George Harrison s All Things Must Pass Box Set Announced - Ultimate Classic Rock
|Ultimate Classic Rock 10 Jun 2021 at 19:39|
George Harrison s estate will release an expansive50th-anniversary box set ofhis lauded 1970 solo album All Things Must Pass on Aug. 6.
Executive produced by Harrison s son Dhani, the collection will include 70 tracks stretching acrossfive CDs (or eight LPs), including 42 previously unheard session outtakes, studio jams and demo recordings. An accompanying scrapbook features archival notes, track-by-track annotations, rare photos and more.
Theuber-deluxe set boasts the addition of an exclusively designed wooden crate containing an expanded scrapbook (curated by Harrison s widow, Olivia) with a wooden bookmark made from a felled Oak tree inHarrison s Friar Park home, as well as 1/6-scale replica figurines of Harrison and the gnomes featured on theoriginalalbum cover.
The box set is available for pre-order now.
"Bringing greater sonic clarity to this record was always one of my fathers wishes, and it was something we were working on together right up until he passed in 2001," Dhani Harrison said in a statement. "Now, 20 years later, with the help of new technology and the extensive work of [mixer] Paul Hicks we have realized this wish and present to you this very special 50th Anniversary release of perhaps his greatest work of art. Every wish will be fulfilled."
All Things Must Pass,for which sessions began just six weeks after the breakup of the Beatles ,was not Harrison s first solo album, but it didbecome one of his most critically and commercially successful releases. (He d previously put out a pair of experimental instrumental records.)
The triple LPdoubled down on Harrison s signature style of slide guitar as well asspiritual themes that would continue to appear in his subsequent solo work. Hit singles "My Sweet Lord" (which became the first single by a former Beatle toreach No. 1) and "What Is Life," as well as songsthat had been earlier passed up for inclusion on Beatles albums like "Isn t It a Pity" andthe title track.
Harrison may have been launching himself into a new era of his career at the time, but he was willing to bring some aspects of the past into his future: Ringo Starr played on several tracks, as did Beatles alum Billy Preston . A who s-who ofstars filled up the rest of the session personnel, including a 20-year-old Peter Frampton , Eric Clapton , Pete Ham of Badfinger , Dave Mason of Traffic , Gary Wright, Bobby Whitlock of Derek and the Dominos , Alan White of Yes , Ginger Baker of Cream and more. Phil Spector produced, surrounding the LP in hisfamous Wall of Sound.
All Things Must Pass surpassed Harrison s former bandmates on the charts, overshadowing John Lennon s Plastic Ono Band , which was also produced by Spector and released a few months afterAll Things Must Pass,and Paul McCartney s Ram , which came outin May 1971.At the1972 Grammy Awards,All Things Must Passwas nominated forAlbum of the Year, while "My Sweet Lord"received aRecord of the Year nod.