12 January 2013
Hi everyone. I don’t know if this has been covered previously as I’m a newbie, but does anyone have a list of Beatles guitar solos performed by John? I know of the obvious ones such as You Can’t Do That . There were also ones he shared the solo duties with George such as the first solos of Long Tall Sally and Yer Blues respectively. However did he play the solos on Matchbox and Come Together ? For that matter I have recently discovered that the solo from Honey Pie may not have been his. Does anyone want to weigh in on this and offer some clarification? Thanks
17 November 2011
– Long Tall Sally (First solo)
– Yer Blues (Shared with George)
– I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
– In “The End “, they take turns soloing. John goes third in the rotation, his guitar is the “dirtiest” sounding one.
– For You Blue (He’s playing the lap steel guitar)
– The Ballad Of John And Yoko (Not a solo, per se, but he’s doing those fills)
– Get Back
John does some of the electric guitar on “Nowhere Man “, but I’ve also heard that the solo is played by both he and George in unison (There are two guitars, but it could be double-tracked).
12 January 2013
17 November 2011
20 August 2013
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99% of musicians would do anything for the merest shred of opportunity that some of the musicians below have had.
So you would think that once an artist was in the position of being signed and had got to the dizzy heights of having their songs released and in the charts that they would strive for perfection and not waste a single opportunity through complacency.
Which makes it all the worse that the solos listed here haven’t been played by a teenager murdering Stairway To Heaven in the local guitar store to the annoyance of everyone in there, but artists who have spent their lives playing and making a living from music and who have had no other job than to be the best at what they do.
They have no reason to suck.
However, it appears these people go into the studio and do just that, then present the results to a worldwide music community to be listened to and scrutinised.
Here are just seven of the offenders, even though there are countless more out there…
Let’s be honest, whoever told John Lennon he’d nailed it was probably just wanting to get out for his lunch break
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This song could have been named after the number of times the producer could have told John Lennon to get back in the studio and do another take, but instead uttered the words, ‘Yeah, nice one, we got it on that take.’
The Beatles had it all.
Enter stage right John Lennon , to attempt to take up the reins and produce some…interesting…fret work.
It sounds like just before recording the solo Lennon was presented with a choice of guitars on which to express his melodic musings and, instead of reaching for the Gibson, he made a beeline for the guitar out of the Fisher Price catalogue on which to record this badly executed solo.
The only other reason I can think of for Lennon playing such a bad solo would be that, as it was a McCartney composition (despite being credited Lennon-McCartney) Lennon knew what a bad song it was and so set about cleverly mocking it with a goofy, cartoon-esque solo that would be the musical equivalent of urinating all over his bonfire.
I pray it was the latter.
I don’t know much about “good” guitar work, but I like Get Back just fine.
That picture of John is not from the Get Back era. Annoying.
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15 February 2015
*person who analyses the greatest guitar solos on a daily basis to the rescue*
Sure it wouldn’t win any awards, but it’s a perfectly acceptable guitar solo for a laid-back country-flavoured number. I think whoever wrote that just wanted to jam the Beatles in there so that folk would click on it, and so s/he went with a solo in a song which was fairly well-known (you’ll notice s/he didn’t pick The Night Before or anything).
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17 December 2012
It should be noted that there are two major mistakes in the article.
By the time Get Back was recorded at Savile Row George was back in the fold, and so a decision was made that John would be the lead guitarist on it, rather than George not being available. George isn’t absent on the track, he’s playing rhythm.
Plus, any understanding of the Get Back /Let It Be sessions has to start with the fact that they were recording multiple live takes of songs. The rule was no overdubbing (we can ignore the overdubs that happened to the material much later, and which in the main didn’t involve actual Beatles participation).
This means that the idea of GM telling John to have another go at the solo was out of the question.
Now, whether the best take was selected for release is another thing, but I very much doubt it was John who had the loudest voice on which take was the keeper. It’s a pretty good guess that the take used was chosen by Paul with advice from the others.
Sometimes it’s not about how technically great something is, but its “feel”. The take used has the “feel” that Paul wanted.
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23 August 2016
I though John did a nice job on the soloing for Get Back . It’s about musicality, not killer tone or showmanship. His solos on Get Back are memorable, and that’s what you want on a hit single. I also love what John does on the choruses, playing four notes in a similar phrase to the intro of Dig A Pony and then ending the lick by playing either the A7 chord or D7 chord (depending on the chord changes). I can tell you that is more advanced guitar playing from a musicality standpoint even if it’s not flashy. Nice simple country type playing in A major.
If you watch the outtake of the session at Apple, when they go into the control room to listen to it, even George enthusiastically says to someone “this is our next single.” He was still part of the team even if he only played the upstroked offbeat chords while John did the Chuck Berry rhythm, fills, leads, and some backing vocals.
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8 January 2015
That’s probably my favourite John solo.
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