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Author Topic: Way down in the bass!--favourite bass guitar moments  (Read 348 times)
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« on: April 02, 2019, 02:58:16 AM »

The title comes from a remark (here at 1:33) in "You Can't Sit Down" , a cool 1961 instrumental by the Phil Upchurch Combo. Seems Upchurch played guitar on it and later overdubbed the bass part himself (see here):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MH5XvxedEg

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Upchurch
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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2019, 02:20:39 PM »

Hate "Something" - ugly song - except Paul's bass.
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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2019, 08:15:25 PM »

My favorite bass line ever would be Geddy Lee's in Rush's "YYZ": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdpMpfp-J_I

And in isolation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ir-NYVFsSB4

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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2019, 01:33:36 AM »

My favorite bass line ever would be Geddy Lee's in Rush's "YYZ": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdpMpfp-J_I

And in isolation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ir-NYVFsSB4

Incredible...

It is indeed! This is probably mine. Andy Fraser although not a technical wizard was one of pop's most inventive and adventurous bassists. His crowning achievement in that respect (and maybe that of Free as a whole) comes just after the three-minute mark in "Mr. Big":   

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ai-4zRRnD4k

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_and_Water_(Free_album)
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« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2019, 02:57:33 PM »

I launched a bass guitar topic at PSF but couldn't bring myself to relaunch it at EH after PSF vanished. But it seems right to relaunch it now.

Keeping to Free and Andy Fraser, the bass line in "The Stealer" features a downward smear "on the one". Is this unique, I wonder. Nice vibes too...

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

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highway_(Free_album)
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« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2019, 04:14:29 PM »

Nothing earth-shattering, but sit back and enjoy this nice little melodic bass interlude.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Fni5y-8wqo&feature=youtu.be&t=216
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« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2019, 01:41:43 AM »

Nothing earth-shattering, but sit back and enjoy this nice little melodic bass interlude.

Nice feel to that, B.E.. I must confess to being a complete ignoramus when it comes to Mr Petty's music.

Here's Mr Pastorius with an incredible less-is-more performance on Joni Mitchell's "Refuge Of The Roads". Not one note too many and every note in the right place. Roll Eyes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qGTeMBNuGM

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hejira_(album)
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« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2019, 07:04:11 PM »

European Female by the Stranglers

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

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« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2019, 07:11:12 PM »

The link worked. So much for being a technophobe  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2019, 02:34:47 PM »

The link worked. So much for being a technophobe  Smiley

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Lovely track. My Stranglers choice for this topic would be their stunning version of "Walk On By":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqfqVDHNW6c
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« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2019, 05:46:20 AM »

Like the climax of the bass solo in "Mr. Big", Santana's "All The Love In The Universe" has its own moment of unbridled ecstacy--to be precise, the five seconds beginning at 4:58. But the reason it's in this topic is the stunning bass work of Doug Rauch--this was 1972!     

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_riUhKoed0

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doug_Rauch
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« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2019, 12:43:02 PM »

Bassist Pino Palladino is best known for his fretless bass work with Paul Young and, more recently, The Who. But he made his recording debut on Gary Numan's album I, Assassin.

Numan: "He was brilliant. I had never heard playing like it...He came up with stunning bass lines, song after song. I leaned on him heavily during the making of the album. I pushed his playing to the forefront of the tracks and, inadvertently, created a new style. It was one of the first times that the fretless bass had been used as the lead melody instrument, allowing the album to be atmospheric, dreamy and funky."

This is the album's closer, "We Take Mystery (to Bed)":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aY9ym3RiTHY   

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I,_Assassin
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« Reply #12 on: Today at 06:31:07 AM »

World-class bassist Tony Levin never sounded more awesome than on Joan Armatrading's "Only You", which closes her 1981 album Walk Under Ladders:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBewMSC030Y

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Levin

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