George Harrison

The Making of All Things Must Pass

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Of the three All Things Must Pass-era bootlegs, this is both the most comprehensive and least essential, consisting of no less than three discs of alternate takes from the sessions. It takes the documentary approach of classic-album-in-the-making to its extremes, with no less than ten takes of "Apple Scruffs," and for instance, and multiple versions of "Beware of Darkness," "Let It Down," "Art of Dying," "What Is Life," "Awaiting On Your All," and other songs from the album. These aren't much different from the finished, familiar versions; they're usually tracks (sometimes minus the vocals) in the process of being overdubbed and mixed, so you might hear a track without the keyboards, then the same track with it, and so on. Combined with the eye-popping expense of a triple-CD set, we're talking serious-fans-only here. On the other hand, the sound quality is absolutely superb -- as good as the official album itself -- and it is interesting, from a scholarly viewpoint, for its illustration of how some of the better tracks were assembled. Interesting bonuses are an early version of "You," a song which was left off the album (although it was re-recorded several years later), and alternate takes of Ringo Starr's "It Don't Come Easy" and "Goodnight Vienna." The whole shebang carries a price tag that's about equivalent to the entirety of Harrison's post-mid-'70s catalog, but then again, the outtakes here are better than all those records combined.