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12 October 2020
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Extra Texture album artwork - George Harrison

Recorded: 2-3 February 1971; August-September 1974; 21 April – 9 June 1975
Producer: George Harrison

Released: 22 September 1975 (US), 3 October 1975 (UK)

Extra Texture (Read All About It), George Harrison ’s sixth solo album, was recorded and released in 1975. It was the final album released by The Beatles’ Apple Records label. See more…

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12 October 2020
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Surprised to see there hasn’t already been a thread on this album. It’s got quite a poor reputation, but I found it a lot better than the relentlessly dour Dark Horse . It’s more piano-based than many of his other albums, and dare I say quite soulful? Also, the opening track, ‘You’, is an absolutely joy.

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12 October 2020
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It’s very middle of the road, but not unpleasantly so. George’s voice does seems to toil a bit on some of the tracks, ‘you’ being one.

‘cant stop thinking about you’ could have been a hit if it had been tightened up a bit.  ‘midnight blue’ and ‘this guitar’ are also very good tracks.

13 October 2020
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I think he struggled on ‘You’ because it was recorded for Ronnie Spector to sing, and it was far too high for him. It sticks out as a Wall of Sound oddity on the album, and it’s strange that he didn’t re-record the backing track.

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13 October 2020
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Love this album. Very lush instrumentation here. Awesome usage of EPs and great guitar tines from George. Excellent chord changes throughout as well. I can imagine You really packing a punch with a female lead singer. George’s vocals are fine on it. Midnight Blue probably my favorite, but honestly every track is very good. Remind me a bit of Walls And Bridges at times. Great piano work from David Foster, close to Nicky Hopkins’ level. 

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Agreeing with Sir Walter on the similarities to Walls & Bridges, and glad I’m not the only one who thinks so. “Texture” is the key word on this album. Seems like a lot of people can’t get past the fact that it’s slow and moody, but most of the songs are quite strong. Answer’s at the End, World of Stone, Can’t Stop Thinking About You, and Tired of Midnight Blue are especially overlooked. You is an outlier, but a good one: a beautiful, exuberant backing track and a universal message.

 

Plus, how many orange album covers can you think of? The design and art direction for Harri-product was usually first class (still is, actually–have you seen the GH website?) and this is no exception.

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25 December 2020
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I remember when I first listened to this album, I enjoyed, “You” and then sort of got bored with the rest of the album.  However, after a few listens it’s become one of my favorites of George.  “Can’t Stop Thinking About You”, “This Guitar Can’t Keep From Crying”, and “His Name Is Legs” are some of the tracks I really enjoy off the record.

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I think the album overall is more consistent than Dark Horse and George’s voice is in much better shape. I always thought Can’t Stop Thinking about You could have been a hit, with slightly tighter production. I do miss George’s slide solos. The sound of the album overall, though, is soulful and textured. Songs like World of Stone and The Answer’s at the End show plenty of George’s spiritual ethos, even if he isn’t using the words “god” or “Krishna” in the lyrics. One of those albums that’s underrated in part because it’s slow and moody, but at least it feels like a complete album with a consistent feeling and flow throughout, which is more than I can say of Dark Horse .

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