Having just written about and reflected upon Rolling Stone Magazine‘s The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time I recalled that George Harrison was guitarist #11 on that list. Tom Petty wrote a wonderful remembrance about George Harrison in the issue.
He once said to me, “I think modern guitar players are forgetting about pitch,” and that was something he really cared about. He was very in tune when he played, the slide was very precise, and just a beautiful vibrato on it. It really sounded like a voice, like a very distinct, signature voice that came out of him. Just listen to those records. They’re so immaculate, so inventive. He was a guy who could just add so much.
My favorite track on Let It Roll is “Isn’t It A Pity” originally released as part of the double A-side “My Sweet Lord” on November 23, 1970 in the US. It appeared four days later on George Harrison’s first solo recording, All Things Must Pass, the first boxed triple album in popular music.
Isn’t It A Pity
Written By George Harrison
Published by Harrisong Ltd
Isn’t it a pity, isn’t it a shame
How we break each other’s hearts, and cause each other pain
How we take each other’s love without thinking any more
Forgetting to give back, now isn’t it a pity.
Some things take so long, but how do I explain?
Not too many people can see we’re all the same
And because of all their tears, their eyes can’t hope to see
The beauty that surrounds them − oh, isn’t it a pity.
- Rolling Stone Magazine – 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time – Part One (musicofourheart.me)