since 1967 I am collecting records. So it does not take wonder that my record storage got two or more or even many more issues of the same record.
George Harrison ´s „All things must pass“ was always one of my favorites showing how underrated he was during the Beatles area.
The 1970 as well as the 2001 issues I kept close in my “golden box sortiment“, picking them up from time to time.
Now the 50th Anniversary edition came out and I am comparing all three sets.
I used my Lyra Atlas with the Allnic N-5000 preamp and in another line the Ortofon 💯 with the EMT JPA 66. Both lines are very open, transparent and deliver a fine soundstage.
My results are different to the many comments I read in forums. The sound level of the 50th Anniversary edition is somehow a bit reduced, you may play it louder. On the other hand it is more balanced. My Sweet Lord sounds better, more dynamical with the 1970 UK pressing while What is Life sounds better with the 50th anni. The 1970 and 2001 edition overemphasize the bass and the “Sound of Wall” comprises partly a mushy picture.
The mixing engineer Paul Hicks said he briefly considered a „de-Spectorized“ mix, eliminating all the strong reverb and effects, but ultimately it didn ´t sound right, so a mix more faithful to the original was preferred. For the Dolby Atmos mix “it is a really, really immersive mix, probably the most immersive mix I have done”. He placed Harrison ´s vocal more within the space, giving a more intimate experience. The two guitar tracks he then placed to the sides and the back. You may look up the 8 pages review at Sound & Vision, September issue.