Electronic Sound (2014 Remaster) George Harrison
Label: BMG Rights Management (US) LLC
Artist: George Harrison
Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)
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Info for Electronic Sound (2014 Remaster)
As a direct result of The Beatles’ keen curiosity about experimental music and other avant-garde artistic expression, Apple Records launched its short-lived Zapple subsidiary in February 1969 as a forum for unfettered sonic exploration, or, as announced at the time, “more freaky sounds.”
Electronic Sound is George Harrison's second solo album, and the second and final record released on the Beatles' short-lived Zapple Records (an offshoot of Apple Records), before it was folded at the insistence of The Beatles' then-manager Allen Klein. Released in May 1969, it features two lengthy pieces - one per side on the original vinyl release - performed on the Moog synthesizer. Portions of white noise from "No Time or Space" are used throughout "I Remember Jeep", one of several jams included on Harrison's third solo album, All Things Must Pass, released in 1970. The cover of Electronic Sound was painted by Harrison himself. The inside sleeve included minimal notes on the album, and a quote, attributed to an 'Arthur Wax': "There are a lot of people around, making a lot of noise; here's some more." Due to its experimental and highly uncommercial nature, Electronic Sound failed to chart in the UK, and barely made the US Billboard album chart, peaking at #191. Synthesist Bernie Krause later pursued legal action against Harrison, claiming side two of the record was essentially him demonstrating the Moog III to Harrison (as detailed in his book Into A Wild Sanctuary). Krause's name was originally featured on the front cover just under Harrison's, but was painted over in silver at Krause's insistence just before release.
“Squalls of cavernous sound, white noise explosions, beautiful delicate patterns, the sound was wild and fluid and bore no relation to George’s other work.” (Tom Rowlands, The Chemical Brothers)
MBE (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was an influential English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, author and sitarist best known as the lead guitarist of The Beatles. Following the band's demise, Harrison had a successful career as a solo artist and later as part of the Traveling Wilburys super group where he was known as both Nelson Wilbury and Spike Wilbury. He was also a film producer, with his production company Handmade Films, involving people as diverse as Madonna and the members of Monty Python. From an initial exposure whilst a member of the Beatles, he maintained a high public profile regarding his religious and spiritual life.