George Harrison did not enjoy listening to Beatles music on CD. He preferred to listen to his band’s music in a different way.
George Harrison didn’t like listening to Beatles music on CD
During a 1987 interview with Charles Bermant (per George Harrison in George Harrison: Interviews and Encounters), George talked about how he thought the Beatles’ music would sound on CD. He liked the older versions better.
“I bought a CD player when they released them, yes,” explained George. “I heard some of them. I still prefer the old versions, how I remember them on vinyl. There are many things you can listen to right now that are good.
“In some cases, there’s a lot of stuff that you don’t hear that loud, that somehow comes out in the mix. On Sergeant Pepper I hear this horrible sounding tambourine coming out of the right speaker. It was obviously in the original mix, but it was never that big.”
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How George released the rest of the Beatles’ music on CD
Bermant pointed out to George that there were still 30 or so songs not on the CD. He asked the former Beatle how he would provide them. George explained that it was none of the Beatles’ business how their music was distributed anymore.
“Well, it’s none of our business anymore; when our contract expired, we lost any control over Beatles production,” George said.
Nevertheless, George explained how the Beatles’ music would be released.
“I think if you take all the songs you can sort them in order of the year they were recorded, then as technology evolves and our technology advances, you’ll hear them in the proper order. Or you can put all the singles on one, or the B-sides on another,” he said.
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Later, the former Beatle enjoyed how his 1991 Japanese tour sounded on its live album.
On tour with Eric Clapton in Japan in 1991, George played some of his Beatles music. They recorded everything and put it on a live album. At first, George thought it would be difficult to record live performances, but he thought the album turned out great.
He told Scott Muni on WNEW-FM (per George Harrison in George Harrison), “I’m happy with it anyway. I thought it turned out great; it’s a really good sound that’s not an easy thing to record live and mix and kind of—you know, because you have a lot of strength On stage with all the amplification, but try to put it back on a CD and make it sound powerful, it’s not that easy. But I think it came out pretty well.
“I’m very happy. You know, whenever I was mixing the record, like I said before, it’s not that easy to try to get it. feel Of the show on disc, but I’m very happy with how it turned out.
“The engineer, John Harris, was great, and I thought, because I was cautious, I think it turned out even better than I expected. And it was a great band to work with, and I hope I get some of it.” I can do it again.”
George was delighted to hear “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” on the live album. “It’s much better, I think, than the original studio recording, and Eric plays his butt off. It’s really good,” he said.
George was not happy with how the Beatles’ music sounded on CD. However, at least he thought his own music sounded good.
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