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George Harrison Thought 1975’s ‘Extra Texture’ Was ‘Grubby,’ but It’s 1 of His Most Interesting Albums


George Harrison performing during his 1974 Dark Horse Tour.
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George Harrison thought ‘Extra Texture’ was ‘grubby’

Over the years, George hardly commented on Extra Texture. Although, he did give some insight into what he thought of his album during a 1987 interview with Timothy White at Musician Magazine. George called the album “grubby.”

“The production left a lot to be desired, as did my performance,” George said. “I was in a real down place. Some songs I like, but in retrospect I wasn’t very happy about it. ‘Grey Cloudy Lies’ described clouds of gloom that used to come down on me. A difficulty I had.

“I’ve found over the years that I’m more about to keep them away, and am quite a happy person now.”

George had a lot to be gloomy about during the recording of Extra Texture. For instance, “This Guitar (Can’t Keep From Crying)” came about because of the press’ harsh criticism of

George Harrison thought his 1975 album, Extra Texture, was “grubby.” The former Beatle didn’t enjoy his sixth studio album. Granted, the album was not as groundbreaking as his first post-Beatles solo record, All Things Must Pass, nor his second, Living in the Material World.

However, Extra Texture isn’t as gloomy as George thought.

George Harrison | Steve Morley/Getty Images

George Harrison thought ‘Extra Texture’ was ‘grubby’

Over the years, George hardly commented on Extra Texture. Although, he did give some insight into what he thought of his album during a 1987 interview with Timothy White at Musician Magazine. George called the album “grubby.”

“The production left a lot to be desired, as did my performance,” George said. “I was in a real down place. Some songs I like, but in retrospect I wasn’t very happy about it. ‘Grey Cloudy Lies’ described clouds of gloom that used to come down on me. A difficulty I had.

“I’ve found over the years that I’m more about to keep them away, and am quite a happy person now.”

George had a lot to be gloomy about during the recording of Extra Texture. For instance, “This Guitar (Can’t Keep From Crying)” came about because of the press’ harsh criticism of his 1974 solo tour of America. They bashed George, who chose to perform obscure songs and had a bad case of laryngitis.

With only three post-Beatles solo albums to his name, George was also starting to get sick of the music industry. Plus, his first marriage to Pattie Boyd recently crumbled.

He wrote “World of Stone,” “Grey Cloudy Lies,” and “Can’t Stop Thinking About You” in 1973 and could’ve aimed the latter at Boyd. The period was dark for George. Thankfully, he met his second wife, Olivia, in 1974. In 1979, George told Rolling Stone that he felt like he had almost no voice and no body before meeting her.

Whatever George felt in 1975, though, Extra Texture is anything but gloomy or grubby. It’s soulful.

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George is soulful on ‘Extra Texture’

It’s true; Extra Texture is unlike any of George’s other albums. After releasing three albums with mostly rock and folk songs, fans must have been confused when they heard the album. However, it’s not gloomy; it’s soulful.

On George’s website, his widow, Olivia, calls the album “moody.” She wrote, “The songs on Extra Texture are as introspective as any of George’s albums. The first track is what he would call a pop song and the last song is an eccentric homage to Bonzo Dog ‘Legs’ Larry Smith.

“But in between are tracks with strong melodies and thought-provoking lyrics. They are moody and personal and some of my favourites.”

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Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet

      

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