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I like George's singing but....

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7 of 13:
let's look at the raw energy of the Beatles performing live,
here is i'm down at shea stadium. notice that both george and john are singing backup harmony vocals.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwqTrtri1J0

watch this live performance at the Royal Variety Performance in London,
which includes johns famous "rattle your jewelry" remark and an absolutely breathtaking rendtion of Twist and Shout.
notice the sheer power of georges back up vocals.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvBCmY7wAAU

let's look at what the beatles themselves said about johns singing in twist and shout.

About Twist and Shout

JOHN 1963: "I always hate singing the song, 'Twist And Shout' when there's a colored artist on the bill with us. It doesn't seem right, you know. I feel sort of embarrassed... It makes me curl up. I always feel they could do the song much better than me."


JOHN 1971: "The more interesting songs to me were the black ones because they were more simple. They sort of said shake-your-arse, or your prick, which was an innovation really. The blacks were singing directly and immediately about their pain, and also about sex, which is why I like it."


JOHN 1976: "The last song nearly killed me. My voice wasn't the same for a long time after-- everytime I swallowed it was like sandpaper. I was always bitterly ashamed of it because I could sing it better than that, but now it doesn't bother me. You can hear I'm just a frantic guy doing his best."


PAUL 1988: "There's a power in John's voice there that certainly hasn't been equaled since. And I know exactly why-- It's because he worked his bollocks off that day. We left 'Twist And Shout' until the very last thing because we knew there was one take."


RINGO 1994: "We started (recording the album) about noon and finished it at midnight, with John being really hoarse by 'Twist And Shout.'"

tkitna:
Thats all great 7 Of 13, but what does any of that have to do with the thread topic.

7 of 13:

--- Quote from: tkitna on February 14, 2011, 03:02:25 AM ---Thats all great 7 Of 13...
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wow. the "bean counter" approach to something as delicate
and artistic as performing music, playing guitar and singing songs.  ;)
george could sing, george could play guitar,
and he could rock and roll with the best of them.
i question what yardstick you are using to measure how good or bad someone can sing.
and this idea of qualifying these eccentric claims with a needless subjectivity.
nor does any of this  make george a bad singer.  ???
i can't imagine george singing we can work it out,
even though he is responsible for the 3/4 "waltz" time bridge in the song.
first there is a mountain then there is no mountain then there is.
end of discussion.

George Harrison - It Don't Come Easy

The Beatles - It's all too much

glass onion:
i always thought that george had a nice voice....not great,but with it not being as strong,this is a quality that added to his songs(if that makes sense).i think some of his vocals are really lovely,songs like'that is all','all things must pass',it is true maybe that with the more rocky songs george may be found wanting a little,but george really had the wisdom to do what he was good at.after all,i never cared for 'everybodys' trying to be my baby'.i mean,how gorgeous is 'here comes the sun'-nobody can sing that like george could.a nice voice,nothing more,nothing less.well done george!!

nimrod:

--- Quote from: 7 of 13 on February 14, 2011, 04:59:21 PM ---wow. the "bean counter" approach to something as delicate
and artistic as performing music, playing guitar and singing songs.  ;)
george could sing, george could play guitar,
and he could rock and roll with the best of them.
i question what yardstick you are using to measure how good or bad someone can sing.
and this idea of qualifying these eccentric claims with a needless subjectivity.
nor does any of this  make george a bad singer.  ???
i can't imagine george singing we can work it out,
even though he is responsible for the 3/4 "waltz" time bridge in the song.
first there is a mountain then there is no mountain then there is.
end of discussion.



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Im completely baffled, is it just me ?  ???

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