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Platinum Weird - This Guitar
While adding the Platinum Weird version of "This Guitar" to my Harrisongs Web site I was naturally bummed to find that the original download location has been shut down. It dawned on me to check the Wayback Machine, and sure enough it's there! If anyone else never got the chance to download this track, here it is! http://web.archive.org/web/200605270...thisguitar.mp3
Will You Be Around (EP) iTunes release on July 4, 2006.
Make Believe released on October 10, 2006. Best Buy stores in America exclusively carried a 2-disc edition of Make Believe which included a 12 song bonus disc. I also noticed a separate CD on eBay that contained the same track listing as the Best Buy bonus disc.
Apparently Harrison's "This Guitar" was only available on platinumweird.com as a mp3 download.
Wikipedia's Platinum Weird entry says this about the Harrison track...
Originally Posted by Wikipedia
The tracks distributed from platinumweird.com and fan Web sites include "Happiness", "This Guitar", "Lonely Eyes", "If You Believe" and "Picture Perfect New", also an interview said to be taped in 1974.
"This Guitar (Can't Keep From Crying)" originally appeared on George Harrison's 1975 album Extra Texture (Read All About It). The Platinum Weird release is an alternate recording, also featuring Harrison on lead vocals. One report states that this track was originally recorded in 1992, and completed with 2006 contributions from Stewart, Dhani Harrison, Starr and Mark Hudson.
It is listed only once on BootlegZone with this description...
George / Platinum Weird: an acoustic org. guitar recording dated 1992. The track was added some new recordings on the song March 18th 2006 at Mark Hudson's 'Whatinthewhathe? Studio' in Los Angeles.
Ringo Star : drums & tambourine
Mark Hudson : bass & background vocals
Dhani Harrison & Dave Stewart : electric guitars
Kara DioGuardi : backing vocals
I'm not sure how accurate that information is however because in the studio video I posted above the bass player was clearly Chucho Merchan who I think was Dave Stewart/The Eurythmics' bass player at the time. Was his bass part later replaced?
... I imagine that there is an incredibly valid and logical why this rendition has yet to be officially released ?
Someone on that topic emailed the webmaster of platinumweird.com about the track and received this reply...
Rex: ''Sorry, don't know if the Harrison song will be on any album. Time will tell...''
I've got to assume there's some licensing issue there either with Apple or Capitol since the song predates Dark Horse Records. Also it appears to have been released posthumously so possibly Olivia and Dhani have not agreed to release on CD? Or maybe they're saving it for a Extra Texture bonus track? All speculation on my part of course.
Former Eurythmic Dave Stewart recalls recording a version of "This Guitar" with Harrison in London. This recording was published over the internet as part of Stewart's Platinum Weird project, in March 2006 – over four years after Harrison's death from cancer at the age of 58. The song did not appear on Platinum Weird's 2006 album, however, titled Make Believe.