All things must pass (1970) by George Harrison

Produced by Phil Spector and George Harrison

We first know of George Harrison as the “quiet” Beatle. He started to write songs early, but as he has said, it was hard because John and Paul were writings songs for a long time and by the time The Beatles hit, they already had more experience in writing. Harrison began in their second album by contributing one song, and from then on, he kept writing and in Revolver he started to write classic songs like Taxman. But by the end, it was undeniable that he was becoming just as good as Lennon and McCartney in writing songs, but of course, he was not getting the same space as Lennon and McCartney in the albums. It is understandable, the talent level in that band was too much. So, when the band went their separate ways, it was George who had the first number one album and he achieved that with a triple album.

He had a lot of songs that he had written years before but he could never get them recorded with The Beatles. I considered the album a double album because the third disc is more of a jam session with nonsense songs. But the first two-disc contain beautiful music. The process started with Spector listening to the many songs he had and he was hired to co-produced the album. The musicians included Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, and the members of the band Badfinger.

The songs themselves range from rock, pop, and religious themes. The album really proved Harrison’s capacity of writing beautiful melodies and lyrics. The album included his hit single My Sweet Lord, and even though it was a big hit, it was not the best song in the album, that is the amount of quality this album has. The title song, All things must pass, is one of his most beautiful songs, and to think The Beatles rehearsed it during the Let it be sessions. There is a song co-written with Bob Dylan called I’d have you anytime. Isn’t it a pity is a beautiful song with an important message of how we treat others and cause each other pain, the melody of that song is so beautiful. The song Run of the mill is a song where George wonders how the friendship between his former bandmates was lost. Especially his relationship with Paul.

I still believe this is a beautiful album and one of the best from the four Beatles as solo artists.

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