George Harrison’s landmark triple solo album turns 48 today. The album was released on November 27th 1970 and showed the artist coming into his own and no longer overshadowed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. George had a stack of songs built up that he was never able to get his former bandmates to take seriously, so he assembled an all star cast of musicians and released them in a huge burst. Produced by Phil Spector, the album greatly benefited from his Wall Of Sound approach, giving many of the tracks an epic quality. While the album is a must have in any record collection, let’s take a look at it’s finest moments.
I’d Have You Anytime
George Harrison co wrote this song with Bob Dylan in 1968 after the White Album sessions sapped George’s enthusiasm for The Beatles. Eric Clapton’s solo that runs throughout the song certainly gave the track added heft.
My Sweet Lord
My Sweet Lord was Harrison’s first single as a solo artist and the first number 1 hit by any former Beatle. This track really showed that Harrison was an accomplished songwriter in his own right and an equal to Lennon or McCartney. While the similarities to the song He’s So Fine ended up in a lawsuit, George Harrison used this song to announce his arrival as a solo artist.
Isn’t It A Pity
Many of the songs on All Things Must Pass deal with Harrison’s feelings with the breakup of The Beatles and this song is no exception. The song had been floating around in various forms since 1966, but felt especially poignant after the band fell apart. This song shows Phil Spector’s Wall Of Sound production at its most majestic.
What Is Life
Spirituality was also a recurring theme that ran through All Things Must Pass and is best exemplified on What Is Life. Harrison conceived this as a soul number and love song that could also be described as a love song to God.
All Things Must Pass
During his time in The Beatles, George Harrison was only allotted two or three songs per album. By 1970, Harrison had accumulated a huge backlog of songs that had previously been rejected for Beatles albums. This was one of those songs, written in 1968 and passed over by Lennon and McCartney for inclusion for Let It Be, it finds it’s home as the title track for this masterful album.