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George Harrison Most Talented Beatle?
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23 December 2010
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I'm going to have to agree that George was the most talented, especially when it came to playing guitar. George was ranked the 21st best guitarist of all times according to Rolling Stones (http://www.rollingstone.com/mu.....n-19691231) while Paul and John don't even place. It's hard to rely stricly on this list, but when listening to most of the Beatle's songs, you hear that George was really the foundation for their music and consistantly provided kick-ass guitar playing. I do think, though, that Paul is right behind George talent-wise. But part of this disscussion is also a matter of opinions, depending on who's voice you prefer or what writing/guitar style, ect. I always also preferred George's solo albums over any other Beatle's albums. But again, it's all a matter of opinions. a-hard-days-night-george-10

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Hm. Well, guitar-wise, I still think Paul's kick-ass "Taxman" solo is the finest in the Beatles catalogue, and the similar "Good Morning Good Morning" isn't far behind. Especially compared to all the other hot guitarists of the day, George comes up a bit short. He was good, great even; but he didn't really come into his own until "Something" and beyond. He had a nice voice that was perfect for harmonizing and singing lead on the quieter numbers, but wasn't as versatile as John and Paul; he couldn't sing a fiery rocker with the conviction that those two put into their Little Richard or Larry Williams covers. And if he had a higher batting average songwise, it's likely because he only had to deliver 2 or 3 songs per Beatles album.

I'd have to hear more than two of his solo albums to be sure, but on the evidence available to me so far, it looks to me like George is the 3rd most talented Beatle. (And being #3 in the #1 group makes him pretty damn great, without a doubt.)

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I think I have created a monster with this posting. I agree they are all super talented. I also agree with the Taxman solo which is awesome but I hate when I read articles that say George couldn't play the solo in his own song so Paul had to do it. That is ridiculous. 

I personally think George asked him to play the solo and was happy he did a little Indian bit. 

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Inner Light said:

I think I have created a monster with this posting. I agree they are all super talented. I also agree with the Taxman solo which is awesome but I hate when I read articles that say George couldn't play the solo in his own song so Paul had to do it. That is ridiculous. 

I personally think George asked him to play the solo and was happy he did a little Indian bit. 


To answer your question, here is a little "conversation" to illustrate what happened:

 

George: I wonder what I should do on Taxman's lead guitar...

Paul: George! I've got this great idea about the lead guitar on Taxman!

George: Really? Let's hear it!

Paul: *Plays guitar for George*

George: What an amazing idea. I really dig the Indian descending scale!

Paul: Glad you liked it.

*Starts to walk away*

George: Paul!

Paul: Yes?

George: Why don't you do the lead guitar on Taxman?

Paul: Sure! Thanks!

 

And that's how it happened. Kind of...

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