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Was this a double album or a triple album?

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.

And this does tie into yesterday being Record Store Day.  Yesterday, I posted about how my go-to record store when I was a kid was United Furniture Mart.  So when I decided I wanted to buy All Things Must Pass, I went there and was unpleasantly surprised to find out that, since it was a triple album, it cost a whopping nine dollars!  (A regular single album back then was about 3 or 4 bucks.)  I asked the guy if there was a single version of the album I could buy for less, and he non-condescendingly told me no, even though he was probably thinking what a goofy little kid I was.

Holding back your smart remarks — there’s customer service for ya!


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