Sonic Gems: George Harrison – All Things Must Pass

Born on February 25, 1943, the English guitarist, singer-songwriter and producer George Harrison was the quiet Beatle and so any other things before his untimely death of cancer on November 29, 2001.  His embrace of Indian culture made its mark on the music of the Beatles and on pop culture itself.  Although most of the Beatles music was a collaboration between Lennon and McCartney, from 1965 onward,  most Beatles albums contained at least two Harrison compositions.  From his contributions, the following hits came to a forefront:  TaxmanWithin You Without YouWhile My Guitar Gently WeepsHere Comes the Sun and Something.

Harrison’s influences for his music include George Formby, Django Reinhardt, Carl Perkins, Chet Atkins and Chuck Berry.  In 1965 he led the Beatles into folk rock with some of his composition showing the influence of The Byrds and Bob Dylan.  His inclinations toward Indian Classical Music led to his use of a sitar on Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown).

In 1970, Harrison released the triple album All Things Must Pass.  This was his third solo album and his first since the break up of The Beatles.  The album showed Harrison’s influence by artists such as Bob Dylan, the Band, Delaney & Bonnie and Billy Preston.  Harrison’s signature sound – the use of the slide guitar.  Aloha Promises Forever rates this album a solid eight out of 10.

You may listen to All Things Must Pass at:

 

 

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