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2020 Album Draft- Round 1 Pick 10- Introgroove selects- George Harrison- All Things Must Pass.

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Introgroove’s Round One Pick: George Harrison – All Things Must Pass Where to start with George’s 1970 triple album opus, and how to explain concisely why this album means so much to me in a manner that doesn’t make me sound full of myself? I’m counting on the fact that we’re all music nuts here and can, at least to some extent, relate. Despite the fact that I have no clue what it’s like to be musically gifted, internationally famous (never mind an ex-Beatle), wealthy, etc., if there’s one artist who I think I can relate to as a person, it’s George. I wear my heart on my sleeve like he did, and if I were ever to experience any degree of fame I’d probably react to it similarly to him. That is to say, “’Hari Krishna,’ now please get off my lawn while I enjoy this piece of cake.” Maybe it’s because I’m a fellow Pisces, I don’t know. And if there’s one album of his which displays his full range of emotions relating to personal relationships and spiritual longing, and is presented in beautifully crafted songs with fantastic musicianship from start to finish, it’s All Things Must Pass . Due to the limits he faced with regard to his songs making it onto Beatles albums, Harrison had been stockpiling them since roughly 1966. After starting 1968 by staying in India longer than the other Beatles, in the fall of that year George spent time with Dylan and The Band at Woodstock, which was perhaps the final nail in the Beatles’ coffin as far as George was concerned. Their influence is all over this solo debut album, which was an artistic and emotional purging for Harrison. There are songs of human love for friends, including the Dylan co-written I’d Have You Anytime, and George’s attempt at coaxing Bob out of his self-imposed exile on Behind That Locked Door . Apple Scruffs is his humorous love song to his loyal fans who waited daily outside the recording studio, and What is Life is one of a number of George’s uniquely ambiguous love songs over the course of his solo years which leaves it up to the listener to decide if it’s about human or Godly love. There are songs of lament over friendships on the wane. Wah-Wah was written when George walked out of the Get Back sessions. It’s a double entendre which refers to the guitar effect as well as the headache John and Paul had caused him. Run of the Mill , too, was written out of his sadness over the Beatles’ slow dissolution. Isn’t it a Pity , to me, is the most powerful track on this emotional rollercoaster of an album. I can’t watch Eric Clapton and Billy Preston sing it on The Concert for George without tears. Just thinking about it… ​And, there are the songs which focus on George’s spiritual journey. The smash hit, of course, was My Sweet Lord , which includes a Vedic chant for which Harrison took heat from Christian fundamentalists for supposedly trying to subliminally indoctrinate America’s youth into heathen Eastern religion. As with his organizing the Concert for Bangladesh a year later, it took nerve (and Phil Spector’s insistence) for him to put this song out as a single, but it paid off. The Art of Dying had its genesis around 1966 when Lennon’s Tomorrow Never Knows was the Tibetan Book of the Dead -influenced song to make the cut on Revolver . To the uninitiated, it can be a dark or frightening song. It’s not. As with The Art of Dying , Awaiting on You All is Harrison encouraging us to wake up to what’s real and eschew that which isn’t. And lastly, after all the madness, fame, and fortune of his Beatles experience left him emotionally and spiritually frayed, there’s George’s bare bones plea in Hear Me Lord . For such a private man, it doesn’t get any more open and sincere than this. I know I need to wrap this up despite the fact that I could go on (other tracks, the plagiarism lawsuit, Apple Jam , the session players, the cover, etc.). I would, however, like to comment briefly on Phil Spector’s production. As with Let it Be , this is the version we grew up with, and I love it just like it is. Perhaps when the deluxe 50 th anniversary edition comes out this fall, it will include alternate versions and demos with toned down production. Some of it is already available on bootlegs and YouTube. Thanks for reading. -Stephen​


  1. Excellent write-up​. I’ve read where one of the headlines was “Garbo Talks” when this album was released. That has always stuck with me about this album. He finally was loose from The Beatles and their veto process.

    Harrison reinvented himself on this album with slide guitar which he never played much with the Beatles. That sound started on this album and continued with him until the end. Musicians are still trying to cop that sound he created. I would say it’s the best solo album from any of them…

    The most overlooked song in his career is on this album and you pointed it out…Isn’t It A Pity. It’s simply a beautiful song with the slide guitar echoing what the song is about.

    Great choice Stephen.

  2. Thanks Max. I’m currently reading Simon Leng’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” which focuses on his music from ’66-onward. I’ve been very pleasantly surprised at how good it is. Most don’t realize just how involved in producing other acts for Apple he was at this same time. I had no idea, for example, that Keith Richards, Ginger Baker, and Clapton played on Billy Preston’s “That’s the Way God Planned It” album along with George.

  3. A great pick to finish up Round 1 of the draft. The best former Beatles album. All you have to do is listen to this album- there was no way George at this point -and The Beatles were going to co-exist happily. George two songs on an album wasn’t going to work anymore. I also think the rest of his career is underappreciated.

  4. Yes a very good take. Yeah, CB is a “music” nut and a Band nut. I knew about that connection but just in passing. I actually have this record (Well my Gal has it) and never gave it a lot of time. I have always had good intentions about bracketing time and giving it a good listen. It’s been recommended to me over the years. I have always liked Harrison and the music I’ve heard from him. It just came to light a while ago to me, how his creative ideas were not given a lot a room in his former band.
    Real good take Intro. I will be spinning this right away from top to bottom. I feel some good listening coming my way.

  5. a very worthy pick. I can imagine (perhaps) John and Paul reacting to hearing it, all 6 sides, and thinking “wow- who knew?” As the years go by, I fine more and more I’m drawn more to George’s music and personality more than the other Beatles, as much as I do like the other 3.

  6. As I just commented on Stephen’s blog, I think “All Things Must Pass” is a great choice, which is definitely among the best solo albums by any ex-Beatle – and the only triple LP any former Fab Four managed to pull off. At the same time, it’s also an indication only few of George’s tunes made it on Beatles, which is a pity. That’s why he had amassed on many tunes!

  7. I see my comment got swallowed up by the WP Gods of Aggravation. Excellent choice that you picked before I did. It’s the one I’ve listened to the most after he went solo. Your write-up is excellent, Stephen.

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