“To write a song is, to me, more a case of being the vehicle to get over that feeling of that moment, of that time.” – George Harrison
Released in December 1974, Dark Horse capped a prolific year for George, during which he had established his own Dark Horse record label, built a recording studio in his Friar Park home in England, and completed an ambitious tour of North America. Throughout the year, Harrison produced albums for several artists while also recording his own. The songs on the LP document both George’s fallibility, in “Simply Shady,” and his spirituality, in “It Is ‘He’ (Jai Sri Krishna).” Dark Horse reached the top five in America, sounding a high note at the end of Harrison’s rather frenetic year. The new release adds “I Don’t Care Anymore,” a sought after B-side making its CD debut, and a previously unreleased early, acoustic take of “Dark Horse.” The CD booklet includes newly written historical notes by Kevin Howlett.
Original Release Date: December 9th, 1974.
Horns: Tom Scott
Piano: Roger Kellaway, Nicky Hopkins, Gary Wright
Electric Piano: Billy Preston
Drums: John Guerin, Ringo Starr, Jim Keltner, Andy Newmark
Bass: Max Bennett, Willie Weeks, Klaus Voormann
Guitar: Robben Ford, George Harrison, Mick Jones
Electric Guitars: Alvin Lee, Ron Would If You Let Him, George Harrison, Eric Clapton
Backing Vocals on “Bye Bye Love”: Patti Boyd
Spirit: Sir Frank Crisp
Flutes: Chuck Findley, Jim Horn, Tom Scott
Crochet: Emil Richards
“Ooohhs”: Lon and Derek Van Eaton
“Hi-Hats”: Jim Keltner
“Trinidad Blissed Out”: Olivia Arias
Gub-Gubi, Moog: George Harrison
Wobble Boards: Emil Richards
FPSHOT and A&M Studios Los Angeles
November 1973; August-October 1974
Art Direction by Tom Wilkes
Photos by Terry Doran and Henry Grossman
Read the full story behind the Dark Horse album in uDiscover Music’s ‘Behind The Albums’ series.