However, the year  was redeemed by some positive things. Undoubtedly, the saving grace was that George met his future wife and soul mate Olivia Arias: ‘I liked the music. I liked what he was doing. We just seemed like partners from the very beginning.’ Signifying that bond, a photo of Olivia’s eyes was on the label of one side of the LP record, while George is pictured on the other.
[…] Olivia worked in the Los Angeles office of George’s record company, which had been named after the, as yet unreleased, song ‘Dark Horse’. She recalls the hectic circumstances in which George began work on a follow-up to his American number knew album from 1973. ‘He started spinning the Dark Horse label plate and at the same time was doing Little Malcolm through Apple. Mal Evans had brought him the duo Splinter so he recorded an album with them. This coincided with his home studio at Friar Park being built. At the same time he was recording Dark Horse there, Indian classical musicians - some of the greatest exponents of their instruments - were at his home. He was organizing a tour for them and recording them in the daytime. The music that they produced for Ravi Shankar’s Musical Festival From India is just classic. He would go in the studio at night to do Dark Horse, then he’d get up in the morning and hear them rehearsing downstairs. He was really burning the candle at both ends.’
Dark Horse 2014 remaster liner notes by Kevin Howlett