All Things Must Pass is the third studio album by English rock musician George Harrison. Released as a triple album in November 1970, it was Harrison's first solo work after the break-up of the Beatles in April that year. It includes the hit singles "My Sweet Lord" and "What Is Life", as well as songs such as "Isn't It a Pity" and the title track that had been overlooked for inclusion on releases by the Beatles. The album reflects the influence of Harrison's musical activities with artists such as Bob Dylan, the Band, Delaney & Bonnie and Friends and Billy Preston during 1968–70, and his growth as an artist beyond his supporting role to former bandmates John Lennon and Paul McCartney. All Things Must Pass introduced Harrison's signature slide guitar sound and the spiritual themes present throughout his subsequent solo work. The original vinyl release consisted of two LPs of songs and a third disc of informal jams titled Apple Jam. Several commentators interpret Barry Feinstein's album cover photo, showing Harrison surrounded by four garden gnomes, as a statement on his independence from the Beatles. Production began at London's EMI Studios in May 1970, with extensive overdubbing and mixing continuing through October. Among the large cast of backing musicians were Eric Clapton and members of Delaney & Bonnie's Friends band – three of whom formed Derek and the Dominos with Clapton during the recording – as well as Ringo Starr, Gary Wright, Billy Preston, Klaus Voormann, John Barham, Badfinger and Pete Drake. The sessions produced a double album's worth of extra material, most of which remains unissued. All Things Must Pass was critically and commercially successful on release, with long stays at number one on charts worldwide. Co-producer Phil Spector employed his Wall of Sound production technique to notable effect; Ben Gerson of Rolling Stone described the sound as "Wagnerian, Brucknerian, the music of mountain tops and vast horizons". Reflecting the widespread surprise at the assuredness of Harrison's post-Beatles debut, Melody Maker's Richard Williams likened the album to Greta Garbo's first role in a talking picture and declared: "Garbo talks! – Harrison is free!" According to Colin Larkin, writing in the 2011 edition of his Encyclopedia of Popular Music, All Things Must Pass is "generally rated" as the best of all the former Beatles' solo albums. During the final year of his life, Harrison oversaw a successful reissue campaign to mark the 30th anniversary of the album's release. After this reissue, the Recording Industry Association of America certified the album six-times platinum. It has since been certified seven-times platinum. Among its appearances on critics' best-album lists, All Things Must Pass was ranked 79th on The Times' "The 100 Best Albums of All Time" in 1993, while Rolling Stone placed it 368th on the magazine's 2020 update of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". In 2014, All Things Must Pass was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.Wikipedia
There’s probably a 4 or 5 star album buried in here but I’ll be damned if I’m gonna spend another 2 hours trying to find it. A more selective approach might’ve resulted in a shorter, better album. All things must pass quality control
I’ve heard George Harrison was the best songwriter from the Beatles. Although saying that, the only song I know he wrote for them was Here Comes The Sun. Songs I already know: My Sweet Lord Favourite after listening: Apple Scruffs Overall: 9/10. Was nearly a 10/10 but the last few songs were annoying stoner jamming Some songs make me wants to join a hippy drum circle. Other songs make me want to take my clothes off and dance.
I could be given a 3 second glimpse at the album cover from 5 meters away and be able to name the album, but I don't remember ever listening to the whole album or even an entire side. My loss. This is a very good album with contributions from Rock and Roll's royalty and production by Mr. Wall of Sound before he became Mr. Fuckhead. Well, perhaps he was already Mr. Fuckhead, but he was not yet the gun slinging murdering Mr. Fuckhead. I can't talk about all the songs but will mention a few: My Sweet Lord is a classic and the nod to the hare krishnas wasn't a minute to late for the most ridiculed religion of the day. Yeah people still shook their heads and sighed when they would see them but at least they had the validation from this wonderful song. Wah-wah is also quite good although I admit I have a thing for songs written to torture Paul. Happy Birthday Johnny. I didn't know that song. It's only a month until my birthday. Timing is everything. Three albums worth huh. Most of his compositions were dismissed by John and Paul for so many years, I guess once the seal was broken, there were a lot to pour out.
Je connaissais l'album mais je n'avais jamais prit le temps de l'écouter au complet. 2h5 c'est un peu long pour une seule écoute donc je ne m'y était jamais attardé. Les albums post beatles de John (Plastic Ono band, Imagine) et Paul (McCartney, Ram) sont tous les deux des chef d'oeuvre et celui-ci n'a pas à en rougir car il est dans la même classe. 5
Some great songs. Some shit ones. 2.5 stars.
57/100: There are two pretty good reasons why most artist don’t throw 11 minute long instrumentals on their albums: few artists wants to slot away a fifth of their album to one song with no lyrics and if you’re instrumental is going to be 11 minutes long, it’s got to be really fucking good, which is hard to do. Well George Harrison found a nifty loophole to avoid that first reason—just make your album 2 hours long so the monstrosity of an instrumental only takes up a tenth of your album. Unfortunately, he found no such loop hole for the second reason. “Out of the Blue” would be a good 4 minute long song, maybe even 5 minutes. But to force listeners to listen to that track for 11 minutes is the most blatant masturbatory stroke of an artist’s own ego I’ve ever seen. Actually, no I take that back. Having a second, 7 minute long instrumental on top of an 11 minute instrumental objectively beats that. Well, actually, throwing two versions of the same song on your album might trump that. Come to think of it, nevermind. Pumping out a 2 hour long triple album takes the cake. We get it, George. You had something to prove because Paul and John were mean to you. One album would have sufficed. Keep “What is Life,” “If Not For You” (a Bob Dylan cover anyway, albeit a nice one), “All Things Must Pass,” “Art of Dying,” just one version of “Isn’t it a Pity,” “Hear Me Lord,” and cut “Out of the Blue” in half then get rid of literally everything else. You’d have yourself a pretty damn good album then. I can’t in good conscience call this album as is a good album though, and I really wanted the plot line of George Harrison, the mistreated musical genius of the Beatles, to be true. Based on this album, it seems like George was treated by the Beatles about as well as he should have been. There are some seriously shocking production decisions on this album, namely in that it appears George Harrison takes so much pride in all of his works that he feels they all are good enough to make an album’s final cut. Just imagine how he’d react when Paul or John told him to ditch a song idea. I mean how dare they insult his musical talent, don’t they know every song he writes is golden? In fact, he has so many golden songs, he should make a 2 hour long triple album, that’s a great idea.
If you think about what this record is, it's all the songs Harrison wrote between roughly 68 and 70 that John and Paul didn't think were good enough to put on a Beatles record. "Something" and "Here Comes The Sun" were good enough. So was "I Me Mine" (yeesh). So basically what you're listening to is a dump of B-sides that weren't quite as strong as "I Me Mine". And it sounds like it. Harrison's solo material is missing a couple of the really critical things that makes the Beatles CDs work. One is that they have two exceptionally talented lead singers, neither of whom is George. Another is their incredible production - Harrison uses some instrumental diversity here, but generally the sound is kind of monotonous, and nowhere near as creative as peak Beatles. And last is their relentless, infectious optimism - the Beatles records are so joyous and fun that little children instinctively sing along with them, even if they've never heard rock and roll before. But this record is generally a downer, and aside from being less fun to listen to as a result, that also puts it into an extremely competitive bracket (early 70s downer rock music being some of the best ever made). I don't even think it holds up on its own merits, but certainly not relative to contemporaries. There are some nice songs here, generally the more upbeat ones. "Wah-Wah", "What is Life" and "The Art of Dying" are all fun, if a little unremarkable. But some of the other hits like "My Sweet Lord" and "Isn't It a Pity" are just whiny and slow - for whatever reason Harrison must've liked "Isn't It A Pity", it appears on the record twice, despite being one of the weaker tracks. And the whole thing is really chock full of filler and waaay too long - this album took me two days to get through. That plodding feeling is exacerbated by the fact that a lot of the songs themselves are long and slow. "Beware of Darkness" kicks off the 2nd CD at a rollicking 65 bpm clip - many of the others are in that neighborhood. The wheels just totally come off towards the end ("Johnny's Birthday"? Alternate versions of "Isn't It a Pity" and borderline of "My Sweet Lord"?? Four consecutive 12-bar blues instrumentals???). Harrison employs some nice harmonic tricks on a lot of these songs, but he doesn't do much creatively with the production, and the pacing, moodiness and his own weak voice kind of drag it down.
1 good song
I love the Beatles but I had never listened to this mainly because I thought it would all sound like My Sweet Lord. Thankfully it does not. George wrote some strong and thoughtful tracks and the musicians he surrounded himself with are excellent. Even the Bob Dylan song is a good one!
Sunrise doesn't last all morning...
This was a surprise, what a great album!
Released a year after the Beatles’ break up, this album shows just how much songwriting George Harrison was doing. His music oscillates between the more guitar driven and even jam based stuff and the more contemplative Dylan and country influences music. Harrison focuses much of his lyrics on his faith and one can’t help but feel his sincere devotion to it. Production wise, this might be Phil Spector’s finest work. The songs feel big and inhabited by a lush and full instrumentation. This is a triple album and is exceptionally long. The final few tracks are more jam based and being to tax the listener a bit. However, this album is just too good, especially in the wake of a career as a Beatle, not to give it five stars.
Such a lovely album. What is life is such an incredible song.
Un disco genial cuyo único pecado es ser muy largo para los estándares actuales, pero que es por la obvia cantidad de cosas que Harrison traía en el tintero de años atrás y que no había podido sacar. De mis rolas favoritas de George, este disco trae casi todas, sin ser un disco de éxitos. Let It Roll, All Things Must Pass, Isn't It A Pitty y I'd Have You Anytime son muestra de lo gran músico y letrista que era.
Aw I just recently listened to this and I really really love it. Love u George-y <3 hate u Yoko
Great album! Love George Harrison. Stand out tracks are 'My Sweet Lord', 'What Is Life', 'If Not For You'. Liked the (Apple) Jam sessions as well. 5/5
Context is everything when it comes to this album; George had been pushed aside creatively during his time with the Beatles and wrote a massive amount of music from 1966 to their ultimate disbanding in 1970. All that writing led to this triple LP punch showcasing what George is truly capable of as a songwriter. But as with the Beatles (and by extension its individual members), what else can be said that hasn't already? I guess it’s simply this; it’s amazing to hear George in full on his own. Any Beatles track he had credit on was always a treat (While My Guitar Gently Weeps or I Me Mine for example) so it’s incredible to hear him, no strings attached. The instrumental tracks on the Apple Jam disc showcase his guitar skills unlike anything else prior to me; plus he brings in an incredible list of studio musicians to jam with. Since it’s a long album, here are two of my top song picks. “Behind That Locked Door” just stuck with me even after playing the rest of the album; the slide guitar gracefully glides between the organ and George’s dubbed harmonies. It all makes for a sweet and easy listening experience. For my other pick I have to go for one of the jams; “Plug Me In” is such a fun honky-tonk/rockabilly jam session with Eric Clapton jumping in for a solo…or two. Honorable mention to “Let It Down;” it opens on a hard hitting wall of sound that transitions to a calming verse, it’s a really interesting dichotomy when listening.
um dos meus álbuns preferidos
CLASSIC GEORGE BEST BEATLE BANGER AFTER BANGER Even Pitchfork gave this a 9/10 Awaiting On You All
Wah Wah is an amazing song!
Can't believe some of the scores here... The 'Apple Jam' tracks are a novelty bonus, and I'm not considering them in my score. The main album is 18 tracks and 76 minutes of quality tunage. No question that it's five stars from me.
Loistava. Suosikkeja: My Sweet Lord, Let It Down, Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll), Awaiting On You All, I Dig Love, Art Of Dying, Hear Me Lord
I could listen to this album every day. And every day would be better for it.
top 5 best albums ever made
Amazing album. Shows Harrison was a powerhouse that helped propel the Beatles become legends.
Chocolate Harrison is my favorite Beatle. I'm glad he love jeep as much as I love him. If we could do half stars I'd knock half a star off because this album is way too long. But I'm not going to shortchange Georgie Porgie
This is the correct answer to the desert island disc question
A beast of an album. I actually think it is a bit much all together, but the sounds throughout firmly earn it a 5.
It always astounds me when an album this damn long can be this damn good. I think this now sits firmly as my favorite post-Fab Four Beatle album.
All in all a very mellow Album. But such sweet melodies!
Alternate title: The Emancipation of George Harrison. The Most Criminally Underappreciated Beatle (a title that still applies even after decades of people recognizing his greatness) had a lot to get out of his system after leaving. It sounds like catharsis, and it's a lot, especially the final tracks, but it works. Best track: My Sweet Lord
1001 album a day tries to kill me with a Stevie double album followed by a Georgie triple album the next day. It's a bloody good job they are both fabulous. Very much enjoyed the 50th anniversary thing last year, especially after watching Get Back recontextualised the whole thing. Watching George working on several of these songs during those sessions, entirely reasonably floating the idea of breaking off to do some solo stuff and then coming back to the band, because at this point he was bleeding well busting with classic songs. The first 5 songs are of such unbelievably high quality, you do understand why Maxwell Silver Hammer gets mauled, taking the place of one of these beauties, and they were struggling for songs to put on Let it Be. Erm? I would respectfully suggest anyone who thinks this is sub-Beatles stuff go back and listen to the Let It Be album again. I think of the Apple Jam sessions as bonus material, much like the EP in Songs in the Key of Life, so I'm entirely unbothered if it's just jam noodles. Also, the jams are good. It's true that while they're all good, not all the tracks are of such high standard as the first 5 tracks, both brilliant versions of Isn't It A Pity, the title track, Hear Me Lord and Beware of Darkness, but an album with such a high hit rate of five star tracks, gets five stars. That's it, that's the rule.
What a great album. I've listened to this when i was a young child of. A lot of nastalgia for me. Probably the best Solo album of all the beatles
Virtually flawless, with the only issue being that it is maybe too long - especially the extended version (and even more so the other version on Spotify - which is over 4 hours long!). My sweet Lord is one of the prettiest songs ever, and so is so much of the album. Hard to believe some of these were rejected from Beatles albums - although they weren't struggling for songs I suppose!
Classic from beginning to end. , he sure had a backlog of material. But it was Dhani who brought the focus to “Let It Down”, truly an incredible love song, really top shelf lyrics
Just hands down the best thing produced between the 4 Beatles post breakup. What Is Life in particular is such an incredible triumph. I realize its widespread usage in romantic comedy trailers, but somehow it’s only gained power over the years. I write this the week that the trailer came out for Are You There God It’s Me Margaret came out, which uses this song to amazing effect.
This is a great album that I've already spent a lot of time listening to. I really wasn't expecting to add every song from the first disc as a standout but as I was re-listening to it, I couldn't help it, I really do love all those songs. The only constructive criticism I have for this album is that I think it was kind of frontloaded. A lot of the second disc feels like jams or more b-side level songs, which aren't bad but would be less noticeable if they scattered them over two discs among the incredibly strong tracks on the first disc. Standout Tracks: I'd Have You Anytime, My Sweet Lord, Wah-Wah, Isn't It A Pity (Version 1), What Is Life, If Not For You, Behind That Locked Door, Let It Down, Run Of The Mill, Beware Of Darkness, Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll), Awaiting On You All, Plug Me In.
Best solo beatles album? maybeeeee
Unless the latter two-thirds of the album is just "Revolution 9" redux for an hour and a half I can already safely agree with those who claim this is the best solo Beatle album Took me three sessions to get through this one due to life and kids. Basically one record each session (but streamed because I don't have this one). Going in, I wondered if the length of it may be detrimental at all, but it most certainly isn't. Front to back this thing is packed with absolute goodness - and I don't believe that's the bias of George being my favourite Beatle speaking. The man could write amazing songs. Shame on Paul and John for shunning them, but also yay for us - because this got put out into the world. Not a wasted moment on here. "It's Johnny's Birthday" may be a bit of a lark, but it's short enough that it doesn't grow tiresome. And the Apple Jams after two discs of great songs may well be my favourite part of the album. Five stars; must acquire.
Pretty great album. Not sure it is full on Beatles quality but it has some amazing pieces. 4.5/5
Interesting mix of happy-go-lucky and faster rock. Definitely a go to style of mine
George was writing most of these songs through the years as a Beatle, but they weren't up to the "quality" of the Lennon/McCartney songwriting duo to be Beatle songs. And for the most part, John and Paul were right. There are some all-time great songs in the 2 hours of tracks here, but the album as a whole is not the best. It's as if George couldn't make up his mind on what to include. That being said, Beware of Darkness is one of my most favorite songs and that alone makes this album a 4/5 for me. Be patient with this one, it will reward you by Side Three.
This album is an absolute masterclass. I didn’t know I was a big George Harrison fan until today. Any album that has this much material is bound to have filler and it did but there’s so much to like here. No album should be 2 hours long though. That’s absurd.
Enjoyed this album. I do prefer my Beatles together but still enjoyable, except one song, It's Johnny's Birthday, I think that song is going to haunt my dreams.
Liked it, Saylor said it is sleepy music..
Pleasant to listen, will definitely revisit. While the songs work very well and at no point was I bored I am not sure it works well as an album composition though.
Great album that I have 2 relatively small issues with that are tied together. First is that the jam session at the end of this triple album is alright but nothing overall spectacular. And the second is the fact that it's a triple album and it's absolutely too long. There are some truly amazing songs here but I don't think I'm going to come back to this record frequently purely because of its length.
Wonderful listen, not a single song skipped. Great features from Clapton, Billy Preston and more. Really enjoyed listening to the whole thing front to back.
Sí es un gran disco aunque soy el más fan. I'd Have You Anytime, Wah-Wah, What Is Life son las que más me gustaron. Me tardé como dos o tres vueltas en darme cuenta cuál era mi problema y es su voz. Por extraño que se lea, me provoca sensación de estar atrapado, no sé explicarlo de otra forma. Entiendo que no es el fuerte y no debería importarme pero siento que nunca explota realmente, o al menos la mayor parte del tiempo, lo cual evita que lo disfrute a plenitud.
Did not know he was in the Beatles, felt culty
This was my first one, so I guess it was a strong start. I get it. I really have a historical appreciation for all of the Hare Krishna stuff that this is packed with now that I've heard it in its entirety.
There are some songs I really enjoy on this album, but also some that can be a bit dreary, and some is a bit dated for my age. Overall a classic album with plenty of foot tapping tunes, style changes making it a bit of a journey.
A triple album? How am I supposed to keep up with this pace with 2hrs of music to get through?! Just kidding, though I am subtracting a star for the inclusion of the long jam-my tracks at the end. And I’m adding a star for being directly responsible for the formation of Derek and the Dominoes. That’s a rule of cool. Summary? 4 stars. Some really dense musical bits in this and you can see how Harrison simply wanted to show that he wasn’t “the 3rd Beatle”. Also, I love the dig at the Beatles with the album cover photograph.
‘What is life’ is een van mijn favoriete nummers ooit. Mooie plaat, wel een beetje lang :)
Prachtige nummers staan er op dit album! Harrison trekt zijn enorme groei als songwriter in de laatste Beatles-jaren lekker door op deze plaat. Staan wel teveel vullers op, en had hij er voorgekozen om er 1 album van te maken dan was het denk ik nog veel sterker.
Some really fantastic songs on this album
listened to again possibly Harrison's greatest work
The little ode to Johnny B Goode on "Thanks for the Pepperoni" was a nice surprise.
Nice album, very slow, little bit cheesy
I want to give it 5 stars. It's mostly a hugely enjoyable album, filled with genuinely great tracks. I can't quite give it 5 stars just due to how long it is, plus the awful track reordering in the remastered versions.
Favorite Songs: I'd Have you Anytime, My Sweet Lord Did not know that George Harrison was the lead guitarist for the Beatles. I can hear some inspiration from it.
3.5 maybe, I like it better than a lot of the beatles
Fantastic of course.
4.5 stars. A great solo debut by my favorite Beatle
This was recommended to me by an acquaintance a while back, and I only got to it relatively recently for the first time. On second listen, much of the middle recedes, even under the modern mixing regime. But when Isn't It A Pity arrives a second time, dark and wobbly below Harrison's voice, the record has me again. The last disc even works as a kind of explosion of the material just heard. Wonderful pop just on the right side of "out there".
I've been getting a lot of records lately that I couldn't possibly be biased on. This is one of my dad's favorites, so much so that I have quite a few memories of listening to this in the car when the remaster came out. It's a solid record, very spiritual, with a huge cast of fantastic backing musicians. "Epic" is probably a strong word but it's what I'd use to describe the scope. Maybe somewhere on the same level as "Pet Sounds", just not as well remembered. Could it have done with some trimming? Sure. But man, it's a solid record even without that. Favorite tracks: "All Things Must Pass", "Wah-Wah", "My Sweet Lord", "I Dig Love"
En fjärdedel av Beatles kan ju inte vara dåligt.
Really liked it
I guess the normal album is pretty good, the remastered is a bit long and with tons of useless songs tho
El beatle introvertit destapant el seu bagul de temes amagats després de la separació de la banda. Història coneguda. Com també és reconegut el seu nivell d'inspiració, espiritualitat i màgia compositiva en la majoria de temes. Passa per ser un dels 3 ó 4 millors discos editats per un exBeatle, de forma merescuda. Un disc triple on pràcticament no hi ha cançó que no sigui excel.lent. El separa de les 5* un tercer disc de jams i improvisacions que, tot i ser més interessant del que podria semblar a priori, baixa el nivell general de l'obra
Me gusta este disco, tiene unas canciones esenciales, aunque un poco largo.
p212. 1970. 4 stars How to emerge from the long shadow of The Beatles in style. Far too long - does anyone really need a triple album? - and a lot of the third disc is pure instrumental filler. When it's good, its very good indeed - with judicious editing this would have been a 5 star single (maybe even a double) album.
Bastante bueno para ser el primero, chill y relajante, me gusta para un viaje en carretera 25|11|22
Apprezzo più grinta nella musica ma non posso mettere meno di 4 a George Harrison per la sua chitarra e la sua voce.
Liked the Jams at the end
Great start. Got a bit odd at the end.
Good but could have lost a good few tracks. Some of them you’re like “Lennon and McCartney were cunts not letting him put this on” and others you’re like “yeah they had a point fuck this”
good album, enjoyed the Beatle-esque sound!
Jättebra platta men varför gör de dem så jävla långa?
I'm not entirely sure why this album didn't connect with me when I was younger. There are no songs that are worse than average and the best are truly excellent. Lennon/McCartney definitely edged out a great songwriter and it really would have been nice to perhaps have heard many of these songs as Beatles songs, accompanied by their musicianship and backing vocals. Having said that there's a sameness that takes over and perhaps I was more picky about that in previous years - I do wonder if there was some inherent bias by my expecting or wanting to hear J/P/R sing a bit after listening to so much George over and over. Although that's not fair - this is his damn album. Still, it's kind of impossible to separate each of the Beatles' solo work from their former group. Unfair for sure but how can you not. e.g. there's not as much edginess with George's solo material and as a result if it's missing anything it's a bit of that old mystique. I'm a little harsh tho as aside from the great classic hits a song like "Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp" provides a bit of that and almost sounds like a precursor to Peter Gabriel+Genesis. "Art of Dying" is another hidden gem. I will say that it's too long, although understandable since he was apparently yearning to break out and write his own material. At any rate blah blah it really is an excellent album overall and worthy of classic status. 8/10 4 stars
I’m feeling optimistic today and I’ll have that rub off on my thoughts of this. album. I was not expecting a good album, I’m not sure why- but this took me by surprise in a good way. I would definitely listen to this again and be happy.
I knew more songs that I thought I would, and I love George’s voice. Some songs weren’t for me, but I enjoyed listening overall!
That hippie's pretty good.
George Harrison has such a happy loving feel to his music. I realised that most of my favourite Beatles songs hold his influence. It’s has “my sweet lord” which is one of my favourites. It ends with some awesome blues tracks. Really enjoyed it :)
Meget bra, beware of darkness er veldig fin! (Litt mye hare krishna innimellom)
It’s very good and great in places. Lacks cohesion though, and there is some definite filler in the very sprawling mix. There’s a real masterpiece somewhere in a more tightly edited album.
Probablement le meilleur projet "Beatles related" que j'ai entendu à date. Seulement quelques chansons étaient un peu moins wow, mais elles restaient bonne pareil. Très bon album
Didnt listen fully to it. What I heard I really liked