Universal Music CanadaFounding Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive rocker Randy Bachman salutes the music of the late George Harrison on a new studio album called By George - By Bachman, which will be released on March 2. The 13-track collection features reworked versions of various Harrison-penned Beatles songs, as well as one tune each from George's solo career and his stint with The Traveling Wilburys.
Explaining the concept behind his album, Bachman says, "I figured I would take George's songs and give them new grooves. I wanted the tempos and arrangements to be different but still recognizable by the lyrics. I took the major keys and turned them into minors. It was a whole new interpretation of a familiar song."
By George - By Bachman also includes an original Bachman composition paying tribute to Harrison titled "Between Two Mountains," which appears at the beginning and end of the record. Randy says of the inspiration behind the tune, "George's light shone through what could have been a shadow between such mountainous forces as John [Lennon] and Paul [McCartney]."
As an added bonus, Bachman says, "Throughout the album, I put in little signature licks that are associated with George's songs, like the slide part from 'My Sweet Lord' or the opening chord from 'A Hard Day's Night' for the fans to notice."
Fans who pre-order By George - By Bachman will immediately receive a free download of Randy's reggae-flavored take on "Here Comes the Sun."