Separate names with a comma.
Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Phil Smith, Jun 4, 2014.
Here's Bernard Edwards with Chic on Soul Train.
Wow - they sound just like the record!
He was awesome. He started out as a guitarist and taught Nile Rodgers how to play funk guitar, according to Rodgers' memoirs. He would play his bass so hard his fingers would be bleeding after a gig.
Unfortunately, 99% of the artists never played live on Soul Train.
So . . . if they're lip synching/finger synching, what significant "action" is he really "in" in this video?
He is plugged in and to me he is playing in this video.
I think this is one of those rare moments, notice how you don't hear the string section.
How about these two by AWB...?
"School Boy Crush"
"Cut The Cake"-
Both sound "different" than the album...Ferrone actually looks like he's hitting the drums (many non-live playing has the drummer looking like he's playing with tissue paper heads) & the cymbals actually crash when he hits them.
The strings are right there. Here's the record. Sounds like the same thing to me:
Jerry Barnes is a good buddy of mine - He replaced Bernard. Jerry is a MONSTER and he admires Bernard! That says something
Jerry Barnes kicks ass. I have the Chic live in Montreux DVD and he's mindboggling.
Not to take ANYTHING away from Bernard Edwards -- he is truly one of the greats! But most of the times I saw him play, he sorta held a plucking finger like it was a pick. I don't recall seeing him using that "more guitar-like" technique that's in the Soul Train footage. I wonder if it was prerecorded like so many other ST performances were ....
Regardless, he was fabulous and is sorely-missed!
Yeah, he's got something plugged in but it doesn't look like Nile Rogers is plugged in. The drummer is barely playing and faking hitting the cymbals. Not live. I hear the strings as well.
I did say 99%. Not 100%. There were a few artists who did play live. Stevie Wonder being one.
Jerry has been to my home many times and I had the pleasure of watching him form 2 feet away. I couldnt even attempt to play his warm up exercises.. This is a great story... A few years back, Jerry did a clinic in my booth at the Philly Guitar Show. Some guy walks up to Jerry and goes, "You kinda remind me of Jerry Barnes".. The reply, "I am Jerry Barnes".. We were on the floor...
It's an obvious lip-sync. Hell, the singers aren't even close to in time and they're a mile away from the mics. Still, great track, great band, great bassist! The AWB tracks are clearly live. The fill Ferrone plays on 'School Boy Crush' at 2:00 is eye-wateringly awesome.
...I know. Was just wonderin' what you thought.
I checked out "Machine Gun" by the Commodores on Soul Train...looked live.
Other Soul Train performances I like are Heatwave's "One Night Tan" & Brick's "Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody"...both not live, though.