George Harrison – All Things Must Pass

This is one of my favourite albums. The song-writing is unbelievable, as is the whole production. This album was recorded between May and September 1970, only 8 months after the The Beatles had released their last studio album ‘Abbey Road’, and consists of a huge amount of tracks that Harrison had written years previously, but tracks he wasn’t able to get on a Beatles record.

‘All Things Must Pass’ was the first triple album to be released by a solo artist and remains one of, if not THE BEST solo album by a Beatle. The backing band that Harrison used for the album had a massive input on the sound and feel. They were: Eric Clapton, Carl Radle, Bobby Whitlock and Jim Gordon (with other guest musicians like Ginger Baker, Dave Mason, Billy Preston, Klaus Voorman and Ringo Starr making appearance). But the main band were ‘Derek and the Dominos’, the new group that Clapton had recently formed.

Phil Spector co-produced the album and used his famous techniques to give the album it’s sound, however this is something Harrison later regretted as he thought the album had too much echo. However this was something typical of Spector’s production at this period of time.

  1. I’d Have You Anytime
  2. My Sweet Lord
  3. Wah-Wah
  4. Isn’t It A Pity
  5. What Is Life
  6. If Not For You
  7. Behind That Locked Door
  8. Let It Down
  9. Run Of The Mill
  10. Beware Of Darkness
  11. Apple Scruffs
  12. Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)
  13. Awaiting On You All
  14. All Things Must Pass
  15. I Dig Love
  16. Art Of Dying
  17. Isn’t It A Pity (version 2)
  18. Hear Me Lord
  19. Out Of The Blue
  20. It’s Johnny’s Birthday
  21. Plug Me In
  22. I Remember Jeep
  23. Thanks For The Pepperoni

This is the original 1970 tracklisting, however when the album was remastered and released again in 2001 there were 5 additional tracks. Acoustic demos of ‘Let It Down’ and ‘Beware Of Darkness’, a re-working of ‘My Sweet Lord’, an early mix of ‘What Is Life’ and a previously unreleased track ‘I Live For You’ that had been left off the original album.

From start to finish this is a magnificent album. It’s difficult to choose certain songs over others, but I’d have to go for ‘Isn’t It A Pity’ as being the pinnacle of the album. The track starts simply with an acoustic guitar, tambourine and vocals, but more and more instruments come in throughout until it becomes an orchestra. Fantastic! The lyrics are also something I could write and write about. Harrison had a way with lyrics which weren’t able to come through in The Beatles. But they come through here on every single track.

As far as my own songwriting goes, I see this album as one of my main inspirations. I really recommend it to those who read this as you won’t be disappointed in the slightest. The 2001 remaster is the version I have, however there was another remaster last year which made the tracks much more clearer and audible as there are so many instruments being played. However you can still find good copies of the original record released in 1970, and this is the best version. Originals always are as this album was made to be heard on vinyl, as was every album at the time. You can’t beat it.

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