George Harrison’s estate have announced an upcoming vinyl box set compiling all twelve of Harrison’s solo albums into one attractive package. In addition to all of Harrison’s post-Beatles output (starting from 1970’s masterful ‘All Things Must Pass’) the set also includes two experimental and rarely heard albums released during the late ’60’s – ‘Wonderwall Music’ and ‘Electronic Sound’. 1992’s ‘Live In Japan’ also makes an appearance, as do two 12″ picture disc singles: ‘When We Was Fab’ and ‘Cloud Nine’.
The release marks what would have been Harrison’s 74th birthday and it looks like they’ve gone out of their way to make the package as appealing as possible to long term fans. The albums are apparently all exact replicas of the original releases and the whole set is remastered from the original analogue master tapes; so these albums should sound as good as they ever have.
If all this George Harrison goodness has you biting-at-the-bit to pre-order, there is one catch and rings to the tune of £369.99. If that’s a little steep for you, it is worth bearing in mind that these albums will probably see individual release at some point in the future – if similar box sets for artists such as David Bowie and John Lennon are anything to go by; though no plans for separate releases have been mentioned at this point.
Released to tie in with the box set, there’s also a George Harrison branded Pro-Ject turntable available for preorder. Based on the company’s popular Essential III deck, the Harrison table features a design by Studio Number One and is apparently a limited edition, though no word yet on quantities made. The deck also comes with a Ortofon OM 10 cartridge, meaning that it’s not a bad option for those looking for a new deck. The Harrison limited edition does have the rather eye-watering price tag of £429, nearly £150 more than the £280 or so that you can get a standard Essential III for.
Also due for release in February is an Extended Edition of Harrison’s ‘I, Me, Mine’ book, originally published in 1980. The book is part autobiography part lyric compendium, featuring the words to a huge number of Harrison songs, as well as a humorous commentary from the man himself. This Extended Edition features the lyrics to 59 songs not found in the original version and can be preordered here for £25.99:
For those still looking to get in on the action with the box set, you can do so here.
And those wanting a George Harrison turntable, you can secure one here.