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Old May 04, 2010, 11:39 AM   #1
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Don't ask me why but I could never bring myself to play this cd.
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Old May 04, 2010, 12:18 PM   #2
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After you listen to it for the first time Judith, I hope you ask yourself "Why did I wait so long to hear this?" Then immediately play it again! LOL! It's a wonderful, awe inspiring collection of songs. A beautiful final release from George! Seriously, I must've listen to this exclusively for nearly 5 months straight. Stop procrastinating!
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Old May 04, 2010, 12:55 PM   #3
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I'm with bobdude on this one. The album is not your typical "posthumous" release. Nothing about this album is mournful or morose. Certainly there are tracks in which you can tell George is dealing with what is to come, but it's in such a way that doesn't feel... I can't think of the word I wanna use, but trust us Judith, you should seriously just pop this in and enjoy the magic that proceeds.
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Old May 04, 2010, 02:08 PM   #4
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I agree with the guys, JK. It's a neat album and I think Jeff and Dani did George proud when finishing it. Just Marwa Blues is worth it on it's own, simply a wonderful piece of music. It's not at all farewell album, if we call it that. Lots of typical George fun and I, for one, think you're doing yourself a disservice not listening to it.
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Old May 04, 2010, 03:37 PM   #5
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Could it be you hesitated playing it because you want to always have something unheard in the banks? If you don't play it, you'll always have more new, unheard George. It keeps anticipation up, maybe... something to look forward to?

Maybe if that is the case, perhaps when we get some new George material again, you will want to play it. Sometimes I see rare stuff on Youtube and I favorite it, without playing it. Then I play it someday when I really need a smile. I still have not unwrapped the repackaged Concert for Bangla Desh 2005 DVD. I am still looking forward to it. :) If a new lp is released with the film in the fall (I hope!), then I will likely play the DVD. Sometimes I feel we may not get too much more material released.
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If you don't play it, you'll always have more new, unheard George. It keeps anticipation up, maybe... something to look forward to?
That's a very interesting point of view, HC. I've sometimes done that, not with music but with the last book in a series. If I read it then it's all over. Hm? Still, when I've finally get around to read it I always wish I'd done it sooner! Am I mixed up or what?
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I've sometimes done that, not with music but with the last book in a series. If I read it then it's all over. Hm?
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Still, when I've finally get around to read it I always wish I'd done it sooner! Am I mixed up or what?
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Old May 04, 2010, 06:50 PM   #8
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Could it be you hesitated playing it because you want to always have something unheard in the banks? If you don't play it, you'll always have more new, unheard George. It keeps anticipation up, maybe... something to look forward to?
Good point! It's kinda nice to know there's material out there you still haven't heard...

However, Judith I really encourage you to listen to this one! I can't seem to get enough of it; in fact personally this is probably my second favorite Harrison album after All Things Must Pass. It really is a treasure!
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What are you waiting for? Listen to it. As others have said, you don't know what you're missing and it is EXcellent!
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Judith, it's not a downer at all. You should not refuse yourself the pleasure of hearing it. From the very start, what you hear is a vital, joyful, playful, humorous, still very much alive George Harrison. You can almost hear him smiling as he sings each song. It doesn't sound like the work of a dying man at all.

The only song that suggests a "farewell to life" is "Stuck Inside a Cloud", but even on that one (which got a lot of airplay, actually), he's leaning into eternity with peaceful anticipation. And the title track closes the album with something of a sermon to the world and a manifesto of his belief system, along with a meditational piece in Sanskrit to end the listening experience. It's really a great album. I consider it second only to All Things Must Pass in excellence among George's work.
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It's a very uplifting CD and I always think of it as George's final gift to us. You even get a special guitar pick with the CD.

I think I understand your inititial hesitation/reluctance to play it. In time, when you are ready, please give it a chance as it is a heart warmer and is very uplifting.
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This topic made me listen to Brainwashed once again, and what a great album it is!

Go for it, JudithKristen, you don't know what you're missing!
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