ARTIST: George Harrison
TITLE: Wonderwall Music
YEAR RELEASED: 1968
CHART ACTION: #49
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Oh, no, unless you’re a student of obscure 1968 cinema.
LINEUP: George Harrison + a lot of Indian artists and appearances by Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and other British musicians.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A soundtrack to a 1968 film called Wonderwall. You probably haven’t seen it. I haven’t.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: It’s a real movie soundtrack, which means this is incidental music for the film. Harrison for the most part used Indian music for the film, and went to India to record many of the tracks using the top musicians of the country.
There are a few cuts of Western music, including a jam with Clapton, Starr and Harrison.
Since I’m not an Indian music expert, I can only assume that the Indian music is good. Again, it’s soundtrack incidental music and since I never saw the film I can’t really imagine the scenes for it. What the music did do was make me drowsy. I suppose that’s good in a way, right?
NOTES & MINUTAE: This was the first album released on Apple Records. It was out of print for years and just popped up streaming just recently.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes. They dug up a couple of tracks, and they found an alternate backing track for George’s great Beatles’ single, The Inner Light.
GRADE: C+: It’s not my bag, man. The western music cuts were just ok jams.