My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
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Brief Background: All Things must pass was recorded in the middle of 1970 and released in November of the same year. It is the first triple album released by a single artist, although the third disc is composed of live studio jams and considered a bonus disc to the double studio album. The album was produced by Phil Spector giving it his famous wall of sound. The backing musicians on the album are an amalgamation of top musicians in 1970.
What I think: This is a tough album to make a bold summarizing statement about, but I’ll try to do so. Overall, this is an amazing album that showcases Harrison’s wonderful songwriting and Spector’s dreamy wall of sound. It does get too long though and there are tracks that could have been cut. The problem is, there are too many goods songs for a single album(I don’t know what I’d cut though, maybe “Apple Scruffs” and “Isn’t it a Pity (Version Two). So maybe three sides could have consisted of the studio album and the forth could have been a couple of the live jams.
The highlights for me here are the obvious in “My Sweet Lord” and “What is Life”, the latter of which maybe the most uplifting song I know of. It’s the perfect piece for someone who needs a pick me up. Beyond the singles though, I love “Isn’t it a Pity (Version One), with it’s lovely strings. Dylan’s “If Not for You”, which is great for the way Harrison sings it with a Dylan “effect”. The top of this album is the title track “All Things Must Pass”, the way the piano, slide whistle, slide guitar, strings and horns work together to send shivers up the spine makes it a new personal favorite.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I agree it should be here, it is mostly right on the mark. Give the third disc of jams a listen, but don’t let them come into play on your opinion of the studio tracks.
Rating (Out of 5):4
Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (160/205)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 78%