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“Fuck it – let’s pick this one. Why not set the controls for the heart of the sun? Ringo plays all of this creative stuff. There’s all of this backtalk: ‘Was Ringo the greatest drummer in the world?’ ‘No, he wasn’t even the greatest drummer in The Beatles.’ For a start, Paul McCartney never said that, I’m sure. George Martin never said that, I’m sure. John might have that kind of thing, but it just wasn’t true.
“We know what Paul sounded like. On those couple of things where he played drums, he’s really pretty good. But people who aren’t drummers often play drums better than drummers because they do all of the stuff you aren’t supposed to do, and that can be interesting.
“All of that notwithstanding, it’s not up to Ringo’s standard by any stroke of imagination. Ringo played really solid parts that were imaginative. You can hear them, too; they’re not just backbeats behind the singers. There’s big drum moments that are all about big tom-tom sounds, big drum fills and odd rhythms that aren’t normal.
“Each Beatles track has something unique, a trick or something cool built into it. In many cases, it’s the drum thing.”