|1. Hari's On Tour (Express)|
|2. Simply Shady|
|3. So Sad|
|4. Bye Bye Love|
|5. Maya Love|
|6. Ding Dong, Ding Dong|
|7. Dark Horse|
|8. Far East Man|
|9. It Is 'He' (Jai Sri Krishna)|
So why isn't this album simply condemned to the dustbin of history, like a lost sock in the laundromat of oblivion? Well firstly because it comes from George Harrison. And even his weaker albums, of which this is probably one, contained at least three or four good songs. And also because the very roughness of George's voice, combined with top notch session musicians as always (Ringo is also here somewhere but this time less obviously) makes for a thoroughly interesting listening experience. We hear a side of George for example that no one, at least at the time, can have thought existed. George struggling with alcoholism. Quite a shocker after the previous album for me with its 'Lord there just a few...who bow before you' lyrics. But this is a marvellously honest song. And coming after the opening instrumental with its distinctive slide guitar (virtually the only example of this on the entire album!), it is somehow quite gripping. We learn here and on the next track 'So Sad' that George is actually as prone to the pitfalls of lost direction and more specifically lost love as the rest of us humans. And that is quite reassuring.... Read more ›
George was ill during the recording of this album, but forced by Apple to deliver his next album so hense the hoarse voice on some of the tracks.
The musicianship on this record is nothing short of superb which you'd expect from the line up of usual suspects collected here.
This was really the last batch of good songs George delivered for Apple as the follow up album 'Extra Texture'(his last for the label) was virtually devoid of anything much resembling the quality that had gone before.
Remember, that George himself was happy enough with this album, so much so that he undertook his first solo tour to promote it. The opener, Hari's on Tour, a lively instrumental, was written purely with this in mind and he opened the shows with this.
The top tracks on here are the bitter 'Simply Shady', the beautiful 'So Sad', the title track 'Dark horse' and superb 'Far East Man'.
'So Sad' is one the finest songs George wrote. 'Far East Man' was co-written with Ronnie Wood and he joins George on this track.(To hear Ronnie's version of the song,check out his own 'I've Got My Own Album To Do'
'Ding Dong, Ding Dong' is a shocker with lyrics culled from an inscription George found at his Friar Park home.
One curio on the album, the unusual cover of the Everly Brothers, 'Bye,Bye Love'. This song bears little resembelance to the original and has a litle extra verse penned by George to commemorate his wife Patti taking off with his best mate Eric.
"There Goes our lady
With you know who
I hope they're happy
Old Clapper too"
Clapton even played on the track.... Read more ›
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