Best Bass Albums

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Irmantas, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. Hey guys,

    What's your best bass album (killing bass lines)? Please share your thoughts.
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  2. There are a couple that really impressed me, but the absolute best is The Joker by The Steve Miller Band. Gerald Johnson is absolutely phenomenal. Bad Company's debut has some great fretless work by Boz Burrell. Innocence Ballet by Alfie Zappacosta showcases some fantastic work by Etric Lyons. Any of the Climax Blues Band's stuff from the '70's with Derek Holt is great. Artificial Paradise by The Guess Who is loaded with tasty bass lines from Bill Wallace. The Little River Band's Diamantina Cocktail and Sleeper Catcher were high points for George McArdle. Pops Popwell was really funky on the Crusaders' Those Southern Knights. Jerry Jemmott on King Curtis Live At Fillmore West is another must have.
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  3. Janforth

    Janforth Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2009
    Rush Hemispheres
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  4. Drzejzi


    Aug 6, 2014
    Michael Manring - Soliloquy
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  5. seilerbird


    Apr 12, 2012
    Anything by McCartney.
  6. filmtex


    May 29, 2011
    Just about anything with Robbie Shakespeare, but certainly all the Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and Black Uhuru albums.
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  7. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    when i think of "bass playing" i think of the virtuosos: name your poison.

    when i think of "bass lines" i think of creative, clever, repeated lines --- usually/sometimes written by someone other than the player.

    i like almost all things james brown (various players) and most other funk stuff.
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  8. bass40hz

    bass40hz Cigar smoker, scotch drinker, American Patriot Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Richlands, NC
    This could easily stray to "who is your favorite bass player"... this should be a good one ;-)
    Any Black Sabbath album...Geezer is a God.
    Any Primus album...Claypool is a virtuoso.
    Any Maiden album...Harris is an innovator.
    Rock on.
  9. 2groggy


    Jan 17, 2015
    Toronto, Canada
    Black and White by The Stranglers - the tiny part of the Venn diagram where prog meets punk.
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  10. Vic wootens a show of hands and what did he say is a masterclass it technique
    Marcus miller’s M2 is good all around
    Incubus’s science is great hard rock with a funk/jazz twist
    Primus’ frizzle fry is good
    311 grassroots is great all around with a lot of styles
    Brothers Johnson’s greatest hits is great for funk/soul
    Those are my tops but there is a ton of stuff out there and a lot of hidden gems. Hidden gem #1 for me is Kentucky rain by Elvis.
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  11. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
    Thundercat - Drunk
  12. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    The entire catalog of The Police. Now conveniently available in one tidy package.

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  13. Bodeanly


    Mar 20, 2015
    Purple and Tiny Music from STP. Any STP, actually.

    El Oso and Irresistible Bliss from Soul Coughing. Any Soul Coughing, actually.
  14. GManfromOz


    Jul 27, 2016
    Alice Cooper's School's Out album, not just the single.
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  15. Holdsg

    Holdsg Father of Pugs Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 10, 2009
    Alta Loma, CA
    SMV - Stanley, Marcus, Victor funk fest
  16. bassplyr59

    bassplyr59 Supporting Member

    May 4, 2019
  17. bassplyr59

    bassplyr59 Supporting Member

    May 4, 2019
    Gerald Johnson on Dave Masons Certified Live album, their version of Gimme Some Lovin'.
    Paul Goddard (RIP), from ARS...His Rick bass solo on Another Man's Woman from live album, 'Are You Ready'.
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  18. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
  19. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    NO MYSTERY (honorable mention!)
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  20. roller

    roller Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    This is a fun one... really well-produced, too.

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