George Harrison – All Things Must Pass

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George Harrison
Artist: George Harrison
Title: All Things Must Pass
Label: EMI
Rating: 9/10

George Harrison was more than his ‘quiet Beatle’ moniker could attempt to sell.

George Harrison wasn’t just a guitar player for the greatest band ever. He was a grand artist in his own right. All things Must Pass was his most magnificent solo release and now it has been re-released for all of us to enjoy.

And enjoy it you will. The first thing you might notice is how much the album seems to lean towards country music twang with the guitar of “I’d Have You Anytime” and “Behind That Locked Door” opens it up for the beautiful “I Live For You”. “Isn’t It A Pity” should not be overlooked as it spreads its sad heartbreak. The Dylan track “If Not For You” is a lovely awakening.

For those who like to get up and out of their seats will love “What Is Life”. Then there is the absolutely longing of “Let It Down”.

The blessing from All Things Must Pass is “My Sweet Lord”. The song is more than a classic, it’s timeless message of love and peace will rain eternal. The 2000 version takes a bit getting used to but isn’t blasphemous.

The second part of the double album has a few tracks worth listening to like “Apple Scruffs”, “Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp”, and “Beware Of Darkness” add to this album.

George Harrison wasn’t just a master of the guitar, he was a fantastic songwriter in his own right and All Things Must Pass proves this. If you don’t own it you are missing something in your life.

+ charlie craine

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