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George Harrison — What Is Life
Album: All Things Must Pass
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Released: 1970
Length: 4:08
Plays (last 30 days): 1
What I feel, I can't say
But my love is there for you anytime of day
But if it's not love that you need
Then I'll try my best to make everything succeed

Tell me, what is my life without your love?
Tell me, who am I without you by my side?

What I know, I can do
If I give my love now to everyone like you
But if it's not love that you need
Then I'll try my best to make everything succeed

Tell me, what is my life without your love?
Tell me, who am I without you by my side?

Tell me, what is my life without your love?
Tell me, who am I without you by my side?

What I feel, I can't say
But my love is there for you any time of day
But if it's not love that you need
Then I'll try my best to make everything succeed

Tell me, what is my life without your love?
Tell me, who am I without you by my side?

Oh, tell me, what is my life without your love?
Tell me, who am I without you by my side?

What is my life without your love?
Tell me, who am I without you by my side?

Oh, tell me, what is my life without your love?
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Another 10. Sadly missed. pxd
   
Instant good chills {#Daisy}
Long Live    Radio Paradise
Thank you George Harrison
for  What Is Life
     9 - O U T S T A N D I N G  to me 
 primm wrote:
such a great song and great triple album / phil spektor very busy on this / the remastered digital version is like hearing it for the first time ! thanks for the pepperoni !

 
Haven't heard the digital remix other than here.  The 2017 vinyl remix (which I have) is awesome, said to be different from all other previous, but closer to the original with less compression.
https://audiophilereview.com/audiophile-music/an-all-things-must-pass-for-the-ages.html

Thank you George Harrison
for  What Is Life

9 - OUTSTANDING to me


Double 10!!!!! Hell, triple 10.
{#Bounce}{#Mrgreen}{#Mrgreen}{#Mrgreen}{#Mrgreen}{#Mrgreen}{#Mrgreen}{#Mrgreen}
Love George, great song! {#Bounce}
 calypsus_1 wrote:
Remembering George Harrison by georginaflood
Remembering George Harrison by ~georginaflood
georgina flood  ©2010-2011 ~georginaflood

My tribute to George Harrison...
He passed 9 years ago on the 29th of November...
Love and miss you always George <3


 
Nice work!
Life is Light is Love...
 2020sk wrote:

Is it just me or is this Keep on Running?

Would be the first instance of plagiarism by George Harrison (though none of it was intentional, of course!) 


The chord progression is the same for the first three chords, then it changes.
 Steely_D wrote:
Yeah, there's a LOT going on in here. Too much. But a great tune, regardless.
 
Phil Spector didn't seem to get that not every artist needed a Wall of Sound behind them; alas.
 ScottFromWyoming wrote: 
The Beatles used to mix their records in mono for radio, I just assumed that's what Harrison had done
 Skydog wrote:

is it the thickness of it?
it sounds like vegtable soup
i love all vegtables but when you mix them all i don't like the soup
same thing with this recording
it sounds as if it were mixed in mono to be listened to on a small single speaker radio

 

 
Can't tell if ironic, or well played.  
such a great song and great triple album / phil spektor very busy on this / the remastered digital version is like hearing it for the first time ! thanks for the pepperoni !
 Skydog wrote:

is it the thickness of it?
it sounds like vegtable soup
i love all vegtables but when you mix them all i don't like the soup
same thing with this recording
it sounds as if it were mixed in mono to be listened to on a small single speaker radio

 
Yeah, there's a LOT going on in here. Too much. But a great tune, regardless.
One of my favorite songs ever!  {#Bananajam}
 profoundpronoun wrote:
Man, how far recording techniques/equipment has come!

 
is it the thickness of it?
it sounds like vegtable soup
i love all vegtables but when you mix them all i don't like the soup
same thing with this recording
it sounds as if it were mixed in mono to be listened to on a small single speaker radio
This has never been one of my favorites.  MEH.{#Eh}
I feel just as close or closer to this song than most of the Beatles material in the late 60s.
Man, how far recording techniques/equipment has come!
I feel like 90's
I wouldn't even consider myself much a Beatles fan, but this song is pretty great. I think I like Harrison and Lennon much better than Paul and Ringo.
There are many, many good, fabulous and great songs — but if I had to make a choice, this is my all time favorite. Every sound in this number gets me where it most counts. 
George, you and your f****** cigarettes deprived us of too many fine tunes.
 
I've been wanting to put together some mix discs of various solo stuff each of the Beatles put out in the '70s.  This would definitely make the cut.  
Just great music from a great musician.

Is it just me or is this Keep on Running?

Would be the first instance of plagiarism by George Harrison (though none of it was intentional, of course!)


 ottovonb wrote:
I miss the 20th century.
 
{#Roflol} Post of the day (week, month, year, decade . . . century?).


I miss the 20th century.
 
Great song from a great album, ATMP is a treasure.  And the co-producer (in full evidence here) was a true musical genius (personal life and qualities aside).

PS's notes are worth reading:  https://www.rarebeatles.com/ghpsatmp.htm
 jmkate wrote:
Its time for the neighborhood to hear this, I feel.

 
Nice one, friend.  Pass along the good stuff, especially for these young whippersnappers.
Its time for the neighborhood to hear this, I feel.
 LongGoneDaddy wrote:
great song.  sometimes think about the scene in "Goodfellas" when they play this.  helicopters and shit, ya know.

 
Barely remember that...the song that sticks in my mind is "Layla"--the long instrumental stretch with the piano--as you see all these wiseguys dead or dying. It forces you to reconsider the song and its emotional impact every time you hear it.
Remembering George Harrison by georginaflood
Remembering George Harrison by ~georginaflood
georgina flood  ©2010-2011 ~georginaflood

My tribute to George Harrison...
He passed 9 years ago on the 29th of November...
Love and miss you always George <3



 calypsus_1 wrote:

I just got the news a lot lately. Our companion here in RP, Cynaera  left us, and I was very sad. The tight circle of commentators active in RP, is poorer. The departure of someone we like and admire is always confusing and leaves a feeling of injustice. But Cynaera is in our hearts, here and whenever we do a review, renew his memory, his dedication to music, artists, the songs, his enthusiasm, an example of correction, education, personal trait of his messages, the connection with members of the RP.  But we should be happy and thankful for having had the opportunity to contact with a human-being of election.  Despite the physical distance, and probably never would have crossed personally, we can have a sense of empathy for a person in a place apart.  And Cynaera showed me that if what we say here in the form of review, is already important, if you have obtained an echo in a single person, it is worth.

"Is always worthwhile, when the soul is not small"

Goodbye My Friend. That you be at peace. Hasta siempre. R.I.P.


 
That's a nice thing to say.... anyone read her book?

https://www.amazon.com/Life-Dance-Ann-Lucas/dp/1448990327/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1387477804&sr=8-1&keywords=life+dance+ann+lucas




 treatment_bound wrote:
I've reprinted a few snippets of my IMDb review for the Geo. Harrison documentary below.  I didn't get any responses to my questions there, but I'd love to hear some input from the Radio Paradise rank and file---please chime in, one and all:

  >>what was the TV talk show (which had to be from the U.K.) and what were the circumstances surrounding George's litigation against Ringo?  

what was the song and where was the studio shown late in the movie where Paul and George were singing on a track?  

what was the final resolution of his film company, which produced a few gems among several films up through 1990?<<

This is from a forum on beatlesbible.com, so who knows if there's any truth in it ....

Ringo recorded a George song called I'll Still Love (aka When Every Song Is Sung) on his 1976 album Ringo's Rotogravure with George's blessing, who couldn't make the sessions because he was recovering from hepatitis. On hearing Ringo's version, George was "not pleased" (either with the quality of the recording, arrangement or mix – it's not entirely certain) and threatened to sue. There was an exchange of letters between their lawyers, and the dispute settled before court papers were filed (explaining why it's not entirely clear what George's problem was).


Great album.  A talent sorely missed!


This was on the B-side of the My Sweet Lord single which I bought for my Mum when I was a kid.  I loved this side so much it got played continually with the arm off on the gramophone.  Probably drove her mad but I feel the tears every time it comes on.  Thanks RP xx
 LongGoneDaddy wrote:
great song.  sometimes think about the scene in "Goodfellas" when they play this.  helicopters and shit, ya know.

 

Damn. how'd I miss that? of course, I still hear Nilson's "Jump in the Fire" from near that scene.


 (former member) wrote:


The first episode of the George Harrison documentary is on HBO right now...  love this song...

 


 
I've reprinted a few snippets of my IMDb review for the Geo. Harrison documentary below.  I didn't get any responses to my questions there, but I'd love to hear some input from the Radio Paradise rank and file---please chime in, one and all:


  >>what was the TV talk show (which had to be from the U.K.) and what were the circumstances surrounding George's litigation against Ringo?  

what was the song and where was the studio shown late in the movie where Paul and George were singing on a track?  

what was the final resolution of his film company, which produced a few gems among several films up through 1990?<<
Poor Phil...what a waste of the rest of his life--and Lana's too!
I wonder whether they would let him produce from inside prison walls.

This is so heartfelt and wonderful. 


how could lennon/mccartney reject this (and "isnt it a pity" and "my sweet lord")  and allow "love to you"  and "within you without you"???


huh?   anyone?  anyone?  bueller?  bueller??
One of my personal 'gospel' songs {#Wink}
big stud Romeo Tuma wrote:
The first episode of the George Harrison documentary is on HBO right now...  love this song...
 

I be the holy ghost of big stud Romeo Tuma...  time flies when we're having fun...  love this song...
 
10! Cranking it UP! Thank God for headphones! I'd sing out loud if I weren't at work!
I do like George, but this is the third song of the same Album within 1 hour! THAT is a bit much.
It's strangely fitting that Lazarus has multiple churches. What was I gonna say... oh yeah.

I have this album, original issue. Believe that I bought it used somewheres, early 80s, though I really can't remember. A great album, and a wonderful song.

Hallelujah.


Everybody in my churches loves this song...
 
On top of everything else this song brings: an unmistakable guitar riff.

It's a sad song, though, isn't it?
I bet I've heard this song at least 500 times since the early 70's, and I still like it.
A holy song for me
I've loved this great song forever.  I also love listening to the instrumental only version on the expanded CD.
{#Group-hug} {#Daisy}   I say extraordinary. 


 calypsus_1 wrote:


  What?!! I don't understand what you mean. Has something happened to dear Cynaera? Can anyone please tell me? I cherish that woman's spirit.

Ok, I'm sorry, folks. Been just popping in and out lately, not really reading comments very much.  I did suspect, from certain cryptic references here & there. Just found the Forum page. Oh, dear. I'm just blubbering uncontrollably now. Didn't even know the lady, but, over the past few years I've been listening I'd come to respect & admire her for just about everything she pulled out of her hat, comment-wise. My sympathy and condolences go to her family and those close to her. May she be forever more in radio paradise.

Thanks to calypsus_1 for the tribute comment.
John

George Harrison's What Is Life


 RichW wrote:
Coming right after Jimmy Cliff. Awesome!
 
Cliff then Harrison repeated after two months. Still awesome.{#Bananapiano}
 LongGoneDaddy wrote:
great song.  sometimes think about the scene in "Goodfellas" when they play this.  helicopters and shit, ya know.
 
{#Biggrin}
Coming right after Jimmy Cliff. Awesome!
great song.  sometimes think about the scene in "Goodfellas" when they play this.  helicopters and shit, ya know.
THIS SONG MAKES IT HARD TO APPRECIATE ANYTHING ELSE EVEN
WHEN YOUR HIGH.

 Cynaera wrote:
I only get the very basic cable, so the best I can do is crank this song up LOUD and enjoy the sun...{#Sunny}{#Cheers}
 
Miss you so much, Ann...

rest in peace... 
Words escape me —  but if I had to pick 10 of the greatest, most delightful, most indispensable rock songs ever — this would be on it. George was genius — but let's not forget that this album was produced by Phil Spector. 

Transcendent!


 

I just got the news a lot lately. Our companion here in RP, Cynaera  left us, and I was very sad. The tight circle of commentators active in RP, is poorer. The departure of someone we like and admire is always confusing and leaves a feeling of injustice. But Cynaera is in our hearts, here and whenever we do a review, renew his memory, his dedication to music, artists, the songs, his enthusiasm, an example of correction, education, personal trait of his messages, the connection with members of the RP.  But we should be happy and thankful for having had the opportunity to contact with a human-being of election.  Despite the physical distance, and probably never would have crossed personally, we can have a sense of empathy for a person in a place apart.  And Cynaera showed me that if what we say here in the form of review, is already important, if you have obtained an echo in a single person, it is worth.

"Is always worthwhile, when the soul is not small"

Goodbye My Friend. That you be at peace. Hasta siempre. R.I.P.


.

    Cynaera wrote: Posted: Jun 03, 2010 - 22:01
Thank you, Calypsus_1 - beautiful....{#Sunny}
 


Scorsese's documentary, George Harrison: Living in the Material World, is very, very good, a loving and overdue tribute.
 randyblew wrote:
Everybody in my office is dancing to this song...
 

I'm dancing to this song and quite frankly I don't really care what everyone else in my office is doing!
 Tamster wrote:

everybody in my HOUSE is lovin' this song !
 
I hear ya...  we be dancing...  love it...

Oh, I've already rated this a 9.

If you want a treat, listen to My Sweet Lord from the reissued CD:  he re-recorded it with his son Dhani and it is a joy to listen to
Easy to give this a "10".   {#Sunny}
Genius!! 10+ from my favorite Beatle.

Takes me back to the pizza place I went to with friends back in high school. We play the hell out of this song on their jukebox! 
Everybody in my office is dancing to this song...
 romeotuma wrote:

Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 
everybody in my HOUSE is lovin' this song !


love it...

 

 misterbearbaby wrote:
An essential album- if you don't have this, get it! Its lovely and brims with wit and good cheer from start to finisf. It feels to me like part of a set along with Layla, Cream Goodbye, and maybe McCartney, somehow the capstones of the 60's.
   Well said sir!

An essential album- if you don't have this, get it! Its lovely and brims with wit and good cheer from start to finisf. It feels to me like part of a set along with Layla, Cream Goodbye, and maybe McCartney, somehow the capstones of the 60's.



absolutely magnificent...  we miss you, George...  love this song...
 
Poor George (dead) and Phil (will be dead in prison). At least their legacy lives on.

Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...



A class by itself. 
Hard not to love this song. :)
one of my FAVORITE solo Beatle songs!!!  {#Bananajam}
I only get the very basic cable, so the best I can do is crank this song up LOUD and enjoy the sun...{#Sunny}{#Cheers}

Anything Beatles or Solo = Outstanding!!!




The first episode of the George Harrison documentary is on HBO right now...  love this song...

 

 TerryS wrote:
A friend of my brother-in -law is a plumber and was called to a huge house to fix a drainage problem. Up to his ankles in mud and shite, when a voice from above says: "I've put the kettle on - do you fancy a cup of tea?"
The voice above was G H, of course and that story tells me that he was the only one of the four who never lost his roots. 
The point? Not sure, but I do love his music and am willing to rate it the higher for his humanity. 

 
What a great story! George has always been my favorite Beatle (oh, I went through a childish phase with that cute McCartney-face, but for resonance, Harrison's got a piece of my soul and my smile.)  This little snippet of history is very much appreciated, TerryS - thanks for sharing it! {#Daisy}
 TerryS wrote:
A friend of my brother-in -law is a plumber and was called to a huge house to fix a drainage problem. Up to his ankles in mud and shite, when a voice from above says: "I've put the kettle on - do you fancy a cup of tea?"
The voice above was G H, of course and that story tells me that he was the only one of the four who never lost his roots. 
The point? Not sure, but I do love his music and am willing to rate it the higher for his humanity. 

 

Living until recently on Long Island, NY (South Shore), where Sir Paul has been living of late (the more exclusive North Shore), he is also reputed by the locals to be quite the down-to-earth sort, quite decent to shopkeeps and others he bumps into when he goes around town.

When you rise to that rarified level, one of the rarest and hardest things to find is ordinary human interaction with people who don't treat you like anything special.
TEN!! maybe ya had ta be there. CLASSIC
 Foot wrote:
As this song opened I almost thought it was Badfinger.
 

If I am not mistaken, I believe George produced them. I love Badfinger and this song too!
As this song opened I almost thought it was Badfinger.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
My fave solo album by any Beatle, but not my favourite song.
Too much Phil Spector maybe.


 



Nonesense! Phil Specter is like cowbell; gotta have more of it.
Thank you for this, some wonderful work in the Traveling Wilburys. That,  a high power collective-collaboration.
A special thanks for "While my guitar gently weeps." The world is a better place because of your works, and charitable acts. You built a lot of good karma. When I say thank you, I know I can speak for a world of people.  

 TerryS wrote:
A friend of my brother-in -law is a plumber and was called to a huge house to fix a drainage problem. Up to his ankles in mud and shite, when a voice from above says: "I've put the kettle on - do you fancy a cup of tea?"
The voice above was G H, of course and that story tells me that he was the only one of the four who never lost his roots. 
The point? Not sure, but I do love his music and am willing to rate it the higher for his humanity. 
 
{#Clap}
Yay!  Such a happy George song.  My band used to play this.  No soaring strings though.
I miss having you around making beautiful music George... rest well.
My fave solo album by any Beatle, but not my favourite song.
Too much Phil Spector maybe.


 calypsus_1 wrote:

Remembering George Harrison by ~georginaflood
georgina flood  ©2010-2011 ~georginaflood

My tribute to George Harrison...
He passed 9 years ago on the 29th of November...
Love and miss you always George <3

.
 
nice illustration... my compliments.
This song reminds me of being a little kid again - the good memories.
A friend of my brother-in -law is a plumber and was called to a huge house to fix a drainage problem. Up to his ankles in mud and shite, when a voice from above says: "I've put the kettle on - do you fancy a cup of tea?"
The voice above was G H, of course and that story tells me that he was the only one of the four who never lost his roots. 
The point? Not sure, but I do love his music and am willing to rate it the higher for his humanity. 

 iTuner wrote:
If this wasn't Harrison it would almost be unforgiveable. But he gets a pass.
 
Here's twenty bucks - go buy a clue.

this song is a timeless classic no matter who wrote and performed it.

If this wasn't Harrison it would almost be unforgiveable. But he gets a pass.

George Harrison & friends - I saw her standing there, Live

George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Billy Joel, Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan & many others - I Saw Her Standing There (The Beatles).

"これは・・・・すげぇ"




I just aquired the remastered colored cover CD which this track is off of. It sounds so much better than the original CD which was transfered from the master tape to CD. I often listened to the old CD and thought it sounded like crap. So many musicians and so much hiss. IMO Phil Spector did a shitty job on that one. Thanks for the remaster, it is like a whole new recording. Get it a try !
 sandyclaws wrote:


Cheesy or not (and I for one don't think it is), I consider this song mine for my daughter. It's "our" song!
 
I love it that you've got this song as a common denominator with your daughter. Please note - I said "MAYBE" the song is cheesy... I was trying to put my comment in context with other comments. Personally?  I love the heck out of anything George Harrison ever did. He's always going to be a solid 10 for me. And I love "The Velveteen Rabbit, too. And cats.  And now, the fact that you have a song for your daughter. {#Hug}

Long live RadioParadise! {#Sunny}



George would tell John Lennon happy birthday today...  love this song...

 

 Cynaera wrote:
Oh. My. God.  What a captivating picture - Dhani's a chip off the old block. I wonder if perhaps he wishes he could be an architect or an airbrush painter, rather than the son of George Harrison... His eyes look so haunted...
 
Wiki says he studied to be an aeronautical engineer or somesuch thing (at Brown) before settling on music.

 Cynaera wrote:

Actually, I don't think there IS a minority here.  A lot of folks think this song is so pop-commercial that they just can't appreciate it.  I'm in the "I love Harrison's music" camp. Something about this song makes me smile and slows my trip-hammer-panic heartbeat to a nice, mellow groove. 

It's okay to write your opinion! (And yeah, maybe the song IS a bit cheesy, but that's part of why I love it so much.) {#Mrgreen}
 

Cheesy or not (and I for one don't think it is), I consider this song mine for my daughter. It's "our" song!
 calypsus_1 wrote:

Band members:
Guitars: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Dave Mason, Peter Frampton
Bass guitar: Klaus Voormann, Carl Radle
Orchestral arrangements: John Barham
Keyboards: Gary Wright, Bobby Whitlock, Billy Preston, Gary Brooker
Drums and percussion: Ringo Starr, Jim Gordon, Alan White, Phil Collins, Ginger Baker
Harmonica - George Harrison
Pedal steel guitar (with talk box): Pete Drake
Tenor saxophone: Bobby Keys
Trumpet: Jim Price
Rhythm guitars and percussion: Badfinger


 

george harrison and the domino's
 Jeff09 wrote:


 
Oh. My. God.  What a captivating picture - Dhani's a chip off the old block. I wonder if perhaps he wishes he could be an architect or an airbrush painter, rather than the son of George Harrison... His eyes look so haunted...

 Cynaera wrote:
I don't care what anyone says about this song - when I hear the first chords, I just turn it up and grin.  George Harrison was the understated Beatle, but he and John Lennon had some of the most introspective, beautiful, peaceful music ever. Leave me alone. I'm here with my eyes closed, smiling and basking in the warmth. Yeah, it's ten p.m., but with Harrison's music, it doesn't matter what time it is...
 


This is great music...  love this song!

 
 socalhol wrote:
Guess I'm in the minority — I find this song totally cheesy......
 
Actually, I don't think there IS a minority here.  A lot of folks think this song is so pop-commercial that they just can't appreciate it.  I'm in the "I love Harrison's music" camp. Something about this song makes me smile and slows my trip-hammer-panic heartbeat to a nice, mellow groove. 

It's okay to write your opinion! (And yeah, maybe the song IS a bit cheesy, but that's part of why I love it so much.) {#Mrgreen}


 calypsus_1 wrote: 



 Cynaera wrote:
I don't care what anyone says about this song - when I hear the first chords, I just turn it up and grin.  George Harrison was the understated Beatle, but he and John Lennon had some of the most introspective, beautiful, peaceful music ever. Leave me alone. I'm here with my eyes closed, smiling and basking in the warmth. Yeah, it's ten p.m., but with Harrison's music, it doesn't matter what time it is...
 
i'm there with ya about this.

Guess I'm in the minority — I find this song totally cheesy......
Outstanding....perhaps his best work......it gets me every time and makes me smile
 calypsus_1 wrote:

George by =RyuzakiMakiX3
  Thank you, Calypsus_1 - beautiful....{#Sunny}


I don't care what anyone says about this song - when I hear the first chords, I just turn it up and grin.  George Harrison was the understated Beatle, but he and John Lennon had some of the most introspective, beautiful, peaceful music ever. Leave me alone. I'm here with my eyes closed, smiling and basking in the warmth. Yeah, it's ten p.m., but with Harrison's music, it doesn't matter what time it is...