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Bass Oriented Music???

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by medgeking, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. medgeking

    medgeking Supporting Member

    Aug 9, 2012
    Minneapolis, MN
    OK, I don't spend a ton of time on here and I may be posting in the wrong area, but I'm looking for music recordings that are bass oriented. Honestly, I'm not exactly sure what I want, but as both a guitar and bass player, I find it hard to find recordings where bass is prominent the way that guitar playing is.

    Here are some of my favorite bass players, so you can get an idea of the styles of playing I like:

    Sting (with the Police)
    Geddy Lee (with Rush)
    Justin Chancellor (with Tool)

    I think that the most salient element which is shared by all three of these guys in their playing that I am drawn to is that they create a space in their music which is distinctly occupied by the bass as opposed to the bass sitting in the background simply supporting the rhythm.

    I don't mean to pigeonhole this request in rock music by the way because I like all kinds of music. These are just the three guys who come to mind.

    Anyway, please suggest music to me based on my above comments . . .
  2. Rezdog

    Rezdog Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    T.Rez, Canada
    Greetings from the North,

    Here's a couple.........

    Heat Wave - Martha & The Vandellas - James Jamerson

    Penny Lane - Beatles - Macca

    Mayor of Simpleton - XTC - Colin Moulding

  3. gary19702


    Jan 15, 2013
    The who. Nuff' said.
  4. seang15


    Aug 28, 2008
    Cary NC
    Weather Report
    Return to Forever
    Bob Marley
    Anything Motown
    Sly and the family Stone
    James Brown
    Bela Fleck/Flecktones
    Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Iron Maiden
    Rage against the Machine
  5. Awesome Sauce

    Awesome Sauce Already tired tomorrow

    Dec 21, 2011
    NW Chicago 'burbs
    ANYTHING feat. Les Claypool. i.e.:

    Les Claypool and the Holy Mackerel
    Les Claypool
    Les Claypool's Frog Brigade
    Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains

    Other good stuff off the beaten path:

    Attention Deficit
    At War With Self
    (all 3 feature amazing fretless bass playing)
  6. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    Victor Wooten - "A Show Of Hands"
    Brian Bromberg - "Wood", "Metal"
    Medeski, Martin & Wood - "Last Chance To Dance Trance (Perhaps)"
    Michael Manring - "Thonk", "Soliloquy"
    Billy Sheehan - "Compression", "Cosmic Troubador"
    Stanley Clarke - "School Days"
    Bela Fleck and the Flecktones - "Greatest Songs of the 20th Century"
    Weather Report - "Heavy Weather", "Mysterious Traveller", "Black Market"
    Jaco Pastorius - "Jaco", "Word Of Mouth"
    Joni Mitchell - "Hejira", "Shadows & Light"
    Yes - "The Yes Album", "Close To The Edge", "Fragile", "Relayer", "Drama"
    The Who - "Who's Next", "Live At Leeds", "Who Are You"
    John Entwistle
    Tower Of Power
    Govt Mule - "Govt Mule", "Dose", "Life Before Insanity", "The Deep End (Vol 1 & Vol 2)
    Bob Marley & The Wailers - "Kaya", "Uprising"
    UB40 - "Rat In The Kitchen"
  7. Om

    there is only a bass and drums ;)
  8. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    There are a whole lot of great bass players from this era and genre (by which I mean the guitar-oriented side of new wave). Check out these albums for starters: XTC's "Black Sea"
    and Elvis Costello's "Armed Forces"
  9. Strap on headphones and listen to The Who do the song The Real Me. Really. Do it.

  10. SlowMike


    Nov 28, 2012
    Good picks.

    Also Joe Jackson's Look Sharp and I'm The Man from the same era.
  11. +1 What a bass line!
  12. KosmoSloth


    Mar 4, 2013
    Cathedral - Stained Glass Stories

    70's prog with bass lines that almost put Chris Squire to shame
  13. ^Him ;)

    I'm surprised no one has said it yet (unless someone did say it, in which case I'm still surprised but I'm also wrong :D)
  14. sneha1965


    Nov 7, 2007
    You might check out Mike Watt and Kira in Dos. Just two basses. That is all.
  15. Barkless Dog

    Barkless Dog Barkless to a point

    Jan 19, 2007
    Funny but the Beatles and any Motown music. Bass is in the drivers seat.
  16. chuckNC


    Aug 21, 2012

    I would add Elvis' Get Happy album too but Bruce Thomas was good on all the old EC stuff.
  17. sneha1965


    Nov 7, 2007
    I'd like to second Bruce Thomas' work with the Attractions and Colin Moulding with XTC. Brilliant playing. I would also add Graham Maby from genre of players from Joe Jackson.

  18. Digital Man

    Digital Man

    Feb 20, 2013
    Listen to prog! Almost every prog-rock band have lot of space to offer for their bassists and its not rare that bass plays the lead melody for parts of the song.
  19. For something a bit different than the previous offerings, check out almost any song from With Love and Squalor by We Are Scientists.

    One thing to note is that this "space" you are talking about is often found in 3 piece bands...in general, adding another guitar or a keyboard to a 3 piece will fill in some of the space that could have been filled by a bass fill/lead/etc. Obviously, this isn't always the case, but I personally like riffy bass better when its a part of a 3 piece.
  20. NightCat


    Apr 4, 2013
    I know none of these are new but I have become fixated on these bass forward songs.
    Budgie - Breadfan http://youtu.be/orYr_dVnb48
    This recording of Terry Callier - You Gonna Miss your Candyman - http://youtu.be/_ZS4UxsE66U
    The ever posted Hot Tuna - Mann's Fate http://youtu.be/cJ0onxQIY_w

    These guys are new as far as I know:
    I have been way into this crazy French Band. Maybe not completely bass forward. - Fish Bone Rocket (NOT the band Fishbone) The whole album is fun. At least check out these tracks.
    J'aime pas les gens

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