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Extra Texture & Dark Horse
15 July 2014
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I listened to it on youtube and aside from the title track and Ding Dong, Ding Dong (as mentioned in my previous comment above) the only other track i found to be of interest was Simply Shady. So Sad was decent but the rest were unremarkable, Hari's On Tour (Express) reminded me of a 70's tv show theme tune.

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^ I'll have to listen to Extra Texture again, but overall Dark Horse seemed a bit more energetic, which to me is important to a rock album (though technically the former is not rock, it's more like funk/soul.) I enjoyed Maya Love as well as the above mentioned, but I'll agree Hari's On Tour is nothing too exciting. It starts good for me, but it's too long overall and repetitive in parts.

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Yeah, I was surprised to hear those funk/soul elements in ExTex! But I guess that's the way the winds were blowing in the mid-late '70s. Paul & John (Ringo too?) were having hits in that kinda R&B bag.

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Examiner article on possible remasters of Dark Horse and Extra Texture coming out.

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meanmistermustard said
I listened to it on youtube and aside from the title track and Ding Dong, Ding Dong (as mentioned in my previous comment above) the only other track i found to be of interest was Simply Shady. So Sad was decent but the rest were unremarkable, Hari's On Tour (Express) reminded me of a 70's tv show theme tune.

Ya, I gotta agree with you there. At least both Lennon & Harrison have some great, Greatest Hits compilations out there! heart

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i've always listened to the two albums and for me dark horse is a good album after all. some songs are weak, it's true (bye bye love, is it he) but others are fascinating (far east man, simply shady, dh, hari's on tour) and i like the production style, more rock oriented and less influenced by the spector style. it has often reached bad reviews beacuse it followed two masterpieces but in its way is a good album. otherwise extra texture is a great album, except for the production style, again spectorized. too many musicians, too much effects that tends to cover the voice and the guitar. it's a pity cause the songs are great. it's George attempt to do soul music: the wonderful tribute to smokey robinson (followed by the even more beatiful pure smokey the following year); the tribute to billy eckstine with You, wich could have been a great rocker if less overproduced. i also like the sweetness of the answer's at the end, with the delicious piano in the end, and the bitterness oh This guitar. one of Geoirge bests, actually

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Giving "Dark Horse" a bit of a listen right now for the first time...a few thoughts

- Fantastic assortment of guitar tones and textures in the instrumental opener, for the first minute. After that, unfortunately, more of that mewling Tom Scott sax. Whole thing grooves along nicely enough, though the tune isn't great. It's called "Hari's On Tour" and I'll bet it was recorded specially as a concert opener. 

- "Simply Shady" is an OK song. Slow, like The Band or one of their imitators.

- "So Sad" kinda reminds me of "Blow Away", which I kinda liked in 1979. But I was eleven and I liked practically everything on the radio that year (kept it on literally 24+ hours some summer weekends) Much of it makes me cringe now, unfortunately.

- Covering "Bye Bye Love" in a weird folk-funk style? And cheerfully calling out Eric "The Clapper" Clapton? Peculiar.

- Really don't like the Big Ben song. (Funny how Paul used the same idea for "Let 'em In" a coupla yars later)

- I'm really liking this title cut. (Who would've guessed that Tom Scott would be much more enjoyable and full-sounding on flute? sure not me!)

- "Far East Man"'s pretty good too. Slow soul song with a heavy horn arrangement. Completely unexpected (that title!) until you remember that it was 1974. 

- And of course, it wouldn't be a George Harrison album without a Krishna chant-driven track. Not bad, but would've been better had the singer been in better voice (as throughout.)

 

Altogether, an OK record, I think (after one listening.)

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