Gone Troppo

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Gone Troppo
Studio album by George Harrison
Released 5 November 1982 (UK)
8 November 1982 (US)
Recorded 5 May–27 August 1982
Except "Dream Away": recording begun 7 December 1980
Genre Rock, new wave
Length 39:07
Label Dark Horse
Producer George Harrison, Ray Cooper, Phil McDonald
George Harrison chronology
Somewhere in England
(1981)
Gone Troppo
(1982)
Cloud Nine
(1987)
Singles from Gone Troppo
  1. "Wake Up My Love"
    Released: 8 November 1982
  2. "I Really Love You"
    Released: 9 February 1983 (US)
  3. "Dream Away"
    Released: February 1983 (Japan only)

Gone Troppo is the tenth studio album by George Harrison, recorded and released in 1982. It would prove to be Harrison's last studio album for five years, during which he largely took an extended leave of absence from his recording career, with only the occasional soundtrack recording surfacing.

The album itself made little impression except for the track "Dream Away" which was played over the closing titles of the film Time Bandits and hence is better known than the album from which it came.

Background[edit]

By 1980, Harrison had been finding the current musical climate alienating. His commercial appeal had dwindled, with 1981's Somewhere in England failing to go gold (despite featuring the John Lennon tribute hit, "All Those Years Ago"). With one album left on his current recording contract, Harrison decided to get it over with and recorded Gone Troppo (an Australian slang expression meaning "gone mad/crazy") and released it without participating in any promotion.

Release[edit]

Gone Troppo was issued on Dark Horse Records in November 1982. The album's artwork was credited to "Legs" Larry Smith, formerly of Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. The album peaked at number 108 in the United States and failed to chart at all in the United Kingdom.

"Wake Up My Love" and "That's the Way It Goes" were included on Harrison's Best of Dark Horse 1976–1989 album, and the title track also appeared on the compact disc version of that 1989 compilation. No tracks from Gone Troppo were included on the 2009 career-spanning collection Let It Roll. "That's the Way It Goes" was covered by Joe Brown and other musicians at the Concert for George in November 2002.

In 2004, Gone Troppo was remastered and reissued, both separately from and as part of the deluxe box set The Dark Horse Years 1976–1992. The reissue added a demo version of "Mystical One" as its sole bonus track.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 1/5 stars[2]
Mojo 2/5 stars[3]
The Music Box 2/5 stars[4]
People (favourable)[5]
Rolling Stone (1983) 2/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone (2004) 3/5 stars[7]
Uncut 3/5 stars[7]

Reviewing for AllMusic, critic William Ruhlmann writes of Gone Troppo: "Clearly, Harrison could no longer treat his musical career as a part-time stepchild to his interests in car racing and movie producing if he wanted to maintain it. As it turned out, he didn't; this was his last album for five years."[8] Writing in the 2004 edition of The Rolling Stone Album Guide, Mac Randall opined: "The dynamic, synth-driven 'Wake Up My Love' opens Gone Troppo and the spooky 'Circles' (yet another lost Beatles song) closes it, but there ain't much in between."[9]

More impressed, David Quantick of Uncut magazine describes the album as "a return to form of sorts" for Harrison after Somewhere in England, and a collection of "amiable, light-hearted music made by a bunch of mates with nothing to prove".[10] In another favourable 2004 assessment, Rolling Stone '​s reviewer stated: "Gone Troppo might just be Harrison's most underrated album … [It] captures Harrison at his most relaxed and playful …"[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by George Harrison, except where noted.

Side one
  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
Side two
  1. "Mystical One" – 3:42
  2. "Unknown Delight" – 4:16
  3. "Baby Don't Run Away" – 4:01
  4. "Dream Away" – 4:29
  5. "Circles" – 3:46
Bonus track

Gone Troppo was remastered and reissued in 2004 with the bonus track:

  1. "Mystical One" [demo version] – 6:02

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Position
Canadian RPM Albums Chart[11] 98
Norwegian VG-lista Albums Chart[12] 31
US Billboard 200[13] 108

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Gone Troppo – George Harrison: Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ John Harris, "Beware of Darkness", Mojo, November 2011, p. 83.
  4. ^ John Metzger, "George Harrison The Dark Horse Years (Part Four: Gone Troppo)", The Music Box, vol. 11 (5), May 2004 (retrieved 14 August 2014).
  5. ^ "Picks and Pans Review: Gone Troppo". People. 24 January 1983. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Pond, Steve (17 February 1983). "Gone Troppo | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c "George Harrison – Gone Troppo CD Album" > "Product Description", CD Universe/Muze (retrieved 21 December 2014).
  8. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Gone Troppo – George Harrison: Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  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), p. 368.
  10. ^ David Quantick, "All Those Years Ago: George Harrison The Dark Horse Years 1976–1992", Uncut, April 2004, p. 118.
  11. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 37, No. 17" (PHP). RPM. 11 December 1982. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  12. ^ "norwegiancharts.com George Harrison - Gone Troppo" (ASP). Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "allmusic ((( Gone Troppo > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved 18 December 2013.