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5.0 out of 5 stars
A gem that has almost been forgotten . . . . ., 15 Feb 2001
I'd almost forgotten how good this album really is!
Having replaced all of my vinyl Beatles Albums with CD's (while carefully keeping all of the old 33's intact) and also buying the CD versions of "essential" solo material - "Plastic Ono Band", "Band On The Run", "Imagine" etc - I must confess I'd overlooked "All Things Must Pass"!
What a mistake!
The first 2 Albums of the orginal 3 record set were quite outstanding - and the re-mastered versions remain so!
Everyone knows "My Sweet Lord" but "Wah-Wah", "Isn't It A Pity" and my own particular favourite "Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp" all come across as fresh and original as ever!
In the case of the latter don't all true Beatle fans just love those semi-autobiographical tracks? . . who else could write a song about the architect of the house they live in?
It's easy to subscribe to the view that the true greatness of the Beatles was the chance in a million happening that put two true geniuses together at a Church Fete in Woolton Liverpool!
Listen to this album again and there's a strong case for suggesting that the genius count becomes three!
It is suggested that these tracks were stockpiled by George because he couldn't get space for them on the Beatles albums! This is partly supported, perhaps, by the fact he has never quite suppassed himself again with his solo collections - although "Cloud Nine" came close and "Living In The Material Word" was also a very good album!
The Jam tracks haven't quite stood the test of time but it was, nevertheless, facinating to read the liner notes that can now, finally after 30 years, give a complete list of all musicians appearing including, inevitably, Eric Clapton - with even the suggestion that a young Phil Collins was in attendance during the sessions!
The bonus Tracks are patchy although the slight change in the words of "Beware of Darkness" was interesting to say the least!
Finally the packaging and presentation of this boxed sat are excellent - I particularly like the re-working of the original cover pic on each of the inner sleeves and the booklet!
In two words: "BUY IT!"