The Beatles guitarist’s most enduring solo album—tweaked and repackaged with bonus material—sounds better than ever at 50-plus.
By Allan Kozinn
George Harrison had something to prove when he walked into EMI Studios on May 26, 1970, the first day of sessions for what would become “All Things Must Pass.” Within the Beatles’ working dynamic, he had been forced to accept third-class status as a songwriter, after John Lennon and Paul McCartney. But the praise earned by recent songs like “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Something” and “Here Comes the Sun” had made him more confident and assertive.
He had released two quirky solo discs—“Wonderwall” (1968), a film soundtrack that melded Indian music and Western pop, and “Electronic Sound” (1969), with two long synthesizer works. But “All Things Must Pass,” a collection of more conventional pop songs, would be his true solo debut. A remixed version of the album will be released on Aug. 6 (Capitol/UMe), in various CD, LP and streaming configurations, with a surround-sound mix on Blu-ray; for completists, an “Uber Deluxe Edition,” packed in a wooden box, includes the LP, CD and Blu-ray versions, plus extra books and trinkets.