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Re: Top bass lines of all time ...

Post by martyforrer » Thu Jan 27, 2011 7:05 am

Addicted to Love... Bassist?
Pump it Up... Bruce Thomas.

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Re: Top bass lines of all time ...

Post by Jazzbass » Thu Jan 27, 2011 8:12 am

Despite it being a bassline that bassists love to hate, the bottom line in Moondance totally defines the song for me to the point where I think it wouldn't have been much of a song without it. Therefore its a great line. (IMO) :D

I mentioned Into The Mystic last week. That's a brilliant bassline. Simple but once again - makes the song!


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Re: Top bass lines of all time ...

Post by Jazzbass » Thu Jan 27, 2011 8:20 am

One song that I've always rated well as a brilliant bassline is Happy Anniversary. IMO, an excellent master class in driving the song.

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Post by martyforrer » Thu Jan 27, 2011 8:25 am

Totally agree with Moondance. Most LRB contains good bass lines too.

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Post by martyforrer » Thu Jan 27, 2011 9:21 am

Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick..... of course!
Nice and Sleazy... JJ Burnel. THE punk tone!

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Post by foal30 » Fri Jan 28, 2011 7:04 pm

[quote="martyforrer"]Addicted to Love... Bassist?
Pump it Up... Bruce Thomas.[/quote]


I'll go Bernard Edwards played bass on Addicted to Love
apologies if it was John Taylor :D
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Re: Top bass lines of all time ...

Post by Harley » Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:48 am

Jazzbass wrote:Despite it being a bassline that bassists love to hate, the bottom line in Moondance totally defines the song for me to the point where I think it wouldn't have been much of a song without it. Therefore its a great line. (IMO) :D
Actually. most of Van Morrison's music relies on that bass-line factor and whoever the bassists were at the time, it seems to me that they quickly latched onto the importance it had in the song and reflected it professionally.

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Post by foal30 » Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:29 am

I think a strong case can be made that the bassline on Moondance is not played properly at all.
It's also a terrible recording.

these two 'facts' never stopped the tune being both a hit record and important to some people. It was always a request tune when I was doing the covers thang.

I guess purists be damned :) .
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Re: Top bass lines of all time ...

Post by john » Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:31 am

I love the Moon Dance bass line
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...apologies if it was John Taylor :D
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Re: Top bass lines of all time ...

Post by foal30 » Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:36 am

some of my picks would be;

New Order - Peter Hook - Perfect Kiss (video version)
BB King - Jerry Jemmott - Why I sing the Blues
Miles Davis - Paul Chambers - So What
Brothers Johnson - Louis Johnson - Stomp
the O'Jays - Anthony Jackson - For the Love of Money
Prince - Sonny Thompson - Come

it's become a cliche but James Jamerson's part on Marvin Gayes "What's Going On" really is special. Yes he did better on other tunes but in this example it's on a culturally significant piece of popular art. The stars align , (or whatever) but the sum of the parts is most certainly greater.

I see if I can fine the 50 bass riffs article.
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Re: Top bass lines of all time ...

Post by martyforrer » Sat Jan 29, 2011 3:50 pm

foal30 wrote:I think a strong case can be made that the bassline on Moondance is not played properly at all.
It's also a terrible recording.

these two 'facts' never stopped the tune being both a hit record and important to some people. It was always a request tune when I was doing the covers thang.

I guess purists be damned :) .
I'm very curious as to the reason(s) you think the Moondance bassline is not played properly. :?:

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Post by foal30 » Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:55 am

does the singer keep the form?
what are the solo's like?
does this tune actually swing?

how heavy is the bass touch?
how 'good' is his timing?
why is the bass so high in the mix?

in the end, Joe Public simply do not care. I guess I find it interesting that something I randomly care about (Jazz) has a Hit record in it's style that i do not think is a very good representation of what it is , or can be, or more likely a representation of what it is too me.

I'll find a link to CK's website. There's a cat on there called Bilbo. He's quite brilliant but what till he starts on Moondance. :D In part I think I find his opinion has inflected mine.
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Post by foal30 » Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:57 am

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Re: Top bass lines of all time ...

Post by foal30 » Sun Jan 30, 2011 10:04 am

more top lines


Dave Holland - Lazy Snake
The Who - John Entwhistle - 5:15
Wendy & Lisa - Wendy Melvion - Are you my Baby?
Terrance Trent D'Arby - Kevin Wyatt - Vibrator
Duke Ellington - Wendall Marshall - Take the A Train
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Re: Top bass lines of all time ...

Post by Jazzbass » Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:44 am

Argue about this one: ;)

1. Another One Bites The Dust (Queen)
2. Roundabout (Yes)
3. Money (Pink Floyd)
4. Super Freak (Rick James)
5. Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin (Sly & Family Stone)
6. Ain't No Mountain High Enough (Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell)
7. Dazed And Confused (Led Zeppelin)
8. Badge (Cream)
9. Higher Ground (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
10. Taxman (The Beatles)
11. Freewill (Rush)
12. Brick House (The Commodores)
13. Thela Hun Ginjeet (King Crimson)
14. N.I.B. (Black Sabbath)
15. Good Times (chic)
16. Bernadette (Four Tops)
17. London Calling (The Clash)
18. Sunshine Of Your Love (Cream)
19. Jeremy (Pearl Jam)
20. Ramble On (Led Zeppelin)
21. No More Tears (Ozzy Osbourne)
22. Boris The Spider (The Who)
23. The Lemon Song (Led Zeppelin)
24. The Boys Are Back In Town (Thin Lizzy)
25. Come As You Are (Nirvana)
26. Stand By Me (Ben E. King)
27. Come Together (The Beatles)
28. White Rabbit (Jefferson Airplane)
29. Would? (Alice In Chains)
30. Sweet Emotion (Aerosmith)
31. Schism (Tool)
32. Lowrider (War)
33. Guns Of Brixton (The Clash)
34. Take The Power Back (Rage Against The Machine)
35. Longview (Green Day)
36. Heart Of The Sunrise (Yes)
37. Young Lust (Pink Floyd)
38. The Joker (Steve Miller Band)
39. Pump It Up (Elvis Costello)
40. Should I Stay Or Should I Go (The Clash)
41. Jerry Was A Racecar Driver (Primus)
42. Break On Through (The Doors)
43. Only In Dreams (Weezer)
44. Sober (Tool)
45. Coffee Shop (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
46. Whipping Post (Allman Brothers Band)
47. Summertime Blues (Eddie Cochran)
48. After Midnight (JJ Cale)
49. Last Ride In (Green Day)
50. The Big Money (Rush)
51. Susie Q (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
52. My Name Is Mudd (Primus)
53. The Day I Tried To Live (Soundgarden)
54. Strange Brew (Cream)
55. Peace Frog (The Doors)
56. 46 and 2 (Tool)
57. Soul To Squeeze (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
58. Fire (Jimi Hendrix)
59. Dock Of The Bay (Otis Redding)
60. Under Pressure (Queen)
61. Distant Early Warning (Rush)
62. Truckin (Grateful Dead)
63. Aqualung (Jethro Tull)
64. Maybellene (Chuck Berry)
65. One Nation Under A Groove (Funkadelic)
66. Heat Of The Moment (Asia)
67. Play That Funky Music (White Boy) (Wild Cherry)
68. Run Like Hell (Pink Floyd)
69. Sloop John B (The Beach Boys)
70. Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)
71. Legs (ZZ Top)
72. Carouselambra (Led Zeppelin)
73. Fairies Wear Boots (Black Sabbath)
74. Josie (Steely Dan)
75. Sing A Simple Song (Sly & The Family Stone)
76. Frankenstein (Edgar Winter)
77. Day Tripper (The Beatles)
78. I Feel Free (Cream)
79. 25 Or 6 To 4 (Chicago)
80. Limelight (Rush)
81. Rats (Pearl Jam)
82. Call Me Up (Rick James)
83. Ding Dang (The Frog Brigade)
84. Red Barchetta (Rush)
85. Peace Sells (Megadeth)
86. White Room (Cream)
87. Too Many Puppies (Primus)
88. Sparks (The Who)
89. Jumping Jack Flash (Rolling Stones)
90. Here Come The Bastards (Primus)
91. Tom Sawyer (Rush)
92. Wouldn't It Be Nice (The Beach Boys)
93. I Am The Resurrection (Stone Roses)
94. Rain (The Beatles)
95. Otherside (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
96. I Don't Want To Go To Chelsea (Elvis Costello)
97. Orion (Metallica)
98. Another Brick In The Wall (Pink Floyd)
99. Week and Powerless (A Perfect Cirlce)
100. Smoke On The Water (Deep Purple)
101. Ticks and Leeches (Tool)
102. Lie (Dream Theater)
103. Epic (Faith No More)
104. Dear Prudence (The Beatles)
105. Black Dog (Led Zeppelin)
106. Can't Stop (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
107. Moondance (Van Morrison)
108. Riddles Are Abound Tonight (Sausage)
109. Around The World (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
110. Roadhouse Blues (The Doors)
111. Cosmic Highway (The Frog Brigade)
112. Crazy Train (Ozzy)
113. Happy Jack (The Who)
114. Californication (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
115. Living In The Past (Jethro Tull)
116. Crossroads (Cream)
117. Drive My Car (The Beatles)
118. Substitute (The Who)
119. Falling To Pieces (Velvet Revolver)
120. Oh Darling (The Beatles)
121. Paradise City (Guns N Roses)
122. Baba O'Riley (The Who)
123. Geek Stink Breath (Green Day)
124. I Just Wanna Have Something To Do (Ramones)
125. What'd I Say (Ray Charles)
126. Lovely to See You (Moody Blues)
127. Shu Ba Da Du Ma Ma Ma Ma (Steve Miller Band)
128. Blood and Roses (The Smithereens)
129. Can't Stop Loving You (Last Word)
130. Time Won't Let Me (The Outsiders)

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