The Beatles Isolated Bass & Drum Tracks: A Day In The Life

When putting together lists of The Beatles and their greatest ever songs, A Day In The Life is usually at #1 or very very close to it. Everything about the song screams class and nothing more so than Ringo’s exquisite drumming. His fills throughout the song are sublime, never failing to send chills up your spine. What we have below is the isolated drums alongside Paul’s isolated bass track.

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Ringo’s fills on A Day In The Life are probably some of the best drumming ever played or recorded and enough can’t be said for their delicacy. Paired with Paul’s bass playing, this isolated track is nothing but enjoyable to listen to, especially during parts of the song where you can hear studio chatter between The Beatles themselves which can’t be heard at all in the full album version. Fantastic.

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4 thoughts on “The Beatles Isolated Bass & Drum Tracks: A Day In The Life

  1. Jim S. says:

    Great stuff. Nice to hear someone give Ringo credit. He’s sometimes unfairly slogged off because he’s not Buddy Rich or somebody. Well, all of the Beatles are good musicians,but none really virtuosos I’d say. That’s not what mattered in the band as you know. Anyway, thanks.

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  2. Luke DeLalio says:

    Paul was undoubtedly a virtuoso bass player, George… I dunno, the guitar work on Abby Road sounds pretty top notch to me (a guitarist and a former record producer myself) and the solo on Something screams virtuoso to me. And Ringo… he’s a great drummer. I’d have given anything to have Ringo replace some of the drummers I’ve had to deal within sessions. His timekeeping was impeccable, as was his taste.

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  3. bcorig says:

    A former neighbor of mine who was an LA studio musician in the late 1960’s insisted that Ringo as a terrible drummer and always insisted that Jim Gordon was responsible for the Abbey Road drum tracks. Uhhhh, Mike, wherever you are, Ringo was a great drummer and kept an impeccable beat.

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    • Jim S. says:

      I’m reading Mark Lewison’s book ‘Tune In’ about the early Beatle years .(First volume). Generally speaking, Ringo was either THE guy or one of the guys in Liverpool. He wasn’t flash but as one person said, he was a metronome. The difference in sound between him and Pete Best was palpable. That said, George Martin wasn’t impressed at first, using drummer Andy White on ‘Love Me Do.’ Ringo was pissed at Martin for a while, eventually got over it. Part of Martin’s dissatisfaction was that Ringo couldn’t play a proper drum roll. And It think Martin was looking for something specific in a ‘session drummer’ and this was Ringo’s first time ever in a recording studio.

      Interestingly, there are three released versions of the song: Andy White’s on the most famous version, Pete Best and Ringo on other versions.

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