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
Gone Troppo
Cloud Nine
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.


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, disenchanted as he was with the state of the music industry.

Gone Troppo – with its busy artwork by friend "Legs" Larry Smith (formerly of Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band) – was considered by most to be a flop, reaching a No. 108 in the United States and never even touching the United Kingdom charts. It became the worst-selling studio album he released, not excepting 1974's Dark Horse which had received very poor to scathing reviews but had charted respectably in several countries.

Later release[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
The Music Box 2/5 stars[2]
People (favourable)[3]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[4]

"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. None were included on the 2009 compilation Let It Roll. "That's the Way It Goes" was covered by Joe Brown and other musicians at the Concert for George.

In 2004, Gone Troppo was remastered and reissued both separately and as part of the deluxe box set The Dark Horse Years 1976-1992 on Dark Horse Records with new distribution by EMI, adding the bonus track demo version of "Mystical One".

Critical reception[edit]

Reviewing for AllMusic, critic William Ruhlmann wrote of the album "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."[5]

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


Chart positions[edit]

Chart Position
Canadian RPM Albums Chart[6] 98
Norwegian VG-lista Albums Chart[7] 31
US Billboard 200[8] 108


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Gone Troppo – George Harrison: Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  2. ^ John Metzger, "George Harrison The Dark Horse Years (Part Four: Gone Troppo)", The Music Box, vol. 11 (5), May 2004 (retrieved 14 August 2014).
  3. ^ "Picks and Pans Review: Gone Troppo". People. 24 January 1983. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Pond, Steve (17 February 1983). "Gone Troppo | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  5. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Gone Troppo – George Harrison: Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 37, No. 17" (PHP). RPM. 11 December 1982. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "norwegiancharts.com George Harrison - Gone Troppo" (ASP). Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "allmusic ((( Gone Troppo > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved 18 December 2013.