His album titled, All Things Must Pass, was an instant hit. Among it's listing of songs were the intensely popular singles, "My Sweet Lord" and "Isn't it a Pity". This album demonstrated Harrison's amazing skill with the guitar and his unique dexterity in writing lyrics. Unfortunately, his album, Living in a Material World, was released after All Things Must Pass and, at the time, was just not up to par with its predecessor.
This is why the new, re-mastered version of this album was such a good idea. Besides the fact that it is no longer in direct competition with a previous album, it also has a better digitally re-mastered sound quality which adds a bit of volume producing a bolder resonance.
The actual box set is very cool in itself. It opens up to display two CDs, one of which is actually a DVD, and an excellent little booklet that contains nifty photos and lyrics, some of which are hand written. Harrison was very influenced by Hinduism and the Indian culture early on in his career and this influence is reflected within many of the images and sounds contained within this album.
Among the songs are fan favorite "Give me Love" and the album's title "Living in a Material World". It addition to these, it also includes bonus tracks, "Deep Blue" and "Miss O'Dell". Not being previously familiar with much of Harrison's solo work, I was pleasantly surprised at how soothing I found "Give Me Love" and the bluesy guitar work on "Sue me, Sue you Blues" was just fabulous. I find that most bonus tracks on albums aren't that good but both of the ones included on this CD were quite satisfying.
The DVD is a bit short but the concert footage from Japan is rather nice. From what I understand, the box set isn't that expensive so you can't expect too much from the DVD but it's definitely worth the extra few bucks if you're a fan. If fact, I think the little booklet inside makes the whole thing worth while. All in all, it's a pretty good deal. I enjoyed this album considerably even though it's not usually the kind of music I listen to.