Here’s a report confirming that ELO founder/producer/Wilbury Jeff Lynne will finish some tracks that George Harrison started and never completed before his death. Harrison’s widow, Olivia, said in a recent interview that there are many unfinished tracks, and that she would seek help to finish them off.
Harrison’s music, of course, was treated to a career retrospective released this week, “Let it Roll.” I just received a copy and I will be sharing my impressions soon.
Jeff Lynne is an obvious choice. He was a true friend of Harrison’s, and he produced the two “Threatles” songs in the 1990s that were released on Anthology: Free as a Bird and Real Love.
Also, Lynne used admirable restraint in producing Harrison’s posthumous release, 2002’s “Brainwashed.” He did not insist on the prototypical ELO/Lynne drum sound, nor did he ladle on excess strings or synths.
Still, I sure hope he asks Paul and Ringo to play on at least some of the tracks. That would be fitting, wouldn’t it?