Cloud Nine

George Harrison
Cloud Nine - Front cover Cloud Nine - Rear Cover
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Label Dark Horse
Catalogue No. WX 123
WX 123C (cassette)
925643 2 (C.D.)
Release date 2nd November 1987
Total time 41:23
U.K. L.P. Chart Detail :
Entry Date :14th November 1987
Highest Position :10
Weeks in Chart :23
Detail : George Harrison's thirteenth album release, and last original album chart appearance until his final album Brainwashed in 2002.
Credited to George Harrison
Produced by Jeff Lynne and George Harrison.
Personnel :
George - Lead vocals, guitars and keyboards.
Ringo - Drums.
Jeff Lynne - Guitars, bass and keyboards.
Eric Clapton - Guitar.
Elton John - Piano.
Gary Wright - Piano.
Jim Keltner - Drums.
Ray Cooper - Percussion and drums.
Jim Horn - Baritone and tenor sax.
Bobby Kok - Cello.

Recording again took place at F.P.S.H.O.T. George's studios at his home in Henley-on-Thames.
The sessions ran from 5th January 1987 through to the end of March.
One song remains unreleased from these sessions, "Vatican P2 Blues".
George around this time was very much in the public eye, making many appearances and actually getting involved in promoting this album.
Coupled with the glossy production by Jeff Lynne and the high profile guest musicians, this gave George
his highest chart position for over 14 years when it reached the top 10.

This collaboration with Jeff Lynne also led to the Traveling Wilbury formation.

Art direction is by David Costa, with the cover photography by Gered Mankowitz.
The Gretsch guitar that George is playing in the cover shots is the one he bought when aged just 17 off of a sailor for the princely sum of £75.
Also, I think the front cover photograph is one of the best there is of George, with a terrific smile too.
The inner sleeve also has some wonderful glossy pictures and group details, but this time no lyrics are included

Side 1

Track Composer Recording Information Time
Cloud Nine Harrison A great opening tune to the album 3:14
That's What It Takes Lynne-Harrison-Wright   3:58
Fish On The Sand Harrison   3:20
Just For Today Harrison   4:04
This Is Love Lynne-Harrison   3:45
When We Was Fab Harrison-Lynne Featuring Ringo, the second hit single from the album.
See When We Was Fab

Side 2

Track Composer Recording Information Time
Devil's Radio Harrison   3:52
Someplace Else Harrison A re-worked song originally made for the film "Shanghai Surprise" 3:51
Wreck Of The Hesperus Harrison A self-mocking song taking it's title from poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 3:30
Breath Away From Heaven Harrison A re-worked song originally made for the film "Shanghai Surprise" 3:35
Got My Mind Set On You Clark Previously released as the first single of the album.
See Got My Mind Set On You

Released Versions

First pressings (1987)
    WX 123 - With colourful inner sleeve is worth about £10.

Simultaneous 1987 release on C.D. with a catalogue number of 925643 2 ... no extra tracks.

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 0902.
This has a running time of 49:22 as it adds bonus tracks of :
Track Composer Time
Shanghai Surprise Harrison 5:07
Zig Zag Harrison 2:45
The bonus tracks are ;
      Shanghai Surprise - From The movie of the same name.
      Zig Zag - An semi-instrumental also from the movie and used on the b-side of "When We Was Fab" single.
The soundtrack for Shanghai Surprise was never released on an album and was only briefly available as a promo single.
A curious omission from these bonus tracks is “Hottest Gong In Town” which is also from the “Shanghai Surprise” film.
The C.D. comes with a 12-page booklet containing artwork and lyrics expanded from the original release,
with some new photographs, descriptive liner notes and full lyrics.
The notes within the booklet of “Cloud Nine” were derived from interviews that George was conducting at the time to promote the album.
Re-mastering was by Simon Heyworth and John Etchells at Super Audio Mastering, Devon.

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