Recorded between the 28th-30th August 1968, Dear Prudence is a song written in India by John whilst the band were visiting the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The song is about Mia Farrow’s sister, Prudence, who holed herself up in her room the entire visit in deep meditation. It’s one of the more beautiful songs on the White Album, helped by a new guitar technique that John was taught by Donovan during the visit. What we have below isn’t the guitar though, but the isolated bass and drum tracks from the song.
Take a listen:
The fascinating thing about Dear Prudence is that it was recorded during the time Ringo had left the band which means Paul ended up playing drums on the track. There has been debate as to whether Ringo plays the final part which sounds notably different in feel and touch to the rest of the drums on the track, played by Paul, but everything points to Paul playing the entire thing.
The bass sounds so fresh to listen to isolated and the sprinkling of piano, played by Paul as well, adds to the joy when listening to this isolated track.