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Whose solos do you prefer in the end?
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18 July 2012
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Whose solo in the end is your favourite? Paul's, George's, John's or Ringo's (the drum solo also counts)
I like reqlly every solo very much, but if I had to take one, I'd take George's

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I like John's bits, with that really cough-like tone he gets - it's like a precursor to some of the noisy stuff he'll play on Yoko's "Why" one year later. His tone really stands apart from Paul's or George's, those two have more similarity between them.

Really, though, that whole series of solos has such fluidity, it really could easily be one single 19-bar solo (or 9 1/2 bars or however many it is.)

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John's

 

They were the least technical and flashy and yet they are the ones that grab you by the balls.  It's those hard crunching riffs that have some bite and some soul.

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Ooo...I like all of them in different ways. I LOVE Ringo's drum solo. Paul's and George's really are very similar, and I really like them both. It took me a long time to be able to tell where one stopped and the other began. John's is very unique, which I like. It was easy for me to pick him out, which is a plus for him.

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I like the ones done by Beatles.

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I like Ringo's, but I don't know if I like it more than the guitar solo, because that's pretty intense.

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look i'm going to preface this by saying i love Ringo.  He's my favorite Beatle and i consider him a vastly underrated drummer whose influence on drumming in general is pretty huge.... BUT, that solo in the end is a little weak for me.  I like the pounding bass drum part rhythm, but the fills leave a lot to be desired.  For someone who has done a lot of great and unnusual fills on many a tracks especially in the later beatles years, the solo - especially being his only solo - is dissapointing.

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I agree - its not spectacular, or anything close to it. But that's because Ringo hated soloing. I see it as a quirk that Ringo couldn't (or wouldn't) do an awe-inspiring solo.

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It's a very "singable" drum solo, with the emphasis on maintaining the 4/4 rather than anything show-offy. John's first solo phrase is almost an echo of some of the drum riffs Ringo plays, if you think about it.

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According to Geoff Emerick, best known as the engineer for the albums Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles (White Album) and Abbey Road, practically nothing you hear in that era was recorded live. A 10-second drum solo by Ringo would be pasted together from many takes of that solo because, usually, Ringo couldn't play it in one take due to his limited abilities. A lead guitar section might be played by Paul, not George, and from several takes, usually because George couldn't play it after 30 takes, and everyone got tired of waiting for him to get it right. It all seems seamless due to the magic abilities of engineers and their equipment much as movies seem seamless but are pasted from parts filmed months apart and glued together. 

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Emerick made a number of claims in that book of his.

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