1976-1992 Dark Horse Years Box set, Original recording remastered, Best of
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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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In the same style as 'The Apple Years', or should that be the other way around, this comes with all six releases neatly filed alongside the DVD, which is within a glossy, hardback book. The narrative is by David Fricke (no, me neither) and Olivia Harrison, and each CD booklet has explanatory text from George or the lyrics, or both. With the release of this, surprisingly, the first four made their CD début.
THIRTY THREE & 1/3:
The bonus demo of 'Tears Of The World' is out of place here, as it was recorded four years after this album hit the shelves. That notwithstanding, this is still a fine CD with fine songs and George's guitar back to the fore. Coming after the somewhat disappointing 'Dark Horse', the critics didn't pay it much attention but who cares what they think? I liked it (and still do), so that's good enough for me.
The nearest he got to what could be described as 'easy listening' in that most of the songs are melodic, had no hard edge and wouldn't have been out of place on Radio 2.Read more ›
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!
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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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 morePublished on May 11 2004
2004 *finally* sees--after seemingly endless delays from all sides--the re-release of George Harrison's post-Capitol output on Dark Horse records. Read morePublished on April 19 2004 by David Goodwin
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
This music is about melody, beauty, outstanding guitar craft, and escaping from the world of illusion. Read morePublished on March 24 2004
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
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 morePublished on March 12 2004 by Eric James
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. Read morePublished on March 10 2004 by Michael Sidel
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