George Harrison – All Things Must Pass
November 1, 2023

April 1970 brought the end of The Beatles, an illustrious path left behind and an uncertain future for each member of the band. John Lennon became a deified figure whose assassination in 1980 rocked millions around the planet, Paul McCartney formed Wings and continued a hugely successful solo career. Often, Ringo Starr and George Harrison are forgotten about. But, in November of 1970, just 7 months after the breakup of The Beatles, Harrison released what I believe to be the best solo work any Beatle has produced: All Things Must Pass.

Two things are instantly striking about this record, the production is so beautifully simple, and the writing is of the highest quality. ‘My Sweet Lord’ has seen a resurgence in popularity due to featuring in the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 soundtrack and ‘Isn’t It a Pity’ was the main inspiration behind Coldplay’s ‘The Scientist’. While you may not have heard the album in its entirety, its influence touches a lot of modern popular music and when listening to it, it’s not hard to see why. There’s an abundance of vernal, iridescent songs, All Things Must Pass is a two-hour compliment to the ears.

What Harrison showed on All Things Must Pass was that The Beatles had a third tremendous writer, who only began to show his creative credentials to the world in the latter stages of their time together. His contributions to The White Album and Abbey Road are staples of popular music, and this wealth of songs which he released on his first solo record are indicative of the talent this man possessed. All Things Must Pass is a timeless, halcyon album which is instantaneously pleasing and one I urge you to listen to.