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Dark Horse is my least favourite George album, don't really enjoy any tracks on it but Ding Dong, Ding Dong and the title track (sometimes 'It Is He (Jai Sri Krishna)' if I'm in the right mood). I don't mind George's voice, its just the songs are mundane and you plod through them slowly.

Whereas Extra Texture I quite like, it's a decent album which I listen to on rainy days or ah Grey Cloudy ones...

 

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meanmistermustard said
Found Extra Texture in my cd collection (never knew i had it) and it got me wondering - why hasnt it or Dark Horse been remastered and reissued? Regardless of whether theyre any good or not they deserve to be available to buy in updated sound quality. 

If you can can reissue Johns Some Time In New York City then Extra Texture and Dark Horse should also be available to buy in all good stockists and via legal download.

And this still remains a good question.  The following was on the GH site in 2007 and of course the 'remainder' of the albums were never re-released in a remastered format:

"Parlophone is proud to announce the digital release of George Harrison’s solo catalogue which will be available from October 9th. Nine albums will initially be made available and the remainder will follow online in the new year. The release of these albums means that all four Beatles’ solo catalogues are now available digitally."

And don't get me started again on the availability of Ringo's albums :)

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Listening to ExTex (no, not you @Expert Textpert !) right now for the first time...

 

First track, "You"...isn't so bad. Not bad, but not really good either. Paul did a better and wittier and more danceable "I love you..." song a year or so later, and I really don't like that mid-70s session-guys sound. The tune is nice in an "What Is Life" way, but not terribly memorable. Terribly UNmemorable instrumental break - I heard that limp saxophone solo begin, and within a few seconds guessed "Don't tell me...Tom Scott." Looked it up. It was. 

EDIT: Oh, no...did some more research and discovered that this album has DAVID FOSTER on it. This record's gonna be a dog, if not a dead one. Sorry, George... :(

 

Next track, "The Answer's at the End", doesn't do much for me either. It's long and sectional, which is interesting; but George keeps singing "Isn't It A Pity...", reminding me of that earlier ATMP song, and the melody even less memorable than "You". Mostly a soul-gospel-easy listening dirge, boring but with a halfway interesting spacey Pink Floydish interlude. Goes on pretty Long, Long, Long.

"This Guitar Can't Keep From Crying", great song title (the first time.) Ooh, Moog bass! Envelope-filter lead guitar parts from (looks it up) George and Jesse Ed Davis! The technology used makes me happy in a 70s way (my favourite way!). Tune's pretty good, but it keeps reminding me of some other song, what can it be..."The Happy Guitar" by Clay Green! Wait, no...

"Ooh Babe (You Know That I Love You") - Oh man, this is bad. Attempted (I think) 70s style soft soul. I have a limited taste for the actual made-in-USA variety, as it is. And again with the songs built on "I LOVE YOU"? (Making this the 4th song in a row, out of 4, that can't help but remind me of some other song, unfortunately)

"World of Stone" is a tedious slow plod with some more nice lead guitar bits scattered throughout, too low in the mix to hear easily.

"A Bit More of You" - hey it's the opening track again for a half-minute or so! (Without the "I love you", too bad.) Cute.

"I Can't Stop Thinking About You" is really dull. Really. Everything about it, especially the strings. They're terribly dull. 

"Tired of Midnight Blue" sounds terrible exciting after that last track, but it's really only mildly funky. But more pleasant guitars here...I like the way George and Jessie Ed (I'm assuming they're splitting duties) work together, guitar-wise, when they get a chance to do so.

"Grey Cloudy Lies" is another dirgey number, with a recurring bit that, yes, again sounds remarkably like it was lifted from another song, this time "Hey Jude" (?!) But it's spacey enough with it's Moogs and ARPs to keep me barely interested.

Final track is "His Name is Legs, Ladies & Gentlemen" and appears to be a tribute to Legs Larry Smith, former bandmate of Neil Innes, who of course played our own Ron Nasty. Upbeat R&B a couple of years away from disco. This is not bad. I'll have to play it again to get the gist of the lyrics and recited dialogue overtop.

 

Well, based on the one listening, I'm gonna be generous and give it a 6/10. The songs just aren't memorable enough. But I've only listened once, so...

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His voice sounds the worst on Dark Horse. There are better songs on the album (and Ding Dong Ding Dong is good, but there are still other good songs on the album). I haven't listened to it enough to name all of them though. From memory, Maya Love is good. Had a look at the titles. Bye Bye Love is another really good one .

And I don't get how people don't like Extra Texture. To me it's moody and atmospheric. To everyone else it's uninspired and boring. Maybe these people just have preconceived notions of what George Harrison should sound like.

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I only remember Ding Dong, Ding Dong as i played it at Christmas/New Year.

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