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on 9 February 2005
The Dark Horse album has certainly been through the mill over the years. Hated by the critics and some fans on it's release in 1974 for its relgious lyrical content but make no mistake, there are some fine songs on this record.
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. So how's that for cheekiness?
In summary if you're a casual listener interested in sampling Harrisons solo work, this probably isn't for you. If you're a Harrison or Beatles fan and pondering whether or not to take the plunge with this one, there are tracks on this LP you NEED. So forget what you've read about this album, the good tracks on here earn it 4 stars from this reviewer.
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