Inside George Harrison's Archives: Dhani on His Father's Incredible Vaults

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Like his father, the late Beatles guitarist George Harrison, Dhani Harrison is a musician. He made his professional debut on his dad's last studio album, Brainwashed, issued after George's death in 2001. Now 36, Dhani composes film scores and is half of a band, the newno2 – named after a recurring character in the late-Sixties British television show, The Prisoner – with another musical son, Paul Hicks. (His father, Tony, is the founding guitarist of the Hollies.) 

Unlike his father, Dhani is – with his mother, Olivia – a caretaker. Since George's passing, Dhani has been active in the archiving and release of his father's solo legacy, including a 2004 box, The Dark Horse Years 1976-1992; a 2012 rarities CD, Early Takes: Volume 1; and the first comprehensive reissue of George's early life away from the Beatles, The Apple Years 1968-1975. The centerpiece of that set – seven CDs with bonus tracks plus a DVD, issued in September – is, of course, the 1970 masterpiece, All Things Must Pass.

But The Apple Years begins with George's initial, eccentric excursions – the 1968 Indo-rock film score, Wonderwall; the '69 Moog holiday, Electronic Sound – and runs through the focused spirituality of 1973's Living in the Material World and the understated-R&B writing and meditation on 1974's Dark Horse and '75's Extra Texture (Read All About It). "I've been dying to get to this for about ten years," Dhani claims. "There were some things record companies had done over the years. My dad had already remastered All Things [for a 2001 reissue]. But no one was doing Electronic Sound." 

By: David Fricke

Source: Rolling Stone


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