George Harrison – All Things Must Pass (1970)


“‘Classic album’ is a term that’s used way too much when describing records from the golden era of rock music. The truth is, one person’s classic album is another’s long-forgotten record, but we think that without fear of contradiction George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass is a classic album. There’s an old adage in the music business that talks of, ‘the difficult third album’, well this was George’s third solo album and it proved to be far from difficult. … The genesis of All Things Must Pass began when George visited America in November 1968 and established his long-lasting friendship with Bob Dylan, while staying in Woodstock. It coincided with a time when George’s songwriting output was on the rise, and becoming increasingly self-assured, and not just for The Beatles. In early 1969 he co-wrote ‘Badge’ with Eric Clapton for Cream’s Goodbye album. George’s involvement with Billy Preston and Doris Troy who had both been signed to Apple records in 1969, as well his joining Delaney and Bonnie on tour – a tour that included Eric Clapton, Leon Russell, Dave Mason, Bobby Whitlock, Carl Radle and Jim Gordon – all began to influence George’s songwriting, with elements of gospel and the kind of music that we have come to call ‘Americana’ becoming increasingly prevalent. George’s spiritual journey drew him towards the Hare Krishna movement, which would also become another vital piece in the jigsaw of sound that makes up All Things Must Pass. On George’s 26th birthday, 25 February 1969, he recorded a demo of ‘All Things Must Pass’, along with ‘Old Brown Shoe’ and ‘Something’. The latter two songs were recorded by the Beatles, but for whatever reason ‘All Things Must Pass’ was not. George had based this beautiful song on a translation of part of chapter 23 of the Tao Te Ching, ‘All things pass, A sunrise does not last all morning. All things pass, A cloudburst does not last all day.’ A month earlier George also made a demo of another song that is one of the standout tracks on All Things Must Pass, but ‘Isn’t It A Pity’ also failed to make the cut for a Beatles album. In early 1970 George played producer Phil Spector demos of songs that he had been writing. Some of which went back as far as 1966, specifically, ‘Isn’t It a Pity’ and ‘Art of Dying’ and he had written ‘’I’d Have You Anytime’ with Bob Dylan during his stay at Woodstock in late 1968. …”
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