Beck has taken the stage at Conan O’Brien’s late night show Conan to kick off George Harrison week, with a cover performance of Harrison’s Wah-Wah, taken from his 1970 triple album, All Things Must Pass.
The week long tribute to the Beatles‘ musician will feature various artists covering songs from Harrison’s post-Beatles solo career. Beck’s rendition stays fairly faithful to the original psychedelic rock tune, though it is injected with a little more alt-rock flavour.
Wah-Wah was recorded shortly after the Beatles broke up in 1970 and its lyrics have often been attributed to the frustrations Harrison felt about the band at the time. The album it came from, All Things Must Pass was co-produced by Harrison and Phil Spector and it features contribution from many musicians, including Eric Clapton and Ringo Starr.
Conan’s tribute week comes alongside the release of new retrospective George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75, a remastered collection of George Harrison’s first six solo albums on The Beatles’ Apple Records label. It’s available now from the Official George Harrison store or iTunes.
See Beck’s cover and listen to George Harrison’s original, below.
Watch: Beck Covers George Harrison’s Wah-Wah on Conan