George Harrison Vinyl Box and Expanded Biography Scheduled for Release
George Harrison's back catalog is making its way back to vinyl — along with an expanded edition of his biography — to mark what would have been the former Beatle's 74th birthday.
The Vinyl Collection is scheduled to arrive in stores Feb. 24, the same day Genesis Publications is set to release an extended version of Harrison's 1980 book I Me Mine. In the box, which is available to pre-order now, fans can look forward to faithfully reproduced versions of his 12 solo studio LPs as well as the 1992 concert collection Live in Japan, all remastered from the original tapes, pressed on 180-gram vinyl and housed in a hardcover slipcase.
Each of the Vinyl Collection titles are being made available individually, although its triple-LP edition of Harrison's landmark 1970 release All Things Must Pass will only be put out in a limited run. Exclusive to the box are a pair of 12-inch picture disc singles — one for "When We Was Fab" and the other for "Got My Mind Set on You," both from his hit 1987 Cloud Nine album.
I Me Mine, meanwhile, now picks up where the original 1980 edition left off, spanning more than 630 pages and the duration of Harrison's solo career. Boasting commentary "told in his words and through 141 songs with hand written lyric sheets faithfully reproduced in full color," the expanded book "features lyrics to more than 50 songs not previously included, as well as new photographs, many unpublished until now." Like The Vinyl Collection, it's available to pre-order now.
Finally, the truly devoted (and financially fortunate) Harrison fan is now able to invest in the "George Harrison Essential III Turntable," manufactured in a limited run of 2500 units and featuring artwork based on an exclusive Shepard Fairey design. Take a look at the player — or pre-order yours — at Harrison's official site.
George Harrison, 'The Vinyl Collection' Album Listing
Wonderwall Music (1968)
Electronic Sound (1969)
All Things Must Pass (1970)
Living in the Material World (1973)
Dark Horse (1974)
Extra Texture (1975)
Thirty Three & 1/3 (1976)
George Harrison (1979)
Somewhere in England (1981)
Gone Troppo (1982)
Cloud Nine (1987)
Live in Japan (1992)
12" Picture Disc Singles of "When We Was Fab" and "Got My Mind Set on You"
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