Picks and Pans Review: Gone Troppo

updated 01/24/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/24/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

George Harrison

Though often the most inscrutable ex-Beatle, Harrison has also proved to be one of the most professional, versatile and productive. Besides keeping a steady flow of music going, he has penned a charming memoir (I-Me-Mine), taken up race car driving, and helped produce a variety of Monty Pythonite films (Life of Brian, The Missionary, Time Bandits). Because of his forays into the mystical, Harrison's penchant for whimsy often gets overlooked. But here the zany side gets no short shrift. Gone Troppo (which is a Brit expression for "on a permanent holiday") features George nonchalantly spinning out lovelies like Wake Up My Love, Dream Away (from Time Bandits) and an instrumental ditty called Greece. He lets loose on the danceable, if slightly wacko, title cut and sends up the Stereos' 1961 doo-wopper I Really Love You. The collection has flashes of brilliance, and one gets the impression from this vinyl postcard that George is not likely to go troppo soon himself.

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