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|George Harrison||Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals|
|Billy Preston||Keyboards, Electric Piano|
|Steve Winwood||Synthesizer, Harmonium, Background Vocals|
|Gary Wright||Piano, Keyboards|
|Tom Scott||Flute, Horn, Saxophone|
|Alvin Lee||Guitar, Electric Guitar|
|Chuck Findley||Flute, Horn|
|Neil Larsen||Synthesizer, Keyboards|
|Emil Richards||Percussion, Marimbas|
|Derrek Van Eaton||Vocals|
|Lon & Derrek Van Eaton||Vocals|
|Dick Newman||Strings, Horn|
|Lon Van Eaton||Contributor|
Posted October 1, 2010
This album was released in 1974 and it was the third solo album by George Harrison (excluding the ''Concert for Bangladesh'') after the Beatles' breakup. Although some critics have said that this was a very bad album and perhaps the worst solo album released by Harrison, I have a different opinion. I think this is indeed a very good album and it has been continuosly overlooked since its release. It is true that it did not reach the #1 in the US like his two previous albums (''All Thing Must Pass''; and ''Living in the Material World''), but it climbed as high as #4. The opening track is a very good instrumental song: ''Hari's on Tour'' (I am sure you will enjoy it). Other good songs of this album are ''Simply Shady''; '' So Sad''; ''Maya Love''; ''Ding Dong, Ding Dong'' and the exquisite ''Far East Man''. I am not including in this list the title track ''Dark Horse'' because George voice was terrible (due to a laryngitis). Another good thing of this album is the very high quality of the personnel: Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Ron Wood, Alvin Lee, and Billy Preston and others. In summary, I recommend this album.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
It was a different concept: Release an album to support a tour (usually artists hit the road to support an album). But with 'Dark Horse' (released in 1974), this is what George attempted to do. What came out of it was not exactly award-winning stuff, but it was interesting in a way. Unfortunately for George, critics hated the effort (George seemed to listen to critics even though he probably didn't admit to it). Everything about this album seemed hurried - the arrangements, the vocals, even the liner notes. And even though recording vocals with laryngitis may add a bit of vocal 'edge' for some artists, for George it sounded downright uncomfortable (check out the strained vocals in the tracks 'Simply Shady','Ding Dong, Ding Dong', and the title track). There are highlights however: 'Maya Love' is an incredibly infectious track - one of George's best. The guitar work on it and 'So Sad' is exceptional. (George always played a great guitar). And even though the title song has strained vocals, it is a well-crafted tune. George tried really hard this time around to show critics that he wasn't always so serious (his previous album 'Living in the Material' was blasted by critics for the 'holier-than-thou' attitude it was thought to possess). As a result, George sprinkles humor throughout - 'Bye Bye Love' was written for Eric Clapton and George's new 'ex'-Patti Boyd. 'Far East Man' is dedicated to Frank Sinatra with a little message in its intro for Frank not to 'get carried away' (Frank at that time called George's 'Something' the greatest song Lennon/McCartney ever wrote). The liner notes are filled with humorous references. And comic Peter Sellers appears within the album photos. Overall, not as bad as critics called it. On his next release in 1975, 'Extra Texture', George tries to take on the critics for their lambasting of his solo work. That album also has its faults. But if you took the best of 'Dark Horse' and 'Extra Texture', you've got music that rivals anything rock artists put out during that time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
Many people dismiss this album as being horrible.That was my first impression too.You must listen to this album until you begin to Appreciate each song.This album grows on you,give it some time and you will be happy you bought it.The real gem of this album is the title track.Buy it now!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 8, 2009
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