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John on George's songs?
« on: August 12, 2004, 11:17:17 PM »

Does anyone know why John didn't play on most of George's later songs? Did he want to give George the liberty of filling all the guitars in according to his own wishes, or was he just not a big fan of George's songs, or was it something else?
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Re: John on George's songs?
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2004, 11:27:52 PM »

They were not on good terms with the Apple breakup and all.  John refused to come to a very important (and tense) meeting, sending a balloon instead.  As he was just blocks away George rang him and angrily ordered him to attend but he did not show up.

John for his part was cheesed because George would not allow Yoko on (his) stage for Bangaladesh.

Just basic bad blood all the way around.
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Re: John on George's songs?
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2004, 05:03:41 AM »

John wasn't too fond of George's religious stuff....he does a "Blow Away" parody of sorts called "The Happy Rishikesh Song" on the Anthology boxed set.......John was never on any of George's recordings, I believe.....which seems to make sense, as at least George could play the guitar on John's songs. What could John do on a song that George had written?

Btw, George actually wanted to start a band with John in the 70's. True story.
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Re: John on George's songs?
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2018, 12:37:55 PM »

John wasn't too fond of George's religious stuff....he does a "Blow Away" parody of sorts called "The Happy Rishikesh Song" on the Anthology boxed set.......John was never on any of George's recordings, I believe.....which seems to make sense, as at least George could play the guitar on John's songs. What could John do on a song that George had written?

Btw, George actually wanted to start a band with John in the 70's. True story.

I reckon I can hear Johns backing vocals on Taxman and I'm Happy Just To Dance With You
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Re: John on George's songs?
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2018, 10:00:38 PM »

John not playing on George stuff seemed to really set in around  the white album (surprise! When Yoko was now on the scene). Then he started absenting himself a lot. Seemed to be part of his edging away from the Beatles.  He preferred to be off with Yoko to bothering with George’s stuff.  There might also have been a bit of trying to keep George in place. George was coming up with good  songs more regularly and John still thought of him as a kid to a large degree.

Funnily enough when John did play on a couple of later George tracks George mixed him out. For example the piano on Something and I think a guitar part on Old Brown Shoe.

When the threetles did Free as a Bird Paul said they had to come up with a little fiction that John was on holiday or something to help tamp down the emotion of the sessions . They could have just pretended it was a George song.
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Re: John on George's songs?
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2018, 10:03:36 PM »



Btw, George actually wanted to start a band with John in the 70's. True story.

That’s right. It was around the time George played on the Imagine album. They were getting along well then (if nothing more united against Paul). I think he suggested the name Ladders or something. Strange name idea.

Still. A band with say John, George, Billy Preston and Klaus Voorman could have been interesting.
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Re: John on George's songs?
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2018, 10:04:56 PM »

Nim I’ve just realised you’ve revived a thread from 2004  cheer1
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Re: John on George's songs?
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2018, 10:56:09 PM »

Nim I’ve just realised you’ve revived a thread from 2004  cheer1

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