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This was a surprise! Back in 1970 with the break-up of The Beatles, all focus was naturally on the main songwriters/singers, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, to see what they would do next. However, it was George that hit the ground running with All Things Must Pass. That it turned out to be the very first triple album ever released was even more surprising to many, given how few tracks he ... Read more in Amazon's George Harrison Store

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  • Audio Cassette (28 Jan. 1992)
  • Label: EMI Distribution
  • ASIN: B00000EFQD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

1. You
2. Answer's at the End
3. This Guitar (Can't Keep from Crying)
4. Ooh Baby (You Know That I Love You)
5. World of Stone
6. Bit More of You
7. Can't Stop Thinking About You
8. Tired of Midnight Blue
9. Grey Cloudy Lies
10. His Name Is Legs (Ladies and Gentlemen)

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mister Kite on 21 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD
In the wake of the Scorcese film on George, my interest in Extra Texture was rekindled. I'd owned it on vinyl, and decided to get it on CD. The album still has not been remastered, and it could benefit from a bit of work. That said, I have been amazed at coming back to these songs some twenty five years on from first knowing them. Maybe it is me that's changed, and in my middle age I can discern things that in my mid twenties I didn't resonate with so much.

Like several reviewers here, Extra Texture has become synonomous with George's most depressing period (marriage break up, hepatitis, fallout from 'disastrous' US Tour...) played out on an album. I am finding this NOT to be the case now. Yes, the material does reflect lyrically and musically on occasions this downbeat frame of exhaustion - Grey Cloudy Lies most overtly. Yet there's not a stuckness in the depression, more of a decision and resolve to move on to somewhere better. Tired of Midnight Blue is really positive - it seems to describe George's realisation that Olivia's and his love for each other is the way out of the world of late night drinking and depression. 'Made me wish that I'd stayed home, with you' is pretty much the compass point that would turn George's life around back towards domestic bliss and soon to follow fatherhood.

However, what has really struck me on rediscovering Extra Texture has been the soulfulness of George's vocals, the care that has been lavished on the arrangements, and of course the top quality musicianship on show here. The strings, prominant bass and sometimes a little too distant vocals would all benefit from the remastering process. But the present production doesn't place ET at a severe disadvantage to the modern ear.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By paul newton on 10 Oct. 2014
Format: Vinyl
This is probably the most overlooked of George's solo albums, this is definitely one of my favourites of any of the beatles solo works! I don't do too many reviews, but felt this album seriously deserved one. This album has so much emotion and feeling attached to it. George's lyrics and singing send the hairs on the back of my neck upwards! The song 'you' sets the tone of the album, 'this guitar (can't keep from crying) is quite frankly beautiful! A bit more of you seems to tie both parts of the album together before the wonderful 'Can't stop thinking about you' I can't recommend this album enough!
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Format: Audio CD
I like George's solo albums and have them all, which can't be said of the other former Beatles' recordings. (Does anyone actually own Some Time in New York City?)

Extra Texture (Read all About It!) followed Dark Horse and is more of a soul than rocky album. It has some great funky tracks along with a few that musically drag a bit, such as Grey Cloudy Lies and The Aswer's At the End. However, You is terrfic and muscular, Tired of Midnight Blue has a nice R and B groove, and This Guitar Can't Keep from Crying is an acerbic but appropriate response to crtics. Ooh Baby was George's first obvious tribute to Smoky Robinson and is a nice track, but not as successful as 33 1/3's 'Pure Smoky'.

The musicianship and production/sound are fine and, as Ray Cooper has observed, they have melody. George plays some nice licks and ; it's just that sometimes the songs are a little too long. There are some jokes on the cover ("onothimagen") and on the album (His Name is Legs) which show George's sense of humour.

The CD lacks the nice packaging of the LP, for which the album title was cut out of the cover, and as another reviewer has noted, it could do with a remaster.

If you haven't heard Extra Texture, it's well worth a try.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. G. Bell on 4 May 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Well the re-mastering has made a huge difference. Often regarded as one of George's weaker albums, I have really enjoyed hearing this again and some of the songs are quite personal. Tired of Midnight Blue is a classic and there is a re-vamped version with Ringo and Dhani of "This guitar can't keep from crying..." which works very well. Enjoy...
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
"Extra Texture" has its moments but never quite manages to match Harrisons best solo work("All Things Must Pass", "Living In The Material World").
The opening track "You" is a fantasic pop song providing a great start to the album. There are other highligths too such as "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"clone "This Guitar cant keep me fom crying" and "The Answers At The End". "Cant Stop Thinking About You"is also a fantastic melodic track. As for the remaining songs theres nothing to really excite. Track 6-"A Bit More Of You"- may raise a smile however as that is literally what it is-a bit more of "You".
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Penn on 3 Jan. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Some of the criticism levelled at this album is, I cant help feeling, a bit of a knee-jerk reaction to a hasty listening

To claim this as the career low point is hardly fair. I have listened to this album a number of times and until reading some of the other reviews online I had never once thought of it as 'dark'. It is certainly no 'darker' than All Things Must Pass as far as meaningful lyrics are concerned. I believe some reviewers may be mistaking 'dark' for songwriting with meaning.

The album title itself ' Extra Texture ' implies that there is more to it than meets the eye, and to get the most out of it you need to give it more than one hastened listen.

Some of George's best songs are written in minor keys or with at least a 'minor' flavour to them! (Taxman, The Art of Dying, While My Guitar Gently Weeps etc...) No one complained that they were 'too dark'.

As it is one of only 2 mainstream albums that have yet to be reissued, it is easy to see why Extra Texture is left on the shelf along with Dark Horse. I am sure that when the time eventually comes to reissue it (along with the obligatory bonus track or two) then interest and criticism may take a bit of a u-turn.

...and although I firmly believe you should never judge a CD by it's cover, this one really doesn't do George any favours. It looks more like a IKEA Value product every time I glance at it!

3 and a half stars is more than fair...It still has substantially more 'texture' than any McCartney solo effort!
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