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The Beatles ‘Here Comes The Sun’: Lost Solo Discovered

Posted on January 28, 2012 by


Here comes the Son.

Dhani Harrison, the son of George (the late and great Beatles guitarist) visited Abbey Road studio with long-time Beatles producer George Martin and his son, Giles  to discover something sacred. Deep in the master tracks of “Here Comes The Sun” from 1969′s Abbey Road, Dhani stumbles upon a lost solo from his father’s ballad. It completely changes the texture of the song, not to mention how freakin’ cool it is.

It’s chilling, but doesn’t compare to the moment when George Martin turns to Dhani and says, “You’re like your father.”

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  • Rick Weinstein

    Amazing!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Einstein1956 Rick Weinstein

    Amazing

  • Aulet Juan

    They should release this as a new single!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OPKEEHHUF4N4BE45LZZZRTZZHA Melody

    This is on the extras on the dvd for Living in the Material World doc which has been out in the UK since October.  Not out in the US yet.

    • Neilbeatle

      This is outstanding having heard it this afternoon on wcbs fm radio.

  • Charlotte Taylor94

    George would be so proud of Dhani I love him haha

  • Slowhandhand124

    As usual, anything Beatles is cool.  Please God, let there be Beatles in the afterlife.

  • Brianmacc50

    This guitar part should have been on the anthology set. I hope there is some new unpublished music coming from George this year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sander-van-Schagen/100001562585495 Sander van Schagen

    Nice solo. Great decision to leave it out. It interrupts the flow of the song and doesn’t really add anything. Omitting stuff is a sign of greatness, even if it is a pretty nice solo.

    • guitaristforallseasons

      I agree, it’s a wonderful solo, one that embodies Harrison’s late-era Beatles style in which all of his natural strengths (eclecticism, fluidity, melodic sensibility, harmonic sophistication, tastefulness) find full maturation and put to rest the  diffidence and  occasional technical lapses in his early period, as great as it was in its own right. 

      And I agree with you that as lovely and surprising as this solo is here, Harrison made the right decision to let his now classic acoustic guitar accompaniment carry define the song. But what a lovely solo it is, and really a great outtake. Rumours have long it that Harrison has many such alternative guitar solos throughout the Beatles and his solo albums. If this outtake is any indication of the as yet undiscovered treasured, many of us guitarists (and not a few Beatles fans) would truly love to hear them.  

  • Isaacimages

    Proves once again that less is more. And that George Martin is the reason the Beatles were so great.

    • Guitaristforallseasons

      To say that George Martin is the “reason why the Beatles were so great” is, with all due respect, more than an overstatement. It is absurd. He didn’t write the songs or lyrics, he didn’t sing them, he didn’t play the now iconic guitar solos, bass lines, and drum fills. Without doubt, George Martin was a great producer. He helped the Beatles achieve their musical revolution and brought the same artistic sympathy to, in my opinion,  Jeff Beck’s landmark fusion albums of the mid-1970s.

      But Martin was also the producer who didn’t think much of Harrison’s classic Something (talk about an iconic Beatles tune!) until a year or more after Harrison brought it to him, and Martin only realized nearly forty years after the event what a revolutionary conjuring of the World Music genre Harrison’s Within You and Without really was. 

      George Martin was a brilliant producer. But the Beatles were great with or without him.