So ring out the old Ring in the new

Ding Dong, Ding Dong – George Harrison (1974) FLAC Audio 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Ding Dong, Ding Dong” was released in December 1974 on George Harrison’s fifth solo album, Dark Horse. I’ve been updating my old George videos and decided to take a break from those and work the old promo video for this song to the high resolution remaster of the track from 2014.

What is there to say about “Ding Dong, Ding Dong”? It’s just a really fun track and George seemed to be having typical George fun making the video.

This video is the promo video synced to audio track from the amazing The Apple Years compilation box set that was released in 2014 and which featured George’s first six albums remastered…they are a huge sound improvement over the earlier releases. The video is stretched to widescreen format and I did some minor adjustments to improve it a bit. Hope you enjoy….a 1, 2! 😉

Dark Horse received some of the most negative reviews of any release by a Beatle up to that point and the worst of Harrison’s career. Released amid the furor surrounding his refusal to play “Beatle George during a tour that was a “whirlwind of pent-up Beatlemania”, in Leng’s words, it was as if Harrison had already committed “acts of heresy”. Rather than having his new work judged on its own merits, it was “open season” on Harrison, another biographer, Elliot Huntley, has written of the “tsunami of bile” unleashed on the ex-Beatle in late 1974.

Under the heading “Transcendental Mediocrity”, Jim Miller of Rolling Stone called Dark Horse a “disastrous album” to match the “disastrous tour”, and a “shoddy piece of work”. According to Miller, the musicians were “merely competent studio pros” and Harrison’s guitar playing was “rudimentary”. In contrast with the praise that the same publication had lavished on Harrison for Living in the Material World the year before, Rolling Stone’s reviewer described Dark Horse as a “chronicle of a performer out of his element, working to a deadline, enfeebling his overtaxed talents by a rush to deliver new ‘LP product'”, and stated: “In plain point of fact, George Harrison has never been a great artist … the question becomes whether he will ever again become a competent entertainer.”

There were a number of positive reviews for Dark Horse, with Billboard magazine deeming it a “Spotlight” release. The reviewer described the album as “an excellent one” and compared it favorably with Harrison’s acclaimed 1970 triple set, All Things Must Pass. Brian Harrigan of Melody Maker credited Harrison with establishing “a new category in music – Country and Eastern” and lauded his “nifty” slide-guitar playing and “tremendous” singing. Although he found some of the tracks overlong, Harrigan declared: “Yep, the Sacred Cowboy has produced a good one.” Combined with his feature on the tour in Circus Raves, in which he questioned the accuracy of the negative reports about the Harrison–Shankar concerts, Michael Gross described Dark Horse as matching All Things Must Pass in quality, and “surpassing” it at times, thanks to the new album’s “clarity of production and lovely songs”. Gross highlighted “So Sad” as a “luxurious track” and described “Ding Dong, Ding Dong”, “Dark Horse” and “Far East Man” as “all, simply, good songs”.

Having previously championed Harrison’s work since 1970, Rolling Stone would not change its unfavorable verdict on Dark Horse over the ensuing decades, and Harrison never completely forgave the magazine for the treatment he received during this period. In 2002, writing in the Rolling Stone Press book Harrison shortly after his death, Greg Kot approved of Dark Horse’s “jazzier backdrops” compared with Material World, but opined that Harrison’s voice turned much of the album into an “unintentionally comic exercise”. In the same publication, Mikal Gilmore identified Dark Horse as “one of Harrison’s most fascinating works – a record about change and loss”. Alan Clayson similarly writes of the interest factor of “a non-Beatle, as well as an ex-Beatle in uncertain transition”, and while classing the album as “an artistic faux pas”, describes “It Is ‘He’ (Jai Sri Krishna)” as “wonderful” and “startling”.

[Lyrics]
Ring out the old
Ring in the new
Ring out the old
Ring in the new

Ring out the false
Ring in the true
Ring out the old
Ring in the new

Ding-dong, ding-dong
Ding-dong, ding-dong
Ding-dong, ding-dong
Ding-dong, ding-dong

Yesterday, today was tomorrow
And tomorrow, today will be yesterday
So ring out the old
Ring in the new
Ring out the old
Ring in the new

Ring out the false
Ring in the true
Ring out the old
Ring in the new

Ding-dong, ding-dong
Ding-dong, ding-dong
Ding-dong, ding-dong
Ding-dong, ding-dong

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