Billy Altman
August 28, 1992 AT 04:00 AM EDT

George Harrison: Live in Japan

Current Status
In Season
George Harrison, Eric Clapton
Dark Horse, Warner Bros.

We gave it a D

On paper, this must have looked good: Backed by Eric Clapton and his band, and performing material ranging from Beatles songs (”Taxman,” ”Something”) to 1987’s ”Got My Mind Set on You,” George Harrison returns to touring for the first time in 18 years, with results captured on a double live album.

As fellow geezer Neil Young once observed, though, rust never sleeps — and you’d need a case of Coke to crack the crust on Harrison, who sounds so woefully out of shape (he’s continually either short of breath or struggling instrumentally to keep the tempo) that it’s a wonder no medical advisers are listed in the credits. Not that old has to be in the way: The lone shining moment belongs to Clapton, whose solo on ”While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is perhaps even more spectacular than the one he played on the original — all those years ago.

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