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Living in the Material World is the fourth studio album by George Harrison, released in 1973 on Apple Records. As the follow-up to 1970's critically acclaimed All Things Must Pass and his pioneering charity project, the Concert for Bangladesh, it was among the most highly anticipated releases of that year. The album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America two days after release, on its way to becoming Harrison's second number 1 album in the United States, and produced the international hit “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth).” It also topped albums charts in Canada and Australia, and reached number 2 in Britain.

Living in the Material World is notable for the uncompromising lyrical content of its songs, reflecting Harrison's struggle for spiritual enlightenment against his status as a superstar, as well as for what many commentators consider to be the finest guitar and vocal performances of his career. In contrast with All Things Must Pass, Harrison scaled down the production on this album, using a core group of musicians like Nicky Hopkins, Gary Wright, Klaus Voormann, Ringo Starr, Jim Keltner, John Barham and Indian musician Zakir Hussain.

Rather than revisit compositions left over from the All Things Must Pass sessions, Harrison's material for Living in the Material World was drawn from the 1971–72 period, with the exception of “Try Some, Buy Some,” which he wrote in 1970. While George Harrison was bursting with musical confidence, Living in the Material World found him in roughly the same place that John Lennon was when he wrote Help!, shocked by the rush of overwhelming success and desperately wondering where it left him.

Harrison donated his copyright for nine of the eleven songs on Living in the Material World, together with the non-album B-side “Miss O'Dell,” to his Material World Charitable Foundation. This was set up in reaction to the tax issues that had hindered his relief effort for the Bangladeshi refugees, and ensured a perpetual stream of income, through ongoing publishing royalties, for dispersal to the charities of his choice.

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