Please Mr. Postman: Letters from our readers 4

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Great drummers go with the flow
Regarding Ed McGlynn’s letter (in Issue 711) asserting that accelerating the tempo “… is an example of terrible drumming…”
I suppose the Rolling Stones don’t realize they have a terrible drummer.
On “Honky Tonk Women,” Charlie Watts gradually, but noticeably, speeds things up through and to the end. It works perfectly, and Charlie is funkier than a 20-year-old pair of underwear on the track.

Certainly keeping good time is an essential and necessary skill for any drummer, but sometimes elastic timekeeping gives a composition a wonderful organic dynamic. So terrible, it is not.

— Bob Liddle, one of a billion drummers who worship Charlie Watts, too
via e-mail

P.S. Keith Moon does a powerful and fluid ? on “Love, Reign O’er Me.”

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Plenty of drummers can beat Ringo

I love Goldmine magazine and enjoy the “Please Mr. Postman” section.

I read Mr. Foster’s idea of a great drum fill by Ringo Starr. While I agree Ringo was perfect for the Beatles, played very tastefully and had a great style of his own, Mr. Foster’s vision of him “…executing the crashing triple roll… on ‘I Saw Her Standing There…’” is a bit misleading. First of all, it was a single stroke roll, and there was nothing there that most (even out-of-work) drummers can’t do. And the “magnificent fills” in “Please Please Me”? You can hear the same fills in “Needles and Pins” by the Searchers, and there’s nothing magnificent about it. Now, was it a tasteful and pleasing fill? Sure.

Clever and much better fills were used by Chicago’s famed drummer, Danny Seraphine. Witness the fill at the end of “Make Me Smile.” Or the fill by Archie Bell and The Drells’ drummer on “Tighten Up.” Even the solo on Cliff Noble’s “The Horse” had better fills. I’m not trying to be critical, but lauding such fills by Ringo as magnificent lessens really super fills by other drummers.

I think Mr. Foster was probably trying to applaud Ringo’s drumming, and he was very good. His solo on “The End” from Abbey Road was simple but very tasteful. Ringo’s admitted to not knowing any rudiments but the flam, but for the Beatles, he was perfect.
For excellent rock drummers in the same era: Danny Seraphine, Carmine Appice, and Ron Bushy.

— Jerome Bush
Jonesboro, La.
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Thin Lizzy rocks reader’s world
Thank you for the fantastic (and long overdue) article on Philo and the boys!

Have been a fan since seeing them in Philly at the Tower Theatre in ‘78 (with Sir Moore lineup)!

It’s such a shame they were never as big in the U.S. as they were abroad! My favorite band, hands down — every blog site I belong to I use the username “Lizzyfan.”

Greatest find for me was getting a copy of “Shades” on the green Decca label a few years back! Last time I saw the Phil-fronted lineup was in 1980 (Chinatown/last U.S. tour) in Cherry Hill, N.J. at a disco club of all places. Jeez, what a way to promote a band!! Every Jan. 4th is a sad day for me.

— Fred Tollin
Magnolia, Del.

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