Dark Horse was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America within days of release, but it became Harrison's first solo album not to chart in Britain. The cover was designed by Tom Wilkes and consists of a school photograph from Harrison's time at the Liverpool Institute superimposed onto a Himalayan landscape. The album was reissued in remastered form on 22 September , as part of the Apple Years —75 Harrison box set.
George Harrison 's third studio album since the Beatles' break-up came at the end of "a bad domestic year", as he describes it in his autobiography.
Compounding the pressure during what Harrison himself would refer to as "the naughty period, —74",  he was drinking heavily and had returned to his drug-taking ways of the s. Friar Park was a madhouse. Our lives were fuelled by alcohol and cocaine , and so it was with everyone who came into our sphere George used cocaine excessively and I think it changed him.
Wounded by Harrison's frequent infidelities, Boyd left him for Eric Clapton in July ,  having previously had an affair with another of her husband's guitar-playing friends, Ron Wood of the Faces. Simon Leng observes an uncharacteristic spontaneity in Harrison's work ethic on Dark Horse , now that his home and recording base were one and the same.
Express , led by saxophonist and flautist Tom Scott ,  and invited them to Friar Park the following day. Harrison dedicated the next few months to matters relating to Dark Horse Records, his former band's business affairs, and Little Malcolm. Harrison resumed recording for his album in late August, working through to early September with four musicians who had signed on for the upcoming tour:  old friend Billy Preston on keyboards; Scott, who would serve as band leader on the tour; and the rhythm section of Andy Newmark and Willie Weeks ,  both of whom Harrison had met while working on Ron Wood's album in July.
Gopalkrishnan , L. Subramaniam , Sultan Khan and Lakshmi Shankar. On 23 September, Harrison introduced Shankar on stage at London's Royal Albert Hall for the Indian orchestra's debut performance,  before accompanying them on a short tour of Europe. Outside of the daytime rehearsals, Harrison finished off the songs hastily recorded in England, and mixed the album. Although the band sounded good, his voice was in shreds Poor Little Girl George Harrison.
Blow Away George Harrison. Cockamamie Business George Harrison. Wake up My Love George Harrison. Life Itself George Harrison. Crackerbox Palace George Harrison. Cloud 9 George Harrison. Here Comes the Moon George Harrison. Pepper parody on the cover and outright plea to critics on the margins of the inside jacket to go easy on its contents -- would only undermine Harrison 's hard-fought campaign for respect.
London: Virgin Books. Huntley, Elliot J. Toronto, ON: Guernica Editions. Ingham, Chris The Rough Guide to the Beatles 2nd edn. Inglis, Ian The Words and Music of George Harrison. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger. Larkin, Colin The Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4th edn.Apr 13, · As much as I love George Harrison, this is one of his worst albums. He had damaged his vocals while touring and was being criticized for adding Krishna lyrics to his Beatles classics. His creative funk had also crept into the recording studio when making this album. "Ding Dong," "Simply Shady," and "Dark Horse" are his strongest tracks/5(7).