In 1970, the only product George Harrison He worked with the Beatles’ producer, George Martin. When the band broke up, he had to find a new producer to take care of several songs he intended to record for his first solo album outside of the Beatles, All things must pass. George Harrison chose Phil Spector, one of the most prolific producers of the 1960s.
However, he should have thought a little more carefully before making a decision.
George Harrison Asked Phil Spector to Produce ‘All Things Must Pass’
In 1970, George was undergoing a profound change. she was A very double time in his life. The Beatles disintegrated, and he was without a band and a producer. George’s marriage to his first wife, Patti Boyd, was falling apart, he had just bought a dilapidated mansion, Friar Park, and his mother was dying.
In the midst of it all, George only cared about his stockpile of songs, some of which John Lennon and Paul McCartney had. pushed aside for themselves. Soon he worked on what would become All things must pass in May and chose Spector for its production.
However, when George entered the recording studio, he Most of the triple album has been set. So, he didn’t exactly need Spector. Getting Spector to produce the album only added to George’s growing list of problems.
During a 1987 interview with Timothy White for Musician Magazine, George explained, “Well, in ‘All Things Must Pass’ Phil came and did half of the backing tracks. Then, because of the condition he was in, he had to leave and I completed the rest of the backing without him.”
“And I probably did 50 percent of the dubbing, all the backing vocals and all the guitar parts. It was all over the course of four and five months. But he still had to go to the hospital to see a doctor. He was having a bad time with the drinking and he got sick.”
Amazingly, after all this turmoil All things must passGeorge asks Spector for help bangladesh concert And the Living in the material world.
George had to break into the Spector hotel room to bring him to the studio for the movie Living in the Material World.
after a year All things must passGeorge organized the concert for Bangladesh to help create a humanitarian crisis there. he is Recruit some fellow rock stars to play During the two-night concert at Madison Square Garden in New York, Spector was called in to produce the live album. It was another mistake.
“Phil was at the party dancing in the front when he was taping!” Tell George White. “There was a guy, Gary Kellgren, who did the main work on the live recording. Then when Phil came to the remix, Phil was again in and out of the hospital.”
However, George did not learn his lesson. He told White that he brought Spector back for his second solo album, Living in the material world. This time, George had to make Spector come to the studio in person.
“Phil worked on the second solo album ‘Living in the Material World,’ but by that I mean he was there. And again, he kept falling and breaking his ankles and wrists,” George explained. “The man who was his assistant was having a heart attack.
“Phil was never there. I literally used to go and break into the hotel to get him. I’d go along the rooftop at the Inn On The Park in London and climb up his window and scream, ‘Come on! We’re supposed to set a record!’ He’d say, ‘Oh! . yes.’
Then he used to have 18 cherry brandy before he could get himself into the studio. I got tired of it because I needed someone helps. I ended up doing more work than if I were doing it on my own.”
George has ended up in production Living in the material world on his own. The only track Spector worked on was “Try some buy someof which he is only a co-producer. George originally wrote the song for Spector’s wife, Ronnie Spector.
George didn’t even like the work that Spector did
During the pandemic, George’s widow, Olivia, their only son, Danny, and Grammy Award-winning producer, Paul Hicks, worked to rework All things must pass for its fiftieth edition. One of the hardest things about the project was respecting the originals while toning down the Spector echo.
“He hated the echo,” said Dhani. rolling rock. “He said this to me a million times: ‘Oh my God, that echo! Klaus Fuhrmann, guitarist and one of the early Beatles Friends from Hamburg, Germany, was played on the album and recalled George making similar comments about the many overdrafts. “I remember him saying, ‘It’s just too much,’” Foreman said.
He continued, “When we did Wah-Wah, which is one of the first songs we recorded, I was eliminated.” “I thought, ‘That’s what Phil did is unbelievable. It looks like glass in one way and really tough in another. George did not like it. This wasn’t the way he wanted the album direction to go. But then he started to like him.”
It’s unclear what made George start to like it All things must pass. Spector used his famous “Wall of Sound” technique to record the album, but it was unsuccessful.
George told White that he only asked Spector to be his producer because he respected him. He was a fan of Spector’s work. However, when the former Beatles worked with him, Spector was a coincidence to himself.
“I loved Ronet’s recordings and those made by Phil Spector,” said George. “I still do. And I love Phil. He’s gorgeous. No one comes close to some of his productions for action. Tina Turner’s ‘River Deep Mountain High’ was perhaps one of the only Cinemascope-sized recordings ever made.”
“But Phil didn’t have enough energy with me to keep an album for Ronnie. Still, he had a good sense of humor, and if you’re reading, Phil, I still think you’re one of those greatest. He’s, you know, and should be out there doing things now – but not with me! “
George has worked with other producers over the years but primarily produced his own work. That’s even George finds his creative match in Jeff Lanewho co-produced his 1987 album, the ninth cloud. Working with Lynn erased the nightmare George had with Spector.