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Asked to play "busier" on "Feelin' Alright."

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Stinsok, Jan 25, 2014.


  1. Stinsok

    Stinsok

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    The guitarist I am subbing with asked me at the gig to play it busier than the recording. Instead of letting it breathe during the verse, my version sounded kinda like a country song. I didn't like it. Do you know of a version that's pretty cool?
     
  2. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    My "Best of Joe Cocker" has a kickin' live version of Feelin' Alright. For that fact, just about any live performance on YouTube has a bassline that rides high & above the original studio version.

    Riis
     
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  4. Passinwind

    Passinwind Charlie Escher Supporting Member

    Than which recording? I vote for the original Traffic arrangement. ;)
     
  5. bhunt1

    bhunt1 Vintage Lefty

    Jul 30, 2009
    Upstate NY
    Disclosures:
    Older than dirt ;)
    Grand Funk's version has a busier bassline by Mel - sounds good to me ;)
     
  6. Stinsok

    Stinsok

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    Sorry, Joe Cocker's.
     
  7. bhunt1

    bhunt1 Vintage Lefty

    Jul 30, 2009
    Upstate NY
    Disclosures:
    Older than dirt ;)
    It doesn't hurt to listen to different versions of a song to pick up ideas on how to play it. Here's the link:



    Mel Schacher is an outstanding bassist imo
     
  8. Passinwind

    Passinwind Charlie Escher Supporting Member

    You might want to check out all of the versions in my link Kenny. Three Dog Night's and the Jackson Five's versions are both kinda cool, for starters.
     
  9. Yep, the Three Dog Night cover would be my recommendation.
     
  10. Remus_Redbone

    Remus_Redbone

    Dec 27, 2010
    Check out Dave Mason's version on "Certified Live". He wrote the song (when he was in Traffic), but it's not a duplication of the Traffic version.

    The Grand Funk version is really cool for a slowed down feel....and I agree, Mel Schacher is a great bassist with a well defined line for the song.

    Three Dog Night "Live at the Forum" has a cool rocked-up version, but the bass is kinda buried in the mix and a bit difficult to hear clearly.
     
  11. Stinsok

    Stinsok

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
  12. Passinwind

    Passinwind Charlie Escher Supporting Member

    It was smoking live when I saw them do it around '72 or so at a huge festival show.
     
  13. The band I'm in put together a version that sounded like Tower of Power did it. As far as bass lines went, think "What is Hip" meets "Feelin' Alright". Can't get much busier than that! I wish I had a recording of it to share, it was really good.
     



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