Monday, November 22, 2010

The Beatles "Come Together" Isolated Drums

Ringo Starr is one of the most underrated drummers in music, but he's always been not only a solid performer but an innovative one as well. As this isolated drum track from Abbey Road's "Come Together" shows, you could always expect something that was uniquely him. Here are a few things to listen for.

1) It's fun to listen to the banter before the song begins. Once again, it shows the boys having fun. All too often the studio is too much like work these days.

2) Listen to how muffled the toms are, which is a result of the use of tea towels draped over them. I think the snare had a towel on it as well, but you can still hear a lot of the snap.

3) While drum sounds were evolving at the time, Ringo's kit was still far from the typical drum sound we're used to today, especially the kick. A smaller drum sound was more the norm back then, although Ringo's sound was still a bit larger than most drummers of the time.

4) Listen to Ringo's fills into and during the solos. No one else plays like him.



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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Paul played the drums on most Abbey Roads songs...... Ringo could not do them and quit for a time..

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