180g Vinyl Pressing of 1981 Album featuring John Lennon Tribute Mastered from the Original Analog Master Tapes and Cut at Capitol Studios
While it's generally accepted that George Harrison bloomed late as a Beatles songwriter, there's no denying it was worth the wait. The release of All Things Must Pass, in 1970, was like unstopping a bottle. An ambitious triple-album, it set the template for the nine studio albums that would follow. Harrison continued to shape and redefine his music and legacy with a string of prolific and poignant releases throughout the remainder of the '70s and early-80s.
1981's Somewhere In England was Harrison's first album to be released after the murder of his former Beatles bandmate John Lennon in December 1980. The terrible event spurred George to return to his composition, "All Those Years Ago" which he and Ringo Starr had recorded for the latter's album, Stop And Smell The Roses. However, George felt compelled to write a new, nostalgic, lyric as a tribute to John, and the song was re-cut with George singing lead, Ringo on drums, and Paul and Linda McCartney on backing vocals.
Among the standout tracks on the album is the evocative lyrical, and philosophical, "Writing's On The Wall," which served as the b-side of the No. 2 charting single "All Those Years Ago." George also makes two covers of '40 songs written by Hoagy Carmichael sound like his own here ("Baltimore Oriole" and "Hong Kong Blues"). But for many, "Life Itself" is the best track on the album, and it's easy to hear why; it's classic George – spiritual and evocative at the same time.