Somewhere In England

George Harrison
 
Somewhere In England - Front cover Somewhere In England - Rear cover
Somewhere In England - Front Cover Somewhere In England - Rear Cover
Somewhere In England - Inner Sleeve Front Somewhere In England - Inner Sleeve Rear
Somewhere In England - Inner Sleeve Front Somewhere In England - Inner Sleeve Rear
Yes, George IS covered in needles !
Needles are by Zion Yu
Somewhere in Yin Yang.

Label Dark Horse
Catalogue No. K 56870
K4 56870 (cassette)
Release date 5th June 1981
Total time 39:15
U.K. Album Chart Detail :
Entry Date :13th June 1981
Highest Position :13
Weeks in Chart :4
Detail : George Harrison's eleventh solo album release.
Credited to George Harrison
Produced by George and Ray Cooper.
Personnel :
George - Lead vocals and guitars, plus synthesisers and keyboards
Ringo - Drums (on "All Those Years Ago" on 19th November 1980)
Paul - Backing vocals (on "All Those Years Ago")
Linda - Backing vocals (on "All Those Years Ago")
Denny Laine - Backing vocals (on "All Those Years Ago")
Ray Cooper - Drums, keyboards, synthesisers, percussion
Jim Keltner - Drums
Dave Mattacks - Drums
Willie Weeks - Bass
Herbie Flowers - Bass, tuba
Gary Brooker - Keyboards and synthesisers
Al Kooper - Keyboards and synthesisers
Mike Moran - Keyboards and synthesisers
Neil Larson - Keyboards and synthesisers
Tom Scott - Lyricon, horns
Alla Rakha - Tabla.

Recording took place from 30th October 1979 through to 23rd September 1980 on and off, when the first version of the album was completed. Recordings re-commence in November on the new tracks, which includes the first post-Beatles song to feature Paul, George and Ringo.

This L.P. was originally scheduled for release in October 1980, but the powers that be at Warner Brothers rejected George's finished work, demanding something more "upbeat" ! George was instructed to replace four songs and to remix the remaining pieces. His idea for the album cover was also rejected.
The four songs that the executives did not like were :
"Tears Of The World"
"Lay His Head"
"Flying Hour"
"Sat Singing"
In 1987 "Lay His Head" appears on the B-side of Got My Mind Set On You, then on 15th February 1988 a special four song E.P. is included with George's book "Songs By George Harrison" on which "Sat Singing" and "Flying Hour" can be found albeit in remixed form. The remaining song appeared on the "freebie" enclosed with the second "Songs By George Harrison" book released in 1992.

And the four new songs that replaced those were :
"Blood From A Clone"
"All Those Years Ago"
"Teardrops"
"That Which I Have Lost"

The original cover planned by George was his picture superimposed onto a map of England, but above you can see the final version. The 2004 C.D. issue re-instated the original cover which is shown below.
The cover concept was by Ray Cooper, with the front cover photograph taken by Caroline Irwin. George is sitting in front of a three-dimensional artwork by Mark Boyle made in 1967 called "Holland Park Avenue Study", it was used by permission of the trustees of the Tate Gallery.
The inner sleeve contains the lyrics, and a dedication to John.

Special thanks are also given (amongst others) to Spike Milligan and Michael Palin.

Sri Krishna says in Bhagavadgita:

"There was never a time when I did not exist, nor you.
 Nor will there be any future when we cease to be."


Side 1

Track Composer Recording Information Time
Blood From A Clone Harrison One of the four "replacement" songs.
An attack on the record company that rejected the first version of this album.
4:00
Unconsciousness Rules Harrison Sounds like an attack on disco. 3:04
Life Itself Harrison A religious song 4:25
All Those Years Ago Harrison One of the four "replacement" songs.
For full detail see The Single
3:45
Baltimore Oriole Webster-Carmichael Originally a song from 1944. 3:58

Side 2

Track Composer Recording Information Time
Teardrops Harrison One of the four "replacement" songs.
For detail see The Single
4:08
That Which I Have Lost Harrison One of the four "replacement" songs. 3:44
Writing's On The Wall Harrison Released as a B-side of All Those Years Ago 4:00
Hong Kong Blues Carmichael Originally a song from 1938. 2:54
Save The World Harrison At the end of this track a short piece from George's first album "Wonderwall Music" can be heard. It is from "Crying". 4:54


Released Versions

First pressings (1981)
    K 56870 - With printed inner sleeve is worth about £10.
                          It is Deleted in 1981.

Second pressings (July 1988)
    The album was re-issued with the same details.

1st March 2004 - Re-issued on Remastered C.D. in The Dark Horse Years 1976-1992 Boxset (GHBOX 1) and separately with catalogue number 594 0882.
The original cover artwork was restored for this release !
Somewhere In England - C.D. Front cover
Somewhere In England - C.D. Cover (and what was the Original Artwork)

The C.D. has a running time of 44:18 as it adds one bonus track of :
Track Composer Time
Save The World Harrison 4:29
The bonus track is an alternate version of the last track of the album.
Note: Although the original cover art was restored, the 4 tracks that were originally dropped by Warner Bros. were curiously not reinstated on this remaster, even as bonus tracks. A missed opportunity to restore George’s original vision for this album. Oddly, the demo of one of the tracks, “Tears Of The World” is included as a bonus track on the new version of “Thirty Three & 1/3” (?!).
The C.D. comes with a 12-page booklet containing artwork and lyrics expanded from the original release, with some new photographs and full lyrics.
Re-mastering was by Simon Heyworth and John Etchells at Super Audio Mastering, Devon.
Dark Horse Years - Somewhere In England


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