All Things Must Pass Turns 40
[lastfm link_type="similar_artist_radio"]The Beatles[/lastfm] have been all over the news lately. With their latest release served digitally, new fans are discovering the magic of The Fab Four. In addition, John Lennon’s 70th birthday would have just been celebrated, and the world has responded with swarms of peace-inspired commemorations. Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney still tour the music world, turning up every few months to promote, play, pester, or postulate.
Which leaves us with the forgotten Beatle. The one that always seems to be mulled over and left in the dust. How did the most talented musician get such a bad deal?
After the break-up, George Harrison pulled together two albums and received many accolades for his work. Until the release of All Things Must Pass, he remained a strictly musician’s musician. His music was great, yet still didn’t reach the Pop music crowds ears as The Beatle’s tunes once did.
All Things Must Pass contained “What Is Life” and “My Sweet Lord”, two classics in the rock-and-roll music realm. While Harrison crafted the tunes on this renowned album, he couldn’t forge without a little help from his friends. Moving further away from his role as guitarist in The Beatles to a Guitar God, Harrison invited many talents to lend their magic on this album.
Credits include Ringo Starr, Phil Collins, Maurice Gibb, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, and more.
Harrison died in November of 2001 from lung cancer. His music survives throughout the years with a gentle mix of acoustic rock and aggressive guitar playing.