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Favorite Harrison Beatle Guitar Solo!
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What is your favorite George Harrison guitar solo in a Beatle song. My favorite was always 'I Don't Want To Spoil The Party'

I love that Carl Perkins style of playing he did on all the early Beatle songs.

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While My Guitar Gently Weeps, or Taxman.

Seriously? Octopus's Garden.

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Ohhh thats a hard question. Hmmmm....

Well I know it's not George, but I have to mention While My Guitar Gently Weeps is amazing. Just putting it out there.

 

I do like All You Need Is Love, Something, Yer Blues (but I'm not sure who does the solo if it was George or John since they both play lead), I'm Only Sleeping, You Never Give Me Your Money, The End (George's parts are better so), Don't Bother Me, Hey Bulldog.

 

I shall mention Love You To and Within You Without You for great sitar solos.

 

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It's questionable whether George played the sitar on "Love You To", but anyways...that "Something" solo is pretty much perfect.

Funny thing about George's soloing, or the way I perceive it...I thought he started out just fine and enjoyed his '63 soloing style, like in "Boys" or "Saw Her Standing There". Then around the time of "Beatles For Sale" he seemed to get sidetracked and started putting the same Carl Perkins-ish lick into every solo, whether it sounded natural or not, as if he was trying to master the style. Which I guess he felt he did, to his satisfaction, because he started putting more variety in again around 1965, then he got sidetracked again by all those Indian instruments, and by '67, 68 he was better than ever. Really, he started out good and just improved, despite a couple of strategic detours along the way.

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I'm Only Sleeping because it's his most inventive. It's interesting because George seems like a better acoustic player than electric and therefore people don't see him as a "great" lead player or whatever, but the Beatles would not have been the same band with Clapton or Jimmy Page as their lead guitarist. George played very economic solos, nothing flashy, but that's exactly what each song needed, not ridiculously long solos. I think people need to give George his due, there's this dude named Julio who posts here on the site who always criticizes George's playing and I just don't think people appreciate an all around great player as opposed to a Hendrix or Clapton.

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8I couldn't agree more.

For me my favorite would have to be Something or I'm Only Sleeping (the backwards guitar always sends chills up my spine).

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Old Brown Shoe, possibly.

Something - the guitar solo is fab, but George hits a bum note right towards the end, which always bugs me. Listen to it at 2:45 - he hits a wrong high note, then misses out the first few notes of the ending bit. They fixed it on the Love album by mixing out the error altogether.

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GniknuS said:

I'm Only Sleeping because it's his most inventive. It's interesting because George seems like a better acoustic player than electric and therefore people don't see him as a "great" lead player or whatever, but the Beatles would not have been the same band with Clapton or Jimmy Page as their lead guitarist. George played very economic solos, nothing flashy, but that's exactly what each song needed, not ridiculously long solos. I think people need to give George his due, there's this dude named Julio who posts here on the site who always criticizes George's playing and I just don't think people appreciate an all around great player as opposed to a Hendrix or Clapton.


I agree regarding his style of playing. The Beatles were the type of band were all the instruments would compliment each other. Nothing was to stand out and take center stage. George was an economic soloist. He never was interested in shining but just enjoyed filling in his guitar into the song were it needed it. Kind of like adding frosting to the cake or adding an ingredient. 

Here is a video where George talks about his song writing:

 

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Joe said:

Old Brown Shoe, possibly.

Something - the guitar solo is fab, but George hits a bum note right towards the end, which always bugs me. Listen to it at 2:45 - he hits a wrong high note, then misses out the first few notes of the ending bit. They fixed it on the Love album by mixing out the error altogether.

 


Hm, can't say I've ever noticed this - have to listen for myself when I get home!  Ordinarily I don't really mind a bit of sloppiness - Jimmy Page didn't always play his solos perfectly, but left the mistakes in, feeling that the spontaneity made up for it, and I tended to agree. There's something wonderful about hearing a soloist making a mistake, then quickly finding a way to get back on track quickly, without too much damage, as though they intended it all along.

On the other hand, however, I was always a bit irritated George's lack of volume-pedal precision in "I Need You" as well as the way he seemingly can't get the timing right in the "Roll Over Beethoven" intro, so I guess I don't know what I'm talking about sometimes.

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Certain songs are more forgiving for such mistakes, and I Need You is not an example of one

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My favourite George solo is Let it be, Album version, not much the Anthology one.

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I prefer the Anthology version of Something, but it could really use the guitar solos.

What about Everybody's Got Something... Monkey?

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The Walrus said:

What about Everybody's Got Something... Monkey?

I don't even hear a solo.


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mr. Sun king coming together said:

The Walrus said:

What about Everybody's Got Something... Monkey?

I don't even hear a solo.



Not a solo, no, but I like the guitars in it.

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The Walrus said:

mr. Sun king coming together said:

The Walrus said:

What about Everybody's Got Something... Monkey?

I don't even hear a solo.



Not a solo, no, but I like the guitars in it.
 

AHhHHHHHH. That makes more sense.

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I kinda like the opening and closing runs on Octopus's Garden :). I also like the solo in I Saw Her Standing There, and I love the guitars in Old Brown Shoe. I wish that one had made it onto an album somewheres *cough cough* george-martin

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