DHK 3255 George Harrison
Produced by George Harrison & Russ Titelman
Released on February 14, 1979
UK CHART POSITION #39 . . . US CHART POSITION #14 . . . GOLD RECORD (5/8/79)
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DHK 3255 cover
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R olling Stone gave this album one star. AMG two. Billboard three. All of which explains why I don’t rate albums on here. What’s the difference between two stars and two-and-a-half stars anyway, and is it worth the time it takes to think about it? Better to say that George Harrison’s self-titled elpee is a fitting followup to Thirty-Three & 1/3. The same pop sensibilities are there, wrapped in soft and spiritual arrangements, rendered with humility and humor. Coproduced by Russ Titelman (fresh from sessions with Randy Newman), the album lacks the sharp horn attack that Tom Scott brought to George’s last record, which means that these songs may take a little longer for their intrinsic melody to be revealed. Once that’s done, George’s fans should agree that “Blow Away,” “Dark Sweet Lady” and “Soft Touch” are as tuneful as anything from his Dark Horse days. However, in the defense of its critics, there are indications here that Harrison’s engine was losing steam. Despite having two years to write new material, the ex-Beatle trumps out a wannabe from Let It Be, “Not Guilty,” a pale imitation of an old classic on “Here Comes The Moon,” and indications in track placement and subject matter that suggest a formulaic reprise of his last album. These suspicions would be confirmed on Somewhere in England, but it seems unfair to blame this record for future failings. I’d rank this right alongside Thirty-Three & 1/3 and Cloud Nine as one of the few bright spots from Dark Horse. If you like George Harrison the artist, you’ll like George Harrison the album.

DHK 3325 back cover DHK 3325 lyric sleeve
DHK 3325 back cover DHK 3325 lyric sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. LOVE COMES TO EVERYONE    4:33
  2. NOT GUILTY    3:36
  3. HERE COMES THE MOON    4:46
  4. SOFT-HEARTED HANA    4:03
  5. BLOW AWAY    3:59
  6. FASTER    4:40
  7. DARK SWEET LADY    3:20
  8. YOUR LOVE IS FOREVER    3:45
  9. SOFT TOUCH    4:00
  10. IF YOU BELIEVE    (George Harrison/Gary Wright)    2:53

    CD expanded reissue bonus track
  11. HERE COMES THE MOON (DEMO)

    All selections written by George Harrison unless noted

CREDITS

GEORGE HARRISON -- guitars, vocals & backing vocals, bass on "Faster"
ANDY NEWMARK -- drums
WILLIE WEEKS -- bass
NEIL LARSEN -- keyboards, mini moog
RAY COOPER -- percussion
STEVE WINWOOD -- polymoog, harmonium, mini moog & backing vocals
EMIL RICHARDS -- marimba
GAYLE LEVANT -- harp
Eric Clapton -- guitar intro (1)
Gary Wright -- Oberheim (10)
Lee Herschberg -- engineer
Phil McDonald -- engineer, remix engineer
Kumar Shankar -- engineer
Mike Salisbury -- album design & cover photographs

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK/GER February 16, 1979 Dark Horse LP/CS DH 56562 lyric sleeve
US/CAN February 14, 1979 Dark Horse LP/CS DHK 3325 lyric sleeve
BRA 1979 Dark Horse LP 36106 lyric sleeve
COL 1979 Dark Horse LP 3153100119  
US 1991 Warner Bros. CD 26613  
RUS 1999 CD-Maximum CD CDM 1099-357 repackaged w. SOMEWHERE IN ENGLAND
EUR February 26, 2004 EMI CDX 594234 digital remaster w. bonus track
US 2004 Capitol CDX 94087 digital remaster w. bonus track
JPN 2004 EMI CDX TOCP-67336 digital remaster w. bonus track

 

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