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George Harrison Most Talented Beatle?
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mr. Sun king coming together said:

He's not. Okay. He's just not. I love him, I do, but to say he's more talented as Paul McCartney is lunacy. Could George drum anything half decent? Was he prolific at bass, as Paul was with guitar? Could he also play piano? The answer is no, to all of these. He could play half decently (or better) 3 instruments: Guitar, bass, Sitar. Paul could play at least a half dozen: Bass, guitar, drums, piano, organ, trumpet. It strikes me (with no malice intent) that people ignore some crucial facts at times, this being a prime example. It's crazy to me.

Just look at this post. It proves that musically, Paul was better. He was more prolific at more instruments. And that is beyond dispute.

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George Harrison is the most talented Beatle? No way. I think Paul is for sure the most talented Beatle. Although most would probably disagree, I don't think George was even all that much greater than Paul on guitar (especially acoustic). Paul could also play so many other instruments well. Also, George's songwriting wasn't really up there with John and Paul's until at least Pepper's, but even then he only had one song on the album. If John and Paul were only getting one or two songs an album they wouldn't have any songs that are only "good." 
 
You say that you should have called the thread "George Is the Most Innovative Beatle," instead of "Most Talented Beatle." Innovative means creative and original, so can you please explain to me why he is more innovative than John and Paul? I can't understand that. 
 
George never wanted to become famous, or be a pop star? What do you think The Beatles are?! George was the one Beatle who had the most faith that they would make it big and become famous, so why would he be putting faith in something that he did't want? Aren't a few of his post Beatles albums pop, too (ATMP, LITMW, Traveling Wilburys stuff, Cloud 9)?
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George Harrison is the most talented Beatle? No way. I think Paul is for sure the most talented Beatle. Although most would probably disagree, I don't think George was even all that much greater than Paul on guitar (especially acoustic). Paul could also play so many other instruments well. Also, George's songwriting wasn't really up there with John and Paul's until at least Pepper's, but even then he only had one song on the album. If John and Paul were only getting one or two songs an album they wouldn't have any songs that are only "good." 
 
Which Beatle is the most talented. Each of the four is very talented in there own way. It is all an opinion. I'm sure which ever Beatle is your favorite would be your most talented of the four. We always like to promote who we respect and love the most. As far as playing different instruments, George was able to play 26 instruments. Regarding songwriting ability, George has pointed out that John and Paul got rid of all there bad songs in the early days so by the time they were writing in say, 1963, they had good tunes. George decided to start his writing with 'Don't Bother me' so he needed a little time to get up to par with J&P.
 
You say that you should have called the thread "George Is the Most Innovative Beatle," instead of "Most Talented Beatle." Innovative means creative and original, so can you please explain to me why he is more innovative than John and Paul? I can't understand that. 
 
Harrison was very innovative. He came up with the idea for backwards guitar, brought in the Sitar which in 1965 was very innovative and bold. The whole India period of the Beatles career which included all of them change the way they wrote their songs. Harrison merged east and west music and helped bring Ravi Shankar to the west. Bangladesh was the first full scale charity concert which set the standard for all the other concerts that were done like Farm Aid for example.
 
George never wanted to become famous, or be a pop star? What do you think The Beatles are?! George was the one Beatle who had the most faith that they would make it big and become famous, so why would he be putting faith in something that he did't want? Aren't a few of his post Beatles albums pop, too (ATMP, LITMW, Traveling Wilburys stuff, Cloud 9)?
 
Harrison wanted to be successful and make more money just like the other three did. They all had fun in the beginning but as time wore on, they became less interested. George has said that the problems started because the Beatles got too big. He was the humble one standing in the middle between to ego's. He said in his 'LITMW' documentary that Paul said once to him that 'we are the grooves and you better watch it' (referring to him and John) Every album has songs that are going to fit in the pop/rock type of genre. I never said that Harrison did not write pop songs. What I did say is he didn't sell out. He didn't believe in playing the game but believed in being true to himself.
 
 
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I think its incredibly unfair on George to measure him up against what John and Paul wrote during the time of the Beatles, especially in quantity. Within You, Without You is so much heavier in terms of content and lyrics than anything Paul wrote on Pepper possibly with the exception of "I'd love to turn you on" from A Day In The Life. The songs George wrote during the White Album period are just as good as most of what John and Paul wrote and the same can be said for Revolver and Abbey Road, Something and Here Comes The Sun being two of the best tracks on that release. And not everything John and Paul wrote pre-Revolver was immense so you cant throw that at George.

As for solo is Johns catalogue that much better than George's? Most people say yes but when asked for examples theyve only heard All Things Must Pass and if anything a selection of 'hits', much else is based on the preconception as written in the press that theyre dull, dreary and uninspired which, to be polite, is complete bollocks. John's preconception is that he was amazing and his solo work is incredible, outside of Imagine, POB but do many other albums hold up as being classics? Thats not meant to be an attack on John, im a huge fan of Johns solo work, there is a heck of a lot of great music that pass folks by, but the same is true for George. The same as not everything Paul has released is mindblowing, there are many tracks that dont stand up to the standards Paul has set (tho Paul deserves far more credit for his catalogue than many are willing to give).

 

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Inner Light said

Harrison was very innovative. He came up with the idea for backwards guitar, brought in the Sitar which in 1965 was very innovative and bold. The whole India period of the Beatles career which included all of them change the way they wrote their songs. Harrison merged east and west music and helped bring Ravi Shankar to the west. Bangladesh was the first full scale charity concert which set the standard for all the other concerts that were done like Farm Aid for example.

Oh, yeah, I could see why you think that now. I don't know why, but I didn't think about India. Still don't agree, but to each their own, I guess.

Harrison wanted to be successful and make more money just like the other three did. They all had fun in the beginning but as time wore on, they became less interested. George has said that the problems started because the Beatles got too big. He was the humble one standing in the middle between two ego's. He said in his 'LITMW' documentary that Paul said once to him that 'we are the grooves and you better watch it' (referring to him and John) Every album has songs that are going to fit in the pop/rock type of genre. I never said that Harrison did not write pop songs. What I did say is he didn't sell out. He didn't believe in playing the game but believed in being true to himself.

 

 

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Why isnt Rock and Roll an album?

I agree that John had a good output but Mind Games, Walls And Bridges, Rock and Roll and half of Double Fantasy are equal to what George put out in Thirty Three and 1/3, Brainwashed, George Harrison, Living In The Material World and Somewhere In England. Gone Troppo has its highlights too (Wake Up My Love, Thats The way It Goes, I Really Love You, Mystical One, and the title track) and i havent heard Dark Horse or Extra Texture in a good while because they arent commercially available. Cloud 9 and All Things Must Pass are an equal match with Imagine and POB.

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