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At number 10 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. This George Harrison song appears on the Beatles’ White Album, and is one of my favourite Harrison songs. It is sometimes referred to as Harrison’s first “great song”, although I would dispute this as I think he wrote some pretty great songs before this one.

And, an acoustic version of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, which I like even more that the version on the White Album, appeared on the Beatles’ album Love, which was put together by George Martin and his son Giles for the Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas.

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At number 10 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”

Unusually for a Beatles’ song, it included another rock star on lead guitar, namely Eric Clapton, although he is not credited. By this time he and Harrison had become good friends, and Harrison invited Clapton to play on the recording. After initial reluctance – “Nobody ever plays on The Beatles’ records”, he agreed, and used Harrison’s Gibson Les Paul electric guitar. In addition to appearing 10th on the list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs, Rolling Stone Magazine have also ranked it the 7th in the list of the 100 greatest guitar songs of all time.

I look at you all see the love there that’s sleeping
While my guitar gently weeps
I look at the floor and I see it needs sweeping
Still my guitar gently weeps

I don’t know why nobody told you
How to unfold your love
I don’t know how someone controlled you
They bought and sold you

I look at the world and I notice it’s turning
While my guitar gently weeps
With every mistake we must surely be learning
Still my guitar gently weeps

Well…

I don’t know how you were diverted
You were perverted too
I don’t know how you were inverted
No one alerted you

I look at you all see the love there that’s sleeping
While my guitar gently weeps
Look at you all
Still my guitar gently weeps

Oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, oh, ooh

Here is a video of this wonderful song, and it is the version which I prefer, the one in Cirque du Soleil’s Love. It also shows that particular part of the Cirque show. Enjoy!

 

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Following on from my post last week of The Beatles’ “White Album” being at number 10 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 greatest albums, I thought I’d discuss whether the album has too many fillers to pad it out into a double album. This was commented upon in the blog, and my wife and I also had an interesting discussion on this question.


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The “White Album” was The Beatles’ follow-up to “Sergeant Pepper”, considered by most rock critics (including the Rolling Stone list) to be the greatest album ever. “Sgt. Pepper” took longer to record than any album of the time, and one gets the impression that every song was agonised over for weeks.

The “White Album” is far less polished. The complex audio layers and psychedelia of “Sgt. Pepper” give way to more basic rock ‘n’ roll. But, the recurring question about the “White Album” is whether The Beatles should have made it a single album.

So, to help start a further discussion on this, here is a list of the songs on The “White Album”, with my personal opinion on whether they would have made the cut to being on a single album, whether they’d only make a double album, or neither (I.e. are rubbish).

Disc: 1

Disk 1
Song Composer/Singer Single/Double/Neither
Back in the U.S.S.R. McCartney Single
Dear Prudence Lennon Single
Glass Onion Lennon Double
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da McCartney Double
Wild Honey Pie McCartney Neither
The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill Lennon Single
While My Guitar Gently Weeps Harrison Single
Happiness Is A Warm Gun Lennon Single
Martha My Dear McCartney Double
I’m So Tired Lennon Single
Blackbird McCartney Single
Piggies Harrison Double
Rocky Raccoon McCartney Double/Neither
Don’t Pass Me By Lennon & McCartney/Starr Double
Why Don’t We Do It In The Road? McCartney Neither
I Will McCartney Double
Julia Lennon Single


Disc: 2


Side 2
Song Composer/Singer Single/Double/Neither
Birthday McCartney Double
Yer Blues Lennon Double
Mother Nature’s Son McCartney Double
Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey Lennon Single
Sexy Sadie Lennon Single
Helter Skelter McCartney Single
Long, Long, Long Harrison Double
Revolution 1 Lennon Single
Honey Pie McCartney Double
Savoy Truffle Harrison Double
Cry Baby Cry Lennon Single
Revolution 9 Lennon Neither
Goodnight Lennon/Starr Double


So that makes 13 songs which would be worthy of a place on a single album, 13 which wouldn't make a single album but find their way onto a double album, and 4 songs which are rubbish and shouldn't have been on any album.

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with my assessment of each song?

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