Essential Listening: 14 Addictive Guitar Tones That'll Have You Crying Out for More
Essential Listening: A guide to 14 addictive guitar tones that'll have you wailing out for more.
“Free As a Bird,” The Beatles (George Harrison)
Considering his notoriety, George Harrison is still probably one of the most underrated guitar players in recorded history.
But as Bob Geldof said upon Harrison's passing in 2001, he’s also probably the only lead guitarist that if you asked 10 strangers on the street to hum one of his solos they could do it without hesitation.
There’s a long list of great tones from Harrison, both in the Beatles and as a solo artist.
The stunning, heart-wrenching lead on “Something," the fuzzed-up riff on “What Is Life?” from All Things Must Pass or the strident slide on the 1973 hit "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)” from Living in the Material World are all George, and each one employs a tone that perfectly pushes and pulls at the song and the listener.
Say what you will about the “reunion” recordings the Beatles released in the mid-Nineties, but Harrison’s stunning slide solo completes John Lennon’s demo in ways no one else could have ever conceived. And that tone! “That was all George,” engineer Geoff Emerick told me in 2006 of the sessions. “He plugged in and there it was. All I had to do was put up a microphone.”
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