The Vinyl Collection Includes Every George Harrison Solo Album and Two Picture Discs: Definitive-Sounding Box Set Mastered from the Original Analog Master Tapes and Cut at Capitol
This is love: Mastered from the original analog tapes and cut at Capitol Studios for unsurpassed fidelity, The Vinyl Collection 16LP box set features every George Harrison solo studio album with exact replicas of the original release track listings and artwork. Spanning 1968 through 2002, The Vinyl Collection epitomizes comprehensive and serves as the definitive-sounding Harrison release. Also included in the box set are George's classic live album Live In Japan (2LP) and two 12" single picture discs of "When We Was Fab" and "Got My Mind Set On You." Each LP is pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl and housed in a high-quality two-piece rigid slipcase box.
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 includes unimpeachable classics such as "My Sweet Lord," "Wah-Wah," and its contemplative title track. It also set the template for the nine studio albums that would follow. But Harrison's solo career really started two years earlier, with the release of the soundtrack to the 1968 psychedelic Jane Birkin vehicle Wonderwall. While Harrison was stockpiling material that would appear on All Things Must Pass, he was also indulging a taste for the experimental, marrying Mellotron with world music strains on Wonderwall Music, and further pushing into the avant-garde with the Moog excursions found on 1969's Electronic Sound.
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 including Living In The Material World (1973), Dark Horse (1974), Extra Texture (1975), Thirty Three & 1/3 (1976), George Harrison (1979), Somewhere in England (1981) and Gone Troppo (1982). It was after 1987's Cloud Nine that his solo career seemingly went on hiatus. Following a stint with the Traveling Wilburys, 1992 live outing Live In Japan found Harrison in fine form on stage, but several tragic setbacks ensured that he never fully completed his final, posthumous album, Brainwashed. Finished by his son Dhani and originally released in 2002, a year after Harrison's death, it makes up the final disc in the set and is a reminder that Harrison's songwriting never lost its potency.
As his friend John Lennon once said, "George himself is no mystery. But the mystery inside George is immense. It's watching him uncover it all little by little that's so damn interesting."
• 180g 16LP box set spanning 1968 through 2002
• Featuring all 12 GH studio albums plus Live In Japan (2LP) and two 12" single picture discs ("When We Was Fab" and "Got My Mind Set On You")
• All discs mastered from the original analog tapes and cut at Capitol Studios
• Exact replicas of the original release track listings and artwork
• Housed in a high-quality two-piece rigid slipcase box