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Albums that make you rethink bass

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by hibachiduck, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. Anybody ever buy an album that completely changes what you think about bass? This one's been out for quite a while now, and some people are probably sick of hearing about it, but Everything Goes Numb by Streetlight Manifesto hit my ears very early on while learning bass and definitely helped pushed me into the direction of writing more involved bass lines that are at the same tasteful. It's one of those "perfect" bass albums for me. "Here's to Life" (the eighth track) was probably the most influential track for me on the album. It's involved, fun, active, but yet finds a way not to be super distracting (though definitely stands out and has some serious melodic parts). It kinda showed me that bass can really drive a song that's kinda good into a great, danceable song. It can take a song with ok energy into a song with tons of energy (even if the listener doesn't notice it's the bassist that's doing it). It also showed me that you can do "crazy" stuff like chords on bass and have it fit in without seeming forced. It pretty much makes the song even if most non-bassists don't realize it. Here's a YouTube link for those of you who haven't heard it yet (Ska-Punk warning!) (Here's to Life is at 34:56)
  2. steve f

    steve f Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2009
    Toxic, Maryland
    Another Green World by Brian Eno - my first exposure to Percy Jones.
  3. svt1233

    svt1233 Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2012
    Word of Mouth- Jaco pastorius
  4. handofseven

    handofseven Soaking up the cathode rays... Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2010
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    FUGAZI - 13 Songs
  5. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Tera Melos - Tera Melos

    American Football - American Football
  6. Keep 'em coming! I see a lot of familiar albums and a couple that aren't. I'm looking at doing some studying of good bass :)
  7. Red_Merkin


    Nov 12, 2012
    Marvin Gaye - What's Going On

    I swear I hear something new each time I listen to it.
  8. The best albums are always that way :)
  9. avri62


    Jan 28, 2012
    Mel Schacher of Grand Funk Railroad..."On Time" and "GFR". To this day, his lead bass is amazing! :cool:
  10. Anything Scooter Wooten's done with the Flecktones...
  11. Shakin-Slim


    Jul 23, 2009
    Tokyo, Japan
    J.J. Cale's album 'Naturally'. There are a couple of bassists on that album, including Carl Radle, and they are experts of holding it all together, keeping it down home and sometimes surprising you with a tasty wee lick.
  12. Dang, I haven't heard JJ Cale in years! Time to revisit some great music :)
  13. Shakin-Slim


    Jul 23, 2009
    Tokyo, Japan
    It's a great album, for sure! That whole Tulsa sound is out of this world
  14. Nellarecneps


    Dec 24, 2012
    Sunny day real estate - Diary
    Although it didnt make me rethink bass. It showed me newer ways to look at grooves. not exactly my style i dig roots a little more. but just inspired me.
  15. jetbike


    Apr 2, 2011
    Sydney, 'Straya
    Hell yes.
  16. I second that
  17. Ric5

    Ric5 SUSPENDED Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    Early Cream, Rush, and Yes
  18. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    Michael Manring-- Thonk
  19. bassistjoe93

    bassistjoe93 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2011
    Blue Hats - Yellowjackets

    This album made me want to play bass and showed me that bass can do much more than play one note at a time and be tasteful. Had quite a profound impact on 13 year old me at the time. Still some of my favorite bass playing.
  20. It was Moving Pictures for me :D