THE PLACE I LOVE
The Place I Love LP (front cover, U.S.A.)
The first Dark Horse album, released in September 1974. In Billboard, the LP peaked at #81.
This first Splinter album contains their only top 100 single in the U.S.A., "Costafine Town" which peaked at #77 in the Billboard charts.
In Australia, "Costafine Town" made it into the Top 10.

Catalog #: Dark Horse AMLH 22001, released September 20, 1974 (U.K.) [has white lettering for the front cover title and smaller type size on back cover; triptych gatefold cover with lyric sheet] [side 1 U.K. label | side 2 U.K. label]
Catalog #: Dark Horse SP22001, released September 25, 1974 (U.S.) [has black lettering for the front cover title and larger type size on back cover; gatefold cover with lyric sheet]
released in Argentina as "El Lugar Que Ama" with Spanish titles
releases in Uruguay as "El Lugar Que Amo" with Spanish titles [front cover | back cover | label-A side]

Bill Elliott interview by Tom Brennan (September, 2014)

YouTube lyric videos for The Place I Love LP

SIDE 1:
1. Gravy Train [Purvis] (4:09)
John Lennon (September 28, 1974): "Here's the first track from side 1 on the Splinter album, and we'll see...it sounded like George on the radio last night."
vocals: Bill Elliott & Bob Purvis
bass: Klaus Voorman
drums: Mike Kelly
guitars: George Harrison and Alvin Lee
horn arrangements: Mel Collins
electric piano: Billy Preston
2. Drink All Day (Got To Find Your Own Way Home) [Purvis] (3:24)
lead vocal: Bill Elliott
harmony & backing vocals: Bill Elliott & Bob Purvis
acoustic bass: Klaus Voorman
drums: Jim Keltner
6 and 12-string guitars, dobro, harmonium, jew's harp, percussion: George Harrison
3. China Light [words: Purvis & Elliott; music: Purvis] (4:35)
vocals: Bill Elliott & Bob Purvis
bass: Willie Weeks
drums: Mike Kelly
electric & acoustic guitars, mandolin: George Harrison
piano: Gary Wright
organ: Billy Preston
4. Somebody's City [Purvis] (5:53)
vocals: Bill Elliott & Bob Purvis
bass: Klaus Voorman
drums: Mike Kelly
6-string, 12-string and electric guitars, percussion: George Harrison
piano: Gary Wright
horn arrangements: Mel Collins

SIDE 2:
1. Costafine Town [words: Purvis & Elliott; music: Purvis] (3:12)
vocals: Bill Elliott & Bob Purvis
bass and 8-string bass, harmonium, percussion: George Harrison
drums: Mike Kelly
piano: Gary Wright
accordian: Graham Maitland
2. The Place I Love [Purvis] (4:29)
lead vocal: Bill Elliott
harmony & backing vocals: Bill Elliott & Bob Purvis
bass: Klaus Voorman
drums: Mike Kelly
acoustic & electric guitars, percussion: George Harrison
electric piano: Gary Wright
3. Situation Vacant [Purvis] (4:01)
vocals: Bill Elliott & Bob Purvis
bass: Willie Weeks
drums: Jim Keltner
guitars: George Harrison
piano: Gary Wright
horn arrangements: Mel Collins
4. Elly-May [Purvis] (2:45)
vocals: Bill Elliott & Bob Purvis
acoustic bass: Klaus Voorman
drums: Mike Kelly
acoustic guitar, moog synthesizer: George Harrison
piano: Gary Wright
5. Haven't Got Time [Purvis] (3:58)
lead vocal: Bob Purvis
harmony & backing vocals: Bill Elliott & Bob Purvis
bass: Klaus Voorman
drums: Mike Kelly
guitar, percussion: George Harrison
guitar: Alvin Lee
horn arrangements: Mel Collins

piano: Gary Wright [not listed in album credits]

The Place I Love, back cover photo

Produced by: George Harrison
Recording & remix engineer: Phil McDonald
Assistant engineer: Kumar Shankar
Recorded at F.P.S.H.O.T.
Photography: Terry O'Neill
Cover design: Jack Katz/Fabio Nicoli/Nick Marshall

Billy Preston appears courtesy of A&M Records
Alvin Lee appears courtesy of Chrysalis Records
Gary Wright appears courtesy of Island Records

All songs published 1974 Ganga Publishing B.V.

Dark Horse Records bio: [cover | page 1 | page 2]
thanks to BarbAlan Atkinson

Promo photos:
Standing in stream on stones with George Harrison (from cover photo session, black & white)
Portrait (from cover photo session)
Sitting on rocks
Sitting on bench inside
from the collection of BarbAlan Atkinson and Tom Brennan

other items:
The David Geffen tape
cover from Melody Maker (August 31, 1974) thanks to Philippe Colinge
"Harrison's Dark Horses" from Melody Maker (Aug. 31, 1974):
introduction (part 1) main text (part 2) thanks to Philippe Colinge
album ad from Circus Raves magazine
album ad from Billboard (green background) from the collection of Tom Brennan
album review from Melody maker (Sep. 21, 1974) thanks to Philippe Colinge
"Splinter, Pilot: pop's dark horses" from Melody Maker (Nov. 30, 1974): introduction (part 1) main text (part 2) thanks to Philippe Colinge
12-string Harptone acoustic guitar
The Place I Love LP with Costafine Town promo sticker

Splinter and George Harrison at Friar Park


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