Poor old George Harrison, often cruelly overlooked in the inevitable millenium polls of songwriters and songs of the century. Well, everyone should sit up and pay attention now, because All Things Must Pass is not just the best Beatle solo album. Track for track, it arguably surpasses any Beatle album as well, and features some of Harrison's finest moments, including My Sweet Lord, Isn't It A Pity (later covered by Galaxie 500) plus a great version of Bob Dylan's If Not For You. Predominantly pastoral in tone, in keeping with the garden gnome cover, George and his army of guest musicians (the studio personnel includes members of Badfinger, as well as Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton) also get to freak out on the mighty Wah-Wah and on the Original Jam tracks, which made up the third disc of the original three-vinyl album. Although it has available on CD before, the album is now the subject of a well-deserved, high-profile re-release, including new liner notes by Harrison and embellished artwork based on the original sleeve design. It's ironic that some of the material here was written around the time of the ill-fated Get Back sessions and rejected in favour of Lennon-McCartney songs. Just as well, because now, thirty years on, we've got this remarkable collection of songs all in one little box. All Things Must Pass is absolutely essential for any casual Beatle fan who has taken a shine to the sublime contributions that he made in their twilight years (The Inner Light, Something, Here Comes The Sun... you get the picture). As for those of us who had it on vinyl for years, well... we knew that it was a masterpiece all along, didn't we?