George Harrison (album)

George Harrison
George Harrison
Released 20 February 1979 (US)
23 February 1979 (UK)
Recorded March–November 1978
Studio FPSHOT, Oxfordshire
Genre Rock
Length 39:58 (LP)
43:37 (CD)
Label Dark Horse
Producer
George Harrison chronology
Thirty Three & 1/3
(1976)
George Harrison
(1979)
Somewhere in England
(1981)
Singles from George Harrison
  1. "Blow Away"
    Released: 14 February 1979
  2. "Love Comes to Everyone"
    Released: 20 April 1979
  3. "Faster"
    Released: 30 July 1979 (UK only)

George Harrison is the eighth Faster" reflected his year away from music-making, when he and Arias attended many of the races in the 1977 Formula 1 World Championship. The album also includes the hit single "Blow Away" and "Not Guilty", a song that Harrison originally recorded in 1968 for the Beatles' White Album.

Harrison co-produced his eponymous solo album with Russ Titelman, while the contributing musicians include Steve Winwood, Neil Larsen, Willie Weeks and Andy Newmark, with Eric Clapton and Gary Wright making guest appearances. The recording sessions took place at Harrison's FPSHOT studio in Oxfordshire.

Issued on All Things Must Pass (1970). The album was remastered in 2004 as part of The Dark Horse Years 1976-1992 reissues.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Release 2
  • Critical reception 3
  • Cover 4
  • Track listing 5
  • Personnel 6
  • Charts 7
    • Peak positions 7.1
    • Peak positions (reissue) 7.2
    • Year-end charts 7.3
    • Certifications 7.4
  • References 8
  • Sources 9

History

With Harrison's penchant for leisure and travel following Friar Park, with string overdubs being effected at London's AIR Studios. Special guests included Steve Winwood, Gary Wright (who co-wrote "If You Believe") and Eric Clapton.

Release

The album was previewed by the single "Handmade Films in order to help his friends in Monty Python complete Life of Brian.

Three of the songs from the eponymous album were included on Harrison's Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison.

In 2004, George Harrison was remastered and reissued both separately and as part of the deluxe box set The Dark Horse Years 1976-1992 on Dark Horse with new distribution by EMI, adding the bonus track demo version of "Here Comes the Moon".

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic [1]
Billboard "Spotlight"[2]
Elsewhere [3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music [4]
Melody Maker (favourable)[5]
The Music Box [6]
People (mixed)[7]
Rolling Stone (favourable)[8]
Smash Hits 6/10[9]
Uncut [10]

George Harrison received positive reviews upon its February 1979 release.[11] In a concurrent interview with Harrison for [2]

Rolling Stone‍ '​s album reviewer considered it to be "refreshingly light-hearted" and wrote: "After several highly uneven LPs that saw the audience for his mystic musings dwindle dramatically, Harrison has come up with his finest record since All Things Must Pass. A collection of ten catchy pop songs, George Harrison reminds us that this artist was always a much better tunesmith than priest."[13]

Describing the album's release, author Elliot Huntley writes that its commercial performance was hindered by the fascination with [15]

Following Harrison's death in November 2001, Carol Clerk of [16] while Greg Kot's assessment for Rolling Stone that year read in part: "'Here Comes the Moon' is a dreamy little wonder, the kind of incantation that underscores the [album's] romantic subtlety … Harrison is breezingly ingratiating on 'Blow Away' and 'Faster.'"[17]

In a review for the 2004 reissue, Uncut described George Harrison as "a freshly enthused, minor treat – a fulsome acoustic rocker replete with sunshine melodies and gorgeous slide guitar".[10] Writing in The Rolling Stone Album Guide that year, Mac Randall highlighted "Not Guilty" and the "understated gem" "Your Love Is Forever" as the album's best songs, but considered that "elsewhere mellowness overwhelms musicality".[18] An unimpressed Richard Ginell of AllMusic describes the album as "a painstakingly polished L.A.-made product" and "an ordinary album from an extraordinary talent". Ginell writes of the preponderance of "halfhearted songs lurking here, although some are salvaged by a nice instrumental touch", and while he considers "Blow Away" the album's "most attractive" song, he finds Harrison's new reading of "Not Guilty" "an easy listening trifle".[1]

Cover

The original LP featured a close-up photograph of Harrison, taken by Mike Salisbury, with the album's name printed in brown in the top right corner. For the 2004 CD-remaster, the same picture was used but with different lettering. The brown title was erased, and Harrison's signature in white was added to the top left corner. Footage from these photo sessions can be seen in George Harrison: Living in the Material World.

Track listing

All songs written by George Harrison, except where noted.

Side one
  1. "Love Comes to Everyone" – 4:36
  2. "Not Guilty" – 3:35
    • Written in 1968
  3. "Here Comes the Moon" – 4:48
  4. "Soft-Hearted Hana" – 4:03
  5. "Blow Away" – 4:00
Side two
  1. "Faster" – 4:46
  2. "Dark Sweet Lady" – 3:22
  3. "Your Love Is Forever" – 3:45
  4. "Soft Touch" – 3:59
  5. "If You Believe" (Harrison/Gary Wright) – 2:55
Bonus tracks

For the 2004 digitally remastered issue of George Harrison a bonus track was added:

  1. "Here Comes the Moon" (demo version) – 3:37 Upon adding Harrison's catalog to iTunes, it was given another bonus track:
  2. "Blow Away" (demo version) – 3:04

Personnel

The following personnel was credited in the liner notes.[19]

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification
United States ([29] Gold

References

  1. ^ a b Richard S. Ginell, "George Harrison"George Harrison , AllMusic (retrieved 23 August 2014).
  2. ^ a b Ed Harrison (ed.), "Billboard's Top Album Picks", Billboard, 24 February 1979, p. 80 (retrieved 21 November 2014). From the magazine's reviews key: "Spotlight – The most outstanding new product of the week's releases".
  3. ^ Graham Reid, "George Harrison (2011): Ten years after, a dark horse reconsidered" > "George Harrison", Elsewhere, 22 November 2011 (retrieved 14 August 2014).
  4. ^ Larkin, p. 158.
  5. ^ E.J. Thribb, "George Harrison: George Harrison", Melody Maker, 24 February 1979, p. 29.
  6. ^ John Metzger, )"George Harrison (Part Two: The Dark Horse Years"George Harrison , The Music Box, vol. 11 (5), May 2004 (retrieved 14 August 2014).
  7. ^ "George Harrison"Picks and Pans Review: . People. 9 April 1979. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Rolling Stone review
  9. ^ Starr, Red. "Albums".  
  10. ^ a b Kit Aiken, "All Those Years Ago: George Harrison The Dark Horse Years 1976–1992", Uncut, April 2004, p. 118.
  11. ^ Huntley, pp. 163, 169.
  12. ^ Brown, Mick (19 April 1979). "A Conversation With George Harrison".  
  13. ^ Huntley, p. 169.
  14. ^ Huntley, pp. 161–62.
  15. ^ Woffinden, p. 106.
  16. ^ Carol Clerk, "George Harrison", Uncut, February 2002; available at Rock's Backpages (subscription required).
  17. ^ The Editor of Rolling Stone, p. 188.
  18. ^ Randall, Brackett & Hoard, p. 368.
  19. ^ George Harrison (CD booklet).  
  20. ^  
  21. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 31, No. 7" (PHP).  
  22. ^ "George Harrison"dutchcharts.nl George Harrison - (ASP). Hung Medien.  
  23. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970–2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006.  
  24. ^ "George Harrison"norwegiancharts.com George Harrison - (ASP). Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  25. ^ "George Harrison > Artists > Official Charts".  
  26. ^ > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))"George Harrison"allmusic ((( . allmusic.com. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  27. ^ by George Harrison"George Harrison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 of .  
  28. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums of 1979".  
  29. ^ "American album certifications – George Harrison – George Harrison".   If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

Sources

  • The Editors of Rolling Stone, Harrison, Rolling Stone Press/Simon & Schuster (New York, NY, 2002; ISBN 0-7432-3581-9).
  • Elliot J. Huntley, Mystical One: George Harrison – After the Break-up of the Beatles, Guernica Editions (Toronto, ON, 2006; ISBN 1-55071-197-0).
  • Colin Larkin, The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th edn), Volume 4, Oxford University Press (New York, NY, 2006; ISBN 0-19-531373-9).
  • Mac Randall, Nathan Brackett & Christian Hoard (eds), The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th edn), Simon & Schuster (New York, NY, 2004; ISBN 0-7432-0169-8).
  • Bob Woffinden, The Beatles Apart, Proteus (London, 1981; ISBN 0-906071-89-5).
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