Ringo Starr Says Beatles Remasters Helped His Reputation As A Drummer

One might expect Ringo Starr to be secure in the knowledge that nearly every rock drummer who has come in his wake cites him as an influence.

Ringo Starr Says Beatles Remasters Helped His Reputation As A Drummer
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One might expect Ringo Starr to be secure in the knowledge that nearly every rock drummer who has come in his wake cites him as an influence. Fact is, however, it took the remastering of The Beatles' catalog to present him in what he feels was a proper light. "I love the remasters," he told M Music & Musicians, in a just-published interview. "And you know why? You can hear the drums! Suddenly people [were saying], Oh, we better look again at his playing.' Sometimes that's been in doubt in a lot of people's minds. Of course, with Lennon and McCartney in the group, what do you expect? The first clue was when we remixed 'Yellow Submarine'. Paul and I went to Abbey Road to listen to it, and we both said, Who the hell played that?' So yeah, suddenly people were saying, Oh, maybe he could play.' The one thing I can always look at is that The Beatles' music is great. What we did, the four of us, is incredible." Starr's new album, "Ringo 2012", was released January 31. His 13th All Starr Band tour will launch June 14 at Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Thanks for the report to Russell Hall, Gibson.com.

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    xplosive59
    I've never thought Ringo was a bad drummer, he even had some really good drum lines eg Rain, The Word etc
    CodyGrant
    Ringo is one of the greatest drummers ever IMO. He always knew exactly what would compliment a song. Rain and A Day in the Life are prime examples of this
    USCENDONE BENE
    I've never thought he was a particularly impressive drummer, but he played what the songs required and was part of a monumental force in music.
    BradTheBluefish
    His drumming isn't intense like Atom Willard or Dave Grohl, or has that stadium rock style of Taylor Hawkins or Neil Peart. Ringo was around a little before John Bonham and Keith Moon and those two blow Ringo right out of the water.
    Ironpriest
    His drumming is bleak and boring. The only good thing is how he plays the hi-hats. That's all I've ever gotten out of Ringo Star as a drummer.
    Go listen to 'The End' such a simple but effective solo, if Portnoy or any recent drummer played on that track it would sound like pure masturbation.
    dollyDagger
    He really is a good drummer, well, he was back then. I dunno why people give him grief.
    "Tele" Steve
    Ringo is not a flashy drummer but that's not always what's needed. I think his playing style is unique and is a signature part of The Beatles' sound.
    BradTheBluefish
    A very solid drummer for his time. Don't get me wrong, I love the guy, but today he doesn't come even close to these other drummers out there.
    duane baldwin
    When Lennon was asked about why Ringo was their drummer and not Pete Best. His reply was because Ringo made a better Beatle.
    BradTheBluefish
    His drumming is bleak and boring. The only good thing is how he plays the hi-hats. That's all I've ever gotten out of Ringo Star as a drummer.
    rockshow2080
    I agree with Ringo. When you have Lennon and McCartney in a band, ANYONE else, no matter how talented would have been shadowed. Ringo's drumming was perfect!. No Beatle song ever lack good drumming.