Released: 30 November 1970 (UK), 27 November 1970 (US)
All Things Must Pass
George Harrison: guitar
Eric Clapton, Dave Mason: guitar
Carl Radle: bass guitar
Bobby Whitlock: piano
Jim Gordon: drums
‘Plug Me In’ was one of the Apple Jam instrumentals recorded during the sessions for George Harrison’s third solo album All Things Must Pass.
The song was recorded in London at The Beatles’ Apple Studios, shortly before the album was completed.
‘Plug Me In’ was taped during the same session as ‘Thanks For The Pepperoni’, and was similarly based on a basic three-chord blues sequence.
The recording, generally thought to have occurred on 5 August 1970, also marked the formation of the band Derek and the Dominos. In return for the musicians’ assistance on All Things Must Pass, Clapton and Harrison arranged for Phil Spector to produce a single for the new group.
In addition to the two Harrison cuts, the Dominos recorded two Clapton-Whitlock compositions on the same day, ‘Tell The Truth’ and ‘Roll It Over’. The single was briefly issued in the US by Atco Records before being withdrawn in September 1970.
On the All Things Must Pass album, ‘Plug Me In’ was sequenced after the frivolous ‘It’s Johnny’s Birthday’, and – for reasons unknown – begins with an abrupt tape edit.