The 50th anniversary of George Harrison’s seminal solo album All Things Must Pass is marked today (November 27) by the release of a new 2020 stereo mix of its title track.
The George Harrison Estate has announced the mix, which was overseen by the Grammy-winner Paul Hicks. He’s recognized for his work with the estate as well as with The Beatles and major album repackages in 2020 by the Rolling Stones (the extended Goats Head Soup) and John Lennon’s GIMME SOME TRUTH. The Ultimate Mixes compilation.
“The new stereo mix of the album’s title track is just a taste of more things to come in 2021 as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of my father’s legendary All Things Must Pass album,” says George’s son Dhani Harrison. “We’ve been digging through mountains of tapes, and they just kept coming – boxes and boxes of them.
“Making this album sound clearer was always one of my dad’s greatest wishes and it was something we were working on together right up until he passed. But with the help of new technology and the work of Paul Hicks on this project, we are now able to make that happen. We can’t wait for you all to hear everything we’ve been working on and your patience will be rewarded next year.”
A truly enduring album
The triple LP All Things Must Pass was released on November 27, 1970 and produced by Phil Spector. Its flagship song was “My Sweet Lord,” the first No.1 by a solo Beatle. Among huge critical acclaim, Rolling Stone called the album “the War and Peace of rock and roll” and it became a commercial smash, topping both the UK and US charts.
The influence of All Things Must Pass has grown and matured with the passing generations. It was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame and included in both Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 500 albums of all time and The Times of London’s 100 best albums. More All Things Must Pass 50th anniversary release details will be announced in the new year.
Additionally, in partnership with Record Store Day’s Black Friday event, George’s “My Sweet Lord” is being released on a 7” milky clear Single, individually numbered, exclusive to Record Store Day. The release recreates the Angola pressing of the November 1970 single with unique artwork.
The spiritually uplifting song was Harrison’s first single release as a solo artist, and became the UK’s biggest-selling single of 1971 and No.1 in America and around the world. It win gold status on both sides of the Atlantic and topped the British charts again after George’s death, in early 2002.
“All Things Must Pass” (2020 Mix) can be bought here.