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Songs where Paul played lead guitar
17 October 2012
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Duke_of_Kirkcaldy
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OK, so here in the George forum there was a discussion about Beatles songs in which another group member besides Paul played bass.  I figured I'd start a similar thread here in which another group member besides George played lead guitar on a song.  Here goes:

 

John:

"You Can't Do That"
"Nowhere Man" [with George]
"Revolution"
"Revolution 1" [?]
"Get Back"
"For You Blue"
"The Ballad of John and Yoko"
 "The End" [with Paul and George]

 

Paul:

"Ticket To Ride"
"The Night Before"
"Another Girl"
"Taxman"
"And Your Bird Can Sing" [with George]
"Strawberry Fields Forever" [? -- the part right after the last chorus]
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)"
"Good Morning, Good Morning"
"Back in the U.S.S.R."
"Birthday" [?]
"Helter Skelter"
"The End" [with John and George]

I'm sure there are more, so feel free to add/comment.

20 October 2012
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gotagoodreason
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Minus She's A Woman (he can play a lot of kick-ass stuff BUT not simultaneously with the bass a-hard-days-night-paul-3).

30 October 2012
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frankdialogue
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Very good, Beatle fans, the only song missing is 'All Too Much'.

11 November 2012
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RunForYourLife
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Legend has it that Paul sneaked back into the studio to re-record I'm Looking Through You by himself after the band had gone home for the night. It's a good song, but it does sound a little "rushed", and it wouldn't be unlike Macca to do such a thing a-hard-days-night-paul-11

 

If you listen to the electric guitar on that track, it does sound a lot more like Paul's "flashy" style than George's more "subdued" playing (Not to suggest George was an inferior player, he just had a different style). If one listens to the Anthology II version, the electric guitar sounds much more George-ish.

 

The acoustic guitar also sounds a lot more like the Epiphone Texan than the "chingy" J-160E.

 

P.S. That is most assuredly George on She's A Woman. The band has gone on the record stating that Paul's first guitar bits were on Help! (the album) and George can clearly be heard playing the solo in between takes of I Feel Fine (I believe it's before Take Six begins).

12 November 2012
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vonbontee
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I read that somewhere too (Paul playing all the instruments himself) and don't think it's "legend" as much as one person's speculation. I don't know that Paul was confident enough to try a complete track himself as early as 1965. They were incredibly rushed to complete that album and had already discarded one totally usable version. Besides, the credits clearly credit Ringo with organ, which suggests that they had it all worked out.

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13 November 2012
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Paul certainly has a very unique lead guitar style and a rather unusual technique (probably borne from the days of learning upside-down). Lots of bends and trills and strange figuring, with a far more fierce and improvisatory sound than one would expect from such a meticulous and melody-oriented musician.

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13 November 2012
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EMI were meticulous in ensuring all sessions were documented during the beatles recording sessions as they were with every artist who used the studios, it was the least expected of their staff. If Paul had sneaked back in it would have been noted somewhere. Wouldnt surprise me if it was one of those "Paul was the beatles" people who started the story. 

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13 November 2012
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Ben Ramon
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meanmistermustard said
EMI were meticulous in ensuring all sessions were documented during the beatles recording sessions as they were with every artist who used the studios, it was the least expected of their staff. If Paul had sneaked back in it would have been noted somewhere. Wouldnt surprise me if it was one of those "Paul was the beatles" people who started the story. 

http://wgo.signal11.org.uk/htm…..i.htm#ilty 

This is the only place I've seen the theory that Paul recorded I'm Looking Through You largely, or entirely, by himself. I've never really bought into it: I doubt even Paul McCartney would have the steel to put together a track without the help of his fellow Beatles circa 1965, and there's no credible source suggesting he might have done so. The only evidence is that the track is recorded sloppily, but I'd probably put that down to the deadline hanging over the Rubber Soul sessions, and I've never considered it to sound particularly slapdash anyway.

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13 November 2012
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Von Bontee
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Thanks for that link; that's exactly where I read that before! I don't believe there's any basis for such a supposition at all either; I have no idea what the guy's basing that on.

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14 November 2012
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Duke_of_Kirkcaldy
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Ben Ramon said
Paul certainly has a very unique lead guitar style and a rather unusual technique (probably borne from the days of learning upside-down). Lots of bends and trills and strange figuring, with a far more fierce and improvisatory sound than one would expect from such a meticulous and melody-oriented musician.

 

It's a very 'stinging' sound, if you ask me.  But it made for a nice complement to George's more fluid style and John's more jagged style.

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