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Ronnie Lane in Faces playing his Zemaitis bass in 1972

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by SactoBass, Dec 16, 2012.


  1. SactoBass

    SactoBass There are some who call me.......Sactobass

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    1972 vid of Ronnie Lane playing his Zemaitis bass in Faces.

    IMO, he's got a fantastic bass tone that fits this song (Stay With Me) very well IMO. I can't quite make out what bass amp he is playing through, but my guess would be an Ampeg SVT with some nice warm power tube saturation.



    What a great bass player he was! His playing fits the song perfectly, IMO.
     
  2. mcm

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    Great to hear his name here!
     
  3. SactoBass

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    Thanks mcm.

    It's amazing to think that that was 40 years ago!
     
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    Looks like a B-15 Behind Ronnie next to the drum kit.
     
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    Oh man. Those big looping phrases on the intro, the funky stutter on the verse, the drunken climbs on the turnarounds... that's track that really clued me in that there was something interesting and cool going on "down there". One of my prime inspirations and motivations for becoming a bassist. Thanks for that

    :cool:
     
  7. SactoBass

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    You are very welcome, RickC.

    I have always admired Mr. Lane's bass playing. And he sure has some nice sounding grit going on in that vid.
     
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    Woody used a B-15 for guitar quite a bit in that period.

    Big Plonk fan, such a charming songwriter.
     
  9. SactoBass

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    I wonder how Ronnie got the nickname of Plonk?
     
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    Given to him in the Small Faces because of the way he played guitar, which I guess some in the band thought wasn't too hot.

    ANd yep, that's a Blue Line B-15N behind him in those BBC clips, although for bigger shows he used a huge wall of SVT's.
     
  11. SactoBass

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    Thanks JimmyM. It sure sounds good! Creamy tube saturation!
     
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    The tone of that bass is awsome
     
  13. SactoBass

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    Biiiig +1

    It sounds fantastic!
     
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    Great to see that clip, from the era when Rod didn't suck!

    I always have felt that particular tune (along with Tumblin' Dice by the Stones) was among the greatest rock tunes of all time... attitude, groove, guitar hooks, etc. Awesome to actually see it performed!
     
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    I discovered RL as a bassist when I bought the Faces box set some years ago (I'd previously only known him from his collabs with Pete Townsend). I've been scraping my jaw off the floor ever since.

    Watching that clip, I find it hard to picture Rod doing that Great American Songbook bag he's into now.
     
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    There is a very cool documentary about Ronnie on Netflix streaming, and I assume some of those other services.

    I finally understand the 'Small Faces' and the 'Faces' thing, wich always confused me a bit. Worth the time if you are interested in that era.
     
  17. SactoBass

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    LOL! Yeah Ken, big +1 on that! Early 70's Rod Stewart rocks! Later 70's and beyond is :rollno:

    (All IMO of course.)

    But yeah, Ronnie Lane was an excellent musician.
     
  18. SactoBass

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    Bump for any more Ronnie Lane fans out there.
     
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    Too bad the videographer was high on acid -- like so many music videos from that period :)
     
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    Yep, the most recorded amp in history.
    Small Faces' 'Tin Soldier' makes my all time great tunes list.
    Now, if I could only learn what amp was used for 'I Can Hear the Grass Grow' :)
    We know it was a slab sided P-bass.....
     
  21. SactoBass

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    Yep, definitely a blueline B-15N. I believe that's 1970-71 era. A good view of it is from 0:55 to 0:57.
     

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