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The Dark Horse Years 1976–1992

The Dark Horse Years 1976–1992
George Harrison
Released 23 February 2004
Recorded May 1976–December 1991
Genre Rock
Length 5:13:06
Label Dark Horse
Producer George Harrison,
Russ Titelman, Ray Cooper, Phil McDonald,
and Jeff Lynne
George Harrison chronology
Brainwashed
(2002)
The Dark Horse Years 1976–1992
(2004)
Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic [1]
Billboard "Vital Reissue"[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music [3]
Entertainment Weekly C+[4]
The Music Box [5]
PopMatters (favourable)[6]
Rolling Stone [7]
Uncut [8]

The Dark Horse Years 1976–1992 is a Live in Japan, which features a special SACD remix in addition to its original mix. As with the 2014 reissues of Harrison's Apple Records output, the six Dark Horse albums were also made available as separate releases. The box set's seventh disc, a DVD titled The Dark Horse Years, includes promotional videos of Harrison's singles from the 1976–88 era and footage from his 1991 Japanese tour.

Background

Harrison's Dark Horse material had been issued on CD in 1991, but was allowed to go out of print some years later. By 2000, he was keen to reissue his entire catalogue, but only managed to oversee the 30th anniversary edition of Olivia and son Dhani compiled this set for release. The accompanying DVD was later issued as an independent release.

Content and omissions

Harrison's intended artwork for George Harrison was modified from the original 1979 release.

Despite the title of the set, not every track from Harrison's Dark Horse years appears. The song "Lay His Head", which was the B-side to "Got My Mind Set on You", and the two tracks that Harrison recorded for the compilation Best of Dark Horse 1976–1989 – "Cockamamie Business" and "Poor Little Girl" – are all omitted from The Dark Horse Years. "Cheer Down", which was Harrison's contribution to the 1989 film Lethal Weapon 2, is also not included, although a live version appears on Live in Japan. Also missing are tracks that were intended for Somewhere in England in 1980 but rejected by Dark Horse distributor Warner Bros. Records, forcing Harrison to record new material for that album. On the DVD, the videos for the hit singles "Blow Away" and "All Those Years Ago" are similarly not included.

Track listing

All songs by George Harrison, except where noted.

Disc 1: Thirty Three & 1/3

Released 19 November 1976

  1. "Woman Don't You Cry for Me" – 3:18
  2. "Dear One" – 5:08
  3. "Beautiful Girl" – 3:39
  4. "This Song" – 4:13
  5. "See Yourself" – 2:51
    • Originally written in 1967
  6. "It's What You Value" – 5:07
  7. "True Love" (Cole Porter) – 2:45
  8. "Pure Smokey" – 3:56
  9. "Crackerbox Palace" – 3:57
  10. "Learning How to Love You" – 4:13
  11. "Tears of the World" – 4:02

Disc 2: George Harrison

Released 23 February 1979

  1. "Love Comes to Everyone" – 4:36
  2. "Not Guilty" – 3:35
  3. "Here Comes the Moon" – 4:48
    • A lyrical successor to Harrison's 1969 composition "Here Comes the Sun"
  4. "Soft-Hearted Hana" – 4:03
  5. "Blow Away" – 4:00
  6. "Faster" – 4:46
  7. "Dark Sweet Lady" – 3:22
  8. "Your Love is Forever" – 3:45
  9. "Soft Touch" – 3:59
  10. "If You Believe" (George Harrison/Gary Wright) – 2:55
  11. "Here Comes the Moon" (Demo Version) – 3:37
    • Bonus track

Disc 3: Somewhere in England

Released 5 June 1981

  1. "Blood from a Clone" – 4:03
  2. "Unconsciousness Rules" – 3:35
  3. "Life Itself" – 4:25
  4. "All Those Years Ago" – 3:45
  5. "Baltimore Oriole" (Hoagy Carmichael) – 3:57
  6. "Teardrops" – 4:07
  7. "That Which I Have Lost" – 3:47
  8. "Writings on the Wall" – 3:59
  9. "Hong Kong Blues" (Hoagy Carmichael) – 2:55
  10. "Save the World" – 4:54
    • Track's end features a short excerpt from "Crying" originally released on Harrison's 1968 debut album Wonderwall Music
  11. "Save the World" (Acoustic Demo Version) – 4:29
    • Bonus track

Disc 4: Gone Troppo

Released 5 November 1982

  1. "Wake Up My Love" – 3:34
  2. "That's the Way It Goes" – 3:34
  3. "I Really Love You" (Leroy Swearingen) – 2:54
  4. "Greece" – 3:58
  5. "Gone Troppo" – 4:25
  6. "Mystical One" – 3:42
  7. "Unknown Delight" – 4:16
  8. "Baby Don't Run Away" – 4:01
  9. "Dream Away" – 4:29
  10. "Circles" – 3:46
    • A song originally composed in 1968 and demoed as a possible track for the White Album
  11. "Mystical One" (Demo Version) – 6:02
    • Bonus track

Disc 5: Cloud Nine

Released 2 November 1987

  1. "Cloud 9" – 3:15
  2. "That's What It Takes" (Harrison/Jeff Lynne/Wright) – 3:59
  3. "Fish on the Sand" – 3:22
  4. "Just for Today" – 4:06
  5. "This Is Love" (Harrison/Lynne) – 3:48
  6. "When We Was Fab" (Harrison/Lynne) – 3:57
  7. "Devil's Radio" – 3:52
  8. "Someplace Else" – 3:51
  9. "Wreck of the Hesperus" – 3:31
  10. "Breath Away from Heaven" – 3:36
  11. "Got My Mind Set on You" (Rudy Clark) – 3:52
  12. "Shanghai Surprise" – 5:07
  13. "Zig Zag" – 2:45
    • Above two songs are bonus tracks and recorded in 1986 for Shanghai Surprise
    • "Zig Zag" also appeared as the B-side to "When We Was Fab"

Live in Japan SACD

Released 13 July 1992

Disc six

  1. "I Want to Tell You" – 4:33
  2. "Old Brown Shoe" – 3:51
  3. "Taxman" – 4:16
  4. "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)" – 3:37
  5. "If I Needed Someone" – 3:50
  6. "Something" – 5:21
  7. "What Is Life" – 4:47
  8. "Dark Horse" – 4:20
  9. "Piggies" – 2:56
  10. "Got My Mind Set on You" (Rudy Clark) – 4:56

Disc seven

  1. "Cloud 9" – 4:23
  2. "Here Comes the Sun" – 3:31
  3. "My Sweet Lord" – 5:42
  4. "All Those Years Ago" – 4:26
  5. "Cheer Down" (Harrison/Tom Petty) – 3:53
  6. "Devil's Radio" – 4:25
  7. "Isn't It a Pity" – 6:33
  8. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" – 7:09
  9. "Roll Over Beethoven" (Chuck Berry) – 4:45

DVD

  1. Dark Horse Feature

Videos:

  1. "This Song"
  2. "Crackerbox Palace"
  3. "Faster"
  4. "Got My Mind Set on You" Version 1
  5. "Got My Mind Set on You" Version 2
  6. "When We Was Fab"
  7. "This Is Love"

Selections from Live in Japan

  1. "Cheer Down"
  2. "Devil's Radio"
  3. "Cloud 9" (alternate version)
  4. "Taxman"

Audio:

  • PCM Stereo
  • Dolby Digital 5.1
  • DTS 5.1

Selections from the movie Shanghai Surprise

  1. "Shanghai Surprise"
  2. "Someplace Else"
  3. "The Hottest Gong In Town"

In-between each song is a video introduction interview with George.

References

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Dark Horse Years 1976–1992"George Harrison .  
  2. ^ Walsh, Christopher (28 February 2004). "The Dark Horse Years, 1976–1992"George Harrison .  
  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. ^ Endelman, Michael (5 March 2004). (2004), George Harrison"The Dark Horse Years: 1976–1992".  
  5. ^ Metzger, John (December 2004). "The Dark Horse Years 1976–1992"George Harrison . The Music Box. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  6. ^ Korenkiewicz, Jason (3 May 2004). "The Dark Horse Years 1976–1992"Review: .  
  7. ^ "George Harrison: Album Guide".  
  8. ^ Quantick, David (April 2004). "The Dark Horse Years 1976–1992"All Those Years Ago: George Harrison .  
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