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1976-1992 Dark Horse Years [Box set, Original recording remastered, Best of]

Harrison George Audio CD
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Dark Horse was the label George set up during the mid '70s to put out his solo work, this deluxe boxed set includes all of George's long-unavailable solo albums ( Thirty-Three & 1/3, George Harrison, Somewhere in England, Gone Troppo, Cloud Nine and a hybrid Super Audio CD version of the double Live in Japan album), with bonus tracks on all but the live set and new notes on all. But it's the bonus DVD that makes this set the absolute "perfecta"-containing 89 minutes of promo videos, unreleased live footage and a feature on the Dark Horse label, it's a behind-the-scenes look at a man whose vision and creative energy never flagged.

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Includes 5 CDs, 2 SACDs and a DVD. DVD (exclusive to Box set) includes PREVIOUSLY UNREALEASED performances, promotional videos and more.....

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5.0 out of 5 stars The genius that is George June 5 2004
Format:Audio CD
George has always been misunderstood by naysayers and those who only saw John and Paul as the true talents of the Fab Four. Every song that is on this set is pure musical genius. From THIS SONG and SOFT HEARTED HANA to FASTER and BLOW AWAY to THIS IS LOVE and IF THAT WHAT IT TAKES,every song is golden. If you really want to hear real music the way it's supposed to be done, not only get this set, but, if you don't have already, also get ALL THINGS MUST PASS, LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD, DARK HORSE, and EXTRA TEXTURE. To have George Harrison in your collection is a must if you truly appreciate great music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Journey Through The Secret Life Of George! June 9 2004
Format:Audio CD
These albums are sold seperately but for a full dose of George Harrison's post Apple works HERE IT IS.Everything the
quiet Beatle recorded from 1976 to 1992 from the R&B oriented
material of his mid 70's work,his early 80's new wave experiments in the early 80's and his 1987 comeback album
'Cloud 9'.You even get the ENTIRETY of his 1992 Live In Japan
album as Disk 6.So dream away and swallow this WHOLE!You'll come
out all the better I guarentee!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag (and far too expensive!) April 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
2004 *finally* sees--after seemingly endless delays from all sides--the re-release of George Harrison's post-Capitol output on Dark Horse records. To some, the idea that any former-Beatles material could ever be out of print is pure sacriledge; this set (and the individual reissues that accompany it) puts right that wrong.
Unfortunately, the six albums contained in this collection--33 and 1/3, George Harrison, Somewhere in England, Gone Troppo, Cloud 9, and Live in Japan--have always represented a maddeningly inconsistent period for Beatle George. While two are generally highly regarded (33 and 1/3 is viewed by some as a lost classic, and Cloud 9 is--quibbles about Mr. Lynne's production aside--one of the most unexpected career renaissances ever), some of the other albums are not looked at as kindly by the scrutiny of hindsight. "Somewhere in England" and "Gone Troppo" aren't bad albums by any stretch of the imagination--the latter is somewhat unfairly maligned--but to use another former-Beatle parallel, they are the "Mind Games" to All Things Must Pass's "Plastic Ono Band."
On the plus side, the "remastering" done here is far, *far* better than the hackjob inflicted on "All Things Must Pass." Granted, the original Warner Brothers discs were pretty good to begin with; however, there are little improvements here and there, and the drive to "modernize" the sound by compressing it to death is thankfully not in attendence.
Bah, enough with the critical caution. All of these discs have their champions, and there're certainly gems lurking within; I, for one, am a big fan of 1979's self-titled effort, especially the racing tune "Faster." The albums are definitely worth hearing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but inadequate March 19 2004
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Format:Audio CD
In general, I agree with most of the reviews - it's great to see George's Dark Horse work spotlighted, and the sound quality is excellent. I, too, would have preferred a DVD with all of George's videos, but the DVD with this set is a nice one.
Nonetheless, there's no getting away from the feeling that this set shortchanges the buyer, even those who are not fanatics who "must have everything." There simply are too many tracks missing, including "Flying Hour," "Lay His Head," and "Sat Singing," which were inexplicably dumped from the "Somewhere In England" album, but are among George's best solo work. There are others that should have been here too, including the "Best Of Dark Horse" CD, but others have already noted them in their reviews.
There is also a shocking and disappointing lack of meaningful liner notes in this set. More time and care should have been taken to research these recordings, including session dates, personnel, and other background information, particularly about the two versions of "Somewhere in England." A collection like this cries out for a Mark Lewisohn or Allen Wiener to produce liner notes of such quality and the paying customer deserves them. After all, what does David Fricke really know about George Harrison that most fans couldn't have written themselves?
An artist who was as gifted and original as George Harrison (quite apart from his Beatles recordings) deserves a truly comprehensive compendium of his work. Sadly, this otherwise enjoyable, but overpriced, box is not it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars George Never Sounded Better! However.. March 10 2004
Format:Audio CD
George Harrison Dark Horse Years 1976-1992 is an amazing collection however it is flawed so I have to agree with many of the reviews I've read it's a 50/50 split here. The remastered cd's are crisp and clean and George has never sounded better! A few friends of mine bought the boxed set so I'm familiar with what's there and what isin't. I opted to buy a few of the cd's individually, and build up the colection. I went with 33 1/3, the self titled George Harrison album from 1979, Cloud Nine And Live In Japan. However, there's more to the story. As a Beatles Historian and Harrison Expert, one has to remember that George was really at his peak at the start of his solo career. From All Things Must Pass (reissued and remastered in 2000) to The Concert For Bangladesh to Living in the Material World George was at his most confident, powerful and influential period and he would never recapture the glory of those years shortly after the breakup of the Beatles due to his dismay at the changes in pop music at the end of the Seventies. This is why the unincluded tracks and the botched dvd are so important. Another reason I strongly suggest buying the cd's individually is most are on sale at various retailers thru mid March. After the disastrous North American Tour of 1974 (George was hoarse and should have pushed back the tour a few months - I saw him in Chicago) George basically became a singles artist, releasing mediocre albums however the singles were very strong (some critics did applaud the 1974 shows, it must be noted however for the most part it went sour and a live album was never released)This is why the missing tracks on this new collection are so important! Read more ›
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1.0 out of 5 stars WHAT'S CAPITAL THINKING
For the price, they should have released the box set with original album packaging and inserts. If they released SOMEWHERE IN ENGLAND with the original cover, then why not with the... Read more
Published on May 11 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry to spoil the party, this set is only for beatles fan
and harrison fans.
I am not a beatle fan, but in the 70's had some expectations from harrison, that somehow his genius had been overshadowed by Lennon and Macca, and there... Read more
Published on April 18 2004 by Mois Benarroch - Author of "HORSES AND OTHER DOUBTS"
This music is about melody, beauty, outstanding guitar craft, and escaping from the world of illusion. Read more
Published on March 24 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars "Beating My Head On A Brick Wall!"
Why must the music industry continually attempt to rip-off the fans??
This box set is an ABSOLUTE RIP-OFF!
Thankfully,each album IS available seperately. Read more
Published on March 12 2004 by Harvey J.Satan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Silent Master
Words breathing fire yet so calm deep and peaceful. I bow down before George and offer my respects. Brilliant Beatle. Wonderful Wilbury. Stupendous Solo-artist. Read more
Published on March 12 2004 by Eric James
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gift to us All !!!
I am not one for writing these kind of reviews for others to read. Nor am I comfortabe doing this, Yet i feel it would be an injustice not to express my graditute and feelings... Read more
Published on March 10 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars This Dark Horse shines.
Before his death, George Harrison began reissuing his out-of-print catalog with a stunning, remastered version of ALL THINGS MUST PASS. Read more
Published on March 7 2004 by G. Merritt
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Horse is a Winner
Quite why it's taken so long for this vital part of Harrison's catalogue to be issued on CD is anybody's guess but hopefully these six albums will now get the attention they... Read more
Published on March 6 2004 by Nicholas M Watson
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