For many years, George Harrison struggled to combat two outstanding songwriters and performers in his band the Beatles. John Lennon and Paul McCartney allowed the youngest member of the band only two songs per album. Nevertheless, Harrison repeatedly took the opportunity to position himself as a great composer. People always saw him as the quiet Beatle in the background. The irony of story is that the Beatles broke up just as George Harrison was at the absolute height of his creativity.
To this day, fans speculate about what would have happened if the band had continued. After all, the Beatles chose new plans after their last recorded album Abbey Road. However, for the first time, George Harrison had been promoted to a songwriter and, just like Lennon and McCartney, contributed four songs for the following album Let It Be. How much his bandmates and the public underestimated him was already demonstrated the upcoming year.
At the Height of His Potential
He collected his best compositions from the years before, which never made it on a Beatles album, and recorded his first solo pieces. All Things Must Pass was the first triple album in music history and the first record by an ex-Beatle to reach Number 1 in the charts. To do this, Harrison again used the services of the eccentric producer Phil Spector. John Lennon and Ringo Starr were there as guest musicians, who helped to created a masterpiece. As if that weren’t enough, Harrison also wrote Ringo Starr’s first solo No. 1 hit It Doesn’t Come Easy. Looking back at the solo works of the ex-Beatles in 1970, one can assume that Harrison would have dominated the band if they had continued their career together with John Lennon as a songwriter. But this upheaval never happened.
Now more than 50 years later, All Things Must Pass is celebrating its 50th anniversary a little late. To this day, the record is one of the milestones in rock history. A total of 23 songs have lost none of their power and are waiting for a new generation of music fans. Harrison’s son Dhani made sure of that. He completed his father’s wish, who wanted to free the album from Phil Spector’s oratory while still alive.
Spector’s Wall of Sound was great at the time. In the present-day, Harrison wanted to purify his record a little in terms of sound. Now, classics like My Sweet Lord, What Is Life or If Not for You can be heard in new splendour. In addition, the ex-Beatles experimented with numerous musical styles, these range from rock to gospel, blues and country to traditional Indian music. The first single releases have already showed that the music now sounds more precise and more transparent than ever before in its history. A remaster of the original tapes almost 20 years after the death of George Harrison, made his wish finally come true. The album is available in numerous configurations (CD, vinyl or MP3) on August 6th. You can also listen to it on all streaming platforms.