“Never seen such a beautiful girl…… Had me quickly untied”

Beautiful Girl – George Harrison (1976) FLAC Audio 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Beautiful Girl” was released in November 1976 on George Harrison’s seventh studio album, Thirty Three & 1/3.

After the disappointments of Dark Horse and Extra Texture over 1974–75, Thirty Three & 1/3 was widely viewed as a return to form for Harrison. The new album earned the artist his strongest reviews since All Things Must Pass (1970).

Billboard magazine described the release as “a sunny, upbeat album of love songs and cheerful jokes that is his happiest and most commercial package, with least high-flown postures, for perhaps his entire solo career”. The reviewer rated the production “top-notch” before concluding: “And Harrison’s often-spectacular melody writing gift gets brilliant display here.” In Melody Maker, Ray Coleman remarked on Warner Bros.’ need to re-establish Harrison, adding: “The question is merely whether the music [on Thirty Three & 1/3] merits it. Unequivocally, the answer is yes.” Coleman praised Harrison’s vocals on this “fine album” and likened the quality of his melodies to that on the Beatles’ 1965 album Rubber Soul.

In a review that author Michael Frontani terms “particularly laudatory”, Richard Meltzer of The Village Voice described Harrison’s new work as “his best LP since All Things Must Pass and on par with, say, [Bob Dylan’s] Blood on the Tracks”. Michael Gross wrote in Swank magazine that Harrison “seems with 33 1/3 to have come unstuck”, adding: “If the new record company, new girlfriend … Olivia Arias, and new disc have put him in a more secure place in the material world, he could well recapture his spot as the Beatle to watch.”

Less impressed, Rolling Stone continued to regard Harrison in an unfavourable light after what Elliot Huntley terms its “volte-face” in 1974. The magazine’s reviewer, Ken Tucker, noted the accessibility of “fast, cheerful numbers” such as “Woman Don’t You Cry for Me” and “This Song” but lamented both “George’s persistent preaching” elsewhere and that Scott’s presence rendered the album as “music with the feeling and sincerity of cellophane”. NME critic Bob Woffinden admired Harrison’s guitar playing but dismissed him as a lyric writer, before concluding: “Harrison’s general demeanour is more encouraging … While it is an album of no particular merit in itself, it is one which leads me to believe that his best work may not necessarily be behind him.” Four years later, however, Woffinden offered a more positive assessment, writing that “His spiritual convictions no longer seemed to be cramping his style, but affording him a generous and open heart. An excellent production and frequently inspired guitar work were amongst the other positive qualities which the album could boast.”

In the 1978 edition of a book that traditionally promoted an unfavorable view on Harrison’s work, The Beatles: An Illustrated Record, authors Roy Carr and Tony Tyler described Thirty Three & 1/3 as Harrison’s “best effort – by far” since All Things Must Pass. Carr and Tyler concluded: “It must be the production. For no individual track really presents itself as typifying a New Harrison Approach – and yet the impression left by the album as a whole is definitely of a more balanced, poised and devil-may-care Hari …” Robert Christgau, another critic with a low regard for Harrison’s music,] gave Thirty Three & 1/3 the highest rating of all the ex-Beatle’s solo albums thus far, with a “B–”. Christgau wrote, “This isn’t as worldly as George wants you to think – or as he thinks himself, for all I know – but it ain’t fulla shit either”, and he highlighted “Crackerbox Palace” as Harrison’s best song since “Here Comes the Sun”.

[Lyrics]
Never seen such a beautiful girl
Got me shaking inside
Calling on me from deep within her eyes
Not the kind you go handing around
Want to keep her right there
But this love it don’t come as no surprise

And when I saw the way that she smiled at me
I knew it there and then that she was A 1
And then I felt the way she was touching me
Was something I had known I was waiting upon

Never seen such a beautiful girl
Had me quickly untied
Calling to me she made me realize
Not the kind that is lost or is found
She has always been there
A lover needed for this soul to survive

And when I saw the way that she smiled at me
I knew it there and then that she was A1
And when I felt the way she got through to me
Was something I had know I was waiting upon

Never seen such a beautiful girl
Got me shaking inside
Calling on me from deep within her eyes
Not the kind you go handing around
Want to keep her right there
But this love it don’t come as no surprise

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