Volume 94, Issue 75
Tuesday, February 6, 2001
|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Disc of the Week
All Things Must Pass
The year 1970 saw the end of a dynasty, as each member of The Beatles went their separate ways.
Still, after 27 number one hits, why is it that most people can only name three of the Fab Four? John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr andÉthe other guy.
George Harrison, often thought of as the fourth Beatle, began to lay the ground workings for his first solo album, All Things Must Pass, following the Beatles' break-up. This two-record collection has just been re-released with the addition of five bonus tracks and five jam sessions.
One of the highlights on this album are the appearances of other artists, which were previously unaccredited due to record label contracts, including Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and fellow Travelling Willbury, Bob Dylan.
An emotional ballad, "If Not For You," was written by Dylan and covered by Harrison, but due to the high quality of the vocals, Harrison's track is slightly better than Dylan's original recording. Backing up Harrison for the session was the remnants of The Delaney and Bonnie Band, which brought along Eric Clapton. They would go on to form Derek and the Dominoes, but not before Clapton played on four of the five jams that accompany the second disc in the set.
There is no question that this album fits in with the music that was coming out in the late 1960s and early '70s. The peace, love and happiness that were promoted at Woodstock are carried through on such tracks as "Awaiting On You All" and "I Dig Love." Harrison's religious devotion to the Hare Krishna Mantra is very obvious in this collection as, unlike The Beatles' earlier works, there is a sense of reflection and prayer on many of the tracks.
Riding on the success of The Beatles' latest collection of number one hits, All Things Must Pass could not have been released at a more opportune time, and is sure to spark interest among Beatles fans.
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