In The First Place – George Harrison (1968) FLAC Remaster HD Video

In The First Place – George Harrison (1968) FLAC Remaster HD Video

“In The First Place” was originally recorded during the sessions for the album Wonderwall Music, the soundtrack to a film that Geroge Recorded….it was the first solo record by George Harrison and also the first solo record of any of The Beatles.

I was never a huge fan of this album, but I’ve been listening to it quite a bit lately, and this video for “In The First Place” actually came about from a suggestion by a fan commenting on one of my other George Harrison videos. “In The First Place” was recorded by George and The Remo Four during the Wonderwall Music sessions being recorded for the film of the same name, but apparently George didn’t submit it for inclusion to the soundtrack because he believed the director only wanted instrumental works….AS IF someone would NOT want George Harrison singing a new composition (even if it wasn’t his own)?! 😉

The remastering work presented on George’s early albums, as presented in The Apple Box (for which his son Dhani had lead role), was simply wonderful, but I’d spent most of my time with the better known albums and just kinda skimmed through Wonderwall Music. Then this person mentioned that I should do a video for “In The First Place”…of course I became curious as I didn’t remember the song from the original album and hadn’t really even paid much attention to it (as a bonus track for Wonderwall Music, I guess I expected more instrumental)…..but when I listened to it the first time after that suggestion….wow…..it was love at first listen! LOL! Seriously, this song, though written by The Remo Four features George vocal and production….and it’s just a brilliant bit of psychedelia, like a lost Harrison track from Sgt. Pepper or Magical Mystery Tour. I seriously love this track….HUGE thanks to that fan who gave me a clue (I’ll go back and find that comment and thank them proper….cause without that suggestion I doubt I’d ever hear this gem). Hope you find it as wonderwall as I do! 😉

***There is quite a story behind this song and here’s the link to it:
http://abbeyrd.best.vwh.net/wonderwall.htm

I have to say that Wonderwall Music has gone from about a 1 star album for me previously to about a 3.5…I guess I’m just more mature now and can appreciate this type music more than when I was 21…..it’s got a lot of great things going on in it’s grooves too bad it took me so long to appreciate it more….and as with all the other titles in The Apple Years box it sounds superb now.

Wonderwall Music is the soundtrack album to the 1968 film Wonderwall It was the first album to be issued on the Beatles’ Apple record label. The songs are all instrumental pieces, except for occasional non-English vocals, and a slowed-down spoken word segment on the track “Dream Scene”. Harrison recorded the album between November 1967 and February 1968, with sessions taking place in London and the Indian city of Bombay. Following his Indian-styled compositions for the Beatles since 1966, he used the film soundtrack to further promote Indian classical music by introducing rock audiences to musical instruments that were relatively little-known in the West – including shehnai, sarod and santoor.

The album cover consists of a painting by American artist Bob Gill in which, as in director Joe Massot’s film, two contrasting worlds are separated by a wall, with only a small gap allowing visual access between them. Harrison omitted his name from the list of performing musicians, leading to an assumption that he had merely produced and arranged the music; the 2014 reissue of Wonderwall Music recognises his contributions on keyboards and guitar. The album was first remastered for CD release in 1992, for which former Apple executive Derek Taylor supplied a liner-note essay.

While viewed as something of a curiosity by rock music critics, Wonderwall Music is recognised for its inventiveness in fusing Western and Eastern sounds, and as being a precursor to the 1980s world music trend. The album’s title inspired that of Oasis’ 1995 hit song “Wonderwall”, and its music influenced the sound of Oasis’ fellow Britpop band Kula Shaker. Harrison’s full soundtrack for the film was made available on DVD in early 2014, as part of the two-disc Wonderwall Collector’s Edition. In September that year, the album was reissued in remastered form as part of the Apple Years 1968–75 Harrison box set, with the addition of three bonus tracks.

[Lyrics]
Day begins to crumble, Can’t believe my eyes,
Falling down and down and down, It comes as no surprise,

I begin to stumble, Losing my control,
Feeling like a blind man who is searching for his soul,

Never be the same,
Never be the same again,
Will it ever be the same again,
As it was in the first place,

Never be the same,
Never be the same again,
Will it ever be the same again,
As it was in the first place,

I’ve been feeling humble, Since you went away,
Now I feel there’s nothing left that’s right for me to say,

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