Acclaimed filmmaker Lance Bangs (the Rolling Stones, Nirvana, R.E.M.) has written and directed the official music video for George Harrison’s smash hit "My Sweet Lord" over half a century following its original release. The song appeared on Harrison’s 7x platinum 1970 triple solo album All Things Must Pass (his third long-player following 1968’s Wonderwall Music and 1969’s Electronic Sound) and was the Beatle’s first single as a solo artist. Achieving phenomenal worldwide success, "My Sweet Lord" went on to become the biggest selling single of 1971 in the U.K. and topped the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.
Bangs’ unmissable music video pays tribute to Harrison’s legacy in the world of music and comedy (HandMade Films (opens in new tab)) with a suitably iconic cast that includes a host of actors, musicians, comedians and other creatives. Some of those making an appearance were especially close to Harrison – notably Olivia and Dhani Harrison, along with bandmates Ringo Starr and Jeff Lynne.
Echoing the sentiments of the song, the “metaphysical special agent” protagonists – played by Fred Armisen and Vanessa Bayer – search for the unseen, yet they can’t see for looking. “Making this was one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life,” said Bangs. “The approach was to represent the song visually while these agents and inspectors kept missing the metaphysical wonder around them… George threaded a sense of humor through all of his videos, so we kept that spirit and filled the cast with friends and admirers of his music, many coming from the current comedy landscape.”
The new “My Sweet Lord” video features the 2020 mix by Paul Hicks (the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, John Lennon) as featured on the recent 50th Anniversary editions of All Things Must Pass.
Speaking of the new releases (which include Uber Deluxe and Super Deluxe box sets, CDs, vinyl, downloads and streams) Dhani Harrison said, "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."
Browse George Harrison’s catalog here (opens in new tab).
Rod Brakes is a music writer with an expertise in all things guitar-related. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a journalist covering artists, industry pros and gear includes writing hundreds of articles and features for the likes of Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar World, Guitar Player and MusicRadar, as well as contributions for specialist books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.
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