Sunday, April 6, 2008

The Quiet One

Did you know that you can fit all of George Harrison's Beatle compositions on one 80 minute CD?

It's true.

"Never Get Out Of The Boat", which is an excellent new music blog I discovered (right rail, "Friends That Deserve Your Eyeballs"), goes into it in much greater detail than I am able, or willing, to do here. It focuses a little more on the 'Classic Rock' genre than I and contains obscure factoids about artists such as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters, Randy Newman, Richard Thompson and Al Cooper.

As the below list of his Beatle contributions aptly demonstrates, George Harrison was sadly underutilized.

And in the immortal words of the man himself, "Isn't It A Pity"?

Cry For A Shadow
Don't Bother Me
You Like Me Too Much
I Need You
If I Needed Someone
Think For Yourself
Love You To
I Want To Tell You
Only A Northern Song
Within You Without You
It's All Too Much
Flying (Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starkey)
Blue Jay Way
The Inner Light
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Savoy Truffle
Long Long Long
For You Blue
Old Brown Shoe
Here Comes The Sun
I Me Mine


Hal Johnson said...

As the story goes, Paul McCartney actively worked against more Harrison contributions on Beatle albums. It's ironic, since it's easy to make the argument that George's solo work has stood the test of time better than that of the other Beatles.

Bob Barbanes said...

It's understandable and was inevitable, I suppose. John and Paul undoubtedly worked best together and thus became the more prolific composers in what in a perfect world would have been a group with four equal shares of input.

That's not to say that George didn't have *any* input in other "Beatles" songs. As he himself has said, John may have thrown in a line or two of a his songs, and he threw in lines for a John/Paul song. The naivete came in not demanding writing credit. But they all obviously underestimated and the value it would later be, as in the bizarre fact of Michael Jackson owning the rights to their songs.

So in a way, it's good that the Beatles *did* break up. For it gave us their incredible solo work that might otherwise have gone stifled and unrecorded.

Uncle E said...

In particular All Things Must Pass has stood the test of time, and even his stuff with the Wilburys was pretty solid.
Excellent point in the last line about the solo work. Thanks for visiting my little blog!

Bob & Hal, great insight! You two must know each other;)

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