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Thursday, April 4, 2013

An Outtake From The Incredible Mr. Starr

Ringo Starr is often overlooked for the great drummer that he really is, since his personality and legacy now seem so large. Here's a great isolated outtake from the outro of "Good Morning" from The Beatles Sgt. Pepper album that not only showcases his style perfectly, but his playing as well.

I'm not sure if he did this with double kick drums or with a double bass pedal (were they even available during the 60's?), but it's solid. He misplays a fill at around :18, but other than that I find this cut very impressive. You don't here drummer like this any more, unfortunately.


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NatJag said...

I'm not a drummer, but I played with a drummer that could do that double kick drum stuff with one pedal. He had to learn the technique for an audition for "We Will Rock You" (London) which required double kick patterns, but only one pedalon the audition kit. Apparently the technique is similar to drum rolls, With practice you can get the kick drum beater to bounce and create the effect. Possible ringo was doing that.

Anonymous said...

I think that is an overdub. I have read about, and seen pics of the Beatles doing drum overdubs during Sgt. Pepper. It sounds great, and I don't care if it isn't him playing it all, or not. It's the imagination that counts, and Ringo was GREAT! He has a very distinctive touch, and always plays for the song.

Anonymous said...

I always assumed it was the low tom.

Agree that Ringo is an excellent drummer. Some of the things he did is still very interesting. Sometimes seemingly off beat, but always back on one in the next bar.

brock said...

Love Ringo. Possible that it's an overdub, but to get in the gaps doing 16th notes on a kick drum would be trickier than actually learning the "bounce" technique suggested above, I'd say.

Anyway, what a vibe, what a track!

Anonymous said...

I don't think it was a kick dropped into the gaps. I think it was a separate drum, played along with the drum set. It is more consistent in feel, timing, and intensity.


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