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Songs where Paul played lead guitar
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17 October 2012
St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
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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:



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



"Ticket To Ride"
"The Night Before"
"Another Girl"
"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
St Peters Church
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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
The Kaiserkeller
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11 November 2012
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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).

13 November 2012
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. 

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.

SHUT UP - Paulie's talkin'
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Ryde Ticket
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According to Peter Frampton, George told him that Paul played the famous lick on Paperback Writer.

Frampton got the impression that George seemed a bit hurt that Paul did things like that. But you can see Paul's side of the story, too.

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