Brainwashed (Bonus DVD)

Brainwashed (Bonus DVD)

by George HarrisonGeorge Harrison


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Out of the limelight for much of the decade prior to his death from cancer in November 2001, George Harrison hadn't stopped following his muse. The posthumously completed Brainwashed is immersed in the simple charm, melodic instinct, and spiritual insight that had always marked Harrison's better work. Wistful, spare tunes like "Stuck Inside a Cloud," which pits a simple, plaintive vocal against one of the ex-Beatle's trademark twangy guitar lines, dominate the disc, and there are occasional allusions to Harrison's illness (as on the melancholy "Run So Far"). The album was co-produced by Harrison, his son Dhani (who also sings and plays guitar), and George's longtime friend and collaborator Jeff Lynne, who himself has wondered if the results are slicker than Harrison would have wanted. Far from gleaming with studio polish, however, Brainwashed only suffers Lynne's overly heavy hand on a couple of tracks, including "Never Get Over You," which tilts the emphasis away from Harrison's tune and toward the plush production. Elsewhere, Harrison's searching songs provide grist for both body and soul with simple, understated arrangements and evocative lyrics. "Had no idea where I was heading/I only found it out when I was down upon my knees/Looking for my life," he sings atop acoustic strumming on the pensive "Looking for My Life." Even in his less-than-stellar health, Harrison proved an inventive instrumentalist, shifting from guitar to dobro (check his slide work on the subdued instrumental "Marwa Blues") to ukulele on songs such as a lilting cover of Hoagy Carmichael's "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" -- which itself dovetails nicely into the sun-dappled blues of "Rocking Chair in Hawaii." While hardly flawless, Brainwashed has more than enough glimmering facets to qualify as a diamond in the rough -- and a sweet, understated epitaph for "the Quiet Beatle."

Product Details

Release Date: 11/19/2002
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0724354196928
catalogNumber: 41969
Rank: 7064

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Harrison   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Dobro,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Voices,Slide Guitar
Jeff Lynne   Bass,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar,Acoustic Bass,Wurlitzer
Herbie Flowers   Bass,Tuba
Jools Holland   Piano
Jim Keltner   Drums
Ray Cooper   Drums
Jane Lister   Harp
Mike Moran   Keyboards
Marc Mann   Keyboards,Recorder
John Etchells   Recorder
Ryan Ulyate   Recorder
Sam Brown   Background Vocals
Dhani Harrison   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer
Joe Brown   Rhythm Guitar

Technical Credits

Jeff Lynne   Producer
Dhani Harrison   Producer
George Harrison   Producer

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