Monday, June 15, 2009


Olivia Harrison did a brief phone interview on Chris Carter's "Breakfast With The Beatles", which was broadcast yesterday on Sirius XM's Underground Garage channel.

The purpose of the call was to promote the new George compilation "Let It Roll". She did have a few interesting details. The first bit of news is that even some of the remastered tracks were remastered again! She mentioned that this disc and the Beatles remasters both sound great. For the Fabs CDs, she used the term "mellow" to differentiate it from the "brittle" sound of the original CDs. Carter told a story where he happened to see George at a Tom Petty CD release party the same day "Magical Mystery Tour" came out on CD. When Carter asked George what he thought of the release of the 1967 album on compact disc, Harrison replied, "It sounds 'tinny'."

Also, when discussing Harrison's last album "Brainwashed", Olivia said that she wanted to re-release it, complete with demos and presumably other unreleased material. This would be a great idea since I've never been happy with the final product, especially since co-producer Jeff Lynne kept overdubbing, despite George's direct orders that he did NOT want that to happen after he died.

Olivia also said she plucked the song "The Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)" out of semi-obscurity as the (sort of) title track for the collection because she pictured George singing the song in his garden, which was previously owned by Mr. Crisp.

Nice interview, and Olivia sounded sincere, but I'm still not going to buy "Let It Roll".


david said...

Did you record the radio show? Do you know where I can find it?

Vincent Truman said...

Agreed - can't see myself buying such an odd collection (odd that it's not odd enough!).