A mere six weeks after The Beatles announced their break-up in April 1970, George Harrison began recording his solo album All Things Must Pass at EMI Studios on Abbey Road, London.
Over the course of just two days, 30 songs were demoed for the triple disk long player. Now, over half a century later, these incredible George Harrison demos are being released in their entirety – including a whopping 26 tracks which have never been officially released before.
"Since the 50th anniversary stereo mix release of the title track to my father’s legendary All Things Must Pass album in 2020, my dear pal Paul Hicks and I have continued to dig through mountains of tapes to restore and present the rest of this newly remixed and expanded edition of the album,” says Dhani Harrison.
“Bringing greater sonic clarity to this record was always one of my father’s wishes and it was something we were working on together right up until he passed in 2001. Now, 20 years later, with the help of new technology and the extensive work of Paul Hicks we have realised this wish and present to you this very special 50th Anniversary release of perhaps his greatest work of art. Every wish will be fulfilled."
Included in this collection of rarities is the track “Cosmic Empire,” brought to life here in an official George Harrison lyric video. Recorded on the second day of demoing, this track is a brilliantly raw snapshot of Harrison’s timeless songwriting. 50 years on and this visceral performance still has the power to move.
Pre-order your copy of George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass: 50th Anniversary Edition here
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Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar World, Guitar Player and MusicRadar in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.