In 1988 Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne formed the Traveling Wilburys and released their debut album Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1. The first song off the album is “Handle with Care” and it became one their most popular songs in their short career (Orbison died right before a proper follow up could be recorded).
In 2006, Jenny Lewis recorded her own cover of “Handle with Care” for her album Rabbit Fur Coat with The Watson Twins, Conor Oberst, Ben Gibbard, and M. Ward. These are two very different music supergroups from different eras, yet each version is great.
Determine for yourself if this is true plagiarism. The courts thought it was, and Harrison had to pay for one of his most successful songs.
Found this via Open Culture and it’s pretty cool hearing Slowhand do his thing with The Beatles.
And while we’re talking about The Beatles, enjoy this short clip of an old documentary of the Fab Four’s trip to the East. It’s quite enlightening.
What makes a great guitar solo? Is it how fast or flashy it is, or how slow and soulful it is? Does it sound like a voice that you could sing to, telling its own story? Does it start small but then crescendos into a colossal showcase of talent and emotion? Solos are great for different reasons, but the one thing all great solos have is soul. The following solos are my favorites, and they’re each here for different reasons. These aren’t necessarily the best solos I’ve ever heard, but each solo here has soul and shows what can happen when an talented guitarist is in harmony with his instrument.
The Beatles – “Something” (Guitar Player: George Harrison)
Jimi Hendrix & The Band Of Gypsys – “Machine Gun” (Guitar Player: Jimi Hendrix)
Wilco – “Impossible Germany” (Guitar Player: Niles Cline)
John Mayer – “Covered In Rain” (Guitar Player: John Mayer)
Led Zeppelin – “Heartbreaker” (Guitar Player: Jimmy Page)
Prince – “I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man” (Guitar Player: Prince)
Steely Dan – “Kid Charlemagne” (Guitar Player: Larry Carlton)
Sublime – “Santeria” (Guitar Player: Brad Nowell)
The White Stripes – “Ball And Biscuit” (Guitar Player: Jack White)
Pink Floyd – “Money” (Guitar Player: David Gilmour)
Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Midnight in Harlem” (Guitar Player: Derek Trucks)
Dire Straits – “Sultans of Swing” (Guitar Player: Mark Knopfler)
Were there any that I miss? Comment below or hit me up on twitter @HeadfoneNation
And before you say anything, Yes, “Stairway to Heaven” was denied from this list. Sorry Wayne.