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Best of Dark Horse 1976–1989


Best of Dark Horse 1976–1989

Best of Dark Horse 1976–1989
Greatest hits album by George Harrison
Released 17 October 1989 (US)
23 October 1989 (UK)
Recorded May 1976–July 1989
Genre Rock
Length 60:26
Label Dark Horse
Producer George Harrison, Russ Titelman, Ray Cooper, Jeff Lynne, Phil McDonald
George Harrison chronology
Cloud Nine
Best of
Dark Horse

Live in Japan
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic [1]
Blender [2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music [3]
MusicHound [4]

Best of Dark Horse 1976–1989 is George Harrison's second official compilation album and was released in 1989. It follows up on both his successful comeback album Cloud Nine in 1987 and the Harrison-led Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 the following year, also a big seller.

Content and release

The album covers Harrison's work released on his own Dark Horse Records label, ranging from 1976's Thirty Three & 1/3 to Cloud Nine and beyond. Best of Dark Horse 1976–1989 failed to chart in the United Kingdom and reached number 132 in the United States.

Best of Dark Horse 1976–1989, originally distributed through Warner Bros. Records, went out of print some years after its release, without being reissued by EMI when it acquired Harrison's entire Dark Horse catalogue.

Specially for this release, Harrison recorded two new songs – "Poor Little Girl" and "Cockamamie Business" – while also including his Lethal Weapon 2 soundtrack song "Cheer Down". These three songs were not included as bonus tracks on the remastered edition of Cloud Nine, nor did they appear on the The Dark Horse Years 1976–1992 box set. There are two other Harrison retrospectives, 1976's The Best of George Harrison and 2009's Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison, the latter of which also includes "Cheer Down".

Track listing

All songs written and composed by George Harrison, except where noted. 
No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "Poor Little Girl"     previously unreleased 4:33
2. "Blow Away"     George Harrison 3:59
3. "That's the Way It Goes"     Gone Troppo 3:34
4. "Cockamamie Business"     previously unreleased 5:15
5. "Wake Up My Love"     Gone Troppo 3:32
6. "Life Itself"     Somewhere in England 4:24
7. "Got My Mind Set on You"   Rudy Clark Cloud Nine 3:52
8. "Crackerbox Palace"     Thirty Three & 1/3 3:56
9. "Cloud 9"     Cloud Nine 3:14
10. "Here Comes the Moon" (Edit)   George Harrison 4:09
11. "Gone Troppo"     Gone Troppo 4:23
12. "When We Was Fab"   George Harrison, Jeff Lynne Cloud Nine 3:56
13. "Love Comes to Everyone" (Single Edit)   George Harrison 3:40
14. "All Those Years Ago"     Somewhere in England 3:44
15. "Cheer Down"   Harrison, Tom Petty Lethal Weapon 2 Soundtrack 4:08

Chart positions

Chart Peak
Japanese Oricon Weekly Albums Chart (top 100)[5] 51
US Billboard 200[6] 132


Country Provider Sales
Japan Oricon 6,820+[7]


  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Paul Du Noyer, "Back Catalogue: George Harrison", Blender, April 2004.
  3. ^ Colin Larkin, The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th edn), Volume 4, Oxford University Press (New York, NY, 2006; ISBN 0-19-531373-9), p. 158.
  4. ^ Gary Graff & Daniel Durchholz (eds), MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide, Visible Ink Press (Farmington Hills, MI, 1999; ISBN 1-57859-061-2), p. 529.
  5. ^ ジョージ・ハリスン-リリース-ORICON STYLE-ミュージック "(Highest position and charting weeks)". Oricon Style. Retrieved 13 September 2009. 
  6. ^ "allmusic ((( The Best of Dark Horse (1976-1989) > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". Retrieved 13 September 2009. 
  7. ^ "George Harrison Japanese Album Chart trajectories". Retrieved 1 July 2008. 
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