Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Some Times Are Good

George Harrison : Crackerbox Palace


This week in 1977, George Harrison's "Crackerbox Palace" entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #66. A more or less cheerful Harrison was busy promoting the new album Thirty Three and 1/3rd, visiting Europe, recording a short video for a Capitol Records convention ( in which he plays a snippet from  Fleetwood Mac's latest single) , and doing interviews with the likes of Circus Magazine.

Q: "Which of the Beatles albums do you still listen to?" 

GEORGE: "I liked when we got into 'Rubber Soul,' 'Revolver.' Each album had something good about it and progressed. There were albums which weren't any good as far as I was concerned, like 'Yellow Submarine.'"

 "We put all the songs together into an album form-- I'm talking about English albums now, because in the states we found later that for every two albums we had, they (Capitol) would make three... because we put fourteen tracks on an album, and we'd also have singles that weren't included on albums in those days. They'd put the singles on, take off a bunch of tracks, change all the running order, and then they'd make new packages like 'Yesterday And Today,' just awful packages."

Crackerbox Palace, as I may mentioned before, was Harrison's nickname for Friar Park, the estate on which he lived from 1971 to his death. The video, which made its debut on Saturday Night Live, was directed by Eric Idlen who makes a cameo with fellow Rutle Neil Innes. The single would peak at US #19.

And here finally is Harrison's silly Capitol Records video.

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