Examples of mid-focused tone?
I want to put together a list of recordings that use a mid-heavy bass tone to cut through the mix in a rock context. Please help me by posting songs you know of that are like this. Here are the first two on my list:
-Crazy Train/Ozzy Osbourne/Blizzard Of Ozz
-Gimme Three Steps/Lynyrd Skynyrd/Pronounce Leh'-nerd Skin-'nerd
"Don't Stop Believing" - Journey
"Casino Boogie" - The Rolling Stones
"Rio" - Duran Duran
Ooh, thought of another one: "Cult Of Personality" - Living Color
Wow - that sure is a mid-heavy tone on "Don't Stop Believing". Sounds like a piano is doubling the bass before the full band kicks in, but after that stops you can hear the bass tone. I did some searching, and found that Ross used an Ovation Magnum bass to record that album - quite an unusual bass! I've never seen one or even heard of them:
Here he is playing it live on Don't Stop Believing:
"Don't Stop Believing" does start with piano and bass.
"New World Man" - Rush
Queensryche- Operation MindCrime and Empire.
GNR - Appetite for Destruction (album).
I wouldn't call Duff McKagan my favorite or least-favorite bassist, but pick any song off that album and you'll hear his bass cut right through.. very nicely, too. It's got just the right amount of volume and "bite" from his pick-attack, but doesn't sound "honky" (like what you hear when you crank the mids to 11 :-p )
Also, check out some of the songs on R.E.M. - Fables of the Reconstruction... "Can't Get There From Here", "Old Man Kensey", "Feeling Gravity's Pull", "Maps & Legends." Definitely some mids and that p-bass growl goin' on there...
'Cuts thru' doesn't even suffice... he's generally as loud or louder than the guitars/drums in most of the songs (every recording bassist's dream lol)
Probably one of the best bass tones ever recorded in a rock context (IMO).
Mid-heavy and rock-ish
Tony Franklin - Blue Murder (band) - Screaming Blue Murder (album).
Tony Franklin & Marco Mendnozza - Blue Murder - Nothin' but trouble (album).
moving pictures, the whole album.
The Fixx- red skies
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