|Produced by George Harrison & Russ Titelman|
|Released on February 14, 1979|
|UK CHART POSITION #39 . . . US CHART POSITION #14 . . . GOLD RECORD (5/8/79)|
|Find it at GEMM|
|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|
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|
|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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