I'm not sure how to post video here. Here's what you do: go to YouTube, type "The Beatles "I Want You". One of the links is "The Beatles-I Want You(rehearsal)" posted by mslaerik. It is fantastic! A new way to hear the song. Also the raw demo" The Beatles-I Want You(She's So Heavy") posted by entiscool (time 1:08). Amazing raw track demo. And you MUST check out "YNGMYM(basic track no overtubs<sp> plus)" posted by beatlesuploader7000. I'm listening to right now. Just an incredible basic track. A must listen for the other post on whether Paul is playing all piano tracks on this song as there is no boogie piano here at all. You can also find "The Beatles-Two Of Us(Twickenham Version)" posted by pauldullson. A rock version! I hope you'll have time to check these out as well: "The Beatles rehearsing All Things Must Pass" posted by sebas71. George and Paul working out harmonies - amazing. Another, "Rare Beatles jamming session jan.1969" (4:59) posted by ApocalypticMuse. John goofs off on Help and Please Please Me & ending with demo of Let it Be. Lastly, "The Beatles at Apple Studios, January 1969" posted by humanoidboogie. John playing drums! (better than I would have thought) If you know how to post these, please do! And by all means, you simply MUST give these a listen. I look forward to you posting here afterward.
I have been listening to that YNGMYM demo from YouTube graciously posted here (thanks, The End) and the more I listen the more I realize McCartney kept adding to it. The are layers of various keyboards mixed in and out of it (as well as guitars) which makes me feel pretty certain he could have worked out the boogie piano by himself - over many layers of mixing. But now I wonder if that is also him playing drums on that demo. What does anyone else think. Is it Paul on drums?
Certainly interesting hearing Paul sketching out and running through various ideas. I'm not so sure it's Paul on drums though - the loose hi-hat on the off beat (2:32) and the drum fills around 2:55 sound very much like Ringo to these ears.
You're right about basic sketching out of the song. My musician ear was hearing the signature Ringo 'roll down' to the downbeat. Using my audio editor side I had to go back and play the video to get timings. It sounds like between 2:20 and 2:25 it's either transitioning into differently recorded session or just adding layers on basic track. It's that transition where I start to notice the Ringo approach to filling between downbeats. There were drums before that point which makes me think Paul had laid down a 'basic trap' drum track and then a second drum track (Ringo) added on top. Also at the same transition the high register bass line disappears. Perhaps he was leaving that open to fill after the boogie piano track(s?) were mixed in. I notice at the end, as the piano changes tempo which then works into a guitar, piano and drum boogie. I wonder if that might have been transitioning back to McCartney only demo track. It seems using the kit bass drum like that was not Ringo's style.
As said before - the piano was an overdub, played at half speed an octave lower. Probably because (not being as good as Billy Preston) the part was to hard for them. It's actually quite easy to play at half speed. Not a big mystery, I think.
Thanks for making that point briank. I have access to a digital production studio and I'll have to give that segment of the song a listen at a slower speed. What do you think of there being a drum overdub on that song?