GEORGE HARRISON Was The Beatles (George’s Beatles Compositions On One Disc)

George Harrison Was The Beatles
All George’s Beatles Songs In 74m

When CD burners first hit the shelves, my very first project was this… pulling all of George Harrison’s compositions as a Beatle together onto one disc. I’m a big fan of his psychedelic years (1966 to 1968, “Love You To” to “The Inner Light”) but there are plenty of stellar Harrison moments to enjoy – from his simple, 1961 introduction, “Cry For A Shadow” (a co-write with Lennon), to his full-blown commercial awakening in 1969 (“Something,” “Here Comes The Sun”). Instead of release dates, the sequencing is loosely based on when Harrison first took these songs into the studio, so you can witness George’s progression from year to year. This way, The Beatles’ stripped-down White Album material appears after the raging psychedelia of Yellow Submarine, the way nature intended it. “Only A Northern Song” was actually George’s initial psych contribution to Sgt. Pepper’s, while “Long, Long, Long” just might be The Beatles’ single most underrated song. “I Me Mine” wound up being the band’s last official recording session – as John vacationed, George, Paul & Ringo recorded the tune to finish off the lingering Let It Be album in January, 1970. The Beatles would split up only months later. Upgraded 2009/320 source material.

Cry For A Shadow (Lennon/Harrison)
Don’t Bother Me
You Like Me Too Much
I Need You
If I Needed Someone
Think For Yourself
Love You To
I Want To Tell You
Only A Northern Song
Within You Without You
It’s All Too Much
Flying (Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starkey)
Blue Jay Way
The Inner Light
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Savoy Truffle
Long Long Long
For You Blue
Old Brown Shoe
Here Comes The Sun
I Me Mine


  • 1
    October 14, 2009 - 23:48 | Permalink

    Great concept, thanks!

  • 2
    October 15, 2009 - 00:05 | Permalink

    Very cool project ! George was my favorite Beatle…

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    brian b
    October 15, 2009 - 02:42 | Permalink

    cool site thanks!

  • 4
    October 15, 2009 - 03:10 | Permalink

    Thanks! This is a Great collection. I got it a while ago, and if you want to,you can also add your favorite version of "Not Guilty". It will just fit onto one CD. Thanks again. Terrific blog. One of the easiest blogs to "navigate" around also.

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    Capt. Willard
    October 15, 2009 - 04:18 | Permalink

    Cool, thanks for the kind words. Truth is, when I originally put this together I DID include "Not Guilty," but everytime I listened to the disc the song stuck out like a sore thumb. Can't explain why. Of course, The Beats did a hundred takes of it and were never satisfied themselves, so I guess it wasn't just me. Never cared that much for George's eventual solo recording of the tune either. But… it doesn't take much for fans to add it to the mix. Thanks for all the comments.

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    October 15, 2009 - 04:46 | Permalink

    used to do this on a 90 minute tape, but would also add aome lennon/mccartney that he influenced like: she said, she said, dig a pony, tomorrow never knows, and your bird can sing to name a few that got rotated in, when i retaped it due to wearing it out playing it so much. still feel strongly that the beatles would not have made it big if not for harrison's solid contribution and tastefull playing. a shame he is so under-appreciated but it didn't seem to bother him much. btw, i really liked his jazzy solo version of "not guilty". oh well, different strokes as they say.
    thanks for making this available again, gr8 blog.

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    Art Ducko
    October 15, 2009 - 05:32 | Permalink

    Great stuff Willard. And to think it all led up to his masterpiece, "All Things Must Pass" which is still my favorite of all the solo Beatles work. I'd like to hear more outtakes from those sessions. The demo for "Isn't It A Pity" from the iTunes download of his last collection was a quiet stunner. There's got to be more in the cans.

  • 8
    October 15, 2009 - 07:25 | Permalink

    I've just finished reading Marc Shapiro's bio of George Harrison (not very good) off the back of Clapton's autobiography (not very good either) and feel I need a little authenticity to wash it all away. Thanks very much for this.

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    Art Ducko
    October 15, 2009 - 07:38 | Permalink

    And you know, I'd completely forgotten about the upcoming Martin Scorsese documentary about George. We may be looking at oodles of unreleased material in conjunction with that. Now I'm all happy again.

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    October 15, 2009 - 13:33 | Permalink

    As someone who, god help me, just arranged every Beatles song on his iPod in the order it was recorded (including outtakes and even the annual Christmas greetings), believe me, I can relate to a project like this. Good job. The notion that George Harrison is under-rated, however, is the most preposterous thing I've ever heard. It was his good fortune to sign on with the greatest songwriting team in history. That he could usually keep up with them is to his credit. He was a wonderful artist, and the Beatles catalog is full of great touches by him (although not the ones Malcolm singled out–George barely had a hand in most of those). But under-appreciated? It seems to me that his little canon has been elevated to a pretty rarefied height.

    • 11
      April 16, 2012 - 18:38 | Permalink

      George was certainly under-appreciated by John & Paul.

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    Ken K.
    October 15, 2009 - 15:39 | Permalink

    Hi Willard, long time listener first time caller…This project is dear to me…back in the day, I got a box of those really expensive Maxell metal cassettes and did my own Beatles projects, giving each of the fabbos their own series. George fit onto a C90, Ringo couldn't fill a C60 minute without padding with solo stuff and Lennon?McCartney filled several each. I downloaded your original version of this one, and it is in constant rotation around here. I find myself listening more to the George stuff than any of the other guys. "All Things Must Pass" was the best post-Beatles release of all four lads in my opinion. Thanks for your wonderful blog—I should have thanked you long ago.

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    Capt. Willard
    October 15, 2009 - 17:04 | Permalink

    Many thanks. I may go ahead and post my own Lennon version, which ended up being 4 CDs. But, grab THIS version anyway. It's at 320 and has 2009 source material.


  • 14
    October 16, 2009 - 15:53 | Permalink

    I, too, did this on cassette years ago. But for the CD version, rather than "Not Guilty," I'd add the demo of "Sour Milk Sea"! (or, in some ways better, the outfake version that combines George's voice from the demo with the instrumental parts from Jackie Lomax's version–which has George, Paul, and Ringo on it).

  • 15
    October 20, 2009 - 00:32 | Permalink

    Such a freakin' fantastic idea I just can't stand it. Awesome. Thanks, Willard!

  • 16
    November 8, 2009 - 01:49 | Permalink

    gee willard, thanks for the high quality files. much appreciated, keep up the great work!!

  • 17
    May 6, 2010 - 04:13 | Permalink

    Great, thanks a lot :)

    George definitely took his turn as "my favorite Beatle", and it was a good long turn too.

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    February 5, 2011 - 03:52 | Permalink

    Savoy Truffle is one of the lost Beatles classics. That Stax Volt horn sound and the great instrumentation make up for the 'light' lyrical content ;-)



  • 19
    March 6, 2011 - 21:30 | Permalink

    Find it HERE.

  • 20
    March 10, 2011 - 02:09 | Permalink

    Hi, Willard.

    Just wanted to say a few words of thanks. I discovered this site yesterday and I'm absolutely stunned. I've been exploring here and the lovely "And your bird can swing" for most of the last twenty four hours and… well, were I wearing a hat it would be doffed to you. Thanks so much for all that you guys do.

  • 21
    March 10, 2011 - 08:27 | Permalink

    Very kind, thanks.

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    March 12, 2011 - 03:11 | Permalink


    Nice Compilation!

    I did one very similar. The difference is that I added the songs that George sang with the Beatles too. I figured that in most cases they were songs that were an integral and favorite part of his Musical Education.

    I also added the songs he wrote for others like Sour Milk Sea and Badge – both of which he played on.

    I also added a few demos that were radically different than the finished product like While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

    Thanx so much for your inspired effort!

    • 23
      April 16, 2012 - 18:39 | Permalink

      All his comps fit so nicely on one CD, I decided to stop there.

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    April 1, 2011 - 20:27 | Permalink

    Deja voodoo! Years ago I did the same thing and filled it in with other Beatles songs that George sang-covers like Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby & Roll Over Beethoven & Lenn-Mac stuff like Do You Wanna Know a Secret & I'm Happy Just to Dance with You. One of my favorite tapes. Another fave is a Lennon tape using only his stuff from Double Fantasy and Milk & Honey. Sweet, though I can't ever listen to Watching the Wheels without crying.

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