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The Beatles’ Lovely Rita: Paul McCartney’s Isolated Bass

“Lovely Rita”, the Paul McCartney-penned tune from the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s album featured a terrific, bouncy bass line.

The story goes that the tune was on a 4-track recorder with Harrison’s and Lennon’s guitars on tracks 1 and 2, Starr’s drums on track 3 and McCartney’s piano on track 4. Once those tracks were “bounced”, the McCartney’s lead vocal and bass were added, along with the three-part backing vocals. George Martin’s piano work was added in later.

Rumor has it that the members of Pink Floyd witnessed the recording of this tune.

Here’s McCartney’s bass line in all its glory, with a little bit of the other tracks bleeding through.