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Old 05-04-2017, 05:39 AM
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Would anybody happen to know any or all of the songs recorded with Ringo playing on the tea towelled drums? One sees the pics all the time of this but I'd like to know which exact songs have this on the recording. Right now I can only think of Sun King on Abbey Road.

I searched on here but could find no discussion of this (perhaps nobody cares anyway)
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Old 05-04-2017, 06:43 AM
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I assumed it was on everything Sgt Pepper's on.
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...thinking "In My Life". That had a real dry tom sound. So back to the Revolver/Runner Soul days.

Also thinking the Let it Be sessions....

Let it Be
Two of Us
Get Back
I Dig a Pony

That stuff.

I know we kind of scoff at the idea of muffling, and especially "extreme" muffling aka towels like it's a mortsl sin nowadays, but go back and listen to those tracks and it's like "wow, that really fits the tune, and sounds pretty cool." At least to me anyway.

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...thinking "In My Life". That had a real dry tom sound. So back to the Revolver/Runner Soul days.

Also thinking the Let it Be sessions....

Let it Be
Two of Us
Get Back
I Dig a Pony

That stuff.

I know we kind of scoff at the idea of muffling, and especially "extreme" muffling aka towels like it's a mortsl sin nowadays, but go back and listen to those tracks and it's like "wow, that really fits the tune, and sounds pretty cool." At least to me anyway.
"In My Life" has a wide open snare sound and there are no tom fills. The drums were open sounding on the older records. He used muffling on the later records Let It Be and The White Album.
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"In My Life" has a wide open snare sound and there are no tom fills. The drums were open sounding on the older records. He used muffling on the later records Let It Be and The White Album.
You are correct....my mistake. Must have been thinking of another tune. Tea towels definately pre-date those albums though...

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Old 05-06-2017, 12:29 AM
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Ya Come Together makes total sense. The drums seem so loud when people play it on uncloaked toms.
I always wondered if the famous fills on Day in the Life has this going on. The toms sounded muted there.

I was thinking there must be a trivia site somewhere on Ringo's stuff, like there is on other band members gear.
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I spent a lot of time looking on line for this, and i have a ton of books on the Beatles. I found a site that talks about his drum sound and the different muffling things over the years, but not by song. He used John's harmonica case at one time, his wallet, towels, cigarette packs. Many things.
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"In My Life" has a wide open snare sound and there are no tom fills. The drums were open sounding on the older records.
I have wondered about songs like In My Life and that period. It has an open sound but it seems very different than a typical modern open sound. Less annoying, less that sort of high pitched open sound.

His snare drum had an internal muffler and I've wondered if that is the secret. It seems internal mufflers aren't all that popular anymore? Why is that?
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I would say that "Day in the Life" is not with towels. Just not dampened enough for the towel treatment.

Taping a hanky or a sock to one part of the batter head, maybe... just maybe.
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"Something" from Abbey Road sounds like muffled toms to me, but I can't be sure.
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i liked the sound Ringo was getting back then. John Lennon's band also used a muffled drum sound which may have been Ringo too.
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i liked the sound Ringo was getting back then. John Lennon's band also used a muffled drum sound which may have been Ringo too.
Ringo played on Plastic Ono Band. Alan White (later of Yes) played on Imagine, and not sure who played after that.
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Ringo played on Plastic Ono Band. Alan White (later of Yes) played on Imagine, and not sure who played after that.
mostly session guys, then a long layoff and by the time you get to Double Fantasy it was Andy Newmark who was perfect for that album
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perhaps nobody cares anyway
I'm a big Beatles fan, but it doesn't matter to me how the drums were dampened. Not unless I want to create a similar effect/vibe, which I don't. I much prefer a livelier drum sound, but if I do want more of a thud, I would go the route of double ply or hydraulic heads.
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There was a fair bit of muffling on Abbey Road, Maxwell's Silver Hammer comes to mind.
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Wearing a tie to your studio session is pretty boss.
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