anyone a fan of Bowie's bassists?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by pil101, Nov 25, 2001.

  1. pil101


    Jul 8, 2000
    he has had some great players. whaddya guys think? here are some of my favs:

    tony visconti-width of a circle
    Trevor Bolder-ziggy, hang on to yourself
    George Murray-Breaking Glass, Sound and Vision, A New Career In A New Town
    gail ann dorsey-too many to mention...

    anyone know what happened to george murray? this guys is phenomenal.

  2. Yeah, George's work on "Heroes" is outstanding. "The Secret Life of Arabia" is my fave--tight and funky.
  3. Who played on 'Let's Dance'? I love that line! I saw him with Gail on the Outside(?) tour. I wish I saw him for Earthling.
  4. tim bucknall

    tim bucknall

    May 26, 2010
    Carmine Rojas did the 83 tour
  5. JulienJeff


    Mar 1, 2009
    I love many basslines on Bowie's songs. One if my favorite is "rock n roll suicide".
    Gail ann Dorsey's work on outside and earthling is awesome. Had the chance to see them twice and I was impressed by her skills.
  6. RumblinThunder


    Aug 11, 2009
  7. deekay911


    Nov 4, 2007
    Charleston SC
  8. IPA

    IPA Supporting Member

    May 5, 2010
    Herbie Flowers on Diamond Dogs... too bad nobody listens to/knows about/likes that album
  9. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    well herbie played on space oddity, so he gets plenty of bowie love.
  10. I'm still trying to figure out who played on the original version of "Let Me Sleep Beside You"... It is in the Herbie Flowers era but it does not sound like a Fender Jazz, it almost sounds like a short-scale hollowbody...
  11. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    herbie only has ever owned the jazz, but he would often borrow a burns bison. that could be what you're hearing.
  12. I put Bowie above all others. Don't know why--can't help myself, even after all these years. I think most of the popular new wave and plastic soul music I like that is not Bowie was influenced by him.

    Oh, and Gail Ann Dorsey shreds.
  13. sarcastro83


    Jul 27, 2007
    Toronto, ON

    ^ is ultimately my feeling about Bowie's bass players and the bass lines in his songs in general... pure magic.
  14. Sweaty B

    Sweaty B

    Feb 19, 2007
    New Orleans,LA
    I bought the latest live album mainly because of Dorsey's playing, although you can't deny the classic nature of the Bowie tracks on that recording. Good work all around.
  15. What about Tony Sales from Tin Machine?
  16. Andysalina5


    Jun 8, 2010
    I recently got Bowie at the Beeb: the best of the BBC radio session '68-'72. The second disk is the one with the Spiders from Mars. Trevor Bolder does a great job on that Mustang of his. Check out the title track, queen bitch, Waiting for the man, Five Years, Suffragette City, Starman, space oddity and changes. great work
  17. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    tony sales is a hell of a bassist, no doubt. always really liked tin machine...surprised so many bowie fans hated them.
  18. My fav Bowie era is the thin white duke, berlin era, mid / late 70's so I naturally prefer George Murray. Low, Heroes, Lodger are awesome.
  19. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    I love the bass line on "Secret Life of Arabia" - this inspired me, when those albums came out! :)