While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Written by George Harrison

Album This song officially appears on the The Beatles (Mono) LP.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1968

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From Wikipedia:

“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is a song by the English rock band the Beatles from their 1968 double album The Beatles (also known as “the White Album”). It was written by George Harrison, the band’s lead guitarist. The song serves as a comment on the disharmony within the Beatles following their return from studying Transcendental Meditation in India in early 1968. This lack of camaraderie was reflected in the band’s initial apathy towards the composition, which Harrison countered by inviting his friend and occasional collaborator, Eric Clapton, to contribute to the recording. Clapton overdubbed a lead guitar part, although he was not formally credited for his contribution.

Harrison wrote “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” as an exercise in randomness inspired by the Chinese I Ching. The song conveys his dismay at the world’s unrealised potential for universal love, which he refers to as “the love there that’s sleeping”. Harrison first recorded it with a sparse backing of acoustic guitar and harmonium – a version that appeared on the 1996 Anthology 3 outtakes compilation and, with the addition of a string arrangement by George Martin, on the Love soundtrack album in 2006. The full group recording was made in September 1968, at which point the song’s folk-based musical arrangement was replaced by a production in the heavy rock style. The recording was one of several collaborations between Harrison and Clapton during the late 1960s and was followed by the pair co-writing the song “Badge” for Clapton’s group Cream.

On release, the song received praise from several music critics, and it has since been recognised as an example of Harrison’s maturing as a songwriter beside his Beatles bandmates John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Rolling Stone ranked “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” 136th on its list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”, seventh on the “100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time”, and at number 10 on its list of “The Beatles 100 Greatest Songs”. Clapton’s performance was ranked 42nd in Guitar World‘s 2008 list of the “100 Greatest Guitar Solos”. Harrison and Clapton often performed the song together live, during which they shared the lead guitar role over the closing section. Live versions featuring the pair were included on the Concert for Bangladesh album in 1971 and Live in Japan in 1992. Backed by a band that included McCartney and Ringo Starr, Clapton performed the song at the Concert for George in November 2002, a year after Harrison’s death.

Background and inspiration

George Harrison wrote “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” after his return from India, where the Beatles had been studying Transcendental Meditation under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi during the spring of 1968. The visit had allowed Harrison to re-engage with the guitar as his primary instrument, after focusing on the Indian sitar for the previous two years, and also marked the start of a prolific period for him as a songwriter. Inspiration for the song came to him when he was visiting his parents in Warrington, Cheshire, and he began reading the I Ching, or “The Book of Changes”. As Harrison put it, “[the book] seemed to me to be based on the Eastern concept that everything is relative to everything else, as opposed to the Western view that things are merely coincidental.” Embracing this idea of relativism, he committed to writing a song based on the first words he saw upon opening a book, which happened to be “gently weeps”. Harrison continued to work on the lyrics after this initial writing session.

The song reflects the disharmonious atmosphere within the Beatles following their return from India. Harrison had led the band in their highly publicised endorsement of Transcendental Meditation and viewed this spiritual pursuit as superior in importance to their career momentum. When discussing another song he wrote at this time, “Not Guilty“, Harrison said it referred to “the grief I was catching” from John Lennon and Paul McCartney for leading them to Rishikesh and supposedly hindering the group’s career and the launch of their Apple record label. Eric Clapton, with whom Harrison collaborated on several recordings throughout 1968 as a distraction from the Beatles, said that “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” conveyed Harrison’s spiritual isolation within the group. Author Jonathan Gould writes that, although in the past each of the Beatles had become temporarily subsumed in fads and personal interests, the level of Harrison’s commitment to Indian spirituality as an alternative to the band was unprecedented.

A demo that Harrison recorded at his home in Esher includes an unused verse: “I look at the trouble and hate that is raging / While my guitar gently weeps / As I’m sitting here, doing nothing but ageing …” This version also includes the line “The problems you sow are the troubles you’re reaping”, which he similarly discarded. An early acoustic guitar and harmonium performance of the song features a slightly different third verse: “I look from the wings at the play you are staging / While my guitar gently weeps / As I’m sitting here, doing nothing but ageing …” This version was released on the 1996 compilation Anthology 3 and was used as the basis of the 2006 Love remix, with a string arrangement by George Martin.

Composition – Music

“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” was one of the few Beatles compositions from early 1968 that changed markedly from demo form to the official recording. Harrison’s demos suggest the influence of folk music, yet the Beatles’ version is in the heavy rock style typical of much of the band’s late 1960s work. While noting the importance of Harrison’s return to the guitar during this period, Gould describes the song as “virtually a declaration of his recommitment to rock”.

The song as originally issued by the Beatles is in the key of A minor, changing to A major over the bridges. Aside from the intro, the composition is structured into two rounds of verse and bridge, with an instrumental passage extending the second of these verse sections, followed by a final verse and a long instrumental passage that fades out on the released recording. All the sections consist of an even sixteen bars or measures, which are divided into four phrases.

The chord progression over the verses includes a descending bass of A–G–F♯–F (8–♭7–6–♭6) over an A-minor chord, leading to F-major on the F bass note. According to musicologist Dominic Pedler, the 8–♭7–6–♭6 progression represents a hybrid of the Aeolian and Dorian modes. The change to the parallel major key is heralded by a C chord as the verse’s penultimate chord (replacing the D used in the second phrase of each verse) before the E that leads into the bridge. Musicologist Alan Pollack views this combination of C and E as representing a sense of “arrival”, after which the bridge contains “upward [harmonic] gestures” that contrast with the bass descents that dominate the verse. Such contrasts are limited by the inclusion of minor triads (III, VI and II) played over the E chord that ends the bridge’s second and fourth phrases.

Composition – Lyrics

In his lyrics to “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, Harrison revisits the theme of universal love and the philosophical concerns that were evident in his overtly Indian-influenced compositions, particularly “Within You Without You“. The song is a lament for how a universal love for humankind is latent in all individuals yet remains unrealised. In the description of theologian Dale Allison, the song “conveys spiritual angst and an urgent religious point of view without being explicitly theological”. Harrison sings of surveying “you all” and seeing “the love there that’s sleeping”. Musicologist Walter Everett comments that the change from the minor-mode verse to the parallel major might express hope that “unrealized potential” described in the lyrics is to be “fulfilled”, but the continued minor triads “seem to express a strong dismay that love is not to be unfolded”. During the bridges, Harrison adopts a repetitive rhyming scheme in the style of Bob Dylan to convey how humankind has become distracted from its ability to manifest this love. He sings of people that have been “inverted” and “perverted” from their natural perspective.

“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” follows in a lyrical tradition established by Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Bo Diddley, whereby emotions and actions are attributed to a musical instrument. According to an NME reviewer, writing in 1998, the song conveys “serious concern” for the Beatles’ “dwindling esprit de corps“. Harrison biographer Joshua Greene says that its message reflects the pessimism encouraged by world events throughout 1968, such as the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy in the United States, and the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia. Allison writes that the lyrics represent the “antithesis of spiritual triumphalism”, in which Harrison “mourns because love has not conquered all”.

Recording – Early attempts and basic track

The Beatles recorded “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” several times during the sessions for their self-titled double album, also known as “the White Album”. The recording sessions, which began in late May 1968, were characterised by a lack of cooperation among the four band members, and by what Lennon’s bandmates regarded as the overly intrusive presence of his new romantic partner, Yoko Ono. In this atmosphere, Harrison had initially been reluctant to present his new compositions to the group. Take 1 on 25 July – the version later issued on Anthology 3 – was a solo performance by Harrison, playing his Gibson J-200 acoustic guitar, with an overdubbed harmonium part.

Sessions on 16 August and 5 September produced full band recordings of the song. In the case of the 16 August version, an overdubbing session on 3 September marked the first time that the Beatles had used eight-track recording at EMI Studios. At the same session, Harrison overdubbed a backwards (or “backmasked”) guitar solo, as he had done two years before on “I’m Only Sleeping“, on the Revolver album, but he was not satisfied with the results. The Beatles then remade the basic track on 5 September – a session that marked Ringo Starr’s return to the group after he had walked out on 22 August, upset at the unpleasant atmosphere. While Harrison led the band in welcoming back their drummer, by installing a large flower display all over Starr’s drum kit, he continued to think that his bandmates were not giving their best to the song.

Recording – Overdubs

On 6 September, during a ride from Surrey into London, Harrison asked Clapton to play guitar on the track. Clapton, who recognised Harrison’s talent as a songwriter, and considered that his abilities had long been held back by Lennon and McCartney, was nevertheless reluctant to participate; he later recalled that his initial response was: “I can’t do that. Nobody ever plays on Beatles records.” Harrison convinced him, and Clapton’s lead guitar part, played on Harrison’s Gibson Les Paul electric guitar “Lucy” (a recent gift from Clapton), was overdubbed that evening. Recalling the session in his 2007 autobiography, Clapton says that, while Lennon and McCartney were “fairly non-committal”, he thought the track “sounded fantastic”, adding: “I knew George was happy, because he listened to it over and over in the control room.”

Harrison recalled that Clapton’s presence also ensured that his bandmates “tr[ied] a bit harder” and “were all on their best behaviour”. The Beatles carried out the remaining overdubs, which included an ascending piano motif, played by McCartney, over the introduction, Hammond organ by Harrison, and further percussion by Starr. McCartney also added a second bass part, played on his Fender Jazz Bass rather than on either of his usual Höfner or Rickenbacker models.

Recording – Mixing

Still wary that his contribution might present too much of a departure from the band’s sound, Clapton requested that Harrison give the lead guitar track a more “Beatley” sound when mixing the song. During final mixing for the White Album, on 14 October, the guitar part was run through an ADT circuit with “varispeed”, with engineer Chris Thomas manipulating the oscillator to achieve the desired “wobbly” effect. According to Everett, Lennon’s tremolo-rich guitar part, recorded on 5 September, was retained only in the song’s coda.

Everett credits Clapton’s guitar contribution with making the Beatles recording a “monumental” track. As particularly notable features, he highlights the increasing lengths of thrice-heard first scale degrees (0:17–0:19), the restraint shown by rests in many bars then unexpected appearances (as at 0:28–0:29), commanding turnaround phrases (0:31–0:33), expressive string bends marking modal changes from C to C♯ (0:47–0:53), power retransition (1:21–1:24), emotive vibrato (2:01–2:07), and a solo (1:55–2:31) with a “measured rise in intensity, rhythmic activity, tonal drive and registral climb”. In October 1968, Harrison reciprocated by co-writing “Badge” with Clapton and playing on Cream’s recording of the track. Released on Cream’s final album, Goodbye, “Badge” reflected Harrison’s pop sensibilities and helped Clapton transition from the heavy blues style and its reliance on extended soloing, and onto the more song-based approach that he and Harrison admired in the Band’s 1968 album Music from Big Pink.

Release and reception

Apple Records released The Beatles on 22 November 1968. One of four Harrison compositions on the double album, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” was sequenced as the penultimate track on side one in the LP format, between Lennon’s “The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill” and “Happiness Is a Warm Gun“. The song was issued as the B-side of “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da“, a McCartney-written song that had also tested the Beatles’ patience during the White Album sessions. This single was an international hit, topping charts in Australia, Austria, Switzerland and West Germany, but was not released in Britain or the United States.

Recalling the release in his 1977 book The Beatles Forever, Nicholas Schaffner said that, in returning to pop/rock songwriting after his excursions into the Indian classical style, Harrison’s four White Album songs “firmly established him as a contender” beside Lennon and McCartney. In Schaffner’s description, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” was the most instantly popular of “a quartet of more conventionally accessible pop songs [written by Harrison] that many felt were among the finest on the album”. According to Beatles historian Erin Torkelson Weber, the release of the White Album marked the start of a period when many observers began to consider his songs “equal to some of Lennon and McCartney’s best compositions”, a view that was heightened with his two contributions to the Beatles’ 1969 album Abbey Road, “Something” and “Here Comes the Sun“. New Yorker columnist Mark Hertsgaard, writing in his 1995 book A Day in the Life, said “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” was “the first great composition of George’s career and perhaps the single most impressive song on the White Album”.

Among contemporary reviews, Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone said that “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” was “one of George Harrison’s very best songs”, and likened it to “Blue Jay Way” in that it “recalls California, the simple Baja California beat, the dreamy words of the Los Angeles haze, the organic pace lapping around every room as if in invisible waves”. Wenner found the lyrics “slightly self-righteous and preaching”, representing “a general set of incidents, a message, like a sermon, impersonally directed to everyone”, and concluded: “I am willing to bet something substantial that the lead guitarist on this cut is Eric Clapton, yet another involution of the circular logic on which this song [is] so superbly constructed as a musical piece.” In his review for the International Times, Barry Miles said the song was a “great tune” with “nice hi-hats” but a “lifeless” guitar part. Alan Smith of the NME credited the “warm voice” and “very strong melody” to McCartney and said that the track was one of the “highlights … moving into a slightly Hendrix thing” and was bound to be “Another hit for somebody”. Three weeks later, Smith acknowledged that the singer and composer was in fact Harrison, and added: “the words are evocative and the melody line is creeping into my mind to stay.” Geoffrey Cannon wrote in The Guardian: “George Harrison has seen the truth, and is anxious that we should see our truth. He’s a preacher, man of fire. When his songs speak of ‘you’, the address is direct. He achieves his character in ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, which, with Phil Ochs’s ‘Tape from California’, is the first track I know that succeeds in making magnanimous love serious and touching.”

Retrospective assessment and legacy

“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” became a staple of US rock radio during the early 1970s, on a par with songs such as “Layla” by Clapton’s short-lived band Derek and the Dominos, Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and the Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again”. In 1973, it appeared on the Beatles’ double album compilation 1967–1970, as one of only three tracks representing the White Album. Capitol Records included it on The Best of George Harrison in 1976; a year before this, Harrison released a sequel to the song, titled “This Guitar (Can’t Keep from Crying)”, which also served as the final single issued by Apple in its original incarnation. The Beatles’ recording appeared on the soundtrack to Withnail and I, a 1987 comedy film set in late-1960s London and produced by Harrison’s company HandMade Films.

Writing for The Observer in 2004, Pete Paphides described “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” as “George Harrison’s startling coming of age as a songwriter” and one of the few tracks that “pick themselves” when listeners attempt to edit the double album down to a single disc. In his book Revolution in the Head, Ian MacDonald was less impressed with the track, saying that it “exudes a browbeating self-importance which quickly becomes tiresome”. McCartney identified it as one of his favourite selections on the 1995–96 Anthology outtakes series, and he grouped the song with “Something” and “Here Comes the Sun” as candidates for Harrison’s “greatest track”. Starr paired it with “Something” as “Two of the finest love songs ever written”, adding: “they’re really on a par with what John and Paul or anyone else of that time wrote.” In their written tributes to Harrison following his death in November 2001, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards each expressed their admiration for the song. Jagger said: “It’s lovely, plaintive. Only a guitar player could write that …”

Rolling Stone ranked “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” 136th on its list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”, seventh on the “100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time”, and at number 10 on its list of “The Beatles 100 Greatest Songs”. Clapton’s performance was ranked 42nd in Guitar World‘s 2008 list of the “100 Greatest Guitar Solos”. Among other critics’ lists of the best Beatles songs, Paste magazine and Ultimate Classic Rock each ranked it at number 4, while Mojo placed it at number 17. In his commentary for the Mojo selection, English songwriter Chris Difford said that he had only come to fully appreciate the lyrics following Harrison’s death in 2001; describing them as a “riposte” to Harrison’s bandmates, particularly Lennon and McCartney, Difford added: “George was the one who came back from India with the spiritual awakening and carried it through to the rest of his life, whereas the others came back with the postcards.” In 2018, the music staff of Time Out London ranked “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” 20th on their list of the best Beatles songs. Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the White Album’s release, Jacob Stolworthy of The Independent listed it at number 1 on his ranking of the album’s 30 tracks. He said the song was “hands down one of The Beatles’ greatest” and, having been conceived through “disharmony – in the world, as well as in the band he’d grown up with”, “testament to Harrison’s genius”. […]

George Harrison in Anthology:

We tried to record it, but John and Paul were so used to just cranking out their tunes that it was very difficult at times to get serious and record one of mine. It wasn’t happening. They weren’t taking it seriously and I don’t think they were even all playing on it, and so I went home that night thinking, ‘Well, that’s a shame,’ because I knew the song was pretty good.

The next day I was driving into London with Eric Clapton, and I said, ‘What are you doing today? Why don’t you come to the studio and play on this song for me?’ He said, ‘Oh, no – I can’t do that. Nobody’s ever played on a Beatles record and the others woulnd’t like it.’ I said, ‘Look, it’s my song and I’d like you to play on it.’

So he came in. I said, ‘Eric’s going to play on this one,’ and it was good because that then made everyone act better. Paul got on the piano and played a nice intro and they all took it more seriously.

We’d had guest instrumentalists before – Brian Jones had played some crazy stuff on sax (for ‘You Know My Name (Look Up T(he Number)’), and we’d used a flute and other instruments — but we’d never actually had someone other than George (or occasionally John or me) playing the guitar.

Eric showed up and he was very nice, very accommodating and humble and a good player. He got wound up and we all did it. It was good fun actually. His style fitted very well with the song and I think George was keen to have him play it – which was nice of George because he could have played it himself and then it would have been him on the big hit.

Paul McCartney – from the Beatles Anthology book

It was very generous to give Eric this moment when he could have had it for himself…George was very like that. He was very open.

Paul McCartney – From “McCartney 3,2,1” documentary series

From The Usenet Guide to Beatles Recording Variations:

[a] mono 14 Oct 1968.
UK: Apple PMC 7067 white album 1968.

[b] stereo 14 Oct 1968.
UK: Apple PCS 7067 white album 1968, Apple PCS P718 The Beatles 1967-1970 1973.
US: Apple SWBO 101 white album 1968, Apple SKBO-3404 The Beatles 1967-1970 1973.
CD: EMI CDP 7 46443 2 white album 1987, EMI CDP 7 97039 2 The Beatles 1967-1970 1993.

This is the first 8 track recording (by anyone) at EMI Abbey Road.

The Clapton guitar remains loud in mono [a] after the solo break, not in [b]. Near the end of the fadeout only the stereo [b] has “yeah yeah yeah”, even though it is a few second shorter than [a].

Making “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (LOVE Version):

Last updated on September 11, 2021

Lyrics

I look at you all see the love there that's sleeping
While my guitar gently weeps
I look at the floor and I see it needs sweeping
Still my guitar gently weeps

I don't know why nobody told you
How to unfold your love
I don't know how someone controlled you
They bought and sold you

I look at the world and I notice it's turning
While my guitar gently weeps
Every mistake, we must surely be learning
Still my guitar gently weeps

I don't know how you were diverted
You were perverted too
I don't know how you were inverted
No one alerted you

Variations


A Mono version • From "The Beatles (Mono)"

A2009 2009 mono remaster • From "The Beatles in Mono (2009)"


B Stereo version • From "The Beatles (Stereo)"


C Take 1 • From "Anthology 3"

C2016 Take 1. 2016 remaster • From "Anthology 3 (2016 remaster)"

D 2006 "The Beatles Love" mix • From "Love"

E 2018 stereo mix • From "The Beatles (50th anniversary boxset)"


G Acoustic version – Take 2 • From "The Beatles (50th anniversary boxset)"

H Third version – Take 27 • From "The Beatles (50th anniversary boxset)"

L1 Live version • "A Concert For George" • Nov 29, 2002

Officially appears on


The Beatles (Mono)

LP • Released in 1968

4:45 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass guitar, Organ, Piano
Ringo Starr :
Drums, Maracas, Tambourine
John Lennon :
Bass guitar
George Harrison :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Hammond organ, Vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Eric Clapton :
Lead guitar
Ken Scott :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Sep 05, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Sep 06, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 14, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


The Beatles (Stereo)

LP • Released in 1968

4:45 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass guitar, Organ, Piano
Ringo Starr :
Drums, Maracas, Tambourine
John Lennon :
Bass guitar
George Harrison :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Hammond organ, Vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Eric Clapton :
Lead guitar
Ken Scott :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Sep 05, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Sep 06, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 14, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


1967-1970 (UK version, 1973)

Official album • Released in 1973

4:45 • Studio versionB

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass guitar, Organ, Piano
Ringo Starr :
Drums, Maracas, Tambourine
John Lennon :
Bass guitar
George Harrison :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Hammond organ, Vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Eric Clapton :
Lead guitar
Ken Scott :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Sep 05, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Sep 06, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 14, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Anthology 3

Official album • Released in 1996

3:27 • DemoC • Stereo • Having withheld his own new composition since the White Album sessions started eight weeks earlier, George Harrison waited no longer and recorded this eloquent demo of While My Guitar Gently Weeps, the first of five songs he contributed to the growing collection. The song would undergo two re-makes between this date and 6 September, when the master was completed, and become significantly heavier in the process - the final version featuring a lead guitar track played by guest Eric Clapton. The first studio recording could scarcely be more different, George singing live to his own acoustic guitar accompaniment (augmented by an organ part played by Paul), and incorporating an additional verse omitted from later version.

Paul McCartney :
Harmonium
George Harrison :
Acoustic guitar, Vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Ken Scott :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Jul 25, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Concert For George

Official album • Released in 2003

5:57 • LiveL1

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Piano
Ringo Starr :
Drums
Jeff Lynne :
Guitar
Eric Clapton :
Electric guitar, Vocals
Ray Cooper :
Percussions
Dhani Harrison :
Acoustic guitar

Concert From "A Concert For George" in London, United Kingdom on Nov 29, 2002


Love

Official album • Released in 2006

3:46 • Studio versionD • A BBC article reported that George Martin chose to use an early version of the recording for the album and wrote a new orchestral backing for the track; the demo version used is found on Anthology 3. This was also stated in the fifth chapter of The Beatles 'LOVE' Podcast.

George Martin :
Producer
Giles Martin :
Producer
Paul Hicks :
Remix engineer
Sam Okell :
Remix engineer assistant
Chris Bolster :
Remix engineer assistant
Mirek Stiles :
Remix engineer assistant

Session Recording:
Circa 2004-2006
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Circa 2004-2006
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


The Beatles (Mono - 2009 remaster)

Official album • Released in 2009

4:45 • Studio versionA2009 • Mono • 2009 mono remaster

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass guitar, Organ, Piano
Ringo Starr :
Drums, Maracas, Tambourine
John Lennon :
Bass guitar
George Harrison :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Hammond organ, Vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Eric Clapton :
Lead guitar
Ken Scott :
Recording engineer
Paul Hicks :
Remastering
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Sean Magee :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Sep 05, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Sep 06, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 14, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


The Beatles (Stereo - 2009 remaster)

Official album • Released in 2009

4:45 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass guitar, Organ, Piano
Ringo Starr :
Drums, Maracas, Tambourine
John Lennon :
Bass guitar
George Harrison :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Hammond organ, Vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Eric Clapton :
Lead guitar
Ken Scott :
Recording engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Sep 05, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Sep 06, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 14, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


1967-1970 (2010 remastered version)

Official album • Released in 2010

4:45 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass guitar, Organ, Piano
Ringo Starr :
Drums, Maracas, Tambourine
John Lennon :
Bass guitar
George Harrison :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Hammond organ, Vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Eric Clapton :
Lead guitar
Ken Scott :
Recording engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Sep 05, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Sep 06, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 14, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


The Beatles (Mono - 2014 vinyl)

LP • Released in 2014

4:45 • Studio versionA2014 • Mono • 2014 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass guitar, Organ, Piano
Ringo Starr :
Drums, Maracas, Tambourine
John Lennon :
Bass guitar
George Harrison :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Hammond organ, Vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Eric Clapton :
Lead guitar
Ken Scott :
Recording engineer
Sean Magee :
Remastering
Steve Berkowitz :
Remastering

Session Recording:
Sep 05, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Sep 06, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 14, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Bootlegs


Take It Off!

Unofficial album

2:27 • Outtake • Take 1


Complete Controlroom Monitor Mixes - Volume 1

Unofficial album

3:19 • Studio version


Complete Controlroom Monitor Mixes - Volume 2

Unofficial album

3:26 • Alternate take


Complete Controlroom Monitor Mixes - Volume 2

Unofficial album

2:59 • Alternate take


Complete Controlroom Monitor Mixes - Volume 2

Unofficial album

0:57 • Alternate take • Paul


Films


While My Guitar Gently Weeps

2016 • For The Beatles

Live performances

“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” has been played in 2 concerts.

Latest concerts where While My Guitar Gently Weeps has been played


A Concert For George

Nov 29, 2002 • United Kingdom • London • Royal Albert Hall


Party At The Palace

Jun 03, 2002 • United Kingdom • London • Buckingham Palace Gardens

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