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15 November 2012
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George wrote some great songs --

 

I Need You

Taxman

Savoy Truffle

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

(and, of course:)

Something

Here Comes The Sun.

 

As for his post-Beatles work, I only really like:

 

My Sweet Lord

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Sunshine Life For Me (Sail Away Raymond)

 

His quality output simply wasn't as prodigious as John and Paul's, and while he was uniquely talented on the guitar, he wasn't quite as accomplished as John and Paul on guitar (let alone piano, bass, etc.).

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George was a really solid rockabilly player, the problem was that he got tired of that style between "Beatles For Sale" and "Help!" but he had trouble breaking from it and finding a new style.

 

It's kind of funny how he could struggle with an easy solo like "I'll Follow The Sun" but flawlessly pull off something more intricate like "She's A Woman" or "Run For Your Life" (You can tell that he's really having a good time on the latter). I think this demonstrates that it wasn't a lack of skill, he was just struggling to come up with his own unique style, and wasn't quite sure of what to do, apart from the Chet Atkins/Scotty Moore rockabilly stuff.

 

Of course, by the time of the last three "real" albums (Sorry "Yellow Submarine"), he'd obviously developed his own sound and become comfortable with it (Though you can kind of hear the genesis of George's later style as far back as "You're Going To Lose That Girl").

 

If he hadn't become so disheartened with The Beatles in 1965/1966 and hadn't "escaped" into the sitar, I think we could've seen it even sooner.

15 November 2012
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Funny Paper said

Inner Light said

Funny Paper said
 

His quality output simply wasn't as prodigious as John and Paul's, and while he was uniquely talented on the guitar, he wasn't quite as accomplished as John and Paul on guitar (let alone piano, bass, etc.).

Have to disagree with you on this one. George was a very good guitar player, much more accomplished than John and Paul. As a matter of fact, George taught John how to play. Watch the 'Living in the material world' documentary. Paul talks about George's guitar playing. He mentions that they needed a really good guitar player and that's why George was accepted in the band. Keep in mind also that George could play 26 different instruments. 

Sorry, I meant to say I think Paul was better on guitar, but John was not.  But George could do things Paul could not do, for lead guitar.  However, Paul's learning curve on the acoustic guitar was amazing, and I think he outstripped George in that department, as well as being a more inventive and flexible rhythm guitarist on the electric guitar.

Paul's main instruments which he excelled in was the bass guitar and piano. As far as his guitar playing, he is moderate but not very technically accomplished. George on the other hand was very innovative with his style of playing from the early days to his slide playing and ukulele. Speaking of his slide playing, check out 'Marwa Blues' from the 'Brainwashed' album.

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21 November 2012
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The problem with stating Paul was a better guitarist brings up a couple problems.

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21 November 2012
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Holsety said
The problem with stating Paul was a better guitarist brings up a couple problems.

Great points above. Paul does not play slide and you are correct about George playing all the guitar parts on his solo albums with a few exceptions. Sometimes he would bring in Clapton but not that often. George had such a wide range of chords he used in his albums. Even Jeff Lynne has stated that as well. you can find some of his interviews about the 'Brainwashed' album on youtube. As I have said before, if Paul was a better guitarist than George, he would have been the lead guitar player in The Beatles and of course, Paul used really good players for his albums such as Jimmy McCullough, Robbie McIntosh, Laurence Juber and Rusty Anderson and could have done the solos himself but he has always said that he doesn't feel he is a good player, especially live. I believe he talks about that in the 'Living In The Material World' documentary.

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22 November 2012
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I should probably state I have great respect for Paul as a bassist. He is madfingers on stage, especially playing stuff like All My Loving and Long Tall Sally; he could have been plucking one note and it wouldn't have made a difference.

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unknown said
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Inner Light said
 

As I have said before, if Paul was a better guitarist than George, he would have been the lead guitar player in The Beatles.

That is wrong, because they needed a bass player, which nobody else was willing to become, and Paul was a better bassist than George anyhowdy. paul-mccartney

 

Here is a link where McCartney talks about Harrison's guitar playing and how they wanted a good guitarist.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....20SoS2Z9dI

Also, it's interesting how many fans especially on this tread try to make McCartney the best guitar player of the four. Does it really matter. I only support George because he is my favorite and I truly feel he was a great guitarist, songwriter and musician. This topic could go on and on but let's just say that John, Paul and George were all pretty good guitar players.

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Paul plays all the drums on the Band On The Run lp, his most successful, best received and most praised album, but hired a drummer for Wings and rarely plays them live, if ever.  

Maybe he should have been the drummer in the Beatles. Maybe Paul could have been The Beatles on his own after all.

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Ringo was just as lucky as the others were in finding each other, its just the timing that makes it look like he was more fortunate. John, Paul and especially George preferred Ringo but they had Pete, Ringo had Rory Storm, loyalty was a big thing and they didnt want to sack anyone themselves. Their hand was forced in George Martin wanting a session drummer in but George H had been trying to get Pete ousted for a while and it all fitted.

And Ringo added something very creative and inventive to their songs. Substitute his drumming on tracks like Rain, Strawberry Fields, A Day In The Life, Something, Please Please Me (just listen to the passive drums Andy White played on the outtake on Anthology 1) and the music would be far lesser then they are. Its not just that Ringo is a good drummer but that he was also the perfect drummer for the beatles giving their musicc drive and energy. Its the same as George was the perfect lead guitarist for the beatles (tho Paul did play some great lines (as did John)). So it would have mattered if Ringo wasnt there. Plus if Ringo wasnt the drummer the US girls wouldnt have been wanted him as president. [Image Can Not Be Found][Image Can Not Be Found]

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meanmistermustard said
Ringo was just as lucky as the others were in finding each other, its just the timing that makes it look like he was more fortunate. John, Paul and especially George preferred Ringo but they had Pete, Ringo had Rory Storm, loyalty was a big thing and they didnt want to sack anyone themselves. Their hand was forced in George Martin wanting a session drummer in but George H had been trying to get Pete ousted for a while and it all fitted.

And Ringo added something very creative and inventive to their songs. Substitute his drumming on tracks like Rain, Strawberry Fields, A Day In The Life, Something, Please Please Me (just listen to the passive drums Andy White played on the outtake on Anthology 1) and the music would be far lesser then they are. Its not just that Ringo is a good drummer but that he was also the perfect drummer for the Beatles giving their music drive and energy. Its the same as George was the perfect lead guitarist for the Beatles (tho Paul did play some great lines (as did John)). So it would have mattered if Ringo wasn't there.

You're right, the timing is what makes it look like Ringo was luckier. That's why I said it's just different. Everything just worked out so perfectly, it's kind of crazy. Ringo was perfect for The Beatles, but they probably could have had any old drummer. Many of their songs wouldn't be as good, but you can't even say that because there would be no Ringo versions to compare them with. That's what I meant when I said it wouldn't have mattered.

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