Originally Posted by Davo-London
I've read Gilmour say that it was him and Roger's playing was very basic so he played on half the recordings at the time.
So your post spurred me to do some research. I found this interview with Gilmour in '92: http://www.pinkfloydfan.net/t1478-da...pact-disc.html
Where Gilmour says in the early days he played bass on about half the stuff, which I can believe. I can believe that for Saucerful of Secrets, Ummagumma, and Atom Heart Mother (and Relics, which wasn't an actual released album but is from that time period).
By Meddle though, I think Waters has his own bass voice. If you watch Live at Pompeii, he certain can play the parts live. That doesn't mean Gilmour didn't play some bass on the original tracks in the studio - Gilmour is an amazing musician, regardless of instrument. Money from DSOTM is a good example of Waters style.
The next question in that interview is about Hey You, which was later in the Pink Floyd career and they were all very different musicians than they were on Saucerful of Secrets. Gilmour rips into Waters again in the interview at this point, but they hated each other in '92 and maybe Waters hates fretless basses.
Anyway, good stuff!