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Old Jan 09, 2008, 12:44 AM   #1
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Default Harmonica in "Handle With Care"

I've finally got the deluxe version of the Traveling Wilburys box, so it's been the Christmas soundtrack for me!

I had always assumed that the outro of "Handle With Care" was played by George on slide guitar and Bob on harmonica, and I've also read that in several places (I've even read about that moment being something like "the combination of two of the most iconic sounds in modern music history, George's slide and Bob's harmonica").

However, when taking a look at the booklet in the box, which is full of pictures from the recording of that song's video, I've seen a picture of Roy playing harmonica. And then, in the video itself, although no one is seen playing the harmonica during that part, just before the outro begins, Roy's hands can be seen taking a harmonica to his mouth. So could it be Roy who played that? Or is it known for sure who -either him or Bob- played it? The credits in the CD don't mention the harmonica. Roy could play it (he did so beautifully in his live shows), so it could have been him.
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I always thought this was Bob's doing..I did not even know Roy played harmonica
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In the video, Roy played harmonica. But Wikipedia says it was Bob, and it's not mentioned on the original LP credits.

But then again, videos aren't always the most accurate. 'Cos in She's My Baby, some outside musciain (I forgot his name) played lead guitar, but in the video George is.
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But then again, videos aren't always the most accurate. 'Cos in She's My Baby, some outside musciain (I forgot his name) played lead guitar, but in the video George is.
Gary Moore was a good friend and almost neighbor of George.. he did the solo guitar on She's My Baby, but George does not play Gary's parts in the video..

But yes I now see Roy picking up the harmonica in the video of Handle With Care..
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It does sound pretty much like Bob's harmonica... But it's an interesting twist of the "known" facts...
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Gary Moore was a good friend and almost neighbor of George.. he did the solo guitar on She's My Baby, but George does not play Gary's parts in the video..
Watch the video. George is playing the solo, I think. But it wasn't him actually playing the song.
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Watch the video. George is playing the solo, I think. But it wasn't him actually playing the song.
I especially watched the video to check it but I don't see it... even though I think which part you mean but that is not paying the solo..it's playing higher fret chords....
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I knew these animations would come in handy for somethin.

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it really is strumming chords.. check out 1.48 ad 2.55 in to the video and you can see it.

The whole Gary Moore contribution did work really well on this song. It would be nice if someone knows how Gary became involved. An obvious thing would be because he lived close to Friar Park and was a friend of George's and George had "just" played on Gary's most succesful album ever.
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I know that videos aren't necessarily accurate, but to me Gary Moore's is a different case, since he wasn't a Wilbury. He could have appeared in the video anyway (I remember Jim Horn -I think- appearing somewhere, altough I cannot remember whether it was in a videoclip or in "The true history..."), but if the video was to show the Wilburys alone, it wouldn't be that strange if someone "played" his part (from what you say, I'm not sure there's someone really doing that -I'll have to check it). But why was Roy going to play harmonica in the video if Bob was there, too? In any case, there's no one playing harmonica in the video, after all! It's just that glimpse of Roy, and the picture in the booklet. As for the Wikipedia, it needn't be right, either. It's always been assumed it was Bob, so it's not strange that it says so, even if it weren't true.

Roy did play harmonica, but as was the case with guitar, I think, he didn't play it on his records, only live. He didn't use that device to hold the harmonica in front of one's mouth; he just kept it in his hand while strumming, holding the pick with thumb and forefinger and the harmonica with his other three fingers. I've tried to do so, and the harmonica keeps on slipping!
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I believe Jim Horn appears in the Wilbury Twist video, and is also shown playing horn in FPSHOT, where his bits were recorded.

As for the harmonica.. the booklet with the re-issue indeed has a picture of Roy holding his hands as if there is a harmonica in, in front of the mike wearing the clothes he had on for the Handle With Care video. That still does not mean he actually played it on the album. That may well be a little Wilbury fun.

Bob is mentioned for Volume 3 as playing harmonica.
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it really is strumming chords.. check out 1.48 ad 2.55 in to the video and you can see it.
What can you expect if I wear glasses and forgot to put them on?
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It does sound pretty much like Bob's harmonica... But it's an interesting twist of the "known" facts...
I agree this sounds like Bob and George to me Bobs harmonica is very distinct
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In the video, Roy played harmonica. But Wikipedia says it was Bob, and it's not mentioned on the original LP credits.

But then again, videos aren't always the most accurate...
... neither is wikipedia, a lot of the time... (wink-wink)
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I always thought this was Bob's doing..I did not even know Roy played harmonica
I don't think that Roy ever played on his recordings, but he did play it live, from early on in his career, most notably the intro and solo of "Candy Man" which is fairly intricate piece of harp blowing...

When I first saw him play it, no one was more surprise than I was...
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I was playing this one yesterday after having heard it on the car radio.

What I wonder a bit about s who wrote what part of the lyrics and yes I know a lot has been said about it.

But like...

"Everybodys got somebody to lean on
Put your body next to mine, and dream on"

the first line could be Tom's but the second must be Bob's. Ever noticed how many times the word "body" is used in Wilbury songs?

I think a lot is by George, like

"Been stuck in airports, terrorized
Sent to meetings, hypnotized
Overexposed, commercialized
Handle me with care"

is typical George as in Brainwashed.

Also what is typical George is that the song title does not come back as such in the lyrics.
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I think a lot is by George, like

"Been stuck in airports, terrorized
Sent to meetings, hypnotized
Overexposed, commercialized
Handle me with care"

is typical George as in Brainwashed.

Also what is typical George is that the song title does not come back as such in the lyrics.
I hadn't noticed that detail about the title... But as to that verse, I agree that it's 100% George. It's the kind of thing he seemed to believe about those Beatlemania years.

I've always wondered whether the lines sung by Roy were written by him or by George (with him in mind, obviously). Is it known?
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I've always wondered whether the lines sung by Roy were written by him or by George (with him in mind, obviously). Is it known?
I could look this up but what I recall was that Jeff and George sat back together for the badge part, Roy's part. Ofcourse the word "lonely" had to be in it.
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Ofcourse the word "lonely" had to be in it.
It should have been "lonely blue dreams", to make it more Roy-ish!
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