“Mama, You Been on My Mind” is a song by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. Written in 1964 during a trip to Europe, the song dealt with his recent breakup with his girlfriend, Suze Rotolo. Dylan first recorded the song in June of that year during a session for his album Another Side of Bob Dylan. However, the song was not included on the album, and Dylan’s version remained unreleased until 1991. In total, in the 1990s and 2000s four versions were put out on Dylan’s Bootleg Series of releases, including two live performances with Joan Baez from 1964 and 1975.
Many artists have covered the song, including Baez, Jeff Buckley, Judy Collins, Ricky Nelson, Johnny Cash, George Harrison, Dion and the Belmonts, Linda Ronstadt, and Rod Stewart on his 1972 album Never a Dull Moment. Dylan himself has performed the song more than 200 times.
“Stuck Inside a Cloud” is a song by George Harrison and is the seventh track to his posthumous album Brainwashed. It was released to radio stations in the United States and the United Kingdom in 2002, peaking at number 27 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart in the US in 2003.
Harrison’s favourite number was seven, and his favourite track on any of his albums was always the seventh. Dhani Harrison chose “Stuck Inside a Cloud” as his personal favourite track from his father’s Brainwashed album, and thus gave it the “honour” of being the seventh track. Dhani Harrison explains in detail his late father’s system for picking the sequence of songs on his albums on the Brainwashed DVD bundled with the bonus edition.
“Any Road” is a song by George Harrison and is the opening track to his posthumous album, Brainwashed. It was written in 1988 during the making of a video for his 1987 album, Cloud Nine.
The only known public performance of “Any Road” was in 1997, by Harrison, at the suggestion of Sukanya Rajan during an interview with Ravi Shankar conducted by VH1 (it was the last known filmed performance by Harrison).
“I Live for You” is a song by English musician George Harrison originally recorded during the sessions for his All Things Must Pass triple album in 1970. Long available on bootlegs, the song was finally released officially as a bonus track on the 30th anniversary reissue of All Things Must Pass in January 2001. The released recording features only Harrison’s lead vocal and Pete Drake’s prominent pedal-steel guitar from the 1970 album sessions, with all other instruments overdubbed by Harrison and his son Dhani in 2000. Despite the wealth of unreleased material recorded for All Things Must Pass, it was the only new song included with the album’s 2001 reissue. Music critics recognise “I Live for You” as one of many George Harrison compositions that can be interpreted as both a traditional love song and a devotional song.
“Cheer Down” is a song with music written by George Harrison and lyrics written by Harrison and Tom Petty. The title is attributed to Olivia Harrison, who would tell her husband, “Okay, cheer down, big fellow,” when he would get too enthusiastic.
The song was first produced in 1989 for the film and accompanying soundtrack to Lethal Weapon 2 and released as a single to promote the film.
It was later included in Harrison’s Dark Horse greatest hits album Best of Dark Horse 1976–1989 as the final track. Although Best of Dark Horse 1976-1989 is no longer in print, “Cheer Down” was included on the 2009 career-spanning best of album Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison. The song was produced by George Harrison and Jeff Lynne.
“When We Was Fab” is a song by English musician George Harrison, which he released on his 1987 album Cloud Nine. It was also issued as the second single from the album, in January 1988. The lyrics serve as a nostalgic reflection by Harrison on the days of Beatlemania during the 1960s, when the Beatles were first referred to as “the Fab Four.” Harrison co-wrote the song with Jeff Lynne, who also co-produced the track. The recording references the psychedelic sound that the Beatles had helped popularise in 1967, through its use of sitar, cello, and backwards-relayed effects. Harrison’s former Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr is among the other musicians on the track. The single was accompanied by an innovative music video, directed by the partnership of Kevin Godley and Lol Creme. One of Harrison’s most popular songs, “When We Was Fab” has appeared on the compilations Best of Dark Horse 1976–1989 (1989) and Let It Roll (2009).
“This Is Love” is a song by George Harrison, the former lead guitarist for the Beatles. Harrison co-wrote the song with Jeff Lynne. It is the fifth track on Harrison’s eleventh studio solo album, Cloud Nine, which was released in 1987. In June 1988, the song was also released as the third single from that album, peaking at number 55 on the UK Singles Chart.
The original B-side for this single was going to be “Handle with Care”, a collaboration between Harrison, Lynne, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty recorded at Bob Dylan’s studio in Santa Monica, California. When executives at Harrison’s distributor Warner Bros. Records heard the track, they decided it was too good to be released as single “filler”, a decision that resulted in the formation of the Traveling Wilburys, and the album Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1, with “Handle with Care” as the lead track and single.
Steve Wood and Daniel May composed music to the 1998 documentary film Everest, incorporating melodies from some of Harrison’s songs, one of which was “This Is Love”.
“Circles” is a song by English musician George Harrison, released as the final track of his 1982 album Gone Troppo. Harrison wrote the song in India in 1968 while he and the Beatles were studying Transcendental Meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The theme of the lyrics is reincarnation. The composition reflects the cyclical aspect of human existence as, according to Hindu doctrine, the soul continues to pass from one life to the next. Although the Beatles never formally recorded it, “Circles” was among the demos the group made at Harrison’s home, Kinfauns, in May 1968, while considering material for their double album The Beatles.
Harrison revisited “Circles” during the sessions for his 1979 album George Harrison before he finally recorded it for Gone Troppo. Over this period, Harrison had softened the spiritual message in his work and had also begun to forgo the music business for a career as a film producer with his company HandMade Films. The song was produced by Harrison, Ray Cooper and former Beatles engineer Phil McDonald, with recording taking place at Harrison’s Friar Park studio between May and August 1982. The track features extensive use of keyboards and synthesizer, with Billy Preston, Jon Lord and Mike Moran among the contributing musicians.
A slow, meditative song, “Circles” has received a mixed response from reviewers, some of whom find it overly gloomy. In the United States, it was issued as the B-side of the album’s second single, “I Really Love You”, in February 1983. As the closing track on Gone Troppo, “Circles” was the last song heard on a new Harrison album until 1987, when he returned with Cloud Nine.
“Dream Away” is a song appearing on George Harrison’s 1982 album Gone Troppo, and released as a single in Japan. The song was featured over the end credits of Harrison’s 1981 HandMade Films production Time Bandits, which was director Terry Gilliam’s first successful solo movie, but second solo directorial effort overall. Aside from the film’s orchestral score, this was the only song featured in Time Bandits, and was written specifically for it.
“That Is All” is a song by English musician George Harrison released as the final track of his 1973 album Living in the Material World. A slow, heavily orchestrated ballad, it is one of many Harrison love songs that appear to be directed at either a woman or a deity. Harrison wrote and recorded the song during the height of his public devotion to Hinduism; on release, Rolling Stone described its lyrics as “a sort of Hindu In Paradisium”.
Recording for “That Is All” took place in London in late 1972, following Harrison’s completion of the international aid project begun the previous year with the Concert for Bangladesh. The other musicians on the track include keyboard players Gary Wright, whose fledgling solo career Harrison actively supported during the early 1970s, and Nicky Hopkins. The song’s orchestral and choral arrangements were provided by John Barham, who had also worked on Harrison’s album All Things Must Pass and Wright’s Footprint. “That Is All” has been covered by singers Andy Williams and Harry Nilsson.