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#429: All Things Must Pass by George Harrison

2.25.2011


All Things Must Pass by George Harrison (1970)

Favorite Track(s): "I'd Have You Anytime" and "Wah-Wah" and "Isn't It A Pity" and "What Is Life" and "If Not For You" and "Behind That Locked Door" and "Let It Down" and "Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)" and "Awaiting On You All"

Thoughts: This album was much better than I thought it would be, and my expectations were already super high. Not a throwaway song on here.

It's always made me sad to think of George Harrison feeling like his song-writing was overshadowed by Lennon and McCartney when they were together. I'm ashamed to say that that growing up there were many Beatles songs by him that I thought were actually Lennon and McCartney because they seemed to good to be George's. :(

But when I first discovered The Beatles, George was my favorite. Such a beautiful face, and so quiet, but full of mischief.

Many songs on this album sound like they'd have fit perfectly onto a Beatles record. Every now and then while listening I thought I heard Ringo or John in background vocals. Fantastic album cover. I especially like the font and watercolor sky and purple boots.

I was familiar with many songs here, but not all. I have rocked out to "Wah-Wah" many a time. I put a cover version of "If Not For You" by Sandra McCracken & Derek Webb on every love song playlist I make (written by Dylan, of course). But there were so many new ones I enjoyed, and couldn't believe I hadn't been listening to for years...as you can see from my long list of favorite tracks. And the dueling guitar tracks at the end of the album between George and Eric Clapton are EPIC.

Today would have been George's 67th birthday.

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