Leon Wilkeson... respect!

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by SasquatchDude, Jan 18, 2014.


  1. SasquatchDude

    SasquatchDude

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    Title pretty much sums it up. :smug:

    Never paid much attention to Skynyrd, and ignorantly dismissed their basslines as monotone, root-centered droning... until the other day when my classic rock playlist turned up Gimme Three Steps. What a grooving line, with really cool little fills!

    That got me going on a Skynyrd kick, and I realized a lot of the stuff Wilkeson did was actually pretty forward and driving in the mix. "I Ain't the One" and "You Got That Right" are a couple other great examples... even found a live version of Crossroads where he gives Jack Bruce a helluva run for his money!

    Any more Talkbass love for this groovin' southern rocker? For a band that magnitude, I found barely a handful of threads on him.

    Seems a Jazz and various Thunderbirds (including a Fenderbird supposedly acquired from The Ox) were his staples.
     
  2. Rick Powell

    Rick Powell

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    I liked the way Ed King played the bass parts that many people attribute to Leon Wilkeson.
     
  3. SasquatchDude

    SasquatchDude

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    True... didn't he play bass on the whole first album or something like that?
     
  4. Lemoore-on

    Lemoore-on

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    Thats what I had heard also, but take a look at some of their live stuff & watch Leon, he is rippin' it up:bassist:

    "I know a little" has a cool bass line as well.
     
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