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Birthday

Time Signature – 4/4
Recorded – EMI -September 18, 1968                                                                                                                           Engineer – Ken Scott
Drums, Tambourine, Handclaps Ringo Starr
Maracas – Undocumented
Handclaps John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Patti Harrison, Mal Evans, Yoko Ono.

“It’s a good one to dance to. Like the big long drum break, normally we might have four bars of drums, but with this we just keep it going. We all like to hear drums plodding on.”

Paul McCartney, Radio Luxembourg, 1968.

Inspired and energised by a mid-afternoon TV viewing of the 50’s Rock’n’Roll movie The Girl Can’t Help It, Birthday sees the Beatles in blistering form. Driven by a dual-guitar riff underpinned by Ringo’s forthright beat and George’s 6-string bass, the song motors along its ridiculously short 2 minutes and 45 seconds. Despite the frantic nature, the song is incredibly well thought-out, especially in terms of percussion, and again bears all the hallmarks of a McCartney production.

Birthday – Drums And Percussion Score

 


Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?

Time Signature – 4/4
Recorded – EMI –Octobe9/10, 1968                                                                                                                             Engineer – Ken Townsend                                                                                                                                                 DrumsRingo Starr
Guitar Slaps, Handclaps – Paul McCartney

It’s back to Paul’s percussive layering – and typical of the sessions for the album. After beginning to record the track solo, while George and John were busying themselves on overdubbing Piggies, Paul grabbed Ringo and recorded this ‘Cock- Rock’ pastiche. Much like Wild Honey Pie, the track begins with simple ‘4 in the bar’ tapping on the back of his acoustic guitar, before moving on to a snare and bass introduction, with prominent handclaps (almost imperceptible in mono) soon following. It appears the drum introduction is (at the mixing stage) faded in and out of the song – placing the emphasis on the introduction of the handclaps at [0.02].

Why Don’t We Do It In The Road – Drums And Percussion Score