Sunday, August 1, 2021

George Harrison • Isn't It A Pity (Take 27) • 2021



One of Harrison’s most beloved songs, “Isn’t It A Pity,” which features twice on the original 1970 triple album with two uniquely different versions, is presented on the upcoming 50th-anniversary edition of the album in three additional incarnations, which have never been released – the original studio demo and two outtakes. While the demo allows listeners to hear how fully developed the song was melodically in its earliest form, Take 27 provides an exciting insight into Harrison’s creative process and the different arrangements and instrumentation attempted in pursuit of the perfect take. Released today and accompanied by a surrealistic, painterly, animated video, directed by Alan Bibby and Jonny Kofoed of New Zealand-based creative house, Assembly, “Isn’t It A Pity (Take 27)” is more akin in spirit to Version 2 on the original album with a slightly slower tempo and a simple, but exquisite, arrangement.

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