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All Things Must Pass [30th Anniversary Edition]

All Things Must Pass [30th Anniversary Edition]

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by George Harrison

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When anyone -- even the original artist -- starts to tinker with a work that most devotees would consider iconic, it's bound to make a lot of folks uneasy. Thankfully, most of the alterations that George Harrison -- who's become more outspoken lately about his status as the "forgotten Beatle" -- made to All Things Must Pass, his most


When anyone -- even the original artist -- starts to tinker with a work that most devotees would consider iconic, it's bound to make a lot of folks uneasy. Thankfully, most of the alterations that George Harrison -- who's become more outspoken lately about his status as the "forgotten Beatle" -- made to All Things Must Pass, his most ambitious solo work, are actually improvements. Unlike the majority of remastered reissues, there's a palpable difference in sound quality on this 30th anniversary release, thanks to an added crispness that accentuates Phil Spector's lush production (which Harrison somewhat bizarrely criticizes in his liner notes). The packaging, which incorporates futuristically redrawn renditions of the original sleeves as well as a nicely designed mini-box, also shows Harrison taking a fresh look at his work, as does a revamped, languorous rerecording of "My Sweet Lord." The set also boasts several other bonus tracks from the original sessions, including the country-tinged diamond-in-the-rough "I Live for You" and a stripped-down version of the hit "What Is Life." Taken as a whole -- the preferred method of consumption, if you have a couple of hours to kill -- All Things Must Pass makes you wonder why people glossed over Harrison's work all those years ago.

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
All Things Must Pass has long been one of the more vexing classic albums to make it to CD. It appeared previously in two distinctly different (yet confusingly similar) packagings in the late '80s, one from England and one from America, both of which were straight reissues of the original triple LP. Neither was a wholly satisfactory release, owing to the same problems that existed on Layla by Derek & the Dominos -- both albums (which have related histories) were recorded using lots of tracks (and no noise reduction technology) to achieve a very big sound, which was impressive on vinyl but had a lot of noise when processed digitally for CD. This expanded and remastered edition, released in January of 2001, solved most of those problems as well as offering five additional tracks. The remastering, done sometime in 2000, has imparted greater resolution to the music without losing the wall-of-sound effect that most of the album was intended to display. In the process, it's possible to discern the various guitars at work far better than on the original LP set, and to better appreciate the virtuosity of the playing involved as well as the sheer size of the ensemble Harrison assembled. Additionally, and almost more important in terms of enjoying the album as a whole, the new edition captures the warmth and nuances of Harrison's singing on songs like "Let It Down," "Run of the Mill," and "Isn't It a Pity (Version Two)." This improvement isn't reflected everywhere -- on "The Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp," for example, his voice is still buried fairly deep in the mix and not as up front as it is elsewhere, but that's how it was mastered originally, and even Harrison admits, in the notes introducing the accompanying booklet, that he had to resist the urge to remix the album. Of the five bonus tracks, one is an entirely new song from the original sessions, and three more are outtakes of existing songs in versions that have appeared on various bootlegs, while "My Sweet Lord (2000)" is a stripped-down reconsideration of the song. It doesn't add anything in particular, except to show that Harrison can still play up a storm. The so-called "Apple Jam" tracks that comprised disc three of the original LP have also been remastered, to their considerable advantage -- the nuances of the playing on those sessions, which essentially marked the birth of Derek & the Dominos, are brought out in crisp detail and they are worth hearing, now more than ever, and that goes double for the hard-rocking, Chuck Berry-esque jam "Thanks for the Pepperoni." The new edition comes in a box with each CD in a separate slipcase and a booklet containing photos from the original sessions, full lyrics, recording credits, and an essay by Harrison.
Rolling Stone - Anthony Decurtis
...an album that is simultaneously modest and bold ­ and that, despite it¹s title, has stood up well to the passing of time.
Entertainment Weekly
Harrison and Phil Spector's Wall of Krishna Sound is still majestically congested, and the songs are so strong that the ex-Fabber would never top them. David Browne

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Disc 1

  1. I'd Have You Anytime
  2. My Sweet Lord
  3. Wah-Wah
  4. Isn't It A Pity
  5. What Is Life
  6. If Not for You
  7. Behind That Locked Door
  8. Let It Down
  9. Run Of The Mill
  10. I Live For You
  11. Beware Of Darkness
  12. Let It Down
  13. What Is Life
  14. My Sweet Lord (2000)

Disc 2

  1. Beware of Darkness
  2. Apple Scruffs
  3. Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp
  4. Awaiting On You All
  5. All Things Must Pass
  6. I Dig Love
  7. Art Of Dying
  8. Isn't It A Pity (Version Two)
  9. Hear Me Lord
  10. It's Johnny's Birthday
  11. Plug Me In
  12. I Remember Jeep
  13. Thanks For The Pepperoni
  14. Out Of The Blue

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Harrison   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Badfinger   Guitar,Percussion,Rhythm Guitar
Peter Frampton   Guitar
Dave Mason   Guitar
Billy Preston   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Ringo Starr   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Gary Wright   Keyboards
Gary Brooker   Keyboards
Pete Drake   Pedal Steel Guitar
Jim Price   Trumpet
Alan White   Percussion,Drums
Joey Molland   Guitar
Jim Gordon   Percussion,Drums
Sam Brown   Vocals,Background Vocals
Eric Clapton   Guitar
Ray Cooper   Tambourine
Mal Evans   Tambourine
Mike Gibbins   Percussion
Pete Ham   Guitar
Bobby Keys   Tenor Saxophone
Carl Radle   Bass Guitar
Klaus Voormann   Bass Guitar
Bobby Whitlock   Keyboards
Dhani Harrison   fender rhodes
Tommy Evans   Guitar

Technical Credits

Ginger Baker   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
George Harrison   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Dave Mason   Composer
Billy Preston   Composer
Gary Wright   Composer
Jim Price   Composer
Phil Spector   Producer
Ken Scott   Engineer
Jim Gordon   Composer
John Barham   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Eric Clapton   Composer
David Costa   Art Direction,Redesign
Mal Evans   Composer
Bobby Keys   Composer
Phil McDonald   Engineer
Carl Radle   Composer
Klaus Voormann   Composer
Bobby Whitlock   Composer
Eddie Klein   Composer
Aronowitz   Composer

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All Things Must Pass 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
George proved that not only does he have some strong song writing ability, his voice was still pretty amazing. I was never a great George fan but this album is by far the best of any ex-Beatle post break-up. In fact, it is maybe one of the top 5 of the 70's. And it is a good thing for Oasis that George wrote and recorded Wah Wah or else they would never have a career. A must have for any music fan, not just a Beatles fan. We miss album making like this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just brought this album a few weeks ago, and I must say it's great. I've been listening to "My Sweet Lord" for the longest time, then I thought I'll go buy the album just to try something different. George is my favorite Beatle anyway, this whole album is worth every penny. I love every song, but I really didn't like "My Sweet Lord 2000" very much; I know it's different but I wasn't feeling that one. Also, I didn't care to much for the last tracks on the second disk, they're okay, it'll grow on me if I keep listening to them. Overall, everyone should get a copy of this album. I miss you George...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I listened to all the songs available for reviewing and found that most of them contained background music too loud, drowning out George's fine voice. The only two I really liked were his popular ''My Sweet Lord'' and ''What Is Life'' --another one I dearly love was not included --''While My Guitar Gently Weeps.'' Those songs are more indicative of George's talent... The Beatles will always be my favorite band of all time...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I concur with Richie. Undoubtedly, this is Harrison at his intellectual, spiritual and, most importantly, his musical best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every song is different and classic on this album. Every song fits my taste at least. Harrisons voice is awesome and the songs have depth and purpose merging the lines between religion and rock. Everybody should own this album no matter what they like. Its that good. I wouldnt buy any other Harrison album but "All Things Must Pass" is truly legendary. I do find it rather odd that the title track of the album is squished somewhere down in disc two. You'd think it would be the first song but that just makes it all the more mysterious doesnt it! GEORGE HARRISON 1943-2001 god rest his soul
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most of 'All Things Must Pass' could pass for what would be the majority of an 'Essential George Harrison' album (if there was to be a single-disc spanning his whole solo career). Not to downplay any post ATMP songs (many of which are great, particually tracks from 'Cloud Nine'), but ATMP quite simply is an amazing masterstroke of an album by the then recent ex-Beatle. Considering that Harrison was the one who got a song or two on Beatles albums, it was probably not expected that he would produce a whole album of glorious, shining material, never mind a triple LP of such (OK, a double LP w/a bonus 'jam LP' if you will). Then again, the seeds of ATMP were sown towards the end of the Beatles and his backlog of songs was increasing (no doubt fans by now have heard on Anthology 3 his "All Things Must Pass" demo offering to the Beatles, plus a snippet of John and Paul singing it on the 'Fly on the Wall' disc of 'Let it Be...Naked' -- as also "Isn't it a Pity" was a song Harrison offered, but also rejected by the others). All the quintessential George Harrison elements are in place - signature slide guitar, stately melodies, spiritual, quasi-religious messages, and sometimes strained but passionate vocals - all in the company of superb musical accompaniment (Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton - and what would become the other Derek & the Dominoes members, Badfinger, Phil Spector production). "What is Life" is a perfect pop song (like the previously two songs I mentioned, could've been amazing Beatles tracks). The 2000 edition is better sounding than ever before, but I could do without the new version of "My Sweet Lord" (I'll take the version that inspired him to write "This Song" anyday!). "Bewared of Darkness", already the near-perfect Harrisong shows up also in its demo form, not to be missed. If you have no George Harrison albums and had to pick only one, safe to say you could live on ATMP alone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's hard to beat George Harrison. This CD takes you back in time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Funny how time has shaped the Beatles legacy. Up until &amp quot Abbey Road&amp quot George was the guitar player called upon by his two song writing superiors named John and Paul to color their music, make it sparkle. And for years that was the status quo. Quietly, at first, George branched out. In 1967 he turned his cohorts and the world onto World Beats, long before it was fashionable. George was always looking to something greater than himself and the Beatles. George found God, but he also found a sound on his guitar, a slide guitar that came to eclipse any of his fellow Beatles music. &amp quot All Things Must Pass&amp quot was the beginning of that legacy. Most reviews have this as his greatest album, but I think it was the first of three albums, the other two are &amp quot Cloud Nine&amp quot and &amp quot Brainwashed&amp quot . Only Pauls &amp quot Band on the Run and John's &amp quot Imagine&amp quot stand up to those Harrison albums. Not to mention the Traveling Wilburys first album. That would have been some tour!! We lost someone that shaped our world, and not just musically, to cancer at the young age of 58. George this world is better having known you and worse since you've gone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
George is my favorite Beatle too. I first picked it up in 2000. Since then, its been my favorite album. This 30th anniversary is worth the money. The sound is refined and the packaging is beautiful.This one is a must for all classic rock, Beatles, and George Harrison fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by all means the best solo album ever done by a Beatle. Phil Spector who added flavoring to Let It Be co-produced it. I even like the way they've altered the original photographs: adding color and extra graphics. The essay by George is excellent (he even acknowledges Phil Collins), the new tracks are good (especially the working of My Sweet Lord), and there's reprinted lyrics. There are a few good things George made after All Things Must Pass. Among them were his self-titled album, Somewhere In England, Cloud Nine...god how I wish they were still in print. George wrote the best songs for the Beatles' Abbey Road. I'm just sad that he never had the chance to release a new album. But now he's finally met his Sweet Lord and his music and spirit shine on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Best album and work of my favorite Beatle!
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