|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|
|Label||Dark Horse/Warner Bros.|
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|George Harrison chronology|
|Singles from Gone Troppo|
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 (George Harrison album) which had received very poor to scathing reviews but had charted respectably in several countries.
"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".
All songs composed by George Harrison, except where noted.
- Side one
- "Wake Up My Love" – 3:34
- "That's the Way It Goes" – 3:34
- "I Really Love You" (Leroy Swearingen) – 2:54
- "Greece" – 3:58
- "Gone Troppo" – 4:25
- Side two
- "Mystical One" – 3:42
- "Unknown Delight" – 4:16
- "Baby Don't Run Away" – 4:01
- "Dream Away" – 4:29
- "Circles" – 3:46
- A song originally composed in 1968 and demoed as a possible track for the White Album
- Bonus track
Gone Troppo was remastered and reissued in 2004 with the bonus track:
- "Mystical One" (Demo Version) – 6:02
- George Harrison – vocals, electric, acoustic and bass guitars, synthesizer, mandolin, marimba, Jaltarang, production, backing vocals
- Dave Mattacks – drums
- Mike Moran – synthesizer, keyboards, synthesizer bass, piano
- Sarah Ricor – backing vocals
- Radina Sloan – backing vocals
- Legs Larry Smith – art direction, design
- Henry Spinetti – drums
- Willie Weeks – bass guitar
- Pico Pena – backing vocals
- Gary Brooker – synthesizer
- Herbie Flowers – bass guitar
- Jon Lord – synthesizer
- Jim Keltner – percussion, drums
- Vicki Brown – backing vocals
- Ray Cooper – percussion, electric piano, sound effects, production, marimba, glockenspiel
- William "Bill" Greene – bass vocals, backing vocals
- Alan Jones – bass guitar
- Neil Larsen – piano
- Joe Brown – backing vocals
- Bobby King – backing vocals
- Billy Preston – organ, piano, keyboards, backing vocals, synthesizer
- Syreeta – backing vocals
|Canadian RPM Albums Chart||98|
|Norwegian VG-lista Albums Chart||31|
|U.S. Billboard 200||108|
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