Favorite Carol Kaye bass line(s)

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by St. Louis Scot, Jan 24, 2014.

  1. St. Louis Scot

    St. Louis Scot

    Sep 16, 2013
    Austin, Tx
    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


    Feb 28, 2011
    Owasso OK
    Don't know if its the bass specifically or the song but Sloop John B is way up there for me.
  3. 2manynotes

    2manynotes Supporting Member

    Jun 22, 2012
    Up over there.
    Feelin' Alright - Joe Cocker.
  4. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    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. All of them... :D
  7. Milk


    Sep 16, 2013
    Montreal, Canada
    Carole Kaye played bass in the Mission Impossible theme...but she didnt write the bassline did she? I thought this was Lalo Schiffrin.
  8. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    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


    Dec 13, 2013
    Geez.....where to start....where to start.......
  10. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
    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.
  11. 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. St. Louis Scot

    St. Louis Scot

    Sep 16, 2013
    Austin, Tx
    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


    Jan 1, 2011
  14. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
  15. PJ Muzikmansky

    PJ Muzikmansky

    Jan 4, 2013
    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


    Dec 18, 2013
    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.
  17. anyfink


    Mar 22, 2013
  18. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2000
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
    Hard to top the Funk in this one. Go Carol!