George Harrison hand signed “Gone Troppo” LP, signed at George’s home recording studios in Henley-On-Thames in late 1988.
Gone Troppo is the ninth studio album by George Harrison, recorded and released in 1982. It would prove to be Harrison’s last studio album for five years, wherein he would largely take an extended leave of absence from his recording career, with only the occasional soundtrack recording surfacing. By 1980, Harrison had been finding the current musical climate alienating. His commercial appeal had dwindled, with 1981’s Somewhere in England failing to go gold (despite featuring the John Lennon tribute hit, “All Those Years Ago”).
With one album left on his current recording contract, Harrison decided to get it over with and recorded Gone Troppo (an Australian slang expression meaning “gone mad/crazy”) and released it without participating in any promotion, disenchanted as he was with the state of the music industry. Gone Troppo – with its busy artwork by friend “Legs” Larry Smith (formerly of Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band) – was considered by most to be a flop, reaching a #108 in the United States and never even touching the United Kingdom charts. It became the worst selling studio album Harrison released.