Favorite Carol Kaye bass line(s)

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  1. Vcell

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    Okay, this is tough one. Kaye played for so many years in so many genres. If you had to narrow it down to one, or two, or twenty, which were your favorite(s).

    I admire the hook of Mission Impossible, but I'm struck by the amount of beauty her bass line adds to The Way We Were.
     
  2. therhodeo

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    Don't know if its the bass specifically or the song but Sloop John B is way up there for me.
     
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    Feelin' Alright - Joe Cocker.
     
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    Someone in a "Best Soundtracks" thread mentioned On Any Given Sunday (1971 motorcycle movie, not Al Pacino's football movie of the same name).
    Anyway, Any Given Sunday is a blend of '70s R&B/Funk/Jazz w/ Kaye on bass.
     
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  6. fkh006

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    All of them... :D
     
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    Carole Kaye played bass in the Mission Impossible theme...but she didnt write the bassline did she? I thought this was Lalo Schiffrin.
     
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    I can't narrow it down to a song, but I love the Better Days CD with Carol Kaye; Joe Pass; and Paul Humphrey.
     
  9. ZenG

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    Geez.....where to start....where to start.......
     
  10. Roscoe East

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    I can't find unequivocal confirmation that Carol played the bass part on the hit single recording, but if she did, Spiral Starecase's "More Today Than Yesterday" would definitely be my fave.
     
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    Carol played so many amazing bass lines, including many of those on the Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds," but I wonder how many of them were written by her. She is a tremendous session musician who is a great reader. I suspect many of her classic lines came from charts, which is not to minimize her brilliance as a player.
     
  12. Vcell

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    Absolutely. But she brings bass lines to life with groove and soul. The difference between what was written for "And The Beat Goes On" and what she played is night and day.
     
  13. OldDog52

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    Yep.
     
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    This classic is right up there with the best of them and Carol improvised it on the spot. In fact she will tell you herself that she was just 'goofing around' with this as a preliminary run through before doing the 'take'. It was so good, they decided to keep it. Enough said

     
  16. Wolford

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    I'd have to go with Good Vibrations. The song is magical for so many reasons, but the bass line is a big part of it.
     
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    Hard to top the Funk in this one. Go Carol!
     

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