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All things did pass
on 4 May 2013
Compared to the Lennon/McCartney-penned songs, George Harrison's output as a songwriter within the framework of The Beatles was not that large. But in terms of quality, those Harrison songs that did make it onto the Fab Four's albums were just as good and sometimes even better.
It seems only fair then, that this somewhat overlooked Beatle would go all-in on 'All Things Must Pass', originally a triple album upon its release. It's also a documentation of the sheer amount of songs and ideas that Harrison never got released or realized while The Beatles existed.
There are quite a few tracks on this album that reminds you just how good a songwriter Harrison was: The classic hit, 'My Sweet Lord' (which for some reason is featured twice on this album, the second being a redundant re-recording inspite of the charming vocal work of Sam Brown), 'Isn't It A Pity', 'Beware Of Darkness' and 'All Things Must Pass', the latter two being my personal favourites of Harrison's entire solo catalogue.
So why only three stars? Well, overall the material is just not good enough to warrant a triple album. While it's understandable if Harrison wanted to showcase his abilities, the album would have been far better had he restrained himself. The jam tracks in particular feel totally out of place. Sure, they add to the charm, but they detract more from the overall experience.
As a whole, 'All Things Must Pass' remains a fascinating album with a handful of absolutely stunning tracks.