Eric Clapton Isolated Guitar: While My Guitar Gently Weeps

After posting an article a few weeks ago focusing on the isolated guitar tracks from Layla, I thought I’d do the same with another song featuring another one of Eric Clapton’s most recognisable guitar solos, While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

Before Eric was asked by George to record the solo, George himself had recorded multiple takes himself which included a backwards guitar solo (like in I’m Only Sleeping). However George wasn’t satisfied with the results and managed to convince Eric to come to the studio and record the solo. The guitar Eric used was actually one he had given George roughly around August 1968, a beautiful red 1957 Gibson Les Paul. Lucy.

The track marks one of only a few times where someone other than a Beatle featured on one of their songs. The full isolated track can be heard here:

The song, recorded in the first week of September in 1968, is now considered one of the best Beatles songs of all time as well Eric’s solo being one of the best ever played. Listening to the solo in this raw state with everything else stripped away is absolutely breathtaking, plus there are a few things you can hear that are almost in-audible in the album version due to the inclusion of the other instruments. It’s a masterpiece.

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12 thoughts on “Eric Clapton Isolated Guitar: While My Guitar Gently Weeps

  1. Neil Elsohn says:

    i love your posts. I eagerly look forward to each and every one. Keep on keepin on. You are seriously appreciated. Thank you kindly for all your hard work.
    Sincerely
    Neil R. Elsohn

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  2. Kenneth D Bryant says:

    So much is lost in the final release (especially the out takes that don’t make the cut)… I Love what you are doing here with sharing these (keep them coming)

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  3. Cosmo Lupertazzi says:

    Tom, it’s great hearing this solo isolated, thanks. It would be interesting to hear George Harrison’s original attempt at this song that you mention in the article. Look forward to your book about Derek and the Dominoes.

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  4. rich says:

    THAT IS REALLY NICE TO HEAR HOW A GUY CAN GET THE GREAT SOUNDS OUT OF THAT GUITAR LIKE THAT. DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING LIKE THAT BY GEORGE HARRISON?

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