George Harrison - This Is Love [Single/Album Version]Details

"...This Is Love, That's What It Takes and Fish On The Sand find Harrison mining the pop vein that yielded many of his catchiest songs of the Seventies."
Anthony DeCurtis (October 22, 1987 - Rolling Stone #511)

"Jeff co-produces, co-writes 3 tracks [on Cloud Nine]: That's What It Takes, This Is Love and When We Was Fab (the latter of which will be the new single), and plays guitars, bass and keyboards on the LP."
Andrew Whiteside (1987 - Face The Music fanzine #3)

"[Regarding This Is Love...] That's it, really. It's all love. Whichever way you look at it, it's all love. How much you get from each other, and that's determined by how much you give to each other. But it all starts within ourself, and then it spreads to those around us, good and bad. But basically that's it. I think it's the love that we can generate is equal to the love that we get back. Amen. [laughs]"
George Harrison (circa 1987 - from bonus DVD for 2004 The Dark Horse Years 1976 - 1992 remaster)

"This Is Love, probably the most forget table, comes across at a half-hearted attempt to combine moderate chorus and disco-rhythm; a case for Stock-Aitken-Waterman remix?"
John Van Der Kiste (1988 - Face The Music fanzine #4)

"This Is Love features a characteristically Lynne guitar riff, and is pleasant without being particularly memorable."
Nigel Ferrit-Evons (1988 - Face The Music fanzine #4)

"Another George-Jeff song, This Is Love started life as primarily a Jeff Lynne tune. Bits and pieces of the music were put together from Jeff's demo cassettes, but then the two composed the words together. Parts of This Is Love (in particular George's guitar solo) were recorded at Jeff Lynne's house, which contained 'a little studio in one bedroom', according to George. This Is Love was issued as the third and final single from Cloud Nine in the spring of 1988. Unlike its two predecessors, it didn't make the charts, but the assembly of the UK 12-inch and CD singles provided the genesis for an important song [Handle With Care]. All commercial and promotional singles (including both 3-inch and 5-inch CD singles) of This Is Love contain the LP version, as does the rarely screened promo video directed by Morton Jankel, shot while on holiday in Hana, Maui in the Hawaii Islands in March of 1988. Production of the video by the A+R Group was completed on May 13, 1988."
Chip Madinger and Mark Easter (October 2000 - Eight Arms To Hold You - The Solo Beatles Compendium)

"2 May [1988]: George's single This Is Love c/w Breath Away From Heaven is released in America. [...] 13 June [1988]: George's single This Is Love c/w Breath Away From Heaven is released in America. [...] 25 April [2003]: Capitol Records announce a promo of the Brainwashed track Any Road will include previously unreleased footage from George's life. It will be the first new George Harrison music video since This Is Love from Cloud Nine in 1988. [...] This Is Love c/w Breath Away From Heaven was issued in Britain on Dark Horse W 7913 on 16 May 1988 and in America on Dark Horse 7-27913 on 10 May 1988. [...] The soundtrack [of Everest] featured [an] orchestral [version] of... This Is Love. [...] [This Is Love is] the third single to be released from the Cloud Nine album. It was issued in Britain on 13 January 1988 in three different formats: the 7-inch single on Dark Horse W 7913 with Breath Away From Heaven, the 12-inch single on W 79131 with This Is Love, Breath Away From Heaven and All Those Years Ago, and the 3-inch CD single on W 7913 with This Is Love, Breath Away From Heaven, All Those Years Ago and Hong Kong Blues. The promo [video] for the single was filmed at George's home in Maui, Hawaii at a picnic for friends and family held in George's backyard. The promo made its debut on MTV on 16 May 1988."
Bill Harry (2003 - The George Harrison Encyclopedia)

"The Wilburys formed in 1988 after Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison assembled at a California studio to record a B-side for the Harrison single This Is Love."
Jonathan Cohen (March 20, 2007 - Billboard)

"It started as little more than a B-side lark, the song Handle With Care tossed together when Warner Bros. asked George Harrison for a flip side to support This Is Love, a final single from 1987's Cloud Nine."
Ben Wener (June 18, 2007 - The Orange County Register)

"Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne helped George Harrison on Handle With Care, originally conceived as a throwaway B-side of This Is Love from his 1988 Cloud Nine album. When the folks at Warner Bros. Records heard the easygoing rock song they convinced George and his pals it was too good to be relegated to the flip side of a single. Credited to the Traveling Wilburys, Handle [sic] was only a minor hit, peaking at No. 45."
Mark Marymont (June 20, 2007 - news-press.com)

"Songs like This Is Love and a cover of James Ray's recording Got My Mind Set On You stand as being among Harrison's best."
Warren Zanes (April 2, 2009 - liner notes for Let It Roll: Songs By George Harrison)

"There’s a tender, gentle ache in Harrison’s voice, permeating across the various stages of his solo career, painting a man with wisdom beyond his years. This is aided by his slippery and elusive chord progressions, exemplified by the happy-sad This is Love, which shifts subtly from major to minor in its refrain, a proclamation of love."
Andrew Blackie (June 19, 2009 - PopMatters online magazine review of Let It Roll: Songs By George Harrison)

"When George Harrison was needing a B-side to a single (This is Love from his 1987 album Cloud Nine), Harrison got together with friends Jeff Lynne (producer on Cloud Nine) and Roy Orbison at Bob Dylan's home studio. Tom Petty had Harrison's guitar, so he got invited along. The mighty fivesome came up with the fantastic Handle With Care, which the record label recognized as being too good of a song to throw away as a B-side."
Chris Shields (June 24, 2015 - St. Cloud Times)

"The Wilburys members originally came together to record Handle With Care, which was slotted to be issued as the B-side for Harrison’s single, This is Love. Instead, the group released the song under the Wilburys name and recorded an album."
Melinda Newman (April 18, 2016 - Billboard)

"The Wilburys formed in 1988 af-er Dylan, Harrison, Petty, Lynne and Orbison assembled at Dylan’s Malibu, California studio to record a B-side for the Harrison single This Is Love."
Unknown (September 2016 - Best Classic Bands website)


  • Running Time: 3:49
  • Record Date: January to August 1987
  • Record Location: Friar Park Studios, Henley-On-Thames, Oxfordshire, UK (George Harrison's home studio)
  • Written By: George Harrison and Jeff Lynne
  • Produced By: Jeff Lynne & George Harrison
  • Engineered By: Richard Dodd
  • Performed By: George Harrison (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Jeff Lynne (guitar, bass, keyboards), Ringo Starr* (drums), Jim Keltner* (drums), Ray Cooper* (percussion and drums), Bobby Kok* (cello) --*unconfirmed

  • Released On:
    • Cloud Nine LP album (1987 October 24 — USA — Dark Horse 25643-1)
    • Cloud Nine CD album (1987 October 24 — USA — Dark Horse 9 25643-2)
    • Cloud Nine LP album (1987 November 2 — UK — Dark Horse WX 123)
    • Cloud Nine CD album (1987 November 2 — UK — Dark Horse 9 25643-2)
    • This Is Love 7" single (1988 May 12 — USA — Dark Horse 7-27913)
    • This Is Love cassette single (1988 May 12 — USA — Dark Horse 4-27913)
    • This Is Love 5" promo CD single (1988 May 12 — USA — Dark Horse PRO-CD-3068)
    • This Is Love 3" promo CD single (1988 May 12 — USA — Dark Horse PRO-CDS-3068)
    • This Is Love 7" single (1988 June 13 — UK — Dark Horse W 7913)
    • This Is Love 12" single (1988 June 13 — UK — Dark Horse W 7913 T)
    • This Is Love 3" CD single (1988 June 13 — UK — Dark Horse W 7913 CD)
    • Cloud Nine Remaster CD album (2004 February 24 — USA — Capitol 7243 5 94090 2)
    • The Dark Horse Years 1976 - 1992 CD album (2004 February 24 — USA — Capitol 7243 5 97051 0)
    • Cloud Nine Remaster CD album (2004 March 1 — UK — Dark Horse/Parlophone 594 0902)
    • The Dark Horse Years 1976 - 1992 CD album (2004 March 1 — UK — Dark Horse/Parlophone GHBOX1/594 0852)
    • Cloud Nine digital album (2007 October 9 — Worldwide — Dark Horse/Parlophone 724359409054)
    • Let It Roll: Songs By George Harrison CD album (2009 June 15 — UK — Capitol 50999 965019 24)
    • Let It Roll: Songs By George Harrison CD album (2009 June 16 — USA — Capitol 50999 965019 24)
    • George Harrison – The Vinyl Collection LP box set (2017 February 24 — Worldwide — Capitol 602557090277) [Cloud Nine LP]
    • Cloud Nine LP album (2017 February 24 — Worldwide — Capitol 0602557136586)

  • Top UK Chart Position: 55
  • Top US Chart Position: - Did not chart
  • Cover Versions:
    • Steve Wood on the film and soundtrack album for the film Everest (1998)
    • The Badge on their For George: Live at the BBC - The Bootleg Series, Vol. 7. EP (2009)

  • Used in the Film or TV Program: Everest (1998) (although it was not on the soundtrack album)