16 Jan 04
Dark Horse Records, the record label started by George Harrison, is planning to release their first 5.1 Surround Sound Super Audio CD release on 15 March 2004 in Europe and Japan. As a hybrid SACD, it will feature SACD Surround Sound, SACD Stereo and CD Stereo versions of the music on the album. Distribution will be handled by EMI.
The initial release will be a 2-disc set entitled "Live in Japan". It features live performances of 19 of Harrison’s hits as both a solo artist and as a member of the Beatles. The concert from 1991 also features several guest musicians including Eric Clapton and Andy Fairweather Low.
Because bonus tracks are not available for "Live in Japan," that album will be reissued as a double-disc Super Audio CD in both stereo and 5.1 surround sound. Taped during a tour of the country in 1991, the set finds Harrison backed by Eric Clapton and his band as he runs through solo hits and such Beatles classics as "Taxman," "Something," "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and "Here Comes the Sun."
Other long out-of-print George Harrison solo albums will be reissued. "Thirty Three & 1/3," "George Harrison," "Somewhere in England," "Gone Troppo," and "Cloud Nine" will be reissued in February / March by Capitol Records. Each has been digitally remastered and bolstered with bonus tracks, new liner notes and photographs.
A boxed set, "The Dark Horse Years, 1976-1992," with a DVD, will also be available.The 75-minute DVD included in the boxed set "The Dark Horse Years, 1976-1992," will come with a 36-page booklet featuring an essay from Harrison’s wife Olivia and liner notes by journalist David Fricke. Archival footage spotlights Harrison discussing his solo career and performing with Clapton on the 1991 Japanese tour.
Harrison will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist 15 March 2004 in New York City.