The Beatles - Get Back Documentary

JimmyM

Silver Member
I laughed when I heard that as well.

That being said........through the first 1.25 episodes (I can only take 30-40mins at a time) I find her presence annoying to me. She is like a cling-on and just sits there looking judgmental......and then that period where she was just shrieking into the microphone......my ears will not unhear that. That all being said, it doesn't sound like Ringo or Paul cared that she was there or that she was an issue per se......based on PM's "In 50years..." comment
Now that I see all of them jamming with Yoko and having fun with it, I think her presence is pretty awesome. They were experimenting with sound collages long before she entered the picture, and Yoko's nothing if not a sound collage in human form.
 

River19

Senior Member
It's interesting, since I didn't grow up with the Beatles per se and since I was familiar with their music but not all the twists and turns in their story....if I look at just this documentary and forget what I thought I knew about the 4 personalities in the band I would come away saying Paul was clearly the leader and driving force, George just struggled to find his place, Ringo said little but would some how come up with a very fitting part as soon as a song form was ready for him. I would then say John was really friggin annoying and childish and had this weird cling-on of a girlfriend that attached herself to him like a fungus.......
 

DrumEatDrum

Platinum Member
I love music documentaries, music history, and I really like the Beatles.

But I got 3/4 the way through Ep 1 and had to stop.

I mean, I've been in band rehearsal, I've done the sitting around trying to come up with ideas for songs. It's fun to do, but boring to watch.
 

JimmyM

Silver Member
I love music documentaries, music history, and I really like the Beatles.

But I got 3/4 the way through Ep 1 and had to stop.

I mean, I've been in band rehearsal, I've done the sitting around trying to come up with ideas for songs. It's fun to do, but boring to watch.
I enjoyed it because it seemed very much like every practice I've ever had, except it all wasn't instantly committed to tape. Nice to know that even The Beatles had to wade through the suckage to get to the good stuff. If it were anyone else, I'd probably agree that it's boring, but it's The Beatles.
 

GretschedHive

Silver Member
I love music documentaries, music history, and I really like the Beatles.

But I got 3/4 the way through Ep 1 and had to stop.

I mean, I've been in band rehearsal, I've done the sitting around trying to come up with ideas for songs. It's fun to do, but boring to watch.
I totally get where you're coming from. I found the first episode by far the least enjoyable to watch, due to a combination of the tension and the monotony. I still liked it, but it was nowhere near as enjoyable as the subsequent episodes.
 

STAXfan

Junior Member
Everybody always presumed Ringo was all A Zildjian, but he played Zilco and Zyn cymbals, some Paiste 602 (seen in the clips), and actually only one cymbal is a Zildjian A...the 18.
And Ringo has always said that he still has his original cymbals that he used with The Beatles. Ringo is a great drummer but just like Charlie Watts he doesn't seem interested in talking in any kind of depth about his kits. Does anyone know if he collected drums an cymbals. I know one had been auctioned off. I think he had either 4 or 5 of the Ludwig black oyster pearl kits. I think
he still has that maple with natural finish kit. Does anyone know how he acquired that kit? And why on earth he used a double tom stand instead of the tom mount? That stand was in front of the bass drum and I don't know how he could reach the toms. I do think it's cool that he used his Ludwig Jazz Festival BOP snare even though he was offered a Supraphoic. On "Let It Be" his drums sound okay buy not great. Same as his floor tom because they had those damn tea towels on them. I think on Abby Road his got the calfskin heads and didn't use muffling except for his BLP Jazz Fest.


I'm interested to know if anyone else got the reissue of the Jazz Fest when thy came out two years ago. I got two. One the was BOP because of Ringo and the great history of that snare. I also to a Sky Blue Pearl Jazz Fest because I have a Sky Blue Bear. I love those snares. They are easy to tune and actually have a much deeper sound than than any 51/2 X 14. It can sound really crisp as well. I play it tuned about medium because I like that deeper sound.
 

opentune

Platinum Member
And why on earth he used a double tom stand instead of the tom mount? That stand was in front of the bass drum and I don't know how he could reach the toms.

I thought the same but it was pointed out to me Ringo sat very high in the kit, his snare quite forward and thus toms out forward over the BD, compared other setups.
 

DrumEatDrum

Platinum Member
I thought the same but it was pointed out to me Ringo sat very high in the kit, his snare quite forward and thus toms out forward over the BD, compared other setups.
IN addition

Ringo is left-handed, even though he plays a right-handed kit.

Ringo himself has often said doing a roll from the small tom to the floor tom is not his thing because of his left-handedness.

Though I agree Ringo has never been a gear head like many of us on here are.
 

ricky

Senior Member
And Ringo has always said that he still has his original cymbals that he used with The Beatles. Ringo is a great drummer but just like Charlie Watts he doesn't seem interested in talking in any kind of depth about his kits. Does anyone know if he collected drums an cymbals. I know one had been auctioned off. I think he had either 4 or 5 of the Ludwig black oyster pearl kits. I think
he still has that maple with natural finish kit. Does anyone know how he acquired that kit? And why on earth he used a double tom stand instead of the tom mount? That stand was in front of the bass drum and I don't know how he could reach the toms. I do think it's cool that he used his Ludwig Jazz Festival BOP snare even though he was offered a Supraphoic. On "Let It Be" his drums sound okay buy not great. Same as his floor tom because they had those damn tea towels on them. I think on Abby Road his got the calfskin heads and didn't use muffling except for his BLP Jazz Fest.


I'm interested to know if anyone else got the reissue of the Jazz Fest when thy came out two years ago. I got two. One the was BOP because of Ringo and the great history of that snare. I also to a Sky Blue Pearl Jazz Fest because I have a Sky Blue Bear. I love those snares. They are easy to tune and actually have a much deeper sound than than any 51/2 X 14. It can sound really crisp as well. I play it tuned about medium because I like that deeper sound.
Here's a site on Ringo's kits:


He did do some tea towels on Abbey Road...Come Together and some others, maybe Here Comes The Sun King.
 
Finally watched it. After 6.5 hours of build up (with scenes of Yoko screaming in each of the three episodes), it was a tremendous letdown that the songs they performed on the roof were interrupted by man-in-the-street interviews during the actual songs.

Journalist to person in street: Do you know who's playing right now?
Person in street: Given that it's 1969, we're standing in front of Apple HQ and I can hear, I'm guessing it's the Beatles.
 

JimmyM

Silver Member
Finally watched it. After 6.5 hours of build up (with scenes of Yoko screaming in each of the three episodes), it was a tremendous letdown that the songs they performed on the roof were interrupted by man-in-the-street interviews during the actual songs.

Journalist to person in street: Do you know who's playing right now?
Person in street: Given that it's 1969, we're standing in front of Apple HQ and I can hear, I'm guessing it's the Beatles.
Ya, that sucked. But if you want to get ambitious, you can at least find those performances all over the place on WAV files and sync them to the video :D
 

rhumbagirl

Senior Member
Ok, I'm biting. Only because I spent a year playing "I Saw Her Standing There" in the late 90s.

Don't expect anything from me until at least a week out. 8 hrs of material is about as long as the 1977 four part series "Jesus of Nazareth".
 

Suburbankidz

Active Member
Enjoyed watching this documentary and also the people watching. Very impressed with the patient example of drummer professionalism from Ringo.

Yoko Ono's silent presence was fascinating from a sociological viewpoint. Has anyone else read the December 8th article from the New York Times, entitled, "The Sublime Spectacle of Yoko Ono disrupting the Beatles" which cited her previous performance art. (Unfortunately I think you need to have a subscription to the newspaper to read the article, but if you can access it, I thought it was interesting as l had a similar feeling).
 

ricky

Senior Member
Enjoyed watching this documentary and also the people watching. Very impressed with the patient example of drummer professionalism from Ringo.

Yoko Ono's silent presence was fascinating from a sociological viewpoint. Has anyone else read the December 8th article from the New York Times, entitled, "The Sublime Spectacle of Yoko Ono disrupting the Beatles" which cited her previous performance art. (Unfortunately I think you need to have a subscription to the newspaper to read the article, but if you can access it, I thought it was interesting as l had a similar feeling).
The thing I don't get about people saying that Yoko disrupted The Beatles (still, after all these years)...is that it wasn't really Yoko...it was John. John is the guy who wanted her there, next to him, the whole time. And John's the guy that finally broke up the band.
 

Mr Farkle

Active Member
Very impressed with the patient example of drummer professionalism from Ringo
The patience of Job as my mother would say. He waits and waits while the others joke around and work through the tune. When he finally gets to play he occasionally lays down some now famous riff.
 
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