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

[x-posted to the news thread]

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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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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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About to listen to Extra Texture and I must say I love this cover: 

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 At first it just looks like the words 'EXTRA TEXTURE' on an orange background, but then you realise that the extra texture behind the lettering is George's face. a-hard-days-night-george-9

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I enjoyed it, although admittedly it was not very Harrisonic. My favourites were 'You', 'This Guitar (Can't Keep From Crying)', and 'Tired Of Midnight Blue'. 

Disclaimer: The following is strictly in my humble opinion. 

'The Answer's At The End' seemed a little forced, and 'Can't Stop Thinking Of You' was a little repetitious, although rather apt-- it seems he could not get that word off his mind. :)  'His Name Is Legs (Ladies And Gentlemen)' was fun. It reminded me very much of Dark Hoarse, only less hoarse. 'You' had much the same effect on me as 'What Is Life' has: 

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'This Guitar (Can't Keep From Crying)' sounds like a terrible idea-- a sequel to While My Guitar Gently Weeps? Really? Is Harrison stooping to new lows?-- but it works. To my mind it sounded vaguely Pink Floydish (which was part of what saved it, I'm sure, that it wasn't just a WMGGW mock-up). (As it so happens, Wish You Were Here was released ten days before Extra Texture.) 

'Tired Of Midnight Blue' was interestingly bouncy, with good keyboards and nice little bluesy chord shifts, and great slide guitar (of course!). 

 

So there are my thoughts on the much-maligned ExTex album. An interesting listen, enjoyed it more than I thought I would, will now return to our regularly scheduled Beatles programming. ahdn_george_06 

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