this album was in production when his ex- bandmate was murdered. he wrote a top 40 single, ALL THOSE YEARS AGO as a eulogy. it went to #2, can't remember what prevented it from reaching #1. the good songs on this cd are UNCONSCIOUS RULES, BLOOD FROM A CLONE, SAVE THE WORLD, LIFE ITSELF, WRITING'S ON THE WALL (which has a message to the widow Lennon, in the lyrics). Baltimore oriole is a cover song, George does this well. there's one other jazz cover here, listen to hear if you can pick it out from George's songs. the album doesn't measure up to his best. I think he was depressed. the other jazz cover song was HONK KONG BLUES, which is loud. it has been said that ALL THOSE YEARS AGO sounds too cheery, for the subject matter ( the great Lennon, having been murdered , and in such a cruel fashion ). Yes, a fair comment, yet if you listen more deeply, there is an ominous portion in the background, simultaneously---almost Gothic, in fact. Sort of like the Dakota Apartment Building, in front of which, the tragic event happened, leave us not to forget: December 8, 1980, in New York City, U.S.A.
The original songs on SOMEWHERE IN ENGLAND are sappy, cranky, and tuneless. And why resurrect Hoagy Carmichael's vaguely racist "Hong Kong Blues"? An atrocious record with the exception of "All Those Years Ago" -- Harrison's best single in years, a tribute to his late bandmate John Lennon. Find it on any Harrison "best of" and don't bother with SOMEWHERE IN ENGLAND.
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