VYNILS / “ALL THINGS MUST PASS”, THE HISTORIC TRIPLE ALBUM BY GEORGE HARRISON (1970)

New appointment with rare vinyls (records, 33 rpm albums or the so-called “singles”, 45 rpm records): real cult objects, as well as the covers design, to hold in your hands and caress , as today unfortunately cannot be done with digitally downloaded music.

We are dealing, in two distinct episodes, with the first triple 33-rpm albums in record and musical history. There are two, both released 50 years ago, in 1970. It is Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More (May 1970), which we talked about in a previous post, to which we refer for those who want to learn more: https: //okayscuola.org/2020/07/14/rare-fare-vinili-50-anni-fa-il-primo-triplo-album-woodstock-1970/

The second triple album to be released in 1970, a milestone for contemporary music, is All Things Must Pass by George Harrison, a member of the legendary Beatles, who had disbanded the previous year, in 1969. (although some sources say in the early 1970s). This record by the ex Beatle is also considered fundamental for the era in which it was produced. It was the first triple studio album released by a solo artist (the Woodstock triple was in fact a compilation); it was a great success with critics and audiences: it reached 1st place in the rankings in various countries around the world, including the USA and the UK. Harrison’s triple disc – in the photo the structure of the box, with the cover (beautiful photograph by Barry Feinstein), the envelopes, the vinyls and the label – contains songs written during the last period of activity of the famous Fab Four. George Harrison transfers his most recent human and spiritual experiences into lyrics and music – the unmistakable sound of the slide guitar. The title undoubtedly refers to the philosophy of oriental religions, in which Harrison also immersed himself with musical collaborations.

All things must pass seems like the perfect title for these times torn apart by the global pandemic. It was released between 27 and 30 November 1970 (in Italy a few days later) by the historic Apple Records label. Produced by Harrison himself and Phil Spector, it contains 23 tracks, including the hits released on single My Sweet Lord and Beware of Darkness. Harrison also worked in the famous Abbey Road studios in London. Great musicians like Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Gary Wright, Billy Preston, Pete Drake collaborated on it. The triple album has so far had the sales certification corresponding to 6 platinum discs.

  • George Harrison, All things must pass, Apple Records, Three album box set, 1970.
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