Why didn't Paul write and record with George after 1970?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Mister President, Sep 1, 2016.

  1. Mister President

    Mister President Forum Resident Thread Starter

    ...especially after Lennon was murdered, I would of thought it would bring them a bit closer together. Ok Paul didn't write with Lennon either but you would think in over 30 years after The Beatles broke up Paul & George would of done something together a bit more substantial. All we have is All Those Years Ago and the Anthology tracks Free as a Bird and Real Love, all of which are sort of Lennon tributes. There's a couple of other things I believe but no McCartney-Harrison song I'm aware of post 1970 (All for Love may be a cover if it even exists).

    Why did they not write just for the hell of it? Was George just fed up with Paul? The music industry?

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  2. lavalamp3

    lavalamp3 Forum Resident

    I have a tv interview somewhere (Cloud Nine promo 1987/8) where George pours cold water on a young interviewer's suggestion that maybe he could write something with Paul. George basically answers "Well, he wasn't interested in writing with me when the Beatles were together so I can't see why he'd be interested now?" Good ol' George... grouchy to the end ;)
  3. Arnold Grove

    Arnold Grove Forum Resident

    George had difficulty with Paul's tendency to be overbearing especially when it came to doing music. George liked things to be more laid-back and collaborative. Paul had firm ideas about what he wanted in a musical sense, and could be overbearing (at times) in his attempts to get satisfied musically.

    Rather than strain their friendship, which had ups and downs, they must have mutually realized that the friendship was more important than the writing or recording of songs together. From tidbits of info that have snuck out over the years, they did visit each other over the years and even played together in private --- just not for any commercial purposes.

    It should be mentioned that George re-strung a few of his ukeleles to be left-handed as a favor to Paul.
  4. Mister President

    Mister President Forum Resident Thread Starter

    So I guess that would mean it had to come from Paul, George certainly wouldn't have tried.
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  5. gkmacca

    gkmacca Forum Resident

    I think there was just too much tension there. Harrison would've walked out as soon as McCartney got too precise and 'bossy'. It would have been nice but even in the Anthology Free as a Bird footage you can see the awkwardness between them. George was unfair, really. Yes, he'd been neglected by Paul and John in the later days of the band, but to still have that chip on his shoulder years and years after, after achieving much as a solo star, was a bit silly, and he seemed to almost take a perverse delight in seeing McCartney so scared not to cause offence.
  6. Mister President

    Mister President Forum Resident Thread Starter

    That makes sense and I knew you would have a good explanation :agree: Still 30 years is a long time, I still think at least one song could of happened, obviously not expecting a duets album or anything. :D

    George recorded with Eric Clapton even after he stole his wife. Lols.
  7. theMess

    theMess Forum Resident

    Kent, UK
    At the same time, I have seen two interviews from the same era where George is much more positive about the idea. In one of them he said that it could be a good idea, and in the other he said that he would do it as long as the sessions were interesting and relaxed.
  8. alchemy

    alchemy Forum Resident

    Sterling, VA
    If they really didn't write together when everything was harmonious between each other before 1970, why would you expect anything different after 1970.
  9. Mister President

    Mister President Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Because things change, people change. They were friends after all. Also Lennon wasn't there anymore.
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  10. WilliamWes

    WilliamWes Forum Resident

    New York
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  11. andy749

    andy749 Forum Resident

    That's the one collaboration I wish could've happened the most. Too bad...one album would've been great.

    Townsend/Lane did it...Crosby/Nash did it...Young/Stills did it. I can imagine it being really nice.
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  12. mpayan

    mpayan Forum Resident

    I just cant hear their musical styles together. John and Paul were opposites in musical style. So they weirdly and wonderfully complimented each other. But Georges was much different in chord progressions and melodically. I cant hear it at all in my mind.
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  13. Rfreeman

    Rfreeman Forum Resident

    Lawrenceville, NJ
    Nobody has blamed this on Yoko yet?
  14. action pact

    action pact ^^ Sandy Warner, "The Exotica Girl"

    That's exactly my take. They could have been the bestest buddies in the world, but they didn't have much in common musically from at least the '70s onward. I don't see much incentive to collaborate.
  15. adm62

    adm62 Forum Resident

    Toronto, Canada
    George didn't like Paul.
  16. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Isn't It A Pity.
  17. Arnold Grove

    Arnold Grove Forum Resident

    Give me time, and I'll come up with something... ;)
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  18. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Maybe I'm amazed
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  19. Arnold Grove

    Arnold Grove Forum Resident

    I'll fix up your statement: George didn't like Paul when he was bossy. Otherwise, they were always close friends.

  20. dkmonroe

    dkmonroe A completely self-taught idiot

    That's interesting, I didn't think they were friends at all after the Beatles. Not just because of the Let It Be documented fracas but just because they weren't really close to begin with. Well, ya learn something new every day.
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  21. Arnold Grove

    Arnold Grove Forum Resident

    The little spat in the Let It Be film was nothing, and had no bearing on their friendship. It just happened to be left in the film, so it is still mentioned. Yes, lots of psychological analysis could be applied to their relationship (the best of friends as youths, prior to Paul meeting John; then, Paul getting closer to John at George's expense; etc.), but the bottom line is that they were close.

  22. bluesbro

    bluesbro Forum Hall of Shame

    Because George hated his guts
  23. Arnold Grove

    Arnold Grove Forum Resident

    That's enough Yoko!!
  24. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Forum Resident

    Certainly puts things in perspective.

  25. dkmonroe

    dkmonroe A completely self-taught idiot

    Ya can't not like Eric, even when he steals your bird. :laugh:
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