My Sweet Lord was originally a shuffle. That’s just one of the revelations in the fascinating, richly rewarding 10-song set Early Takes: Volume 1, a collection of raw, mostly acoustic demos documenting the start of George Harrison’s solo career.

The album, due out 1 May, It will be sold as a stand-alone CD, but it will also be bundled with deluxe editions of the DVD and Blu-ray release of Martin Scorsese’s 2011 Harrison documentary, Living In The Material World (also out 1 May).

The focus of Early Takes: Volume 1 is 1970, when Harrison released his spectacular, chart-topping solo debut, All Things Must Pass, with demos and early takes of the title track, My Sweet Lord, Awaiting On You All, Behind That Locked Door, Run Of The Mill and I’d Have You Anytime (which Harrison wrote with Bob Dylan).

There are also demo recordings of Harrison covering Dylan (Mama You’ve Been On My Mind) and the Everly Brothers (Let It Be Me), along with other Harrison originals (Woman Don’t You Cry For Me, The Light That Has Lighted The World). [read]

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