They’re Gonna Put Me in the Movies
George Harrison: Living In the Material World (Universal Music) is finally available on blu-ray and dvd. Martin Scorsese’s epic documentary, originally aired on HBO, is the defining film on the former Beatle. The single-disc release features five bonus segments. There is also a companion cd, Early Takes Volume 1 (Universal Music). It primarily contains demos of songs from Harrison’s sprawling masterwork, All Things Must Pass. These two projects are some of the best material released about Harrison since his death. A great double bill for home viewing would be the Scorsese documentary followed by The Concert for George film.
Yellow Submarine (Apple) is finally available again for home viewing. After an aborted attempt to remake the film (with Robert Zemeckis directing), Apple saw no reason to keep the original off the market. The reissue of the 1968 animated film contains lots of bonus material, such as the theatrical trailer, the “Mod Odyssey” featurette, interviews with the cast and crew, stickers, a booklet and much more.
Strange Fruit: The Beatles’ Apple Records (Chrome Dreams) is a nearly three-hour documentary on the Beatles’ infamous Apple Records label. While there are no interviews with any of the Beatles, there are interviews with artists who were in groups signed to the label, including Badfinger, solo artists such as Jackie Lomax, and those behind the scenes during the period such as Tony Bramwell.
McCartney Solo Delight
Paul McCartney’s second solo album Ram (Hear Music) is now available as a deluxe two-cd edition. More polished and produced than his self-titled solo debut, the album contains such charming gems as “Heart of the Country” and “Monkberry Moon Delight.” There is also the big hit “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” and the rocker “Too Many People.” This deluxe edition contains an extra disc of B-Sides and rarities. Ram is easily one of McCartney’s best post-Beatles efforts and a joyful listen.