1975 Splinter – Harder To Live

Harder To Live is the second album by Splinter, released in 1975.

Splinter were an English two-man vocal group from South Shields, England, consisting of Bill Elliott (William Elliott) and Bobby Purvis (Robert J Purvis), who formed in the early 1970s.

In preparing for this album, Harder to Live, George Harrison arranged for them to record at A&M Studios in Los Angeles during the late spring and early summer of 1975. The band were unable to use the studio time, however, due to Purvis suffering from hay fever, apparently brought on by the LA smog. Since Harrison was in town working with fellow Dark Horse acts such as Keltner’s band Attitudes, he instead used the pre-booked studio time to record his own album, Extra Texture. This would be Harrisons last Apple album.


1  Please Help Me (Bob Purvis) 02:40
2  Sixty Miles Too Far (Bob Purvis) 04:08
3  Harder To Live (Bob Purvis) 03:23
4  Half Way There (Bob Purvis) 03:01
5  Which Way Will I Get Home (Bob Purvis) 03:58
6  Berkley House Hotel (Bob Purvis) 03:22
7  After Five Years (Bob Purvis) 03:09
8  Green Line Bus (Bob Purvis) 04:04
9  Lonely Man (Bob Purvis; Mal Evans) 05:37
10  What Is It (If You Never Ever Tried It Yourself) (Bob Purvis; Bill Elliot) 03:43


BassBill Dickinson
DrumsEarl Palmer
GuitarChris Spedding
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
KeyboardsJohn Taylor
SynthesizerTom Scott
HornsTom Scott
Steel DrumsTom Scott
PercussionEarl Palmer
PercussionTom Scott
PercussionRalph MacDonald
VocalsBill Elliot
VocalsBob Purvis

Other Musicians

9 Lonely Man

DrumsJim Keltner
GuitarGeorge Harrison
OrganBilly Preston

Liner Notes

Producer – Tom Scott
Co-producer – George Harrison (Track 9)
Arranged By – Tom Scott
Engineer – Phil McDonald
Engineer (Second) – Kumar Shankar
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Recorded By – Hank Cicalo

Art Direction – Fabio Nicoli
Design – Stan Evenson
Photography – Gered Mankowitz

Recorded At F.P.S.H.O.T.
Phonographic Copyright Dark Horse Records