On "What Is Life", Spector provided what music critic David Fricke terms "echo-drenched theater", in the form of reverb -heavy brass, soaring strings arranged by John Barham and "a choir of multitracked Harrisons". The front of the single's US picture sleeve consisted of a photo of Harrison playing guitar inside the central tower of his recently purchased home, Friar Parkin Henley-on-Thames. The poster featured a painting of the Hindu deity Krishna watching a group of naked maidens beside a bathing pond.
Reviewing the reissue of All Things Must Passfor Rolling StoneJames Hunter wrote of how the album's music "exults in breezy rhythms", among which "the colorful revolutions of 'What Is Life' Writing in the book 1, Recordings to Hear Before You Dieauthor Tom Moon refers to "the upbeat single 'What Is Life'" as an example of how Harrison "grabs what he needs from his old band — that insinuating hook sense — and uses it to frame an utterly comfortable metaphysical discourse".
An alternative studio version of "What Is Life" — in fact, a rough mix of the original backing track with different orchestration in this case, piccolo trumpet and oboe  LP) was issued as one of five bonus tracks on the remaster of All Things Must Pass.
So all I could do on the [initial] take was to give the band the cue line — the first line of each verse — and then go back to playing that riff. So that rough mix without the vocal — I'd forgot all about it …" .
In Septemberthis instrumental version also appeared as a bonus track on the Apple Years —75 reissue of All Things Must Pass. Coinciding with the release of The Apple Years —75Harrison's widow and son, Livin Without Your Love - Keith Thomas - Instrumental Appetite (Vinyl and Dhani Harrisonheld an online competition in which filmmakers were invited to create a video clip for "What Is Life".
A live version of the song, recorded with Eric Clapton and his band in Decemberis available on Harrison's album Live in Japan album. Released as a single in some countries, this version reached the UK top 20 in March  peaking at number The following musicians are believed to have played on "What Is Life":  .
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the George Harrison song. For other uses, see What Is Life disambiguation. Picture sleeve for the West German release on Polydor Records.
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