Originally rehearsed during the Get Back sessions, The Beatles properly started recording the song during the Abbey Road album sessions on the 20th April 1969. Paul’s vocals are one of the most memorable things about the song but Ringo’s drums are absolutely exceptional, and below is the isolated drums in all their glory.
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:
Some of my favourite isolated tracks to listen to are drum tracks, especially when it comes to Ringo Starr. His drumming is hugely underrated when discussing each member of The Beatles and their contributions to the band, but also in regards to best drummers of all time as well. What we have below is the isolated drum track from Get Back.
Released in November 1967 as a single, alongside I Am The Walrus, Hello, Goodbye remains one of the most popular and well known Beatles songs to this day. The song was also the first single release after the death of Brian Epstein. What we have here is the bass and drums isolated in one track and the results are breathtaking.
When you think about some of the greatest drummers of all time, the name Jim Gordon should automatically be near the top of your list. In 1970 he would play on George Harrison’s debut studio album All Things Must Pass as part of the main backing band, Derek and the Dominos. There were a number of other guest musicians on the album (including Ringo and Ginger Baker) but the Dominos were the main musicians. This track, What Is Life, is the fifth track on All Things Must Pass and contains some gorgeous drumming from Jim Gordon. Take a listen:
After the end of Derek and the Dominos in 1971, Jim Gordon would go on to work with a long list of big name artists throughout the 1970’s including John Lennon, Traffic, Frank Zappa, Jack Bruce and Joan Baez to name just a few. There was no doubting his ability as a drummer and a musician. However there were a number of underlying issues, most notably undiagnosed schizophrenia, which in 1983 led him to murder his own mother due to the voices he had been hearing in his head for many years.
In the book I am writing on Derek and the Dominos, Jim Gordon will naturally be covered heavily, from the Blind Faith tour where he played with Delaney & Bonnie, the formation of Derek and the Dominos, the All Things Must Pass sessions, the Layla sessions, Dominos UK and US tours and the Dominos second album sessions. He is without a doubt one of the greatest drummers the world has ever known and hearing him play with all the other instruments stripped away is spectacular.
Only one word can be used to describe this bootleg: awesome.
Cream were at their live peak in early 1968 and this show at Back Bay Theatre in Boston still blows you away 46 years later. The band open with a 17 minute version of Sunshine Of Your Love which sets the pace for the rest of the show. It’s without a doubt one of the most energy driven versions of this song ever played or recorded and the band are in their element. Even now you can hear how involved with the song they are and it’s just fantastic. When they finish the song (17 minutes and 12 seconds later) Bruce or Clapton tell the crowd that they enjoy getting warmed up. That’s one hell of a warm up! They didn’t finish there though as the second song, a great version of the Howlin’ Wolf song Spoonful, clocks in at 17 minutes and 32 seconds. That’s over half an hour for just two songs. Incredible!