All Things Must Pass celebrated
We haven’t yet seen an announcement regarding the release of a 50th Anniversary Edition of George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass” album like his widow Olivia and son Dhani hinted about early this year. We do however, get a Record Store Day release of two songs from the album as a single, “My Sweet Lord” and “Isn’t It A Pity”. And now we are getting a radio program about the album on BBC Radio 4.
Presented by Nitin Sawhney for production company TBI Media, here’s what BBC Radio 4 has to say about the radio special: Growing up in the 1970s, musician and composer Nitin Sawhney was aware of George Harrison and his interest in Indian classical music, particularly his close connection with Ravi Shankar. He knew Harrison’s hit singles, but his most famous album, “All Things Must Pass”, remained unexplored. Was this LP, written in the latter years of the 1960s already out of date in 1970, or was it in fact ahead of its time, with its heart-felt lyrics and religious themes?
Beatles fans may recall that Nitin Sawney collaborated with Paul McCartney in 2008 on a track called “My Soul” on Sawney’s “London Undersound” album.
Interviewees include Olivia Harrison, Michael Palin, Jools Holland, biographers Graeme Thomson and Joshua M. Greene, keyboard player Bobby Whitlock, drummer Alan White, and guitarist Dave Mason.
The hourlong special will be broadcast on BBC radio 4 Saturday November 21 at 8 pm British time, and will be available online for 30 days after that. Link
An interesting item which was for sale through the official George Harrison website for a short time, was this “All Things Must Pass” Christmas tree ornament. Since it was so limited in supply, perhaps originally meant as a promo item to tie in with the anniversary edition of the album?
In other George Harrison and Record Store Day news, an exclusive 7″ single of George’s song “Be Here Now” by Doyle Bramhall II feat. Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks will become available in limited supply on Black Friday, November 27. 100% of the proceeds go to Turn Up For Recovery, the charitable movement founded by Melia Clapton to offer hope and spread awareness of abstinence-based recovery through music.