John Lennon wasn’t friendly to George Harrison after the Beatles broke up. Neither of the Beatles faced the other. However, John was particularly brutal after George was released All things must pass. George already had some insecurities when recording the triple album. He didn’t need the negative opinions of his bandmates to make things worse.
After some calming down, however, George didn’t care what anyone thought of the now seven-times platinum album. He knew it was great.
John Lennon said George Harrison looked like an “asthmatic Leon Russell” on the cover of All Things Must Pass.
According to The Beatles disbandedThere was a lot of tension between the former bandmates. George had no problem with Ringo Starr. The drummer actually kept playing most All things must pass. However, there was a bit of animosity between George, John and Paul McCartney.
During an interview with 1970 Rolling Stone, John said George’s album was “okay”. He added: “I don’t know … I think it’s okay, you know. I personally wouldn’t play this kind of music at home, I don’t want to hurt George’s feelings, I don’t know what to say about that. I think it’s better than Paul’s.”
At least that’s what John thought All things must pass was reasonably good. As for Paul’s record, not so much. “I thought Paul’s was rubbish,” John said. “I think he’ll do a better one when he’s scared. But I thought the first one was just a bunch… remember what I told you when it came out? “Easy and Simple”, you know that crack.
“But then I listen to the radio and I hear George’s stuff coming along, well then it’s damn good. My personal tastes are very strange, you know.”
John had conflicting views on this All things must pass. However, there was no questioning John’s feelings about the album’s cover art. George relayed John’s feelings to crawdaddy 1977.
“I remember John being very negative at the time, but I was gone and he came over to my house and there was a friend of mine who was a friend of John’s,” George said. “He saw the album cover and said, ‘He must be damn bad putting out three records. And look at the picture on the front, he looks like an asthmatic Leon Russell.’ There was a lot of negativity.”
George didn’t care if “All Things Must Pass” flopped or not
During recording All things must pass, George was unsure. He thought that the musicians who helped him would find the songs bad. That stemmed from the years of John, Paul and even the Beatles’ producer George Martin. behave condescendingly towards him and his songs.
However, those insecurities dissipated when George’s song blew everyone’s minds in the studio.
“It was a really nice experience making this album — because I was really a little bit paranoid musically,” George told Crawdaddy. “I remember having these guys in the studio and thinking, ‘God, these songs are so fruity!’ I played it to them and they said, ‘Wow, yeah! Great song!’ And I would say, ‘Really? Do you really like that?’ I realized that it’s okay.”
After that assurance, George knew the album was good, whatever the others said. He didn’t care if it flopped. “I felt like whatever happened, whether it was a flop or a hit, I was going to go it alone, just to have a little peace of mind,” George said.
George wasn’t concerned about that at all. “I felt like it was good music whether people bought it or not. I was concerned that the musicians playing it were concerned. It was good. Even before I started I knew I was going to make a good album because I had so many songs and so much energy. For me, after all that, making my own album – it’s been a joy. dreams of dreams.”
George’s son, Dhani, said John might have had an whoops moment regarding his comments on the album
vocation All things must pass “Everything OK” is strange, especially considering the album was introduced first #1 single by an ex-Beatles (“My dear Mr”). John only had a #1 hit in 1974 with his and Elton John’s “Whatever Gets You Thru The Night.”
By 1973, the triple album had also sold more copies than John’s Imagine. Many also consider it the most successful album by an ex-Beatle. Not bad considering George only recorded it as Reaction to the farewell to the Beatles.
Despite this, George’s son Dhani thinks that was John’s comment on the album a big oops moment. During an interview with Matt Wilkinson about Apple Music Hits (per NME), addressed Dhani about John’s criticism All things must pass.
Wilkinson referenced an interview with Bobby Whitlock, who said, “I remember during the recording sessions Lennon would come into the studio and play it quite kindly and he was clearly blown away.”
Dhani replied: “Yeah I mean how could you not be, especially for the Beatles I think like… There could have been an whoops moment. Like: ‘Oops. S***. Maybe the song was good.”
“But I think they were all just really happy for each other,” he continued. “How could you not be happy if you had a bandmate who left your band and then left and did that? How could you not be happy for her?
“I never really spoke to Paul or Ringo about ‘All Things Must Pass.’ It’s one of those things that’s still mysterious to everyone.”
All negative comments above All things must pass or any of his other albums didn’t phase George. He made music because he liked it; If people liked it, that was a bonus. George was happy no matter what happened.
https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/john-lennon-said-george-harrison-looked-like-asthmatic-leon-russell-cover-all-things-must-pass.html/ John Lennon said George Harrison looked like an “asthmatic Leon Russell” on the cover of All Things Must Pass