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4.0 out of 5 stars Great collection, but somewhat lacking..., February 28, 2004
This review is from: Dark Horse Years 1976 - 1992 (Audio CD)
After briefly being in print on CD in the early '90s only to disappear soon after, MOST of George's ouput on Dark Horse records is finally available again in beautifully-remastered sound and impressive packaging.
Each of the six albums represented in this box are available individually but, let's face it. A true Harrison fan will want the whole shebang. In addition to the original albums, the box includes a great little booklet with commentary by Olivia Harrison and David Fricke and an exclusive DVD.
Any further details concerning this set would be redundant, but there are a couple of issues that need to be addressed, most importantly the absence of the three "new" tracks from the still-out-of-print _The Best of Dark Horse(1976-1989)_ ("Poor Little Girl", "Cheer Down", and "Cockamamie Business"). Is it safe to assume that we'll have to buy _Best of Dark Horse_ when and if it's reissued just for those three great songs???
Then there's the issue of tracks from "Shanghai Surprise". The title track of the movie along with the rollicking "Zig Zag" (originally the B-side of "When We Was Fab") are presented as bonus tracks on _Cloud 9_, but what of "The Hottest Gang in Town", which is featured on the DVD? It's just as good as "Zig Zag" and far surpasses "Shanghai Surprise" but yet was left off.
Finally, there's the previously-addressed issue of _Somewhere in England_. If George saw fit to reissue it with the original, rejected cover then why didn't he include the four "lost" tunes as bonus tracks?! Yes, "Tears of the World" is a bonus track on _33 & 1/3_, but it doesn't belong there! (That's just me being nitpicky. Sorry!) Perhaps an additional bonus disc of the long-gone _Songs by George Harrison_ EP would have been appropriate for this box.
Oh well. What we DO have here is a good chunk of the most underrated Beatle solo music in one tidy package. Overall, the quality of this collection outweighs any faults. Purchase and enjoy!
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Initial post: Sep 27, 2014 8:48:10 PM PDT
Record companies deal for the masses, they care less about the collectors. I'm not complaining because I collect & have all the stuff that is missing you mentioned but it would have been nice, even the extended version of "Got My Mind Set On You" or the Un-Extended version of "When We Were Fab", forgot those I bet, anyway, I feel your pain but since I have the tracks not supplied in this box and the latest "Apple Years", then I'm happy still.
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