Saturday, April 13, 2024

Listen to This Rare Outtake of George Harrison’s “Isn’t it A Pity,” Song About the Beatles Break Up


“Isn’t it a Pity” was an elegy from George Harrison about the Beatles’ break up that appeared on his masterpiece album, “All Things Must Pass.”

This version is Take 27 which appears on the sensational 50th anniversary collection coming next Friday, August 6th. Check amazon for all the different configurations, from a lovely CD box set to more ornate LP versions including one that comes in a terrific looking crate.

I’ve been lucky enough to have the CD box set for a week or more. The remastering and remixing is superb. I’ve been listening to “All Things Must Pass” for five decades and it’s never sounded better– richer, deeper, or more detailed. “What Is Life,” “Let It Roll,” “If Not for You” are among the revelations as the sound literally splits open to reveal new colors.

Executive producers Dhani Harrison and Paul Hicks have outdone themselves honoring George. He was just 27 years old when he emerged from the shadow of Lennon and McCartney with this collection. He couldn’t have known it then, but in a way, thank goodness the Beatles broke up so he could prosper as a songwriter, producer, musician, and singer.

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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