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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
My Sweet Lord do I hate double albums. This is arguably the best solo album any of them ever made and I’m finding it incredibly uninteresting. I think I’m just burnt on the Beatles. I mean it’s a good record, the songs are all great, the musicianship in on point, but… …I get it, the Beatles were great but how are we, collectively as a society, not tired of them by now? It’s like Marvel movies, ubiquitous to the point where i can’t understand why people even care anymore. There’s nothing on this record that is going to surprise me, because I’ve heard it, even if I haven’t actually heard all of it. You know what I mean? 41 years on this earth and it’s still all about the Beatles. Beatles, Beatles, Beatles….I’ve grown so tired of them, it’s exhausting trying to make it through their records. For real, did I need to hear “Apple Scruffs” before I die? Absolutely not. That song is the poster child for why I hate double records. Who is that for? And how could I live without “Sir Frankie Crisp”? No one earth has ever added those songs to a playlist. It’s a scientific impossibility… Fuck me, I just realized this is actually a TRIPLE ALBUM. Sorry, George, you were easily the best Beatle, but I just can’t anymore. There’s so much other music out there, I can’t pretend that everything you 4 did is the greatest thing to ever happen to music. 3 stars because it’s 3 LP’s.
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
Sacrilegious to many, but I might like this better than any Beatles album.
Some great songs. Some shit ones. 2.5 stars.
1 good song
this album is such a fucking VIBE
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.
HL: “Frankie Crisp”, the title track, “My Sweet Lord”, “If Not For You”, “What is Life”, “Awaiting on You All” Shame that All Things Must Pass is classified as a triple album, and not a double + bonus record. Would help with expectations. Well, I love this album to bits. Definitely not first listen but some songs (Apple Scruffs, Art of Dying in particular) stuck out today, where in the past they’d be overlooked for the classics.
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.
excelente, direito a bluezao jam no fim
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.
2 hours album.. too long for one sitting that’s for certain. That being said this is a very good album. I appreciate the parts of Beatles on their own much more than when they sing together. Also I really enjoyed the instrumentals ngl Saved tracks: My Sweet Lord, What Is Life, If Not For You, Beware Of Darkness, Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll), Awaiting On You All, I Remember Jeep
I can't stop listening! I've never really new George as an artist apart from beatles, it's incredible! So delicate and smart, love it!
Pretty great album. Not sure it is full on Beatles quality but it has some amazing pieces. 4.5/5
70s at its finest
Doubtlessly the finest hour of any post-beatle. George's songwriting really shines on here and there is a brilliant intimacy established, incredible due to how huge some of the arrangements are. The first two discs are singer-songwriter perfection, while the underrated "apple jam" disc is looser, backed by an all-star cast. Overall, an almost two hour epic of utter beauty. An essential record.
I was blown away by how consistent this album. Song after song is of the highest quality. George Harrisons's burst of creativity on his first solo album is amazing the fact that it stretches over 6 full side of a triple album is incredible. Now I came to this album late first listen was only a few years ago, however I knew many of the songs from the Concert for Bangladesh which I absorbed at a very young age thanks to my older sister. I love that album. But still I was shocked at just how great this album is. Side one is just perfect in my books. The only criticism I would offer is sides 5 and 6 get a little jammy and perhaps less song oriented, though the first song of side 5; Out of the Blue, is great, its just the other three songs are a little long and overwrought. But this is a minor criticism of a no-brainer 5 star album.
this immediately enterted top 10 albums ever
None of the individual Beatles were ever as good as the whole, but this is the probably the best of their solo efforts.
George was artistically constipated and he was finally able to let it out here. Must've felt fantastic. The Wall of Sound is gorgeous, both enormous and intricately crafted. Despite its length, I think this may be a perfect album (excluding the Apple Jam disc that is - not really sure why that was included honestly). At the very least it's the most consistently solid album from song to song by any ex-Beatle (again excluding the Apple Jams). This had its first major reissue when I was in college, and we listened to it on repeat.
Was super impressed by this album. Very rarely will I listen to a double album all the way through and this kept me entertained throughout. Will be listening again for aure
2/23- Driving around Cranberry during nice weather The best solo album of any Beatle, George delivers his years of unreleased and unappreciated work from his time with the Fab Four as a masterclass of music. With Spector with him at the helm, George is able to cultivate love and the beauty of everything- even suffering- into songs that touch the deepest part of the listener’s heart. Some of these songs transport back to past moments in my life, and they hold so much emotion that I almost relive the exact experience that I felt back then. My first five star album from this site, and I’m so thankful I was given the opportunity to listen to this album again today.
one of my favorites ever. i love this album more than words.
Love this album. Showed me George Harrison's key place in the Beatles. Has one of few religious songs I love. Lovely compositions.
All that pent up frustration came out in this great album. Nice one George.
I haven’t listened to much George Harrison. I wasn’t really excited to discover I would be listening to a triple album of his songs. I was pleasantly surprised when listening to this that it was very enjoyable, and despite its long length packed mostly with great music and very little filler. I guess George had a lot of music ready to bust out after the breakup of the Beatles. Loved the easygoing slide guitar driven country-ish feel to the album. The other musicians are great too. No surprise to find out from the Wikipedia article who they were. Great album. Didn’t mind the extended length or the extended Apple Jams - they made great background music while I worked today.
Other than My Sweet Lord, I hadn't heard anything on this album that I can recall. It is long and there's a lot to take in for one day. My immediate reaction is that there are maybe a couple too many long instrumental jams (maybe...) but some very sparkly gems in here as well. I think that after a bit of time with this one, it will rank among my favorites.
I wasn’t fully sure what I was in for, especially considering the length of the album, but it hit me just right today. I very much enjoyed it as a whole, but not such a fan of the long instrumentals.
This one certainly went into extra innings, but man it was an unbridled blast of pent up creativity! it's such a great work of collaboration and exploration, and here it all works so well to make an album you really like listening to. I loved this. You go, George!
great songs at first listen : my sweet lord (eh) isn’t it a pity i live for you run of the mill beware of darkness ballad of sir frankie crips (let it roll) all things must pass hear me lord great album 8/10 a bit long……………
Fantastic album Fav song is a hard one. I'd Have You Anytime is one of the most beautiful love songs ever
A very nice and relaxing album, loved it.
I’m one of those that firmly believe this is the best post-Beatles album any of them created. While John and Paul spent years recording every idea they could put together, George’s ideas were largely seen as lesser than works that didn’t quite deserve the same attention. Thankfully, George seemingly held onto those ideas and put them all here instead. An ambitious album that never gets lost in its own ideas, all you have to do is press play and enjoy the ride. Isn’t It a Pity is so beautiful, particularly the second time around, that it alone is enough to warrant 5 stars.
Favorite songs: I’d have you anytime What is life Let it down All things must pass I dig love I love his slide playing and his vocals. Realizing now how influential this sound was. Dreamy quality to a lot of the music. I like all the reverb and the Phil Spector wall of sound makes it sound big and spacey at the same time. I like all the jammy stuff at the end on the third disc too. Lots of great musicians on here -Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Allan White, Pete Drake, Ginger Baker. So much great stuff on here but not perfect. I like all the imperfections but there are definitely some things that are lost in translation to digital streaming format. Its a lot to be listened to straight and probably doesn’t need two versions of “isn’t it a pity.” 5
Hot take: this is the best Beatles solo album
Can you say epic? George Harrison is literally the master.
George Harrison is a creative genius. Maybe the best Beatle. I love the melodies, guitar riffs, and paradoxical simultaneous simplicity and complexity. My sweet lord is maybe one of the best rock songs of all time.
This album is very interesting. It came out as the Beatles were breaking or already broken up. This to me is an incredible revenge record. Even though it’s very spiritual, it is George showing John and Paul that they should have paid more attention to him. He assembled quite the supergroup. But none of that would matter if the songs weren’t there and they were. This album is a roller coaster. There’s a great mix of very spiritual songs and rockers. The last half of the jams is just fun.
With this album George Harrison was finally able to let it all out what he had in him - after he was allowed only 1 or 2 songs on the Beatles albums as he worked in the shadows of the biggest geniuses of the 20th century, Lennon and McCartney. And the result was a triple album with 4 sides of so many great songs and 2 other sides of groovy guitar jamming. The fantastic production - which may be the finest work of Phil Spector - creates a big, lush, and very atmospheric sound throughout the whole record. This album is too great not to give it five stars as it deserves.
What a masterpiece. Truly just shows how good Harrison was and what he was capable of with nothing stopping him. His greatest albums for sure but even one of the best “Beatles” albums I think as well. I love so many songs of this album it’s hard to count, 2 hours just flys by when you listen to this one, really enjoyed listening to this front to back again. 10/10
Great album. A little something of everything. I didn’t need Apple Jam T the end but it was still good. This deserves repeat listening.
I was pretty sure this was getting a five as soon as I saw it, often heralded as the best of the Beatles solo albums, despite never listening to it. Surprise surprise, I was right. There were moments that worried me a little, especially in the middle, but Harrison is able to pull off a wide range here, where even the country guitar teang doesn't come off as cheesy and annoying, which is a feat. Just the pure emotion oozing from this album made it great, and when I even liked the instrumentals (which I might add aren't technically apart of this album), I knew it had to be a five star.
An important album making an important statement regarding George Harrison's status post-beatles as a force to be reckoned with.
I agree with the assessment that this is probably the best post-Beatles solo album from the group (although I personally love McCartney by Paul McCartney). The only real downside is the length, which can be tiring if you aren't in a good spot to settle in for the full album. For the first two discs there isn't a single skip, every song is beautifully recorded and a joy to listen to (I guess you could argue against including 2 versions of "Isn't it a Pity"). I'm torn on disc 3. It was included as a "free" disc with the rest of the album, and is just a collection of loose jams - albeit jams with some absolutely amazing musicians. The real miss is "It's Johnny's Birthday", although it's just a brief interlude. Overall, I don't think it takes away from the album as a whole.
The older I get the more I appreciate the quiet Beatle - the profundity of his lyrics, the virtuosity of his guitar playing, the simplicity of his melodies.
If you take the Apple Jam album and think of that as a bonus disc, then the rest is a five star album.
I’ve been looking forward to a George Harrison album for quite a while because I like all of the Beatles music he made and a couple solo songs including my sweet lord (which is also one of my favorites on this album) and this didn’t disappoint. This album feels like an explosion of George’s creative energies that we’re kinda bottled by John and Paul in the Beatles. It’s 2 hours long and some of the songs really feel like they were Beatles songs that never made the cut for some reason. That’s not to say they’re bad though, this whole album was thoroughly enjoyable even if the second half did sag more than the first. My sweet lord, let it down, and hear me lord we’re my top three on an album that was flush with bangers.
Fantastic album. This album proves that George was worthy of being a former Beatle.
Love this album. Beware of darkness is one of my fave songs ever and also inspired one of my favorite ALBUMS ever
One of the best albums of all time, an absolute masterpiece
The best Beatle.
Brilliant. Strongest post Beatles album where all the songs that he’d built up over the previous few years were released in one glorious go.
Truly a great record. It's everything, it's brilliant, it's tender, it's transcendent, it's focused and it's sprawling. A truly transcendent record from one of the best.
Harrison's masterpiece. Wore the grooves out of this back in the day.
Hands down the best post-Beatles solo release.
One of my favourites. Wouldn't be a popular opinion, but I think it might be the best 'Beatles' album
The best solo album by the best Beatle. The first six songs are absolute classics and it's amazing how George Harrison brought together all of these stars in to play on his album. If the Beatles had sounded like this more often, I would probably like them a lot more. I could have gone without the instrumentals at the end of the album though.
George Harrison released this as a triple album, and still had another double album worth of material left over that he just didn't release. I didn't know that Phil Spector produced this album (alongside Harrison), but it makes sense because it sounds amazing and incredibly full. The tone on his slide guitar, in particular, stands out as one of the most iconic sounds on this album. The songs are great, the lyrics are personal an accessible. The only real criticism I could make of this album is that it probably could have been a couple of albums, rather than just one huge one, but at the same time, he gave all that he had when he made this one. That goes a long way to explaining why this is the best solo album made by any Beatles member 5/5