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The Beatles’ “Drive My Car” Isolated Bass

Correction: in the earlier version of this story, we incorrectly attributed this isolated bass track to Paul McCartney, when it was actually played George Harrison. Thanks to Brad Richardson for pointing that out to us. Check out the Wikipedia article about this track for more.

Our isolated bass track on the Beatles’ “Lovely Rita” is getting a lot of attention lately.

Here’s another isolated track for the the tune “Drive My Car”, which appeared on the 1965 release Rubber Soul.

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    There isn’t anything wrong with wikipedia. I trust a peer reviewed, constantly growing wealth of information sooner than I trust a book written by one or two people and edited by one.

Scott Jennings

Scott Jennings

Paul played bass on this track. George has said in many interviews that he had enough on his hands playing the guitar part while Paul doubled it on bass.

Paul overdubbed the lead guitar later.

Jeremy Cohen

Jeremy Cohen

It would make sense that George played bass on this as it is similar in structure to his line on Two Of Us.


i gotta admit, i think it’s pretty patchy. i know the sound wasn’t ideal but there’s some notes that just aren’t “hit”. dead notes=bad bassist.