26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 2007
Almost 40 years after its release, All Things Must Pass remains an excellent, uplifting album of great music. There's really nothing else to say.
However, it's worth adding that this edition is worth buying even if you have the original CD issue, which didn't have any bonus tracks. The sound on the new CDs is much cleaner, but George says in the liner notes that he resisted the temptation to remix the songs. Whatever has been done, the album sounds better than ever.
The new package is good, too, although in the CD age you don't get the large poster which adorned so many student rooms in the seventies.
There are five bonus tracks, of which the pick are 'I Live for You', which could have fitted on the album, and the remake of 'My Sweet Lord', featuring Sam Brown. I like it better than the studio original, although for me the best version of the song is on the Concert for Bangladesh.
101 of 104 people found the following review helpful
Most of the material that appears on this album was written by George Harrison whilst The Beatles were still together, but was recorded after their demise, at a time where George found himself uniquely placed to express himself to the utmost, and boy did he do it brilliantly.
With the production skills of the legendary Phil Spector and the likes of Eric Clapton (and even a very young Phil Collins) on hand to lend expert assistance, this album could have ranked alongside the multitude of other worthy albums of the time... however, what set this particular album apart from the rest is the sheer quantity and variety of tracks that George had accumulated over the years, and unleashed in one epic volume which rivals even the best Beatles albums.
This remastered and extended anniversary edition of the album is a much needed and welcome update of a bona fide classic release and is far better than the previous incarnation on CD. The extra tracks are not particularly 'essential', especially the new version of 'My Sweet Lord', which was probably better left alone, and like the original, the 'jam session' tracks are still very much extraneous and pretty pointless. This would count against the album if it wasn't for the fact that the album stands as a monumental achievement without them, and contains multiple tracks that are infinitely listenable. Ranging from the raging rock of the 'Derek and the Dominoes-esque' "Wah-Wah" to the plaintive "Let It Roll" and the amazing "Beware of Darkness", it is hard to fault throughout.
I strongly recommend to anyone whose opinion of George Harrison's solo recordings is based entirely upon 'My Sweet Lord' or even the 'Cloud Nine' album to have a listen to this album and be prepared to be impressed. Harrison's talent as a songwriter became evident in the latter days of the Beatles era, but even then he was overshadowed (and squandered) by Lennon and MacCartney... this album is testimony to and proof of the fact that, in his own right, George Harrison was truly one of the greats in rock history.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 23 December 2000
After the turmoil of the break up of the Beatles (most audible in Let It Be) comes the peaceful happiness of ATMP, in my opinion the finest solo Beatles album. There is a sigh of resignation & also a feeling of relief and release audible on this album, that it is now George by himself and what you get is what you hear.
From the subdued I'd Have You Anytime with its smooth slide guitar the album contains some lush production from Phil Spector (proof that he could have become an apt producer for the Beatles under the right circumstances). After the commercial My Sweet Lord comes George's very own Hey Jude, Isn't It A Pity. Surely about the break-up of his previous group the strings almost become an audible picture of the tears that must have been shed in those harrowing days.
The album is all light and shade; after Isn't It A pity comes the crashing Wah Wah. There are the heavier moments like Let It Roll & Awaiting On You All (the latter containing some very clever lyrics) but these are always followed by the gentler George moments such as the gorgeous Behind That Locked Door and Beware Of Darkness. George's vocal performances cannot go without mention. He sings beautifully and there are some very clever harmonies on tracks such as My Sweet Lord, Apple Scruffs and Hear Me Lord (this last track could be George's Let It Be).
All Things Must Pass shows George free from tensions and pressures. It's George being himself and at last sounding like himself. On ATMP he has almost found peace.
Play late at night with orange incense burning, sit back and enjoy those diminished chords, great harmonies and the lush spot-on production.
Play immediately after Let It Be and you will never regret the Beatles' break-up again.
Can't wait for the re-issue!
49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
In 1970, after the break-up of the Beatles, George Harrison released an unprecedented three album collection. This contains all the songs that were not used by the Beatles and represents not just Harrisons' own great songwriting skills but the collective talents of many others; such as Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Jim Gordon, Klaus Voorman, Billy Preston, Dave Mason, Badfinger and legendary producer Phil Spector who had a great time managing this project. This collection contains 23 original and unique, varied-styled songs along with five great bonus tracks. Standing out among these 'additional tracks' are the demo/instrumentals of "My Sweet Lord" and the great "What Is Life" (a song Harrison refers to as "novelty", but one that contains a magic mood that begs re-listening). The double CD set rounds off with five jam sessions with all the above mentioned artists. The entire repetoire carries forth a mood of tranquility, excitement, moodiness and a solemn atmosphere that transcends most Beatles songs. It is pure George Harrison and perhaps his best piece of work. Not being a 'jewel box' this package may collapse after a few years, as it is boxed exactly like the original three albums were...only smaller. God bless George and Phil for lasting this long to remind us what great music is all about.
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on 1 September 2007
George Harrison's 'All things must pass' is the archetypal curate's egg....some excellent, some not so good, and the rest somewhere in between.
Self-consciously released as a barnstorming triple album back in 1970, 'All things must pass' proves the point that Harrison had a huge backlog of songs to get off his chest after the Beatles split, but it does so at the expense of consistency of the material.
At its best, there are some charming, beautifully-crafted, melodic songs on this album. 'I'd have you any time', 'What is life', 'If not for you' and 'Run of the mill' brim with lovely melodies, surprising little musical twists and turns and thoughtful lyrics.....and, of course 'My sweet Lord' is a towering classic and the most lauded song from Harrison's post-Beatles output.
On the down-side, some of Phil Spector's production flourishes are heavy-handed, especially hampering the out-and-out rock songs and really date the overall sound.
In addition, not all the regulation songs on this album are from the top-drawer - even Harrison's 'greatest' album contains its fair share of filler - and the live blues jams, making up the last 30 minutes of this album, are a complete waste of time and should have stayed in the private collection.
Overall, I wouldn't be too swayed by the people that come on here, praising this album to the skies. Although it was a confident artistic statement from Harrison after the demise of the Beatles and contains some excellent material, in all honesty, 'All things must pass' is a bit of a mixed bag and the overall sound is fairly dated. It's a sort of worthy, but slightly rambling, period-piece...
...I can see how it wowed the critics and ruled the stereogrammes back in 1970, but how much it has to offer today's fan of pop music is a bit debatable.
74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
on 23 January 2001
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?
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 26 January 2001
...probably. Maybe Plastic Ono Band might pip it to the post. No, actually it doesn't; All Things Must Pass IS the best solo album by any of the ex-Beatles.
This reissue has been remastered, not remixed, making the sound clearer although the songs do not suddenly sound noticeably different, as on the recent reissues of John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band and Imagine. Depending on your viewpoint, that is either a refreshing change or a bit of a disappointment. I was very impressed with the remixes of the aforementioned Imagine and POB CDs but, then again, ATMP has been reissued exactly as George originally wanted us to hear it, and obviously how he still wants us to hear it.
The songs are brilliant, from My Sweet Lord to Beware Of Darkness to All Things Must Pass. The Dylan cover sounds like a George song, in that it fits in perfectly with the rest of the album. There are so many good songs that all I need say really is that the only part of the album you probably won't listen to over and over forever more is the Apple Jam at the end.
The bonus tracks on this reissue range from interesting (alternative backing track to What Is Life) to absolutely essential (previously unreleased I Live For You). Then there's My Sweet Lord (2000) which, whilst not an improvement on the original, is great listening if only to hear George's voice back on record. It also has a new slide guitar part which, whilst slightly disconcerting in its unfamiliarity, is beautiful in its own right. Oh, and then there's Sam Brown's fantastic vocals to finish it off. A much appreciated gift to the fans from George, and it's with that in mind that I think it should be listened to.
All in all, a can't-go-wrong purchase. Not just for Beatles fans like me, either, An essential album full of great songwriting and great playing for any true music fan.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2001
I was only 18 months old when this Album was first issued on vinyl in late '70 and only first heard it in February '83 when it was just over twelve years old. Now it's 30 years old. Few albums stand the test of time but this one does and anyone who borrowed this off of me said what an incredible album it was when they first listened to it. One critic called it the 'War & Peace' of the Rock era. Another said it was an album which gave the feeling of vast horizon's and mountain tops; possibly over the top but given the fact that it was produced by Phil Spector it does have that vast Cathedral like ambience. 'My Sweet Lord' is moving as is 'Isn't it a Pity' whilst 'Wah-Wah' really kicks. 'Awaiting on you all' with the immortal line 'the Pope owns 51% of General Motors'. Though the Apple Jam sessions turn alot of people off they should really listen to 'Out of Blue' especially the slow melancholy part before it starts to take off again. What more can I say a great Album from an individual who was much underated and still is. My final thing is that the Record Compnay should really push this album as there are potentially a whole generation of new listeners. Get it to No.1. as it didn't the last time as there was a Postal Strike and got no further than No.4 in '71.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 15 February 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!"
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 14 September 2006
This is a unique album. It is so, in that, unlike many incidents involving bands going their seperate ways and then producing manufactured, contrived pap, George Harrison managed to produce this lovely, and at times tear jerking opus.
I have always been an admirer of artists who tastefully combine musical genres, and that is exactly what Harrison does here. My two favourite tracks that highlight this, are "My Sweet Lord" with its uplifting rythm and Indian chanting, and the emotion grabbing, "Isn't it a Pity" the lyrics of which make it sound not only like a gentle reminder of our world at the time (1970) but also like a mantra of sorts which accentuates George's love of Indian music and devotion to Hinduism.
Whichever way you look at this, it is an exceptional work, a must for any record collection and an odyssey that will remain mercurial in its beauty for eons to come.