“Ringo! The best drummer in the world? He’s not even”, so the famous quip goes, “the best drummer in The Beatles”. Attributed to John Lennon, it’s actually a clever piece of satire by the comedian Jasper Carrott. Not only is it the funniest thing he said it has a deadly accuracy – John Lennon might have thought something like this; would have been nasty-minded enough to think it. And – Paul McCartney could play. And did. He’s on a handful of Beatles records. And then on some of the Wings and solo records too.
He’s even guested – recently – on albums by Charlotte Gainsbourg and Foo Fighters.
Ringo’s one of my drum-heroes; he’s great. But I grew up with Paul McCartney as a drum-hero too. His playing on Back In The USSR, and the Band on the Run album, his solo albums that bookend the Wings story, McCartney and McCartney II. Those were all big revelations, big influences for me.
So I decided to take an afternoon off and give the world what it needs: a playlist of some of Paul McCartney’s best moments as a drummer.
Here you’ll hear him innovating, you’ll hear him playing for the song. You’ll hear raw, rough takes. And some polished performances.
I love Paul’s drumming.
And now you can too!