Songs By George Harrison – Let It Roll

Cover of "Let It Roll: Songs by George Ha...
Cover of Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison

I was looking through the music compact disks in my car when I located George Harrison‘s Let It Roll. I placed it in the audio player and soon I was happily  awash in George’s magical spirit.

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.

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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.

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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 Two

This music blog post topic requires two-parts. I am on an ongoing quest to see and hear as many of the living 100 greatest guitarists perform live. I love the hunt. As I mentioned in Part One i have seen 40 of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time thus far (46 years of concerts).

The special collector’s edition of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time is the second packaging of the 2011 list. Rolling Stone Magazine issued this list with four collector covers in December 2011. Here are the other three…

Rolling Stone Magazine first compiled a list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time in 2003. The idea came from Senior Editor David Fricke

2003, I proposed to my editors a special issue devoted to the best and most influential guitarists in rock. They suggested a number – 100 – and the idea of ranking them. I came up with the names, based on my life-long love of the instrument and those who play it. One hundred proved to be too small for the job – my working list of the worthy ran closer to 500 – and the running order was frustrating work. In the end, I looked at it this way: Jimi Hendrix was Number One in every way; the other 99 were all Number Two.

The original inspiration was a celebration of the guitar and how it changed the world – and me. Everyone has their own version of this list. This was mine, in 2003.

– David Fricke, 2011

51. Johnny Marr

52. Clarence White (1 Time)

53. Otis Rush

54. Joe Walsh (1 Time)

55. John Lennon

56. Albert Collins

57. Rory Gallagher

58. Peter Green

59. Robbie Robertson

60. Ron Asheton

61. Dicky Betts (1 Time)

62. Robert Fripp (1 Time)

63. Johnny Winter (1 Time)

64. Duane Eddy

65. Slash

66. Leslie West (2 Times)

67. T-Bone Walker

68. John McLaughlin (2 Times)

69. Richard Thompson

70. Jack White

71. Robert Johnson

72. John Frusciante

73. Kurt Cobain

74. Dick Dale (3 Times)

75. Joni Mitchell

76. Robby Krieger (3 Times)

77. Willie Nelson (1 Time)

78. John Fahey

79. Mike Campbell (2 Times)

80. Buddy Holly

81. Lou Reed (1 Time)

82. Nels Cline (1 Time)

83. Eddie Hazel

84. Joe Perry (2 Times)

85. Andy Summers (1 Time)

86. J Mascis

87. James Hetfield (1 Time)

88. Carl Perkins

89. Bonnie Raitt (2 Times)

90. Tom Verlaine

91. Dave Davies

92. Dimebag Darrell

93. Paul Simon (1 Time)

94. Peter Buck (1 Time)

95. Roger McGuinn (2 Times)

96. Bruce Springsteen (4 Times)

97. Steve Jones

98. Alex Lifeson

99. Thurston Moore

100. Lindsey Buckingham

Rolling Stone Magazine – 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time – Part One

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I just perused my special collector’s edition of Rolling Stone Magazine‘s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All TimeI cross-checked that I have seen 40 of the guitarists listed in this compilation live in concert over the decades. Several of the guitarists I have seen perform more than once (see list below). I have witnessed Carlos Santana play live 21 times, 20 of those shows in the last 13 years. I was fortunate to see him with Derek Trucks & The Allman Bros twice this past week. (Warren Haynes played with them both but he is not listed in the 100 Greatest which is truly a surprise to me.)

The Web sites for many of the guitarists living and deceased are extensive in their content. You owe it to yourself to click and look at how these artists create a Web presence for their fans and music.

Get the magazine you will gain a valuable perspective from fellow guitarists who authored the articles about guitarists they love and respect, like we do.

The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time – Part One

1. Jimi Hendrix

2. Eric Clapton (4 times)

3. Jimmy Page (1 time)

4. Keith Richards (1 time)

5. Jeff Beck (3 times)

6. B. B. King (9 times)

7. Chuck Berry

8. Eddie Van Halen (1 time)

9. Duane Allman

10. Pete Townshend (1 time)

11. George Harrison

12. Stevie Ray Vaughn

13, Albert King

14. David Gilmour (1 time)

15. Freddie King

16. Derek Trucks (5 times)

Derek Trucks Guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks perform in concert with the Allman Brothers Band at the Greek Theater on May 20, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Warren Haynes;Derek Trucks

17. Neil Young (3 times)

18. Les Paul

19. James Burton

20. Carlos Santana (21 times)

21. Chet Atkins

22. Frank Zappa

23. Buddy Guy (5 times)

24. Angus Young

25. Tony Iommi

26. Brian May

27. Bo Diddley

28. Johnny Ramone

29. Scotty Moore

30. Elmore James

31. Ry Cooder

32. Billy Gibbons (1 time)

33. Prince

34. Curtis Mayfield

35. John Lee Hooker (1 time)

36. Randy Rhoads

37. Mick Taylor

38. The Edge (3 times)

39. Steve Cropper*

40. Tom Morello

41. Mick Ronson

42. Mike Bloomfield

43. Hubert Sumlin (2 times)

44. Mark Knopfler

45. Link Wray

46. Jerry Garcia (2 times)

47. Stephen Stills (3 times)

48. Jonny Greenwood

49. Muddy Waters (2 times)

50. Ritchie Blackmore