Beatles isolated tracks are some of the best around and for this isolated article we have the vocal track from Birthday. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios on the 18th September 1968, the song was released on the White Album and features wonderful vocals not only by The Beatles themselves but two ‘guest’ vocalists in Pattie Harrison and Yoko Ono.
My previous isolated track article focused on the orchestration from All You Need Is Love which provided a wonderful insight into George Martin’s contributions as the fifth Beatle. With this article we turn to the band themselves, the bass and drums to be specific. What we have below is the isolated bass with the drums from All You Need Is Love. Take a listen:
George Martin’s contributions to The Beatles were unlike any other producer of the times, possibly of all time. The orchestral pieces you hear on songs like Something, Here Comes The Sun and Yesterday were thanks to Martin’s musical genius and the same can be said for All You Need Is Love. What we have below is the isolated orchestral track from that song with, take a listen:
Hey Bulldog features one of Paul’s most exciting bass parts from his time with The Beatles, and below we have that very bass track in isolated form. The song was recorded on the 11th February 1968 during a marathon 10-hour recording session, at the same time the band were being recorded for the Lady Madonna video. The song ended up being included on the Yellow Submarine soundtrack album released in January 1969.
When it comes to The Beatles there have been numerous discussions on who the 5th Beatle was, and in my opinion that title is owned by the one and only George Martin. His experience and knowledge shines through on all of the songs he worked on with The Beatles but none more than the songs that contain an orchestral section. Here Comes The Sun is one of those, and it is spectacular.
Recorded in September 1967 and written a month earlier, I Am The Walrus was the first song the band recorded after the death of Brian Epstein. There are songs that capture a certain period of time and I Am The Walrus does this perfectly with the 1960’s. Below is the isolated piano track which makes for interesting listening.