George Harrison didn’t enjoy listening to Beatles music on CD

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George Harrison didn’t like listening to Beatles music on CD. He preferred to listen to his band’s music in another way.

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George Harrison didn’t like listening to Beatles music on CD

In a 1987 interview with Charles Bermant (by George Harrison on George Harrison: interviews and encounters), George explained how he thought Beatles music sounded on CD. He preferred older versions.

“I bought a CD player when they came out, yeah,” George explained. “I listened to a few. I always prefer the old versions, as I remember them on vinyl. There are many things you can hear now that are good.

“In some cases, there’s a lot of stuff that you shouldn’t hear so loudly, that somehow comes out in the mix. On sergeant. Pepper I keep hearing this awful sounding tamborine blasting out of the right speaker. It was obviously in the original mix, but it was never that loud.

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How George allegedly released the remaining Beatles music on CD

Bermant pointed out to George that there were still about 30 songs that weren’t on CD. He asked the former Beatle how he would make them available. George explained that it was no longer up to the Beatles to decide how their music was distributed.

“Well, that’s none of our business anymore; when our contract expired, we lost any control we had over the Beatles product,” George said.

Still, George explained how he allegedly released Beatles music.

“I suppose if you took all the songs, you could put them in order of the years as they were recorded, and then as the technology progressed and our technique progressed, you would hear them in the the right order. Or you can put all the singles on one, or the B-sides on another,” he said.

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Later, the former Beatle enjoyed the sound of his 1991 Japan tour on his live album

George played some of his Beatles music while on tour with Eric Clapton in Japan in 1991. They recorded it all and put it on a live album. Initially, George thought recording a live performance would be difficult, but he thought the album was great.

He told Scott Muni at WNEW-FM (per George Harrison on George Harrison), “I’m still happy about it. I thought it went well; it sounds really good given that live isn’t the easiest thing to record and mix and keep the kind of – you know, because you have so many things Powerful on stage with all the amplification, but to put it back in a CD and try to make it sound that powerful, it’s not that easy. But I think it went pretty well.

“I’m very happy. You know, all the time I was mixing the record, like I said earlier, it’s not that easy to mix trying to get the feel of the show on record, but I’m very happy with how it turned out.

“The engineer, John Harris, was excellent, and I thought, because I was careful, it turned out even better than I expected. And it was a great band to be with. work, and I just hope I can do it again someday.

George was happy with how “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” sounded on the live album. “It’s far superior, I think, to the original studio recording, and Eric just plays his ass off. It’s really good,” he said.

George was not happy with the way Beatles music sounded on CD. However, at least he thought his own music sounded good.

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