In the world of rock and roll, it’s better to write your own stuff. Although some of the greatest rockers of all time, like Elvis Presley, weren’t exactly known for putting pen to paper when they often wrote songs, it’s far better to rely on yourself to achieve something great. amazing to wait for someone to write. something for you. Sometimes songwriters are saved, and even some of their greatest songs are sent to completely different artists.
Although these songs may have ended up on the artists’ album, all of these songs were meant to be sung by completely different people. While that should be a bit of a red flag for die-hard fans of these artists, it’s far better to hear these songwriters write in different styles. It’s bound to get boring after a while to write the same thing over and over again, so these were songs to put them in a different mold and do something a lot more adventurous than what had happened before.
However, the plan to be a ghostwriter didn’t come to fruition for many of these acts, so we’ll have to settle for just these songs as album cuts, offering a subtle glimpse into what might have been. be for them. Rock and roll may sound larger than life, but these songs are what happens when you’re working undercover.
It’s always a 50/50 split as to whether supergroups are going to be really great when they come together. For every band like Velvet Revolver that had promise behind their sound, there’s always a band like Damn Yankees whose music falls far short of the pedigree the musicians hold in their main outfits. Even when Traveling Wilburys gave us the classic example of how to do a supergroup right, it all kind of happened by chance.
Handle With Care was the song that started the whole project, except it was meant to be a George Harrison solo song from the start. After releasing his incredible solo release Cloud 9, George needed a B-side for one of his singles and called on Jeff Lynne to help produce it. Using Bob Dylan’s studio, George had also invited Tom Petty to the session, while Roy Orbison was using the studio at exactly the same time. The title was even a bit disposable as well, just pulled from a shipping container in the corner of the room with “handle with care” displayed in all caps across the front.
The B-side was complete, but when George put it on the label, he was told it was too good to be relegated to the upside of a single. George may have gone back to the drawing board for a throwaway song, but he also had one of classic rock’s greatest collaborations right under his feet.