George Harrison

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by the-lizard-king, Nov 30, 2001.

  1. I just saw a newsflash that said that George has died. :(
  2. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
  3. George Harrison gone but not forgotten!
  4. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    i was informed too. these days i'm studyng the basslines of the beatles album revolver. one of my favorite song is taxman. this song was written by george. even i'm not the biggest beatles fan i really appreciate their music. and george was and still is a big part of this music. much more than what appareance could tell.

  5. It saddens me, we are quickly aproaching the end of an era, when all the greats will have passed.

    I do believe that there is going to be one heck of a rock concert in the afterlife in about 20 years though.

    George Harrison, 1943-2001. Thank you for helping change the world.

  6. Comakazi


    May 3, 2001
    Midwest US
    Man, what sad news. I hadn't heard that yet, but then I haven't turned on any news yet.......

    One the most under-stated and under-rated musicians in a long time. IMHO.

  7. Erlendur Már

    Erlendur Már

    May 24, 2000
    I have never been a fan but he was underrated. I even know a girl who thought he was the bassist!
  8. eric atkinson

    eric atkinson "Is our children learning "Is our teachers teachin

    Feb 4, 2001
    He not only helped change the face of music but he also helped change the face of the world! Just think of the music we are missing out on now that him and John are together again!

    This just really sucks!
  9. KPJ

    KPJ Supporting Member

    Oct 2, 2001
    Methuen, MA USA
    On some songs, ("Hey Jude", "Back in the USSR") he was!

    I'm listening to a station at work that is playing all George, Willbury and Beatle tunes. I am mourning his passing and also enjoying some of Paul's greatest work: "Something","If I Needed Someone"...

    A quote from George:"The only thing that matters is the NOW. The past is gone and the future hasn't happened yet, the only thing we can concern ourseleves with is what is happening now."

    "Love one another"
  10. Nails


    Jun 4, 2000
    Austin, Tejas
    I am far to young to have the type of connection with the Beatles, and George's early solo work, than other here. But as I read the news, I couldn't help but feel sad thinking of how a musical legend is now gone. I did read he was with friends and family when he passed, and that he was at peace. That's a comfort to me.

    Also I heard that Paul, Ringo, and George met one last time not to long back. They must have some great stories to share and recall with each other. I would have loved to be a fly on the wall when that reunion took place.
  11. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Here I go again; I urge you Beatles' neophytes to at least(the very least)pick up a copy of Revolver.
    That particular album has 3 Harrison gems:

    1)"Taxman"-McCartney does the fuzz-drenched guitar solos; I have a Guitar Player mag from way's pretty funny reading how George was always complimented for the *great* solo & how he always muttered under his breath, "That was Paul".
    2)"Love You To"-An ethnic/Middle Eastern/Indian vibe...Harrison helped introduce the sitar to Rock audiences.
    3)"I Want To Tell You"-Cool tune; not the standard Pop-du jour, either.

    Also on the album are two guitar/studio tricks which befuddled many a garage Rocker-
    1)The double-tracked solo on "And Your Bird Can Sing"
    2)The 'backwards guitar solo' on "I'm Only Dreaming".

    ...and the album's closing track, "Tomorrow Never Knows" is a ONE-chord Avant-Rock burner! ;)

    Other Harrison gems-
    The intro to "I Feel Fine"(I think that was George...coulda been John).

    Harrison also penned the coolest tune that DID NOT make a Beatles' record..."I'm Not Guilty" wasn't 'good enough' for The White Album("Revolution #9", though, was 'good enough'!); that's too bad...if you have Anthology #3, check it out.
  12. Tonight, His guitar, gently weeps.
  13. BigBohn


    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
    Yes, RIP George. He was a great musician, and a moving component of music culture as a whole.
  14. I hearfd it announced on the radio today when I was drving down I-5. I nearly lost control of the car. Man, that's so sad.:(

    Rock on, George.
  15. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    I may not be much of a beatle fan, but i appreciate their talents and legacy.

    rest in peace
  16. I don't think George played bass on "Hey Jude"; on keyboard tunes (like "Let It Be") it was John who usually slid to bass. George contributed the strum-a-lum acoustic, as anyone who remembers the fight between Paul and George in the movie "Let It Be" knows.

    He played a Fender Bass VI on "USSR". The only other "bass" he played was on "Two Of Us", which is actually him on guitar with the setting set as bass-y as possible.

    But enough of that...

    He was the consummate session lead guitarist, constantly coming up with just the right, tasteful solo for whatever John and Paul threw at him...

    He practically invented a whole style of slide guitar playing; he is certainly the "whitest" (as in, least blues influenced) slide player, and it's a distinctive sound you recognize a mile away. For example, does anyone think anybody BUT George could have played the slide break on Badfinger's "Day After Day"...

    A very good writer, although mostly with the Beatles. As is solo albums attest, he didn't seem as challenged when writing alone. It's not coincidental that "All Things..." is great because it was mainly Beatle leftovers, and his Wilburys stuff was sharp because he wasn't going to write crap with Bob Dylan around...

    A GREAT producer! The only person to make Ringo sound like a real rocker ("It Don't Come Easy") and put some muscle into Badfinger's sound (on the ballad "Day After Day" no less), as well as several other lesser-known groups...

    A talented sideman, providing rhythm guitar on Cream's "Badge" (co-author, too) and leads to a handful of Lennon and Starr records...

    Inventor of the all-stat charity benefit concert (Bangladesh)...

    Just a great, great man.

    When our heroes go away because of senseless acts, either self-inflicted (Moon, Morrison, etc.) or by others (Lennon, Jaco) it is painful enough. To now realize that the people that made us want to play (rock) music are starting to die of natural causes is even more painful, because we know there is nothing to do to stop it.

    As the man said, "all things must pass away."
  17. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    total of the greatest musicians in my book:(
  18. Max

    Max Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2000
    Bakersfield, CA
    Is that true? If it is, that makes one of my favorite songs a lot more meaningful.
  19. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    George will be missed by many. Too bad the cancer had spread too widely to be cured.

    The Beatles are an example of that saying 'The whole was greater than the sum of its parts.'

    Imagine what kind of music that they would be playing today, if they were all living, and had never broken up.:(