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The finest Solo Beatles Album Ever,
By A Customer
This review is from: All Things Must Pass (Audio CD)
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!