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.