Dark Horse was recorded when George Harrison was sick with laryngitis. Why he decided to go ahead and record an album instead of waiting for his throat to get better is a mystery. The official explanation is that he was in a pinch to get some new material together before his big North American tour of ’74. That it’s true doesn’t make it any more reasonable. An artist of the caliber of George Harrison would certainly have the freedom to when to record, and even to reschedule tour dates if necessary. Whatever the logic in his head, he managed to pull of a great album, croaking Dylanesquely. Dark Horse is a favorite of mine, even though George’s singing sometimes sounds painful. Perhaps he saw his hoarseness as a physical means to express the pain he was feeling from his breakup with Patti Boyd.