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« Reply #125 on: September 21, 2019, 12:29:07 PM »

Forgot to mention this TV appearance was from November 18, 1970 on "Top of the Pops" in the UK:



They mimed to "Tears in the Morning" indeed; I'm curious if there's any chance they did any other numbers. Was it typical to just do one song on TOTP at that time?

Also funny that they went to the trouble to have Mike playing something that seemed to vaguely match the recording, yet Carl and Al just play two electric guitars and Bruce doesn't have any sort of keyboard or organ or piano.


This seems to be the audio of that performance. Though it says Dec. 15th:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2L0KAlwTTk
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« Reply #126 on: September 21, 2019, 07:06:35 PM »

Even in more recent years, you'll sometimes see Al playing a random guitar (often a standard American Strat) where it seems he's doing a one-off gig and the promoter or whomever is paying for or arranging the gig provided the instruments.

One time when Al was doing a gig in the middle-of-nowhere North Carolina, I was lucky enough to catch the soundcheck. He had two rental Strats for that show.
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« Reply #127 on: September 22, 2019, 11:24:51 AM »

Even in more recent years, you'll sometimes see Al playing a random guitar (often a standard American Strat) where it seems he's doing a one-off gig and the promoter or whomever is paying for or arranging the gig provided the instruments.

One time when Al was doing a gig in the middle-of-nowhere North Carolina, I was lucky enough to catch the soundcheck. He had two rental Strats for that show.



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Just a chime in. Al Jardine came to town last year, spec'd a Rickenbacker 12 for his rental. My good friend works for the backline company. He asked if they could rent my Rickenbacker 330/12 (Blueburst) for the night for 100 bucks. I said sure! Al Jardine played my guitar, said he loved it. Thanks, that's all.

https://www.thegearpage.net/board/index.php?threads/beach-boys-rig-rundown-circa-1964.1622936/
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« Reply #128 on: September 22, 2019, 12:19:19 PM »

Forgot to mention this TV appearance was from November 18, 1970 on "Top of the Pops" in the UK:



They mimed to "Tears in the Morning" indeed; I'm curious if there's any chance they did any other numbers. Was it typical to just do one song on TOTP at that time?

Also funny that they went to the trouble to have Mike playing something that seemed to vaguely match the recording, yet Carl and Al just play two electric guitars and Bruce doesn't have any sort of keyboard or organ or piano.


This seems to be the audio of that performance. Though it says Dec. 15th:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2L0KAlwTTk

Not the same Tv Appearance, one is Top of The Pops and the audio one is Dutch Toppop.
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« Reply #129 on: September 22, 2019, 02:15:24 PM »

Yeah totp was one of the worst in terms of not saving footage. When I did my Rolling Stones book I found that about 95% of the many Stones appearances on that show in the 1960s were destroyed. There are literally less then a handful in existence. The stills of those shows are always tantalizing to look at even though they were usually miming or partial miming
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« Reply #130 on: September 23, 2019, 07:00:18 AM »

Yeah totp was one of the worst in terms of not saving footage. When I did my Rolling Stones book I found that about 95% of the many Stones appearances on that show in the 1960s were destroyed. There are literally less then a handful in existence. The stills of those shows are always tantalizing to look at even though they were usually miming or partial miming

Yep, and of course the Beatles' appearances are near non-existent as well. Beatles scholars have found tantalizing little scraps like 15 or 30 seconds used for a "Doctor Who" episode (ironically, while some Dr. Who episodes are of course infamously still missing, the episode that used a short clip of the Beatles on TOTP from 1965 managed to survive), and more recently an unfortunately over-hyped "rare footage discovery!!!" of some bits from the Beatles' 1966 appearance that actually consisted of a fan aiming a home movie camera at their TV. A similar film from a '64 appearance also survives that way. Still all interesting, but sort of like an archaeological dig unearthing scraps of something interesting.
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« Reply #131 on: September 25, 2019, 07:51:42 AM »

Although Reelin in the years archive claims to have both Top of the pops and Toppop appearances.

They also appeared on top of the pops in 1968 miming to Do It Again.

Coming back to the Gear theme, in the TILT Good Vibrations promo(The 1966 rehearsal footage that is included in a lot of documentaries)  we can see some gear not included here, those are: a Violin shaped bass (definitely not the McCartney one) and a Guitar that Carl is seen performing at one scene. In that clip we can also see closeups of Bruce Organ.

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« Reply #132 on: September 25, 2019, 10:42:18 AM »

I've read that the other violin bass they sometimes used in that era was an Eko 995. From the examples I've listened to that might be what Bruce played on Wild Honey (the song), not sure though, most of that album sounds like the Hofner they used in Hawaii.
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« Reply #133 on: September 25, 2019, 11:34:03 AM »

I've read that the other violin bass they sometimes used in that era was an Eko 995. From the examples I've listened to that might be what Bruce played on Wild Honey (the song), not sure though, most of that album sounds like the Hofner they used in Hawaii.

You may have read it here: http://smileysmile.net/board/index.php/topic,22639.msg533662.html#msg533662

In the second article there's a cool picture of Bruce with a Hofner bass. I've seen Carl and Al with them, but never Bruce.

That bass is an Eko 995 violin bass, the model Bruce is shown with has the round pickup magnets/polepieces where others have rectangular magnets.


And here's the photo if the linking works:

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« Reply #134 on: September 26, 2019, 10:21:46 AM »

I wonder if the violin bass use had to do with this time period where the band well and truly didn't have anybody that was playing bass enough to feel super comfy on a standard scale bass?  Not that it's that hard to adjust, but if you're not playing a lot of bass, having a 30" scale bass makes it that much easier to play.  The band also picked up at least one mustang bass in the late 60s or early 70s, as seen here:



Just a thought!
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« Reply #135 on: September 26, 2019, 12:57:37 PM »

I fricken love this thread. Gear nut's dream!
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« Reply #136 on: September 26, 2019, 01:07:43 PM »

I wonder if the violin bass use had to do with this time period where the band well and truly didn't have anybody that was playing bass enough to feel super comfy on a standard scale bass?  Not that it's that hard to adjust, but if you're not playing a lot of bass, having a 30" scale bass makes it that much easier to play.  The band also picked up at least one mustang bass in the late 60s or early 70s, as seen here:



Just a thought!

Maybe but the only time i saw that bass is in the TILT TV performance, and that photo of Bruce is from the same performance, in London 1966 footage (Shooted like 2 months after) he is wearing the white fender bass as in other footage of Bruce live.
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« Reply #137 on: November 07, 2019, 07:52:16 AM »

I thought this was as good a thread as any to put this link into. It was posted through Brian's facebook account:


P is for perfection: the tale of the Fender Precision Bass

https://happymag.tv/p-is-for-perfection-the-tale-of-the-fender-precision-bass/?fbclid=IwAR1k5f-uqPa0hnuPl2hsrifZGJZAecv79JHjUQAM32_f-xx-yKJiszbn4e4


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