George Harrison (album)
|Studio album by George Harrison|
|Released||20 February 1979 (US)
23 February 1979 (UK)
|George Harrison chronology|
|Singles from George Harrison|
George Harrison is the eponymous eighth studio album by George Harrison. It was recorded and released during a period of domestic happiness in which Harrison married Olivia Trinidad Arias and his son Dhani was born.
History and Reception
With Harrison's penchant for leisure and travel following Thirty Three & 1/3's release, he had not started recording a follow-up until mid-1978, although he had been writing songs during his hiatus. Teaming up with a co-producer for the first time in years, Harrison decided to use Russ Titelman to help realise the music for George Harrison, which was recorded in his home studio at 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.
The album was previewed by the single "Blow Away", which reached No. 51 in the United Kingdom and No. 16 in the United States. George Harrison received positive reviews upon its February 1979 release. It reached No. 39 in the UK and it peaked at No. 14 in the US, going gold. "Blow Away" as a single was also successful in Canada, peaking at No. 7 on the singles chart. Harrison's increasing efforts, however, were being directed towards the film industry, having formed 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 Best of Dark Horse 1976–1989 compilation: "Blow Away," an edited version of "Here Comes the Moon," and the single edit version of "Love Comes to Everyone." "Blow Away" was also included in the career-spanning compilation 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", recorded just after it was written in Hawaii.
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 Martin Scorsese's 2011 documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World.
All songs written by George Harrison, except where noted.
- Side one
- "Love Comes to Everyone" – 4:36
- "Not Guilty" – 3:35
- Written in India in 1968
- "Here Comes the Moon" – 4:48
- A lyrical successor to Harrison's 1969 composition "Here Comes the Sun".
- "Soft-Hearted Hana" – 4:03
- "Blow Away" – 4:00
- Side two
- "Faster" – 4:46
- "Dark Sweet Lady" – 3:22
- "Your Love Is Forever" – 3:45
- "Soft Touch" – 3:59
- "If You Believe" (Harrison/Gary Wright) – 2:55
- Bonus tracks
For the 2004 digitally remastered issue of George Harrison a bonus track was added:
- "Here Comes the Moon" (demo version) – 3:37
Upon adding Harrison's catalog to iTunes, it was given another bonus track:
- "Blow Away" (demo version) – 3:04
The following personnel was credited in the liner notes.
- George Harrison – Guitars, vocals & backing vocals, bass on "Faster"
- Andy Newmark – Drums
- Willie Weeks – Bass
- Neil Larsen – Keyboards, Minimoog
- Ray Cooper – Percussion
- Steve Winwood – Polymoog, Harmonium, Minimoog and backing vocals
- Emil Richards – Marimba
- Gayle Levant – Harp
- Eric Clapton – Guitar intro on "Love Comes to Everyone"
- Gary Wright – Oberheim on "If You Believe"
- Del Newman – String and horn arrangements
Peak positions (reissue)
|United States (RIAA)||Gold|
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