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.

Record Store Day release

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 Was this LP, written in the latter years of the 1960s already out of date in 1970, or was it in fact ahead of its time, with its heart-felt lyrics and religious themes?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?

Holiday ornament (sold out)

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.

Be Here Now, Record Store Day Black Friday 7″ single.


9 Responses

  1. Chip says:

    ATMP is a bloated mess. It would’ve made a nice SINGLE album.

    • Marilou Vasauskas says:

      You’re entitled to your opinion. The rest if us say you’re wrong! Maybe we have a better ear for music than you. Just my opinion!

      • Chip says: have no idea about my “ear”. I’ve played with many Hall of Fame musicians and am a big Beatles fan..but I know a bloated mess when I hear it even if you don’t. Your bias has made you stupid. Go listen to “I Remember Jeep” lol

    • John Idema says:

      One of my favorite all time albums since purchasing it back in 1970.

    • RALPH LANDI says:

      Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah

    • Bruce Goodman says:

      A bloated mess? Some tracks feel over-produced due to Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound”, but that doesn’t intrude on a lot of the tracks, like the title song, My Sweet Lord, Beware of Darkness, etc…”A nice single album” indicates that it’s only some tracks you dislike, therefore the entire set isn’t all “A bloated mess” ☺

  2. Ruby Pepper says:

    I’m looking forward to listening to the documentary.

  3. robert brown says:

    The 1st review that I read stated that ATMP was Wagneresqe in its delivery.

  4. Bill says:

    It’s considered a Classic.

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