Re: Guitar solo on Hey Bulldog - who played it?
- From: "Annie" <abromeds@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 10 Aug 2006 11:59:25 -0700
I think you are confusing improvisation talents with playing talents.
You don't play the solo to "Till There Was You" or "All My Loving" or
"Help" or "And Your Bird Can Sing" if you stink. But George was
terrible at improvising.
The solo in "Bulldog" is definitely not John's style (the big leaps)
and yes Paul could have played it but it's unlikely. Well within
George's capability, not a hard solo at all.
Agreed. George was a fine guitarist, so was Paul. I don't know enough
to really rate/compare them technically. I believe Emerick when he
talks about how, in the early days, George had to work pretty hard to
nail his solos. My friend has a collection of DVDs which claim to have
every scrap of Beatles footage EVER; included are many outtakes from
recording sessions. George's playing is often not up to scratch on them
(both in the studio and LIVE on stage). Paul, on the other hand, seems
to have been very good at improvising and whipping out solos (the Good
Morning solo is my personal fave of his). However, George definitely
improved greatly (as Emerick also takes pains to document), and,
listening to the "dueling" guitar solos in The End, it seems to me that
George's solos are at least as good as Paul's, probably better. Just my
Back on topic, I personally don't get all the fuss over the Hey Bulldog
guitar solo...? It's good, but not "godlike" or anything, as some have
suggested. I think it could easily be George, and therefore probably
is, as he was the lead guitarist.
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