BMG announces George Harrison catalogue deal and exclusive Dolby Atmos release on Apple Music
“I am overjoyed to announce that we are bringing my father’s music catalogue back home to Dark Horse Records, the company he started back in 1974,” said Dhani Harrison.
George Harrison with the original Rocky Stratocaster. Image courtesy of the George Harrison estate
BMG has announced a deal bringing George Harrison’s solo catalogue to Dark Horse Records/BMG.
The move unites the former Beatle’s solo recorded works with his music publishing catalogue under one roof for the first time.
Previously distributed and released by Universal Music, Harrison’s recordings catalogue features 12 albums of solo work, including his debut Wonderwall Music (soundtrack to the film Wonderwall), US and UK chart-topper All Things Must Pass, 1973 follow-up Living in the Material World, 1987’s Cloud Nine, and his final studio album, Brainwashed, released posthumously in 2002.
The catalogue also includes the live double album Live in Japan, featuring Eric Clapton, and four compilations: Let It Roll — Songs by George Harrison, Early Takes Vol 1, The Apple Years 1968-1975, and The Dark Horse Years 1976-1992.
And in celebration of Harrison’s 80th birthday, Dark Horse Records/BMG have released the musician’s entire catalogue in Dolby Atmos surround sound exclusively on Apple Music.
In 2022, BMG announced it had entered into a global publishing agreement with the George Harrison Estate to administer the Harrisongs catalogue comprising more than 200 songs written with the Beatles, the Traveling Wilburys and during Harrison’s solo career.
The latest partnership expands on the relationship with Harrison’s legendary Dark Horse Records, with BMG serving as its global partner and infrastructure across recorded music, music publishing, and merchandise, amid other areas of business.
Harrisongs Limited, the music publishing entity Harrison created, contains nearly two dozen songs he wrote with the Beatles, including the band’s most popular tracks on streaming services. Amongst those songs are: Here Comes The Sun, I Me Mine, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, US Number One single Something, his songs from the two albums recorded with The Traveling Wilburys featuring End of the Line, Handle with Care, She’s My Baby, and Inside Out, as well as the 12 studio albums of solo works.
“22 years since his passing, for what would have been his 80th birthday, I am overjoyed to announce that we are bringing my father’s music catalogue back home to Dark Horse Records, the company he started back in 1974,” said Dhani Harrison, who teased that they will be taking the opportunity to release “all the custom limited vinyl that we can get away with.”
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