These isolated bass and drum tracks prove rhythm sections make the band

Listen to isolated rhythm tracks from Rush, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, and The Pixies.

September 1, 2015

Isolated vocal tracks have been all the rage for the last few years, and for good reason. From undeniable a capella ear-pleasers like Outkast’s “Bombs Over Baghdad” to the forever-hilarious clip of David Lee Roth caterwauling through “Running With The Devil”, it’s always a treat to be welcomed inside the booth.

Open Culture has now made the same case for rhythm sections with a series of isolated bass and drum tracks. Zoning in to the powerhouse dynamics of Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones and John Bonham, the hoser-prog precision of Rush’s Geddy Lee and Neil Peart, The Pixies’ Kim Deal locking in with the far less celebrated David Lovering, or a classic example of laying back in the cut from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr can all teach whippersnappers a few tricks. It’d be great to hear one of these from The Slits’ Tessa Pollitt and Palmolive if anyone can make that happen.

Check out the isolated rhythm tracks below:




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