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Somewhere in England

Somewhere in England
George Harrison
Released 1 June 1981 (US)
5 June 1981 (UK)
Recorded Sporadically between 30 October 1979 and 23 September 1980, and November 1980 to February 1981
Studio FPSHOT, Oxfordshire
Genre
Length 39:43
Label Dark Horse
Producer
George Harrison chronology
George Harrison
(1979)
Somewhere in England
(1981)
Gone Troppo
(1982)
Singles from Somewhere in England
  1. "All Those Years Ago"
    Released: 11 May 1981
  2. "Teardrops"
    Released: 15 July 1981

Somewhere in England is the ninth Warner Bros. Records arose. Somewhere in England was the first Harrison album to be released after the death of his former Beatles bandmate John Lennon.

Contents

  • Background 1
  • Recording 2
  • Reception 3
  • Aftermath and later releases 4
  • Track listing 5
  • Personnel 6
  • Charts 7
    • Peak positions 7.1
    • Peak positions (reissue) 7.2
    • Year-end charts 7.3
  • References 8

Background

Content to move at his own speed, Harrison began recording Somewhere in England in the autumn of 1979 and continued sporadically, finally delivering the album to Warner Bros. Records in September 1980. However, the executives at Warner Bros. rejected it, ordering Harrison to drop four of its songs ("Tears of the World", "Sat Singing", "Lay His Head", and "Flying Hour"), finding them too downbeat. Harrison's original cover art, featuring his profile against a map of Great Britain was also vetoed by Warner Bros. With Harrison already feeling unable to relate to the current post-punk and new wave musical climate, he acceded to their requests.

Recording

Picking up the project again in November, Harrison was joined in his home studio at Friar Park in Henley-on-Thames by Ringo Starr, who arrived specifically to have Harrison produce some songs for him. They recorded two Harrison originals "Wrack My Brain" and "All Those Years Ago" plus a cover of "You Belong to Me" for Starr's impending album Can't Fight Lightning (which was later released as Stop and Smell the Roses). The two other songs were finished but "All Those Years Ago" went unadorned. Starr later admitted that the key was too high for him to sing. Shortly before the death of John Lennon, excerpts from Lennon's forthcoming interview in Playboy magazine were published in which Lennon said he was hurt over Harrison's autobiography I, Me, Mine, which, in Lennon's estimation, praised every musician Harrison had worked with except him. Harrison was never able to make amends, as on 8 December 1980, Lennon was shot dead outside his apartment building, the Dakota.

After the shock and devastation of Lennon's murder, Harrison decided to utilise the unfinished recording of "All Those Years Ago". He changed the lyrics of the song to reflect the Lennon tragedy. With Starr's pre-recorded drum track in place, Harrison invited Teardrops" and "That Which I Have Lost". A new cover was then shot in the Tate Gallery in London, and Somewhere in England was resubmitted and accepted.

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic [1]
Elsewhere [2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music [3]
Goldmine (favourable)[4]
Mojo [5]
The Music Box [6]
Music Story [7]
People (favourable)[8]
Rolling Stone [9]
Uncut [10]

"All Those Years Ago" was released as the lead-off single that May to a strong response, reaching number 13 in the United Kingdom and number 2 in the United States. It was Harrison's biggest hit since "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)" in 1973, and Somewhere in England benefited from its presence on the album. Peaking at number 13 in the UK and number 11 in the US, these chart positions were Harrison's best transatlantic album peaks in some time. Somewhere in England‍ '​s chart run was relatively brief in America, however, and it became Harrison's first proper studio album to fail to reach gold status there. The follow-up single, "Teardrops", reached only number 102 on Billboard‍ '​s singles listings.

Aftermath and later releases

Two of the songs from Somewhere in England were included on Harrison's 1989 Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison career-spanning compilation, released in 2009.

In 2004, Somewhere in England was remastered and reissued, both separately and as part of the deluxe box set The Dark Horse Years 1976–1992, on Dark Horse Records with new distribution by EMI. The reissue featured the original mix of "Unconsciousness Rules" and, as a bonus track, Harrison's demo of "Save the World", recorded in 1980. In addition, Harrison's rejected artwork was reinstated, replacing that used for the 1981 official release.

The Songs by George Harrison. With a running time of 4:35, this slower version begins with a studio count-in, is longer, lacks and adds guitar riffs, fades slightly at the end, and plays at the correct speed.

In 2006, a survey was conducted on the official GeorgeHarrison.com message boards to find the artist's 50 most popular songs, the results from which featured only one track from the album – "Life Itself", at number 29. The same survey included three of the four rejected songs, however: "Flying Hour", at number 14; "Lay His Head", number 27; and "Sat Singing", number 41.

Track listing

All songs composed by George Harrison, except where noted.

Side one
  1. "Blood from a Clone" – 4:03
  2. "Unconsciousness Rules" – 3:05
  3. "Life Itself" – 4:25
  4. "All Those Years Ago" – 3:45
  5. "Baltimore Oriole" (Hoagy Carmichael) – 3:57
Side two
  1. "Teardrops" – 4:07
  2. "That Which I Have Lost" – 3:47
  3. "Writing's on the Wall" – 3:59
  4. "Hong Kong Blues" (Carmichael) – 2:55
  5. "Save the World" – 4:54
    • The track's end features a short excerpt from "Crying", originally released on Harrison's 1968 debut album Wonderwall Music.
2004 reissue bonus track
  1. "Save the World" (Acoustic demo version) – 4:31
iTunes Music Store bonus track
  1. "Flying Hour" (Harrison/Mick Ralphs) – 4:35
Original (rejected) track listing
  1. "Hong Kong Blues" (Carmichael) – 2:53
  2. "Writing's on the Wall" – 3:58
  3. "Flying Hour" (Harrison/Mick Ralphs) – 4:04
    • Remixed and issued as bonus track on the iTunes edition of the album
  4. "Lay His Head" – 3:43
  5. "Unconsciousness Rules" – 3:36
  6. "Sat Singing" – 4:28
  7. "Life Itself" – 4:24
  8. "Tears of the World" – 4:00
  9. "Baltimore Oriole" (Carmichael) – 3:57
  10. "Save the World" – 4:56

Personnel

Guest musicians on "All Those Years Ago"

Charts

References

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r678539/review
  2. ^ Graham Reid, "George Harrison (2011): Ten years after, a dark horse reconsidered" > "Somewhere in England", Elsewhere, 22 November 2011 (retrieved 14 August 2014).
  3. ^ Colin Larkin, The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th edn), Volume 4, Oxford University Press (New York, NY, 2006; ISBN 0-19-531373-9), p. 158.
  4. ^ Dave Thompson, "The Music of George Harrison: An album-by-album guide", Goldmine, 25 January 2002, pp. 18, 53.
  5. ^ John Harris, "Beware of Darkness", Mojo, November 2011, p. 83.
  6. ^ John Metzger, )"Somewhere in England (Part Three: The Dark Horse Years"George Harrison , The Music Box, vol. 11 (5), May 2004 (retrieved 14 August 2014).
  7. ^ )in French"George Harrison" > "Discographie de George Harrison" (, Music Story (retrieved 5 October 2015).
  8. ^ "Somewhere in England"Picks and Pans Review: . People. 27 July 1981. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  9. ^ [2]
  10. ^ Nigel Williamson, "All Things Must Pass: George Harrison's post-Beatles solo albums", Uncut, February 2002, p. 61.
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  13. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 35, No. 4" (PHP).  
  14. ^ "Somewhere in England"dutchcharts.nl George Harrison - (ASP). Hung Medien.  
  15. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970–2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006.  
  16. ^ "Somewhere in England"charts.org.nz George Harrison - (ASP). Hung Medien.  
  17. ^ "Somewhere in England"norwegiancharts.com George Harrison - (ASP). Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  18. ^ "Somewhere in England"swedishcharts.com George Harrison - (ASP) (in Swedish). Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  19. ^ "George Harrison > Artists > Official Charts".  
  20. ^ > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))"Somewhere in England"allmusic ((( . allmusic.com. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  21. ^ "Somewhere in England"Album Search: George Harrison - (in German). Media Control. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  22. ^ by George Harrison"Somewhere in Englandジョージ・ハリスン-リリース-ORICON STYLE-ミュージック "Highest position and charting weeks of .  
  23. ^ "Top 100 Albums of 1981". RPM. 26 December 1981. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
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