The album George Harrison was recording prior to his death last year, Brainwashed, will be released November 19.
The former Beatle was recording the 12-track disc up until two months before he died of cancer at age 58 on November 29 (see “Former Beatle George Harrison Dead At 58” ). The first release from “the quiet Beatle” since 1987’s multiplatinum Cloud Nine was co-produced by longtime friend and collaborator Jeff Lynne of ELO and by Harrison’s 24-year-old son, Dhani.
“Before we started working on the album, … George would come round my house and he’d always have a new song with him,” Lynne said about the sessions in a statement. “He would strum them on a guitar or ukulele. The songs just knocked me out.” The album will feature 11 originals and a still-unannounced cover.
“George constantly talked about how he wanted the album to sound,” said Lynne, who spent much of the past year completing the material along with Dhani Harrison. “There was always that spiritual energy that went into the lyrics as well as the music.”
The final song Harrison completed before his death, “Horse to the Water,” was written with Dhani and was released on English bandleader Jools Holland’s recent Big Band Rhythm and Blues.
On February 25, Koch Records will release a tribute to Harrison titled Songs From the Material World. Timed to coincide with what would have been Harrison’s 60th birthday, World is slated to feature covers of Harrison’s solo songs and tracks he penned for the Beatles performed by Julian Lennon, They Might Be Giants, Kinks guitarist Dave Davies, Byrds leader Roger McGuinn and ex-Wilco member Jay Bennett.
Also expected to contribute are Leslie West (Mountain), Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac), Todd Rundgren, Al Kooper, former Black Crowes guitarist Marc Ford, Midge Ure (Ultravox), Wayne Kramer (MC5) and the Smithereens, a Koch spokesperson said. Some of the album’s proceeds will benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation, a music industry charity that raises funds for cancer, leukemia and AIDS research.