Harrison previously released two solo projects — 1968’s Wonderwall Music and 1969’s Electric Sound — while the Beatles were still together, but those instrumental records sounded nothing like the music he was making with his band. All Things Must Pass, released the same year the Beatles broke up, definitively established him as an independent songwriter, producer and arranger. The LP featured several guest appearances, including Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Gary Wright, and members of Badfinger.
Frampton played acoustic guitar on several of the album’s songs. Why Harrison asked him to play was never clarified, though it may have had something to do with Harrison’s interest in musical simplicity and subtlety. “Sometimes it’s not what you do, it’s what you don’t do that counts,” he told Rolling Stone. “And personally I’d rather hear three notes hit really sweet than to hear a whole lot of notes from some guitar player whose ears are so blown out he can’t hear the difference between a flat and a sharp.”
Whatever the reason, Frampton was eager to contribute to his idol’s album. You can learn more about the fascinating collaboration in the below video from our “Odd Couples” series.
Beatles Solo Albums Ranked
Included are albums that still feel like time-stamped baubles and others that have only grown in estimation.