What CD should every bass player have?

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What CD should every bass player have?

Post by joppo » Sat Sep 13, 2008 10:19 am

Beagle and Foal raised this in another thread and it's a great topic. :D What CD should every aspiring bassist have in their collection to inspire them? A seminal work on the bass, a bass players desert island CD, however you want to think of it... what disk got you to take your playing to a new level?

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Re: What CD should every bass player have?

Post by foal30 » Sat Sep 13, 2008 1:00 pm

in General Discussion's there is the thread
"You should own this CD"

for Albums specific to the learning Bassist

Babylon by Bus, Bob Marley
Live at Leeds, The Who
Donny Hathaway Live, Donny Hathaway

for listening to a monster Bassist play live in a monster band. There are lots of reasons to do this on an intellectual level, but on these three just put them on and enjoy great music, great performance, great recordings.

The Beatles. one of the early ones... a bit vague but about listening to formative pop and the incorporation of blues and "rock n roll" into the 3 minute song. Extra credit for contrasting it with say the White Album...

Motown. you probably want box sets of the single (45") pop tunes, but often there are unknown album tracks that kick arse.
The 4 Tops, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye you are all pretty safe with.Great tunes and IMO the best bass playing there is for the relationship between playing the song and developing your voice on your instrument.

Prince, Sign of the Times

He is probably the greatest musician of the last 25 years and this record is the all the proof anyone should ever need. If you cannot enjoy this record and cop half the cuts of it there is actually something wrong with you. Get over his flamboyance and assorted pop star bullshit, this double album is as good as anything released by anyone ever!

James Brown, StarTime

OK its another best of but Funk Bass explodes out of Motown too here. If you haven't had a go at "Sex Machine" you haven't really played Bass, only approximated it...

Rolling Stones, Let It Bleed

'tis a cool record, Wyman and Watts make a top team.

Issac Hayes, Theme from Shaft

got to get some Stax in there.

D'Angelo, Voodoo

rap/soul/funk?
either way Pino Palladino is always worth a listen. The groove on this album is oddly fierce yet loose.If you can do this you should be able to sell some records.

The Clash, London Calling

pop/punk is I guess an insult now, it wasn't when this record came out. It was the most exciting thing I'd ever seen.
There is also an appearance by one Norman Watt-Roy a bad mother probably most famous for "Hit me with your Rhythm Stick"by Ian Drury. He's also on the Frankie Goes To Hollywood debut if you can handle Trevor Horn, which you should 'cos he did "Slave to the Rhythm" by Grace Jones which is '80s CLASS

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Re: What CD should every bass player have?

Post by definite » Sat Sep 13, 2008 3:24 pm

RHCP - BLOOD SUGAR SEX MAGIC

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Re: What CD should every bass player have?

Post by john » Sat Sep 13, 2008 4:41 pm

foal30 wrote: Prince, Sign of the Times
The Clash, London Calling
definite wrote: RHCP - BLOOD SUGAR SEX MAGIC
Good calls


All of these got me to take my playing to a new level I think

Cure- 17 seconds------great simple lines , less is more
Black sabbath-black sabbath -----------awesome pentatonic lines
Paul Simon -Grace lands----------sweet fretless lines
Duran Duran-Rio------------classic 80s white guy funk,the bass is a really prominent part of the songs
Grace Jones - Night clubbing ------------Sly and Robbie, say no more
Led Zepplin -Cant decide , maybe remasters ---------solid rock bass



Oops did you mean only one cd? I only have these on vinyl so technically.... :mrgreen:

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Re: What CD should every bass player have?

Post by Pstewart » Sun Sep 14, 2008 6:07 pm

Kind of Blue- Miles Davis

Mingus Ah Um- Charles Mingus

Any Ben Harper, live at mars to be specific

Prime Directive, Critical Mass - Dave Holland Quintet

Any/All Tower of Power
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Re: What CD should every bass player have?

Post by foal30 » Sun Sep 14, 2008 8:46 pm

Dave Holland.

yeah good one, for a lesson in playing in odd time signatures cue up his track "Lazy Snake". crikey.
"Kind of Blue" should be in everybody's record collection, full stop. There is this cool book on the making of this record by a cat called John Swazd, it's great to review the album and read along.

I am a Jazz nerd, sigh.

The Cure eh John? can't listen to them without thinking Peter Hook, I'm afraid. Who, if we listen to Kiwi FM must be the biggest influence on NZ Bass Players... dime a dozen soundalikes (or at least approximations)

JPJ, I reckon the second album, "What is" and "The Lemon Song".if that don't keep us in E blues licks there is no hope.

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Post by Texas Bass Player » Wed Sep 17, 2008 2:28 am

Elton John -11-17-70
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Re: What CD should every bass player have?

Post by Beyond » Wed Sep 17, 2008 9:57 am

Elvis Costello best of CD - Bruce Thomas (?senile moment if I have forgotten his name) perfectly delivered understatedly superb.

Any Deacon Blue - Ewan Vernal such compulsive bass lines

Level 42 - Mark King - like him or loathe him he does do slaptastic bass lines

No Parlez - Paul Young - Pino as already mentioned fretlessimo

Tower of Power is a good call

Ian Dury - Norman Watt Roy on Hit me with your rhythm stick

Talk talk - Paul Webb

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Re: What CD should every bass player have?

Post by just_another_one » Wed Sep 17, 2008 5:25 pm

Definitely should have Pink floyd- a momentary lapse of reason
this is mainly for sorrow because of its bass

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Re: What CD should every bass player have?

Post by BigBoris » Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:19 am

Chris Squire should be in any such list, so anything from Yes would do, but I'd suggest 'Fragile' for first-timers :)

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Re: What CD should every bass player have?

Post by ryla » Fri Sep 26, 2008 12:26 pm

by necessity we need to split into genres - jazz players should listen up to essential metal albums and rock players to latin etc as bass players we owe it to whoever we accompany (and ourselves of course) to cover any rhythm situation - give us your genre and your A- list from that maybe.

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Re: What CD should every bass player have?

Post by beagle » Fri Sep 26, 2008 1:17 pm

hmm... yeah good point ryla.
How about we list all these suggestions to date and then split them by genre?

Here's a rough list of genres... what have I missed?

- Blues
- Funk
- Jazz
- Latin
- Metal
- R & B
- Rock
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Re: What CD should every bass player have?

Post by Iron Panda » Fri Oct 03, 2008 10:49 am

Peter Gabriel with Tony Levin on bass - the ultimate side man.

Anybody heard of Incognito? The albums (off the top of my head, Positivity, 100 Degrees and Rising) with a guy called Randy Hope-Taylor on bass. Stuff Victor Wooten and all that, this guy grooves like there's no tomorrow.
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Re: What CD should every bass player have?

Post by ryla » Sat Oct 04, 2008 12:38 pm

the 2 cds in the back of the book "Afro-Caribbean & Brazilian Rhythms for the bass" - available from Auckland libraries - essential stuff for deepening your inner groove (they also have the full score for the "Kind of Blue" album as well good to analyse 'Mister P.Cs' lines (not to mention those hot solos) - currently listening to 'Medeski, Martin & Wood', - pick up your bass and play along to anything from these guys.

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Re: What CD should every bass player have?

Post by Pstewart » Sat Oct 04, 2008 6:12 pm

yeyah MMW!

It's not exactly easy listening but man those guys have nuts groove nuts chops and nuts musicianship!
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