All Things Must Pass (studio album) by George Harrison

All Things Must Pass by George Harrison
Year: 1970
Overall rank: 103rd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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From 02/02/2024 18:28
George Harrison, the youngest Beatle was probably also the quietest & shyest. Tracks on the later Beatle albums that he penned and sang like "While my Guitar Gently Weeps", "Something", Blue Jay Way" or "Here Comes the Sun", suggested that be might be able to break free of Lennon & McCartney´s artistic domination & be acknowledged as the great guitarist and songwriter, without which the band would not have been anywhere near as great.
The release of the Double Album "All Things Must Pass" was not only the most impressive of the solo records released by individual members of the band, in 1969 & 1970, but was also a massive commercial success.
The long album´s second track "My Sweet Lord", released as Harrison´s first solo single, was a declaration of his own development as man & musician, and suddenly the quiet Beatle had, to the surprise of all but his own dedicated band of fans, overnight, become the most successful Ex-Beatle. This album confirmed Harrison as both a great musician & a singer songwriter as well as the great guitarist he was.
If tracks like "If Not For You" & "What is Life" were immediately catchy, with time, songs like "Isn't it a Pity", "Beware of Darkness" & "Awaiting on You all" became standards.
The album was followed by [Album13056], to raise money for those suffering hunger and great poverty, following Bangladesh's independence from Pakistan. Lennon and McCartney would also go on to make great solo records, but All Things Must Pass was the first sign that the imminent breakup of the World's favourite rock band would not be an end to the great music each of the band's members have given us. All things in life must pass, but not without leaving their legacy.
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From 12/27/2022 09:43
"All Things Must Pass" was George Harrison's first real solo album ( the previous only contained instrumentals). Most of the songs were written while the Beatles were still existing, and George was writing so many great songs during the final years of the 1960's that, when the Beales finally folded in early 1970, he had songs enough for a double album. Eventually it turned out to be a triple album, with the 3rd record containing "jams" with George and his good friends, such as Eric Clapton, Dave Mason, Carl Radle and Jim Gordon.
Like most Harrison fans I regard "ATMP" as George finest album. Many of his greatest songs come from this LP. Though there is a great variety of styles and moods on the album, particularly the ballads stand out. Songs like "Isn't It a Pity", "Run of the Mill", "Behind That Locked Door", "Beware of Darkness" and "I'd Have You Anytime" are simply moving. His version of Dylan's "If Not For You" beats Dylan's own version by miles. Among the other up-beat number I especially like "What is Life". The bonus-track "I Live For You" is gem; incredible that this song was not originally included.

A lot of the acoustic guitars are played by Badfinger's Pete Ham and Tom Evans, who were two young very talented song-writers themselves and who had already witten the classic "Without You" at this time. For Pete Ham, who wrote Badfinger' greatest hit-records, Harrison may have been the biggest inspiration among the Beatles. There are many similarities among these two great musicians' songwriting and musical arrangements. Try listen to Badfinger's "Straight Up" album, which was partly produced by George.

The 2 CD set version is a must have for any Beatles or Badfinger fan!
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From 11/04/2022 22:40
This album showcases the underappreciated-at-times talent of George Harrison. The best solo Beatle album and loaded with so many great songs.
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From 09/23/2022 14:48
Shocking for a triple album to be so consistently good all throughout (except maybe the jams on the third disc, I could live with or without them). But from tracks 1-18, I'm not sure I would call a single piece "filler." That run of the first six tracks alone is nearly perfect. And while I do love the hit singles My Sweet Lord and What Is Life, I think the best songs this album has to offer are Wah-Wah, Isn't It a Pity, and the beautiful title track. It's clear that George was harboring a load of songwriting genius that the other Beatles wasn't letting him properly show, and it all comes out on this record, which I'd say is better than a lot of those late Beatles albums (White Album, Let It Be, etc.). Highly recommend this one.
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From 08/31/2022 03:43
Solid album
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From 07/03/2022 02:44
In its time - 1970 - it was a must have album. Although a triple record album, everyone I knew only played the first two records after the first time around. Definitely some classic songs. I liked it that Harrison & Dylan were forming deeper bonds at the time (bonds that culminate at Concert for Bangla Desh and continue in The Travelling Wilburys). George does a fine version of Dylan's 'If Not For You' and I have included it in my 'top 100 Dylan covers' chart.
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From 07/02/2022 10:28
This album grew on me a lot, but I still don"t like a couple of last tracks.
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From 05/06/2022 19:37
The 9 songs of CD 1 are absolutely majestic. The first 9 songs of CD2 are great. The jamms at numbers 10 - 14 don't add anything to me and Jonny's Birthday is a waste of time.
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From 04/12/2022 16:16
For George Harrison releasing an album of all his unheard material that he had written while with the Beatles was of extreme importance to him. This is his outpouring and he bares his heart and soul through this huge record. Finally it feels like we get to understand him more and this record allows him to flex his song writing muscles which had slowly but surely been growing. Admittedly the final LP of instrumentals is a little unnecessary but that isn't the reason anybody should listen to this masterpiece.
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From 02/04/2022 18:14
Arguably the best album released by a solo Beatle
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Best Albums of 1970
1. Paranoid by Black Sabbath
2. After The Gold Rush by Neil Young
3. All Things Must Pass by George Harrison
4. Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel
5. John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band by John Lennon
6. Bitches Brew by Miles Davis
7. Moondance by Van Morrison
8. Cosmo's Factory by Creedence Clearwater Revival
9. Led Zeppelin III by Led Zeppelin
10. Fun House by The Stooges
11. Let It Be by The Beatles
12. Loaded by The Velvet Underground
13. Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs by Derek & The Dominos
14. Black Sabbath by Black Sabbath
15. Déjà Vu by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
16. American Beauty by Grateful Dead
17. Abraxas by Santana
18. Deep Purple In Rock by Deep Purple
19. Tea For The Tillerman by Cat Stevens
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