Album #196 – All Things Must Pass

Album #196

All Things Must Pass is an album known for many achievements: it was the first triple album by a rock or pop artist, it was George Harrison’s breakthrough solo album and many critics and fans feel it is his best album. But, years after this album’s release, Harrison felt the album had “too much echo” and that it distracted the listener from the songs. I disagree with Harrison. I feel that this album was his best solo album. The songs on this album are some of the best songs that Harrison ever wrote. The production by Phil Spector does not diminish the album in any way. Many do not know that this was Harrison’s third solo album. His first two solo albums: Wonderwall Music and Electronic Music were both instrumental and experimental. All Things Must Pass was Harrison’s first solo album to have actual songs. Every song on this album is amazing and well written. Most of the songs off this album I had heard many times before and they are some of my favorite songs. The Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll) was my favorite track that I had not heard before listening to the whole album. It was very mellow and had a country sound complete with pedal steel guitar. The other thing that makes this album magical is the list of musicians who played on this album. Some were credited and others were not credited and revealed several decades later as being a part of this album. They include: Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Jim Gordon, Phil Collins, Ginger Baker, Carl Radle, Klaus Voormann, Billy Preston, Gary Booker and the list goes on and on. This is what made George so special. He was able to unite musicians together in a unique way. Many of the musicians who played with George on this album and on other albums and in concert, united together a year after his death for The Concert for George. It was released on CD and DVD and it is a memorial to the legacy of Harrison. Many of the songs off this album were performed in that tribute. It is worth picking up if you can find it. This album is a testament to the talent of George Harrison and how talented he was. He deserved more recognition for his talents in The Beatles. But, fortunately, he was able to be recognized for the magic of this album. That makes this album that much more special. Overall, I give this album 4.5 out of 5.

Next: Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel!!!

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