Beatles history states that George Harrison recorded his "Something" guitar solo live, along with the orchestra, on 15 August 1969. I believe this story to be false, and I'm hoping some of you more knowledgeable in Beatles minutia can argue (with each other) about it. Lewisohn states, in "Recording Sessions" (15 August) " -- on the floor of the studio -- he taped a new and memorable lead guitar solo for the song's middle eight (actually, barely different from the song's previous best guitar track)." The Complete Beatles Chronicle changed that to "... on the studio floor, taped a new lead guitar solo for the song's middle section." Lewisohn tells us that the first reduction mix (made on 11 July) was ignored, and on 16 July overdubbing began on take 36, and new reduction mixes were then created. They were numbered takes 38 & 39 - take 39 was chosen as best. This corresponds nicely with Barret's notes (if I'm reading them correctly). Here's "8-Track to 8-Track 'Something' take 37": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TVJTolhoQk This must then be a copy of the first (ignored) reduction mix, created on 11 July (which includes the "Remember" coda). And the solo is already there. The one we are all familiar with - not an earlier pass, not a "previous best guitar track". It's the same recording. I maintain that the solo recorded on 5 May is the solo heard on the record. George's guitar solo is not on the orchestra track. There's no trace of it. And there's no alternate solo there either. So what is Emerick talking about: "The only hitch came when George Harrison announced that he wanted to redo the guitar solo on "Something." We were perfectly willing to accommodate him, but the problem was that there was only one track available, and we needed to use that for the orchestra. The only solution was for him to play it live, right along with the orchestra, so we could record them simultaneously on the same track. I was enormously impressed when he nonchalantly said, "Okay, let's do that" -- it took a lot of nerve and self-confidence to be willing to put himself under that kind of pressure. George had to play the solo correctly all the way through, without punch-ins, because the sound coming from his guitar amp would leak onto the other mics, and he wouldn't get a lot of whacks at it, because it was costing quite a lot to have that orchestra there. But he managed to play the intricate solo with ease, and by the end of the long night both his songs were completed and ready to be mixed." Lewisohn's 5 May entry (Recording Sessions) has "Paul improving on his bass track and George doing likewise with his "Leslie'd" guitar track." Possibly Lewisohn misunderstood, and George recorded the solo that day. Is this story entirely apocryphal? Did Emerick embellish a misinterpretation of the session's events recorded in Mark L.'s book? Did Lewisohn actually listen to these tapes? If anyone doubts that this solo is the same recording, just line them up. Not similar, identical. I'm not saying I understand WHAT happened, I'm merely stating that that story is easily falsified. And I'm hoping you guys can settle this by doing that Beatles thing you do . . .