kissoon are to the fore here, and the song builds to its climax with George’s signature slide guitar, all of which brings an ecstatic reaction from the Japanese audience.

“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is ranked among Rolling Stone magazine’s best 150 songs of all time, and the version on Live In Japan only serves to enhance the reputation of George’s opus. Originally written and recorded for The Beatles’ White Album, this version, like the original, includes one of Eric Clapton’s greatest ever solos. Then, like so many bands before and since, George and Eric close the show with their take on a Chuck Berry classic, “Roll Over Beethoven.” It, like the rest of the album, features former Amen Corner frontman Andy Fairweather Low on third guitar.

Upon the album’s release, Billboard described it as “a skin-tinglin’ romp, delicious and indispensable,” while another reviewer contended that this was “a remarkable live set, featuring Harrison… playing a repertoire that blends the best of his Beatles writing with his solo material.”

Upon the album’s release, Billboard described it as “a skin-tinglin’ romp, delicious and indispensable,” while another reviewer contended that this was “a remarkable live set, featuring Harrison… playing a repertoire that blends the best of his Beatles writing with his solo material.”

Live In Japan is a wonderfully uplifting document that combines the best of a greatest hits album with the immediacy and freshness of a live performance.


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George Harrison with Mukunda Goswami in Bhaktivedanta Manor 1996

The temple was gifted to the Hare Krishna Movement by one of The Beatles
On the outskirts of London sits a picturesque Tudor mansion, the grade II listed building, previously called Piggott’s Manor, is the UK base of the Hare Krishna Movement – the religious belief based on Hindu teachings.
The property, situated in Aldenham, near Watford, is now known as Bhaktivedanta Manor and is one of the most frequently visited Krishna temples in Europe.

This unconventional temple was purchased for the religion’s followers by a wealthy benefactor – George Harrison.
George became involved with the Hare Krishna religion after he and the other Beatles visited India in the 60s, just as Hare Krishna was making its way into Western countries.

When The Beatles left India they had a taste for Indian spirituality, but often nowhere to practise it.

Bhaktivedanta Manor in Hertfordshire was purchased

At the same time, big names in the Hare Krishna movement moved to London to try and establish a temple here. One of these big names was Shyamasundar das, one of the pioneers of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).
Shyamasundar das and George Harrison were reunited at an Apple Records event in 1969 and the two became close. This furthered Harrison’s investment in the Hare Krishna Movement, and he became a devoted follower.
He was so invested that it’s said he and John Lennon once chanted Hare Krishna – the 16 word chant repeated by followers of the Hare Krishna movement – for 17 recurring hours on a very long car journey between France and Portugal.

George’s Hare Krishna interested grew, and he even included the Hare Krishna chant in his solo song “My Sweet Lord”.
By this point, ISKCON was growing like wildfire across the world and in London. The only temple, which was then at Bury Place near the British Museum, was getting far too small for the number of visitors, so George stepped in.

He asked a Hare Krishna follower to find a property in London which was big and not too far out of the city, and so they settled on Piggott’s Manor in Hertfordshire, which would eventually become Bhaktivedanta Manor.
When George purchased the temple, the founder of the international Hare Krishna movement, Srila Prabhupada, said: “Because he has given shelter to Krishna by providing this temple, Krishna will surely provide shelter for him.”

George Harrison sadly passed away in 2001 from lung cancer, aged 58. The temple is still considered the UK base of the Hare Krishna movement and is frequently used for prayer, functions and events.


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The sleek six-string, which was signed at Bob Dylan’s 30th Anniversary Concert, also sports the signatures of Johnny Cash, Ronnie Wood, Johnny Winter, Neil Young, Stevie Wonder and more
A Gibson Les Paul Goldtop sporting the signatures of numerous guitar heroes and music industry heavyweights has gone up for auction over at Bonhams auction house.

The electric guitar was signed at Bob Dylan’s 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration, which took place in 1992, and is adorned with the signatures of Bob Dylan himself, along with a number of others who attended the iconic event.

Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Chrissie Hynde and Johnny Cash all signed the six-string, as did Ronnie Wood, Johnny Winter and Neil Young. The list doesn’t end there, with the unique instrument also boasting scrawls from Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson.

The guitar is part of a collection currently owned by world renowned music promoter Harvey Goldsmith, and is being sold alongside a host of other unique music memorabilia.
With the help of Goldsmith who, alongside Bob Geldof, was the brains behind Live-Aid, Dylan was able to assemble a huge array of stars for the unique one-off concert at Madison Square Garden.

Spec-wise, the instrument that plays host to this dazzling array of signatures is a 1991-dated Les Paul Goldtop, sporting a mahogany body and maple top, as well as a mahogany neck with bound 22-fret rosewood fingerboard.

Other features include trapezoid inlays, Kluson deluxe machine head tuners, and a pair of mini-humbuckers wired to a conventional Gibson control layout.

The one-of-a-kind guitar comes with a certificate of authenticity, Gibson hard shell case with punk plush lining and matching silk protector, also signed by a number of stars from the night.
Bonhams has listed an estimated sale price of $14,000-$21,000, with the axe set to be sold on May 5.


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George Harrison was the owner of quite a few prized possessions. And one such prized possession was his iconic Aston Martin DB5. George purchased one of these iconic AMs in 1965.

Apart from the fact that it was owned by George, the Aston Martin DB5 was iconic in more than one way. The British luxury grand tourer was designed by the Italian coachbuilder, Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera. It is also popularly remembered as the best James Bond car of all time: not an easy feat by any means.

The Aston Martin DB5 is one of the greatest British luxury grand-tourers ever made. Produced between 1963 and 1965, the car was available in three variants: either as a 2 door 2+2 coupe, or as a 2-door convertible, or lastly, as a 2-door shooting brake model. The AM wonder car was built with a predominant all-aluminium DOHC straight-6 engine. Three SU carburetors were installed to further enhance the engine. With a 282 Horsepower capacity, the engine was able to propel the ace car to a top speed of 145 mph (233 km/h). The front-engine, rear-wheel-drive form of layout, further added to the appeal of this gem. The DB5 came standard with a new 5-speed ZF transmission, with the optional BorgWarner 3-speed automatic transmission available too.

The car was equipped with top-quality reclining seats, and full leather trim in the cabins to add to the comfort of long rides. Wool pile carpets were installed to ensure the rides were warm and cozy. The DB5 also sported electric windows, a rare feature for a car from a by-gone era. The vintage car fared well in the safety quotient, with twin-fuel tanks to increase longevity, and chrome wire wheels for maximum control and grip. Stylish, well-crafted, safe, and fast, this classic car aced almost every department and stood out compared to its peers.

Special-effects expert John Stears took up the task of modifying the DB5 for the 1964 James Bond film, “Goldfinger”. Two specimens of the iconic Bond-car were showcased at the 1964 New York World Affair – where the new bond car was dubbed “the best car ever made”.

The first DB5 Goldfinger prototype bore the chassis number DP/216/1. Aston Martin later stripped off the weaponry and gadgetry installed in the car for the movie’s shoot and then resold it. The subsequent owners, however, reinforced the car with non-original weapons before the car re-appeared in the Bond film, “Cannonball”, where Roger Moore took to the wheels. In time, the Aston Martin DB5 established itself as the trademark vehicle for the James Bond character. The vintage car reappeared in the Bond movie, “Thunderball” a year later.

After a considerable gap thereafter, the prodigal car came back to wow the audiences in a few more Bond movies. The car took to the 2006 Bond hit, “Casino Royale” with a tangy twist this time. The classic AM beast – which was showcased to be Bond’s favorite for decades – was snatched like a trophy and given to the villain, Alex Dimitrios.
The DB5/1896/R was originally supplied to George Harrison on the 1st of January, 1965 through Brydor Cars of Brooklands in Surrey. A decade after the Beatles star passed away, his vintage AM was sold at an auction in London. The classic vintage was auctioned off for a mammoth price (reportedly around $550,000) at the COYS of London Auction in 2011.

Held at the Royal Horticultural Halls in Westminister, the COYS “True Great Auction” saw intense bidding from telephone callers globally. The vintage AM was eventually sold for at least $235,305 more than figured at the pre-auction estimates, thanks to the fierce popularity of the Beatles, all around the globe. The buyer was an unnamed Beatles fan from Houston, Texas, who vowed to use the iconic car to raise money for charity.
The Aston Martin DB5 is indeed a legendary car.