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George Harrison – All Things Must Pass (1970)

January 14, 2012

[Album 8/1001]

When Joel Plaskett performed his (excellent) tune “Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ on the (stellar) CBC radio show Q, host Jian Ghomeshi announced it was, “from his brand new-triple album…he’s doing a George Harrison here.”

The ‘quiet’ Beatle’s solo debut is the record that all triple albums are inevitably compared to, for both its genius and its grandioseness.

I can’t argue with the ambitiousness.  If it’s a statement about his songwriting abilities being overlooked when with the fab four, it was made emphatically.  Lawsuits over copyright infringement aside, My Sweet Lord is a classic; Isn’t it a pity ends side one beautifully; What is life has a great riff.  Solid efforts, though none of the songs quite match up to his best (Something, While my guitar gently weeps).

Then there’s the diminishing marginal utility.

Side 1 is great…by the time side 6 rolls around, it’s into a jam session.  Might have been fun to be in the studio at the time but also illustrates why triple albums are relatively rare.

An important listen all the same as without it, we wouldn’t have the triple-album benchmark.

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