180g Vinyl Pressing of Sunny 1976 Effort 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.
George's seventh solo studio album and first for his own label, 1976's Thirty Three and 1/3, was titled to both reflect his age at the time and the speed at which long playing records revolved. Album tracks "See Yourself," "Woman Don't You Cry for Me" and "Beautiful Girl" all had their origins in the late 1960s while lead single "This Song," was George's musical comment on the plagiarism accusations of "My Sweet Lord" and its similarities to The Chiffons' "He's So Fine." For many, the standout track on what some have called ‘George's soul album', is the exquisite ballad "Pure Smokey," a tribute to Motown legend Smokey Robinson.
Upon its release Billboard said, "[It's] a sunny, upbeat album of love songs and cheerful jokes that is [George's] happiest and most commercial package, with least high-flown postures, for perhaps his entire solo career." Thirty Three & 1/3 is definitely a record that has gotten better with age. It has a gentleness about it, a reflectiveness that is beguiling.