Friday, April 19, 2024

George Harrison: Four “Lost” Songs Found on Reissued Album


George Harrison— the late Beatle, the composer of such superb songs as “Something,” “Here Comes the Sun,” and “All Things Must Pass”–still has a few gems out there.

He has four “lost” songs on the newly reissued Apple Records album he recorded with R&B great Doris Troy in 1969. Troy’s album is one of several, all remastered, released yesterday from the Beatles’ label. Other gems in the collection include Badfinger‘s “Straight Up” and Billy Preston‘s “That’s the Way God Planned It.”

While Billy went on to have hits like “Nothing from Nothing” and “Will it Go Round in Circles,” Troy wasn’t so lucky.

Her one big hit, “Just One Look,” had come in 1963. Linda Ronstadt had a cover hit with it again in the mid – 1970s.

Troy, who died in 2004 at age 67, can also be heard singing background on “Dark Side of the Moon.” She and her sister, the very much alive an active Vy Higgenson, had a major theatrical hit over the years with a touring musical called “Mama I Want to Sing.”

If Troy’s Apple album had hit, it would have re-established her. Not only is Harrison on it and producing, but Eric Clapton and Ringo Starr are all over the tracks.

The “lost’ Harrison songs are “Ain’t That Cute,” “Give Me Back My Dynamite,” “Gonna Get My Baby Back,” and “You Give Me Joy Joy.” Also on the album are a spectacular cover of “Get Back” as well as several original Troy numbers including the “What You Will Blues.”

The album is good, it reminds me of Sam Moore’s “lost” 1972 Atlantic album, “Plenty Good Lovin’,” which was only released in 2004. As much as I admired Ahmet Ertegun, he wasn’t perfect. You wonder sometimes why he let some of his best artists languish, especially when he had the power to help them.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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