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Fifty years have Passed, as Must All Things

Last November, George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass album marked its 50th anniversary.  To celebrate, a massive box set reissue was released yesterday.  I thought I’d celebrate by reposting my blog about the album from a couple of years ago.


George Harrison had 2 albums before All Things Must Pass, but in many ways, it’s considered his first solo album.  Maybe it’s because it was his first solo after the breakup of the Beatles.  Either way, it’s widely considered his best album.

The reason I’m not sure whether to call it a double or a triple album:  it was kind of a box set, in an actual box, that had 3 records in it.  But the third one almost seems like bonus tracks, which of course wasn’t a thing back then.  It was called “Apple Jam”, and was mostly instrumental ramblings, although it did feature as its players Eric Clapton, Carl Radie, Bobby Whitlock, and Jim Gordon, who went on later to form Derek and the Dominos!  It even had its own special label.

But it seems like the first 2 records are the actual “album” All Things Must Pass.  They had a regular Apple label, although it was a monochrome picture of the apple printed in orange ink, instead of the usual full color green apple.  This was 1970, very shortly after the Beatles’ breakup, and all 4 of the individual Beatles were still recording on Apple records.

All Things Must Pass is genuinely an excellent album.  A few of the songs are definitely religious, and others are certainly spiritual.  There are the big hits, “My Sweet Lord” and “What is Life?”, and others like “Hear Me Lord” and “Awaiting On You All”.  I’ve mentioned on the air before that I’ve dubbed these songs not Christian rock, but “Krishnan” rock.


Pull out your old copy and enjoy!

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