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16 November 2015
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All Things Must Pass album artwork - George Harrison

Written by: Harrison

Recorded: May-October 1970

Producers: George Harrison , Phil Spector

Engineers: Ken Scott, Phil McDonald

Released: 30 November 1970 (UK), 23 November 1970 (US)

George Harrison: vocals, backing vocals, slide guitar

Eric Clapton, Pete Ham, Tom Evans, Joey Molland: acoustic rhythm guitar

Billy Preston: piano

Klaus Voormann: bass guitar

Gary Wright: electric piano

Ringo Starr: drums

Jim Gordon: drums

Mike Gibbins: tambourine

Bobby Whitlock: vocals

Uncredited: harmonium

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Seeing as this is George's most-played song ever, it's rather surprising that no one has posted here yet... 

I like this song. Even though it's quite probably highly overrated, rather repetitive, and definitely overplayed, I still enjoy listening to it very much. The repetition works, to my mind; it's like a mantra. And the production is wonderful, in fact it pretty much makes the song. It's quite simple-sounding-- rhythm guitar, slide guitar, bass, percussion, lead vocals, backing vocals-- and yet each part was overdubbed about a hundred times, so it sounds very full but not messy (I'm looking at you, Wah-Wah ). And the way it just begins with that one big guitar sound, and then that slide, and his lead vocal, and then about halfway through you get backing vocals and percussion and it somehow ends up sounding like a big party, with a couple hundred people (George Harrison , Egroeg Nosirrah, George Parasol, Arthur, etc., etc.) chanting 'Hare Krishna' and shaking tambourines. 

And I found a fabulous demo of it (in which I can hear him playing B7 instead of that dreadful barred B so that's what I shall do from now on): 

https://youtu.be/rzjbcWG0KiU

 

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The above video is not available where I am.

Its a nice song but its not George's best in my opinion. Maybe its down to it being one of the few George tracks you actually here but its not one thats ever greatly appealed to me. What is is great tho is that, as with so many tracks from 'All Things Must Pass ', we are able to trace the tracks development from studio demo to the final take courtesy of a couple of alternate mixes that have varying amounts of overdubs removed and so bridge the gap. Its good to hear the track breathe a little more and be able to hear what is going on underneath.

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 @meanmistermustard, try these: 1 2

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Thanks. I have the demo in my iTunes folder.

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris) 

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16 November 2016
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Dear George...

Back when you still part of that band you once had and were still on the road and junk, my mom introduced me to your stuff.  Yeah, she's responsible for the addiction.

She would always tell me how good you guys were and in the beginning, she never thought of you independent of each other.  But when you went all spiritual and stuff, same as her... well, she was over the moon and even though you were into Hinduism and she was a Catholic, it didn't matter... you cemented your spot as her favorite Beatle.

Later on, well-into adulthood, I would visit her and would see your solo stuff laying around on cassettes and just casually mention it... man, I would get nailed to one spot for at least half an hour, as she would tell me what she liked about your writing.

She had a lot of favorites by you, but none more than My Sweet Lord .

So it was fitting that she asked to hear it one last time.  Mom passed away this past Sunday.  Your song was filling the room as she left this realm.

I don't know what goes on in the afterlife, but if you happen to see her... say hello.  You'll make her day.

Thanks.

Best Regards,

Steve

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I think this song is a nice parody of "He's So Fine"

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William Shears Campbell said
I think this song is a nice parody of "He's So Fine"  

Never liked that song.

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@meanmistermustard said

William Shears Campbell said
I think this song is a nice parody of "He's So Fine"  

Never liked that song.  

As with most parody's by Alfred Yankovic, I enjoy the parody more than the original.

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William Shears Campbell said

As with most parody's by Alfred Yankovic, I enjoy the parody more than the original.  

But is it really a parody if George didn't realize it was the same song when he wrote it?

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Little Piggy Dragonguy said

But is it really a parody if George didn't realize it was the same song when he wrote it?  

No. 

Parody: a literary or musical work in which the style of an author or work is closely imitated for comic effect or in ridicule. 

1) George didn't consciously imitate the song; 2) it wasn't imitated for comic effect. I am not sure what Willy SC is talking about. 

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<snippety snip> But when you went all spiritual and stuff, same as her... well, she was over the moon and even though you were into Hinduism and she was a Catholic, it didn't matter... you cemented your spot as her favorite Beatle. <snappety snap> 

Um, yeah, just ignore 'Awaiting On You All ' and 'P2 Vatican Blues (Last Saturday Night)' a-hard-days-night-paul-4

Do you know, George's own mum was a Catholic. George himself may have been into Hinduism, but he was against organised religion in general. I find it nice that your mother was able to separate the religion from the spirituality and appreciate George's for what it was. (RIP, C.R.A.'s mum.) Also, did I mention that your post was absolutely beautiful? Yep. apple01 

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@Little Piggy Dragonguy  said

William Shears Campbell said

As with most parody's by Alfred Yankovic, I enjoy the parody more than the original.  

But is it really a parody if George didn't realize it was the same song when he wrote it?  

Yeah it's not really a parody, but that joke was made in the "Weird Al" interview with George Harrison .

https://youtu.be/jhTPSA5th3I?t=56s

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I made  The Beatles 1 (solo)  playlist on Spotify, and the song had a shehnai playing, which sounds like an oboe playing over the song. I had never noticed it before, and it sounded terrible, so I think it was an overdub. I played the version I own in iTunes and it wasn't there. Does anybody know what version of the song is on Spotify, or what this is? if you own the song and have Spotify, I encourage you to listen to both versions. It is weird because I've listened on vinyl, Cd, and the iTunes store and never heard this terrible overdub before.

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Is it the 2000 remake?

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No, I own that one and it isn't why I'm thinking of. This was the original version with a crudely played shenai on top. 

I've never heard any of the songs from All Things Must Pass on Spotify before, so I'm curious as to what version they use. 

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My Sweet Lord is Apple Records' most played track of the century

https://www.m-magazine.co.uk/n.....e-century/

Twenty most played:

1.) My Sweet Lord George Harrison
2.) Imagine John Lennon
3.) Hey Jude – The Beatles
4.) Let It Be – The Beatles
5.) Band On The Run Paul McCartney and Wings
6.) Get Back – The Beatles
7.) Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles
8.) Something – The Beatles
9.) Live And Let Die Paul McCartney and Wings
10.) Jet Paul McCartney and Wings
11.) The Long And Winding Road – The Beatles
12.) Back in the U.S.S.R. – The Beatles
13.) Come Together – The Beatles
14.) Revolution – The Beatles
15.) Jealous Guy John Lennon
16.) The Ballad Of John And Yoko – The Beatles
17.) Instant Karma ! (We All Shine On) – John Lennon
18.) While My Guitar Gently Weeps – The Beatles
19.) Those Were The Days – Mary Hopkin
20.) No Matter What – Badfinger

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Wow, kinda surprised to see it topping a list with Hey Jude and Imagine on it. George a-hard-days-night-george-4

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Though one has to note that this, in the sad circumstances of George's death, is Apple's only #1 single of the 21st Century.

With the upcoming Deluxe editions of the White and Imagine I do think this list will look very different by the end of this year

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I can see Imagine really climbing the charts. Really iconic songs. 

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