Cloud Nine [Bonus Tracks] [Remaster]
Performer: George Harrison
Artist: Jeff Lynne; Gary Wright; Eric Clapton; Elton John; Ringo Starr; Jim Keltner; Ray Cooper; Jim Horn
Engineer: John Etchells; Richard Dodd...
Producer: Jeff Lynne; George Harrison...
Distributor: EMI Music Distribution
Notes: Personnel: George Harrison (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Jeff Lynne (guitar, keyboards, bass); Eric Clapton (guitar); Bobby Kok (cello); Jim Horn (tenor & baritone saxophone); Elton John, Gary Wright (piano); Ray Cooper (drums, percussion); Ringo Starr, Jim Keltner (drums). Recorded in England. Includes liner notes by George Harrison. Personnel: George Harrison (guitar, keyboards); Jeff Lynne (guitar, keyboards); Eric Clapton (guitar); Bobby Kok (cello); Jim Horn (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Elton John, Gary Wright (piano); Ray Cooper (drums, percussion); Jim Keltner, Ringo Starr (drums). Recording information: F.P.S.H.O.T., England. Photographer: Gered Mankowitz. After a five-year hiatus from recording, during which time he worked with his film production company, George Harrision returned to the studio in 1987 and cut the Jeff Lynne-produced CLOUD NINE. Harrison and Lynne made for a perfect match, as this album proved to be a comeback for the reclusive ex-Beatle. Joined by an all-star band that included Eric Clapton, Elton John, and Ringo Starr, Harrison put together a collection that includes sitar-tinged reminiscences of his former musical life ("When We Were Fab"), slinky psychedelia (the title track), and an obscure R&B tune that Harrison took to the top of the charts ("Got My Mind Set on You"). Although Harrison used the twangy irresistibility of "Devil's Radio" to take a swipe at gossip, he contrasted it with the bright-eyed optimism of "This Is Love." After deciding not to tour, George Harrison joined Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Roy Orbison in the Traveling Wilburys the following year.
Rolling Stone (3/4/04, p.68) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[A] late-career masterwork..." Uncut (4/04, p.118) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[F]abulous..." Mojo (Publisher) (4/04, p.120) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[E]ndowed with undeniable charm."
George Harrison was always a fluid guitarist, but his voice and his skills as a songwriter came to full flower in the post-touring years of the Beatles. He became the first from that defunct band to release a work that was justifiably hailed as a masterpiece, the epic ALL THINGS MUST PASS. With his passing in 2001, the rock world lost one of its most deeply spiritual voices, whose signature slide-guitar style and early experiments with incorporating Eastern influences into rock were enormously influential.
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