Saturday, December 11, 2010

While My Guitar Gently Weeps by The Beatles – ****

First released: 1968

My favorite version of this song is the demo that was scheduled for the aborted "Sessions" LP in 1985, which is where I first heard it (on a bootleg version). It finally surfaced on "Anthology 3" and it was used as the basis for the version on "Love" in 2006. On to the officially recorded version, this is one of George’s best tunes and one of the many highlights on the "White Album". It's also on "1967-1970". Later, George performed a fine version for "The Concert for Bangla Desh", the first time he performed it live in front of an audience. This version was also included on 2009’s "Let it Roll – Songs by George Harrison".

The studio version also was included on "The Best of George Harrison". Also performed on George Harrison’s "Live in Japan" album and tour in 1991 with Clapton once again taking the solo as he did at the "Bangla Desh" show and on the studio recording.

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