“All Things Must Pass” is a George Harrison composition. The Beatles never recorded it formally, even though the band were looking for new material for their “Get Back” project. However, Harrison recorded a solo demo version in which is on The Beatles’ 1996 album, “Anthology 3”.
Release Date: 28th October, 1996
Recorded: 25th February 1969
Studio: Abbey Road Studios, London
Genre: Folk rock
Track Duration: 3:05
Record Label: Apple
Songwriter: George Harrison
Producer: George Harrison
Engineer: Ken Scott
George Harrison: vocals, electric guitar
All Things Must Pass
When The Beatles recorded the “White Album” in 1968, cracks within the group obviously began to show. However, another project was soon under way with the title “Get Back”. The intending result was going to be another album by the same name, of course. So the band needed new material to follow on from one of the best albums ever made.
After George Harrison returned from Woodstock in 1968, he introduced The Beatles to his new song, “All Things Must Pass”. But The Beatles rejected his song somewhere along the line and excluded if from the “Get Back” album.
Not only did the other band members reject the song, but they never even recorded it together either. However, George Harrison performed a solo version as a demo, and this appears on the “Anthology 3” album. Of course, Harrison went on to use the title “All Things Must Pass” for his triple solo album after The Beatles broke up in 1970.
Just to point out that the “Get Back” project eventually became “Let It Be”. Thus, at the Cavern Club, we sometimes refer to it as the “Get Back/Let It Be” project which resulted in an album as well as a documentary film.
On George Harrison’s 26th birthday, 25 February 1969, he recorded his song alone in the Abbey Road Studios. There were two takes that day with extra guitar instrumentation on the second take. That second take is available on The Beatles’ 1996 album, “Anthology 3”. There is no record of which studio it was or indeed the time of recording, but these were the days when the individual band members would often work alone.