All Things Must Pass (50th Anniversary - Deluxe)

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All Things Must Pass (50th Anniversary - Deluxe)

All Things Must Pass (50th Anniversary - Deluxe)

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On 9 October, while carrying out final mixing at EMI, Harrison presented Lennon with the recently recorded "It's Johnny's Birthday". Consider that through entire Beatles catalog he's only credited with 22 songs, and what a surprise, very next year after breakup - individual tripple lp ! He says that the later recording sessions featured a core group of himself, Harrison, Clapton, Starr or Gordon on drums, and Voormann or Radle playing bass. Unsubstantiated claims exist regarding guest appearances by John Lennon, [152] Maurice Gibb [153] and Pink Floyd's Richard Wright. In conversation with Lennon, Harrison remarked that he already had enough compositions for the next ten years of Beatle releases, [30] given his usual quota of two tracks per album [31] [32] and the occasional B-side.

I think I have every version: 1971, 1988 cd, 2001 cd, 2014 cd, 2021 cd/lp, but why won't they release a version with LP1/2 on single cd and all the jams (junk) and outtakes/demos on separate cds? According to Leng, All Things Must Pass represents the completion of Harrison's "musical-philosophical circle", in which his 1966–68 immersion in Indian music found a Western equivalent in gospel music. The six songs are: "Window, Window", another song turned down by the Beatles in January 1969; [105] "Everybody, Nobody", the melody of which Harrison adapted for "Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp"; [103] "Nowhere to Go", a second Harrison–Dylan collaboration from November 1968 (originally known as "When Everybody Comes to Town"); [106] and "Cosmic Empire", "Mother Divine" and "Tell Me What Has Happened to You".

Is it just me, though, or does George Harrison's nose sound stuffed up throughout compared to the original mix? Co-produced by the unhinged genius that was Phil Spector, it features his biggest solo hit in the 'He's So Fine' - soundalike, 'My Sweet Lord'.

Discussing the song's cultural impact, Gilmore credits "My Sweet Lord" with being "as pervasive on radio and in youth consciousness as anything the Beatles had produced". Writing for Pitchfork in 2016, Jayson Greene said that Harrison was the only former Beatle who "changed the terms of what an album could be" since, although All Things Must Pass was not the first rock triple LP, "in the cultural imagination, it is the first triple album, the first one released as a pointed statement.Several commentators interpret Barry Feinstein's album cover photo, showing Harrison surrounded by four garden gnomes, as a statement on his independence from the Beatles. The packaging caused some confusion among retailers, who, at that time, associated boxed albums with opera or classical works. Co-producer Phil Spector employed his Wall of Sound production technique to notable effect; Ben Gerson of Rolling Stone described the sound as " Wagnerian, Brucknerian, the music of mountain tops and vast horizons". Jim Irvin considers it to be "a sharper clutch of songs than Imagine, more individual than Band on the Run" and concludes, "It's hard to think of many bigger-hearted, more human and more welcoming records than this.

The only vocal selection on Apple Jam is "It's Johnny's Birthday", sung to the tune of Cliff Richard's 1968 hit " Congratulations", and recorded as a gift from Harrison to Lennon to mark the latter's 30th birthday. Wilkes had designed a more adventurous poster, but according to Beatles author Bruce Spizer, Harrison was uncomfortable with the imagery.

Music historian Richie Unterberger comments that, typical of the Beatles' solo work, the precise dates for the recording of All Things Must Pass are uncertain, a situation that contrasts with the "meticulous documentation" available for the band's studio activities. The Super Deluxe Edition CD collects 70 tracks across 5 CDs including 47 (42 previously unreleased) demo recordings, session outtakes and studio jams all housed in a beautiful slipcase. In 1999, All Things Must Pass appeared at number 9 on The Guardian 's "Alternative Top 100 Albums" list, where the editor described it as the "best, mellowest and most sophisticated" of all the Beatles' solo efforts. In July 2006, the Official UK Charts Company changed its records to show that All Things Must Pass was the top-selling album throughout that time. Ben Gerson of Rolling Stone deemed All Things Must Pass "both an intensely personal statement and a grandiose gesture, a triumph over artistic modesty" [2] and referenced the three-record set as an "extravaganza of piety and sacrifice and joy, whose sheer magnitude and ambition may dub it the War and Peace of rock 'n' roll".

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