|Produced by Jeff Lynne and George Harrison|
|Released on November 2, 1987|
|UK CHART POSITION #10 . . . US CHART POSITION #8 . . . PLATINUM RECORD|
|Find it at GEMM|
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he best George Harrison album in years*. This was a new golden age, the wheel of fame having spun full circ... oh, you looked down and read the asterisked part already, didn’t you? No point then in my pretending to share a “george moment” with you. Not that I’m retracting my asterisk. I mean, All Those Years Ago? Blood From a Clone? Gone Troppo? Crap, crap and what’s that other word for crap? Oh yeah, crap. Then comes Cloud Nine and George finds his second wind. No matter that most of the wind is generated by the world’s largest (electric) Beatles fan, Jeff Lynne. The XELO leader was just getting started; Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and Ringo Starr were in lyne for a makeover next. I really like ELO, and I love the Beatles, but the one was essentially an adept imitation of the other. On Cloud Nine, the main ingredient and imitation flavor combine in a sometimes unsavory way. Take for example “When We Was Fab,” in which Lynne seems to finally realize his dream of being a Beatle, but at what cost to George? At what cost? (Okay, so I’m, being dramatic.) Not content with that, we have George playing John (“Just For Today”) and Paul (“Someplace Else”), with Jeff Lynne presumably licking his puppeteer’s fingers in delight. Even without Lynne, this still probably ends up being his best album of the ‘80s, backhanded compliment that it is. With the participation of Clapton, Lynne, Elton and Ringo, George had to be more engaged this time around and it shows in the material. But Cloud Nine isn’t the celestial alignment that some have made it out to be. Rather, I tend to see this as a consummation of Jeff Lynne’s Beatles fantasies with George playing the gracious host.
*And holy crap were some of them awful.
|25643-1 back cover||25643-1 picture sleeve|
GEORGE HARRISON -- guitars, keyboards, vocals
JEFF LYNNE -- guitars, bass, keyboards
ERIC CLAPTON -- guitar
RAY COOPER -- percussion and drums
JIM HORN -- baritone and tenor sax
ELTON JOHN -- piano
JIM KELTNER -- drums
BOBBY KOK -- cello
RINGO STARR -- drums
GARY WRIGHT -- piano
Richard Dodd -- engineer
Gered Mankowitz -- photography
David Costa -- art direction
|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|UK/GER||November 2, 1987||Dark Horse||LP/CS||WX123/C||picture sleeve|
|US||November 2, 1987||Dark Horse||LP/CD/CS||25643||picture sleeve|
|CAN||1987||Dark Horse||LP/CD/CS||92 56431/2/4||picture sleeve|
|UK||2004||EMI||CDX||594090||digital remaster w. bonus tracks|
|US||2004||Capitol||CDX||94090||digital remaster w. bonus tracks|
|JPN||2004||EMI||CDX||TOCP-67339||digital remaster w. bonus tracks|
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