Ringo's Best drum sounds

Strangelove

Gold Member
How many songs did Paul play drums on? I know that he often did guitar tracking. In fact , I recently read that all the guitar playing Beatles contributed to The End. Following Ringo's drum solo, we hear a medley of guitar solos from John, Paul and then George.

Another interesting drum song for Ringo was For the Benefit of Mr Kite. The whole drum scheme is a comedy, sounding like the proverbial hihat-snare-kick drum acts of early circuses. The use of the the hihat top cymbal as a crash just adds to the total rediculoussness of the entire song. I love it - in fact that song is one of my favorite Beatle songs.
 

Pollyanna

Platinum Member
My understanding is that Paul played drums on Dear Prudence and Back in the USSR. I was probably unclear in my previous comment - Ringo drummed on Rain but Paul's bass in that one is very good.

Agree re: Mr Kite. Great song and Ringo's vaudeville playing in it is spot on.
 

Strangelove

Gold Member
My understanding is that Paul played drums on Dear Prudence and Back in the USSR. I was probably unclear in my previous comment - Ringo drummed on Rain but Paul's bass in that one is very good.
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Thanks for clearing that up - I have always wondered. Agreed on Rain. I think that song is a bass masterpiece. For those who have never heard a good clear recording of that song, and appreciate good bass, feast your ears:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3t52Ielj48

And a bit of John's backward lyrics, to boot....................................................
 

Pollyanna

Platinum Member
Thanks for clearing that up - I have always wondered. Agreed on Rain. I think that song is a bass masterpiece. For those who have never heard a good clear recording of that song, and appreciate good bass, feast your ears:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3t52Ielj48

And a bit of John's backward lyrics, to boot....................................................
Yep, the rhythm section went to town with that one. Bummer about the video stopping at a great point in the song - the tight drum fill / bass run that leads the band back into the groove. I appreciate Ringo's little poetic thing of pattering like raindrops in the song but the drum sound is nothing special when compared with other examples on this thread IMO

Earlier LuckyNumbers had mentioned Tomorrow Never Knows. It's one of my faves - marvellous beat and drum sound. I was a bit crestfallen when Bermuda told me a while ago that it was a tape loop. I'd thought the consistency of his playing in that song was uncanny until then! :) Damn fine pattern/texture to loop, though.
 

MikeM

Platinum Member
I was a bit crestfallen when Bermuda told me a while ago that it was a tape loop. I'd thought the consistency of his playing in that song was uncanny until then! :) Damn fine pattern/texture to loop, though.
Aaargh! I averted my gaze (or disengaged my brain) at the very moment my eyes roved over Bermuda's text in a mad semi-successful attempt to not make that memory.

Then I'd pretty well blocked it out - until now. Thanks for cementing that thought for all of eternity! It is a fine loop, though.
 
on 'the end' its paul-george-john soloing.

as for his best drum sounds, id say that rubber soul and revolver were and are revolutionary.
 

stoner

Junior Member
I truly believe that Ringo gets too much unwarranted criticism, as a previous poster says this only came his way come the advent of the power rock bands that sprung up in the 70's with their endless solos etc etc. He is part of history and a band that changed the modern day musical scene, you don't become a bad drummer because of that. Close your eyes and play a Ringo drum piece and I bet that 99.9 % of people who visit this forum could pick out the drummer. The same goes for Rodger Taylor who also has an unmistakeable style. My favourite drum track from Ringo is the reprise version of Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, love it's simplicity and infectious beat. Also going back to some early stuff, I Feel Fine is a great example of his adaptability with it's mixture of a latin feel to druve the song along. Anyway that's my piece said.
 
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fusssion

Guest
Ringo was such an influential drummer obviously because the music was GREAT but...he is a great player as well. Go listen to the song "Drive my car" and you will hear a mistake that they just left in. It's at the end of the guitar solo. Cool.

KBadd
Not a fan ...although, ...my band does Drive My Car .....

By the way, ...how is a "mistake" cool ?????

I just listened to it, and personally, I'm not sure it was a mistake, but a little OFF from what was going on, so it appears as a mistake ...
 

Redbeard

Senior Member
It's funny. When I was younger, and just starting out, I was obsessed with speed and huge drum sets and I thought Ringo & Charlie Watts sucked!

As you grow older you learn to appreciate that in most circumstanced...less is MORE.
I'm fortunate that my Dad is a huge Beatles fan, so I was familiar with their whole catalog by the time I could talk. Needless to say, Ringo was/is a big influence on my playing.
I agree with much of the picks already listed. The tom fills on "A Day in the Life" sound great. And I like "Tomorrow Never Knows" regardless of it being a loop (he had to record the base, right?) I also like the cymbal sound on songs like "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Hello, Goodbye."
 

BeatlesFan

Senior Member
Have to scratch Dear Prudence from the Ringo list, A-customs. Paul drummed on that one. He did a good job too.
Ringo's best subtle drumming aka Less Is More...

In My Life: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpiR-fmDIEw
Hey Jude: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5yEg017ZSk

Not sure if you can call it subtle, but I love his druming in George's songs...

Here Comes The Sun: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HR_YtF9uFpA
Something: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spvo0w3_wNE
While My Guitar Gently Weeps: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFsSjmNgJBU
 
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