Lost George Harrison Guitar Solo for Beatles’ “Here Comes The Sun” Discovered

January 30th, 2012

By Damian Fanelli

 

A guitar solo from the George Harrison-penned Beatles song, “Here Comes the Sun,” has been discovered at Abbey Road Studios after 43 years.

The solo, which didn’t make the final cut onto one of Harrison’s two contributions to The Beatles’ 1969 Abbey Road album (the other song being “Something”), was found by Harrison’s son, Dhani, Beatles’ producer Sir George Martin and Martin’s son, Giles, during a recent visit to Abbey Road Studios in London.

Check out the video below:

Dhani (pronounced “Danny”) Harrison (left), George Martin and Giles Martin (right) are sitting at an Abbey Road mixing console playing and discussing the original masters of “Here Comes The Sun” (NOTE: We’re not exactly sure why they’re doing this — another Beatles compilation, perhaps?). Suddenly, at 1:01, they hear the hidden guitar solo, which was clearly played by George Harrison. Dhani is completely surprised by what he hears.

Giles Martin worked extensively on The Beatles’ Love project (the ongoing Las Vegas show and album), which involved creating revolutionary remixes of classic Beatles songs, often blending tracks from several songs together to create a unique soundtrack.

In other George Harrison news, a new iPad app will let Beatles fans check out the late Beatle’s personal guitar collection. The app, “The Guitar Collection: George Harrison,” will be released February 23, two days before what would have been his 69th birthday.

The app features photos, detailed descriptions, audio and video footage. Courtesy of 360-degree imaging by photographer Steven Sebring, fans can see the scratches, dings and worn threads on the guitars as if they were holding the instruments.

The app will sell for $9.99 at the App Store. For more on the app and Harrison’s guitars, check out the Spring 2012 issue of Guitar Aficionado magazine, which hits newsstands February 22.

 

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Comments

  1. Posted by mark e. white on January 30th, 2012, 22:29 [Reply]

    He (Mr. Harrison) still continues to touch our lives.

  2. Posted by Jim Campbell on February 4th, 2012, 01:38 [Reply]

    What a great find that missing guitar solo to “Here comes the sun”! It is especially significant for me, as I have just spent a few weeks learning and perfecting the song. My third guitar, purchased in 1964, was a Gretch Country Gentleman-double cut (just like George’s). What an impact they had on our lives – and still have!

  3. Posted by jeff stanton on February 17th, 2012, 04:21 [Reply]

    what can i say? it’s a piece of music history uncovered. too cool.thanks.

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