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Dark Horse

George Harrison

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With his first solo tour looming ahead in November and December of 1974, George Harrison felt impelled to rush out a new album, and even a steadily worsening case of laryngitis wouldn't stop him. Would that it did, for the appallingly weak state of his voice would torpedo this album and the tour, to his great embarrassment. "Hari's on Tour (Express)" -- with Tom Scott's L.A. Express churning out all-pro L.A.-studio jazz/rock -- gets the doomed project off to a spirited start, but it's an instrumental, and Harrison's vocal distress becomes obvious to all in the next track, "Simply Shady." Some of George's tunes -- particularly the title track and the exquisite "Far East Man" -- might have benefited from waiting for a better time to record, while others probably could not have been saved. The recording quality, like the voice, has a raw, coarse-grained sound that belies the impeccable musicianship. Dark Horse is perhaps most notorious for Harrison's bitter, slipshod rewrite of the Everly Brothers' hit "Bye Bye Love" -- referring openly to George's wife Pattie running off with Eric Clapton and, for good measure, having both of them on the session! Dark Horse would also be the name of Harrison's soon-to-be-formed new label, as well as a metaphor for the underestimated Beatle who leaped artistically and commercially ahead of his three colleagues immediately after the Beatles' breakup. Unfortunately, this album -- despite its humorous Sgt. Pepper parody on the cover and outright plea to critics on the margins of the inside jacket to go easy on its contents -- would only undermine Harrison's hard-fought campaign for respect.
© Richard S. Ginell /TiVo

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1
Hari's On Tour (Express) (Remastered 2014)
00:04:42

GEORGE HARRISON, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Scott, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - JOHN GUERIN, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Max Bennett, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Phil McDonald, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robben Ford, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Kellaway, Piano, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2014 G.H. Estate Limited

2
Simply Shady (Remastered 2014)
00:04:37

GEORGE HARRISON, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Scott, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - JOHN GUERIN, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Max Bennett, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Phil McDonald, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robben Ford, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Kellaway, Piano, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2014 G.H. Estate Limited

3
So Sad (Remastered 2014)
00:04:59

Nicky Hopkins, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Keltner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Willie Weeks, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - GEORGE HARRISON, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Phil McDonald, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2014 G.H. Estate Limited

4
Bye Bye Love (Remastered 2014)
00:04:06

Felice Bryant, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Recording Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Boudleaux Bryant, ComposerLyricist - Eric Clapton, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2014 G.H. Estate Limited

5
Maya Love (Remastered 2014)
00:04:22

Andy Newmark, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Willie Weeks, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - GEORGE HARRISON, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Scott, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Preston, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Kumar Shankar, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Henry Smith, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 G.H. Estate Limited

6
Ding Dong, Ding Dong (Remastered 2014)
00:03:40

Ron Wood, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alvin Lee, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mick Jones, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Keltner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - GEORGE HARRISON, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Scott, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Wright, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Klaus Voormann, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2014 G.H. Estate Limited

7
Dark Horse (Remastered 2014)
00:03:53

Jim Keltner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Willie Weeks, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - GEORGE HARRISON, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chuck Findley, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Scott, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Preston, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Horn, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Robben Ford, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2014 G.H. Estate Limited

8
Far East Man (Remastered 2014)
00:05:51

Andy Newmark, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Willie Weeks, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - GEORGE HARRISON, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Scott, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Preston, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - R Wood, Composer

℗ 2014 G.H. Estate Limited

9
It Is 'He' (Jai Sri Krishna) (Remastered 2014)
00:04:52

Andy Newmark, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Willie Weeks, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - GEORGE HARRISON, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chuck Findley, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Scott, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Preston, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Horn, Flute, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2014 G.H. Estate Limited

10
I Don't Care Anymore (Bonus Track)
00:02:44

GEORGE HARRISON, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2014 G.H. Estate Limited

11
Dark Horse (Early Take / Bonus Track)
00:04:25

GEORGE HARRISON, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2014 G.H. Estate Limited

Album Description

With his first solo tour looming ahead in November and December of 1974, George Harrison felt impelled to rush out a new album, and even a steadily worsening case of laryngitis wouldn't stop him. Would that it did, for the appallingly weak state of his voice would torpedo this album and the tour, to his great embarrassment. "Hari's on Tour (Express)" -- with Tom Scott's L.A. Express churning out all-pro L.A.-studio jazz/rock -- gets the doomed project off to a spirited start, but it's an instrumental, and Harrison's vocal distress becomes obvious to all in the next track, "Simply Shady." Some of George's tunes -- particularly the title track and the exquisite "Far East Man" -- might have benefited from waiting for a better time to record, while others probably could not have been saved. The recording quality, like the voice, has a raw, coarse-grained sound that belies the impeccable musicianship. Dark Horse is perhaps most notorious for Harrison's bitter, slipshod rewrite of the Everly Brothers' hit "Bye Bye Love" -- referring openly to George's wife Pattie running off with Eric Clapton and, for good measure, having both of them on the session! Dark Horse would also be the name of Harrison's soon-to-be-formed new label, as well as a metaphor for the underestimated Beatle who leaped artistically and commercially ahead of his three colleagues immediately after the Beatles' breakup. Unfortunately, this album -- despite its humorous Sgt. Pepper parody on the cover and outright plea to critics on the margins of the inside jacket to go easy on its contents -- would only undermine Harrison's hard-fought campaign for respect.
© Richard S. Ginell /TiVo

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