Photos: Harry Benson, The Beatles Book, Keystone-France, David Hurn, New York Daily News Archive, Alamy, Bill Zygmant, Don McCullin; screen caps from The Beatles Antholog, Living in the Material World
Q) Do you like tea?
A) “Of course! Doesn’t everybody?”
- George Teen Screen Magazine, 1964 [x]
“I don’t think I can make it unless I have a cup of tea.” - George Harrison during the “Paperback Writer” recording session, KRLA Beat, 16 July 1966 [x]
“Well they give you lukewarm water and a crummy looking tea bag. And you know, you’ve got to try to make that into a cup of tea.” - George Harrison in response to a reporter asking how he drinks his tea, Boston, 12 September 1964 [x]
“When we were on the houseboat in Kashmir [in 1966], owned by a little old guy with a white beard called Mr Butt, it was really cold in the night because it was on a lake right up in the Himalayas. Mr Butt would wake us up early in the morning and give us tea and biscuits and I’d sit in bed with my scarf and pullover on, listening to Ravi, who would be in the next room doing his sitar practice - that was such a privileged position to be in.” - George Harrison, Raga Mala [x]
“I remember one time, at an airport, I was starting to worry whether we would get to the gate on time but George just smiled and said he wanted a cup of tea.
‘OK,’ I fretted, ‘but I don’t think we have time.’
'There’s always time for a cup of tea,’ he said.” - Sir Jackie Stewart, Winning Is Not Enough [x]
“[George] came to Hamburg to see a concert [Tom Petty in 1992] and he wanted to take me there but I couldn’t because I had the flu. So he came to my house and made me some tea. We just had a long talk and then he had to go.” - Astrid Kirchherr in an interview with Ken Sharp [x]
“I have one [a guitar] where it has a cupboard in the back with my sandwiches and tea.” - George Harrison joking in a Japanese interview, 1991 [x]
“To wake up at Friar Park to a cup of tea and a slice of lemon cake, to play with George, was magic.” - Jim Keltner, Mojo, November 2014 [x]
“[Ronnie Lobo] remembered the time when George Harrison, the lead guitarist of The Beatles, asked for a pot of tea and Shalimar biscuits. Lobo sent his staff all over Khan Market looking for Shalimar biscuits, but they couldn’t find the brand. With much anxiety, Lobo called up Harrison and asked where he had seen the biscuits, and he was informed that the ex-Beatle had seen it on a neon sign atop the ‘mosque on the sea’ (Haji Ali) in Mumbai. Harrison had no option but to have other biscuits with his tea.” - Indian Restaurant Spy, 27 April 2015 [x]
”[George] Harrison maintained the smallest staff of the three [McCartney, Ono and Harrison], centering his business interests around a handful of trusted aides. ‘He’s charming to the people who work for him,’ one revealed. 'He’ll bring you a cup of tea, and talk to you rather than shout at you.’" - You Never Give Me Your Money: The Battle For The Soul Of The Beatles by Peter Doggett [x]
“All senses were satisfied as incense blew in the morning breeze, mingling with the steam from hot cups of tea.” - Olivia Harrison, “A Few Words About George,” Harrison [x]
“Show me that I’m everywhere, and get me home for tea.” - “It’s All Too Much” (Harrison)
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John Lennon and George Harrison during a Beatles For Sale session, EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London, 1964; screen capped from Living in the Material World
“'I was already trying to hold on to some sort privacy [before John Lennon’s murder]. I think everyone needs a bit of space, y'know. I mean, if you were just being mobbed and on TV and that all your life you just turn into a loony, and long before John got shot I was already just digging in the garden, planting trees and just trying not to go on television, just having a bit of peace. ‘But what it did, it affected me probably like anyone who loved John and who grew up with him and his music. And it was a very sad thing and, um, it didn’t make me feel…’ Harrison’s voice trails off, and for a moment his eyes look away and he’s lost in private thoughts. He looks back. ‘It made me wonder about ever gettin’ into situations where there’s fans, although at the time you can’t blame fans for that. There’s one loony in every crowd, I suppose. But I go on living normally. I don’t panic unnecessarily.’" - The Sunday Tribune, 18 October 1987 [x]
“[John] was great, he was brilliant, and he was a great soul. Still is.” - Guitar World, April 1988 [x]
Final Fantasy XV, aka ‘Please, Hajime Tabata, Stop It.’
I just spent the last few hours of 2016 finishing FFXV.
Do I have feelings? You bet. A LOT OF FEELINGS.
Fantasy XV. Development hell resident. The forever-morphing former member of
the Fabula Nova Crystallis collection. Formerly known as Versus XIII. We’ve
been through a lot. You gave us all you could, but we all know that you could
have given us so much more.
You had it in you.
(This is going to be a long one. A LOT of spoilers inside. EDIT: now with MUSIC portion!)
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Scans - George Harrison, Abbey Road Studios, 25 February 1964, and c. August 1969
Photo 2: copyright Harrison Family
“George was the best guitarist in the group. I mean, we were all pretty good, but George was lead guitar. John would take turns because John was good too. He had a more primitive style, but George was more technical, more practical, and we all thought he was a great guitar player. The nice thing was that he didn’t really emulate anyone. There wasn’t the Jimi Hendrixes and the Claptons to emulate, there was just a lot of people. Eddie Cochran was great, we loved Eddie; Buddy Holly was great; so we had a few heroes. But George built his own style out of that.” - Paul McCartney, Living in the Material World
“I think a lot of his solos were very distinctive and made the records. He didn’t sound like any other guitarist. […] I think George always brought something to all the songs.” - Paul McCartney, Mojo, November 2011
"George was the best guitarist in Britain when the Beatles started in 1962. It’s time he was recognised for his playing instead of just being put down as the quietest Beatle.” - What Beatles fans would like to see the band do in 1969, The Beatles Book, December 1968
“[George] was clearly an innovator. George, to me, was taking certain elements of R&B and rock and rockabilly and creating something unique.” - Eric Clapton, Living in the Material World
“George’s style of playing - his tone, his phrasing, his ability to articulate the very small parts - is very difficult to replicate. And because that’s so much a part of the fabric of the song, if you don’t get it right, you don’t get it at all.” - Anthony DeCurtis, Acoustic Guitar, February 2003
“Put on anything The Beatles did, and you’ll hear in George a willingness to work within the possibilities of the song - to really find a way to make a fresh statement. In a sense, much of what George did was so good that you can easily miss it. But the second you start paying attention, you become aware of what he was doing in each song. To me, that’s been the most powerful aspect of George’s role in the band.” - Anthony DeCurtis, Acoustic Guitar, February 2003
On this day in music history: October 25, 1969 - “Ummagumma”, the fourth album by Pink Floyd is released (US release is on November 10, 1969). Produced by Pink Floyd and Norman Smith, it is recorded at the Mothers Club in Birmingham, UK on April 27, 1969, Manchester College of Commerce in Manchester, UK on May 2, 1969 (live tracks), and Abbey Road Studios in London in June 1969. The nine track double album by the UK progressive rock band consists of four tracks from their then current live set list and five newly recorded tracks in the studio. The albums’ title comes from a Pink Floyd roadie who describes it as a euphemism for “sex”. Though the album is well received by fans and critics, though the band themselves later admit to not being fond of it, feeling it to be to be “excessive” and “a failed experiment”, especially the studio half. The original LP cover art features a photo of the band with a picture hanging on a wall of them in the same pose but with everyone in a different place. The photo is also notable as it shows a copy of the “Gigi” soundtrack album on the floor next to guitarist David Gilmour. The US and Canadian covers is airbrushed white on subsequent repressings (over copyright concerns). The cover art is eventually restored when it is reissued on CD. “Ummagumma” peaks at number five on the UK album chart, number seventy four on the Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.