After an uninterrupted 10-year career, the Beatles abruptly and controversially split up. The breakup of the iconic band in the late 1960s led to many hard feelings as they worked on their first solo albums, with John Lennon and Paul McCartney having different quarrels through hints in songs.
To the surprise of many #
George Harrison’s career as a solo artist would be -initially- one of the most successful. The most spiritual and mystical member of the band from Liverpool had been accumulating songs for years before, so his solo albums, especially All Things Must Pass, marked some milestones in his career.
Meanwhile, Lennon and McCartney had also gone their own way, beginning to reinvent themselves after the split. Paul presented his first eponymous album, McCartney, and, although the musician was known to be a perfectionist, his first solo songs turned out to be more succinct than many expected.
As Far Out Magazine recalls #
Harrison was once asked what he thought of his partner’s debut LP and he said, “That Would Be Something” and ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ sound great to me. Everything else I think is fair, it’s pretty good, but it’s a little disappointing. I think those two songs in particular are really really good. And the rest of them, they don’t do much for me.”
The musician continued, “I can hear other people playing better drums and guitars and stuff like that. And the arrangements of some of these songs, like… ‘Teddy Boy’ and ‘Junk,’ and stuff like that, with a little more arrangement, could have sounded even better. I guess it was the only thing I felt I could do at the time.”
“Tug of War” remains a highly regarded album in Paul McCartney’s discography, despite George Harrison’s candid expression of disappointment.
While Harrison’s critique may have sparked debate and discussion, it’s a testament to the complex nature of artistic collaborations.