November 27

George Harrison’s first real solo album the three record All Things Must Pass turns 45 years old today:

The release laid to rest any idea that Harrison was not a fantastic artist in his own right.

The album consisted of mostly backlogged Harrison compositions that were rejected by Lennon and McCartney for Beatles records. And also had a couple of Dylan influenced songs in one Dylan composition If Not For You.

The musicians cast characters was legion with the main rhythm section consisting of the Friends band, Bobby Whitlock, Carl Riddle, Bobby Keys, Jim Price and Dave Mason. Of course Eric Clapton was there as was Ringo Starr, Billy Preston and Klaus Voorman.

This is my favorite post Beatles Beatle record. I even love the third record of throw-aways titled Apple Jam.

If I have one criticism of this record it with the Phil Spector “wall of sound” production. I’ve never been a fan of Spector and feel that a lot of the emotion gets washed away with his fire hose approach.

So happy 45th birthday All Things Must Pass. PS… George I miss you!

 

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