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In praise of Ringo

Discussion in 'music' started by Woodface, Jul 5, 2019.

  1. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    Just finished listening to Abbey Road & Ringo absolutely kills it on this record, he elevates every single track especially final coda.
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  2. Stunsworth

    Stunsworth pfm Member

    He was the perfect drummer for the Beatles.
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  3. Martyn Miles

    Martyn Miles pfm Member

    According to Pete Best...
  4. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Golly, do I ever have a lot of soul!

    Ringo was unique, in a great way. Listen to Rain, or his fills on the coda of God, or his entry after the second verse of Hey Jude, to name just the first three that come to my mind.
  5. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK Waiting for the streetcar..

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  6. Stunsworth

    Stunsworth pfm Member

    It’s Tomorrow Never Knows for me. Perfection.
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  7. Swamp Thing

    Swamp Thing Remainiac Traitor

  8. andrew d

    andrew d pfm Member

    My sadly deceased mate Martin Lickert was a fan of Ringo. In the Apple years he became his chauffeur and in addition to driving duties Martin became Frank Zappa's bass player for 200 Motels with Ringo's approval.
    It was all down hill from there. Martin became a bookie and then an ( occasionally ) winning race horse owner. Then a Barrister. He is very much missed.
    The Beatles wouldn't have been the same without Ringo.
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  9. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    Until I saw the programme 'On drumming' I thought 'Tomorrow never knows' was all tape loops rather than live drumming. Pretty stunning when it was demonstrated how it was done.
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  10. MotelBlues

    MotelBlues pfm Member

    “A Day In The Life” for me. I read a review, might’ve been in WHF? when “Pepper” was first issued on CD, that described his work on that song as “sinister”, which I think sums it up perfectly.
  11. cooky1257

    cooky1257 pfm Member

    Worlds great drummers salute Ringo;
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  12. matt j

    matt j pfm Member

    I think I've seen him mention before that the uniqueness to a lot of his sound comes from being a left handed drummer playing a right handed kit which means he has to do a lot of stuff backwards/differently than a traditional set up.
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  13. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    That is correct, his cymbal work is unusual. McCartney is also left handed I believe. There is an excellent piece by David Hepworth on Ringo in his book 'Uncommon People', he is very different from how he's portrayed.
  14. matt j

    matt j pfm Member

    Less difference for Macca though as he plays left handed instruments.
  15. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    He does now, I could be wrong, but I thought this wasn't the case early on? Having said that, I suppose it is just a case of re-stringing?
  16. matt j

    matt j pfm Member

    Some lefties learn to play a wrong handed guitar upside down, that can result in some interesting things going on. As a lefty, restringing only works if done properly with a new nut etc. it's not just a case of swapping the strings around.

    I think McCartney has always played left handed instruments whilst in The Beatles, whether he did or not prior to that I doubt would have had any effect on what he created playing properly. Where as Ringo learned to play a right hand kit as a left hander and continued to do so even when he could have chosen to change, which is the difference I think.
  17. Spike

    Spike pfm Member

    Much maligned drummer, often due to "Ringo isn't the best drummer in the world. He isn't even the best drummer in the Beatles" which was attributed to John Lennon but actually said by Jasper Carrot. Recognized by many top drummers as one of the best.
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  18. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Golly, do I ever have a lot of soul!

    Everything about that track is utterly mind-boggling. I love that it is the Taxman guitar solo (or a different take thereof) that is reversed and chopped up - thus bookending the album. Genius.
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  19. TomF

    TomF pfm Member

    I’ve never really understood the disdain for Ringo Starr.

    I wonder if it comes from a time when people would compare and rank musicians (“best guitarist in the world”) rather than engaging with their artistic output.

    For me does his playing add to or detract from the rest of the Beatles in each song? His playing and style seems integral to their sound and with it the artistic impact.
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  20. Bertie Lasky

    Bertie Lasky Well-Known Member

    My Son drums and labels Ringo as "soundly economical..and fills in the gaps"
    On YouTube lately..the full 1969 rooftop video is back on..unedited!
    Ringo in nice red Peter Storm mac.
    Teatowels from Apples kitchen on floortom and snare.Yikes! Billy Preston was loud..no wonder Keef used to tell him off!..
    Ok he is no Joe Morello...but....

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