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Best or favourite Bassline(s)

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Moonraker, Jun 13, 2001.

  1. Moonraker


    Mar 7, 2001
    I know it's a difficult question to answer and kind of miscllaneous type one , but what is your favourite bass line or what do you think the best one is? I'm sure when you all started a specific bass line made u want to pick up the bass. ('Another one bites the dust' anyone?)

    Anyway heres just a couple of mine that I can think of

    Smokey Robinson - Tears of a clown
    Massive Attack - Safe from harm
    Sade - Is it a crime
    Curtis Mayfield - Freddies dead
    The Police - Every little thing she does is magic
    Jamiroqui - Manifest destiny

    I can't think for some reason but there are many others.
  2. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Actually the bass line and the vast majority of the instrumental track was "lifted" (sampled :rolleyes: ) from the classic 70s Jazz Fusion album "Spectrum" by Billy Cobham. The track in question is called "Stratus" and features Leland Sklar on bass and on the sample you can also hear Jan Hammer's typical electric piano contribution.

    To be fair to Massive Attack, on the CD (Blue Lines) I have, they do give a writing credit to "W. Cobham" and it does "popularise" the original album - but it is a bit of a pale imitation of the real thing, which is just out in a remastered version.

    Oh and yes, it is one of my all-time favourite basslines as well!! ;)
  3. Great Disk, Leland Sklar has got to be the smoothest fusion player.
  4. 72beetle


    Jun 10, 2001
    Phoenix, Arizona
    Some of my favorite basslines are:

    Goin' Blind - KISS - Gene Simmons
    Vital Signs - Rush - Geddy Lee
    Thela Hun Gingeet - King Crimson - Tony Levin
    All Right Now - Free - Andy Fraser
    Asleep At The Wheel - Suicidal Tendencies - Robert Trujillo
    ..and, of course,
    Flight Of The Cosmic Hippo - Flecktones - Victor Wooten

    I get basslines stuck in my head for days on end, all the time. The only way to get 'em out of there is to play 'em (or try to!)

    Peace out,
  5. CYoung


    Nov 30, 2000
    Gainesville, FL
    Chic - LeFreak

    My ears were suddenly opened to the concept of a "groove" at the tender age of 8 and I never looked back.

    Honorable Mentions:
    Paul Young - Come Back and Stay - Pino Palladino
    Dream Academy - Bound to Be - Pino Palladino
    LTD - Back in Love Again
    Rose Royce - Car Wash
  6. eric atkinson

    eric atkinson "Is our children learning "Is our teachers teachin

    Feb 4, 2001
    Umm anything by paul simmon! Umm iam really into the song 41 by dave mathews band! Trying to get my compression right to play the song out! Ols steffan is a tricky little guy!
  7. Moonraker


    Mar 7, 2001
    Yes Bruce I was aware that it was a sample but I still love it , just like a lot of hip hop bass lines and a lot of them are played by session musicians , just listen to Dr dre's last album. Massive attack's more recent stuff is played by session musicians , there bass player is Winston Blisset who has worked with many artists in the past.
  8. 3 days- Janes Addiction
    badfish- Sublime
    One of these days- Pink floyd
    46 and 2-tool
    Message in a bottle- The police
    Army of Me-Bjork
    Breaking the Girl- RHCP

    There are way more than that, but those were the first lines I started playing and are easily my favourite. Simple yet so perfect.
  9. sn0wblind


    Apr 20, 2000
    Ontario, Canada
    not neccesarily a bassline, but just watching GEEZER BUTLER play, made me want to play.......and then Cliff came along....
  10. BassWizard45

    BassWizard45 Guest

    Apr 1, 2001
    Rome, Georgia
    Roundabout=Chris Squire = Yes
    YYZ = Geddy Lee = Rush
    Closer To The Edge = Chris Squire = Yes
    Closer to the Heart (live version)= Geddy Lee= Rush
    Show me Don't Tell Me = Geddy Lee = Rush
  11. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Well...geez...think ANYBODY might care to mention Mr. Bassist of the Millenium's lines?:mad:

    That said, I'll give my votes to Entwistle. ALL of his bass lines!!!:D
  12. A lot of good ones have already been suggested, so I'll add what I can.

    Ramble On - Led Zeppelin
    Fairies Wear Boots - Black Sabbath
    Anything by Rush, but one of my favourites would have to be that from Finding My Way

    more to come
  13. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    I was just suggesting that you should get to listen to the original - Lee Sklar's basslines come across a lot more and the rhythm section is phenomenal on that album.

    I saw Massive Attack on Jools Holland's "Later TV programme and the bass sound was "huge" - really nice "dubby" sound and they are a very good band - I have all their albums and I think they are one of the few bands in this genre who continue to make "intelligent" music - their choice of samples is very interesting and leads you into a diverse collection of music if you follow this up.

    They do seem to care about "crafting " a good album and also putting on a real live show that includes good musicians.
  14. My favorite basslines are probably:-

    'power of equality' by rhcp
    'power mad' by primus
    'rappers delight' by sugarhill gang
    'freedom someday' by level 42
    'turbo jazz' by victor wooten
    'me and my bass guitar' by victor wooten
    'change' by deftones
    'good time boys' by rhcp
    'higher ground' by rhcp
    'mr moon' by jamiroquai

    Non of these really got me into playing bass though, the reason i started playing was because i wanted to get into a band playing an instrument.
  15. By-Tor


    Apr 13, 2000
    Sacramento, CA
    When I was a kid I listened to a lot of Rush, Yes, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, etc.
    My friend played bass and he would teach me a few scales and stuff. He would let me borrow his bass for a day or so. And after playing for awhile I would listen to Rush or whatever and the bass line would just blow me away because I really didn't tune into the bass line before I started playing bass.
    I mean these were songs I had listened to a million times before and now I was totally amazed, especially by Rush and Yes. It was like listening to all these songs for the first time and in a completely different context. To describe it would be like driving around in a Pinto and then hopping into a Ferrari. Way more intense. And then I discovered Jazz and Classical music, Stanley Clarke, Jaco, Bach. Major inspiration.
    So anyway, Anything by Rush bassically. Geddy Lee has so much variety and texture, truly amazing stuff.
  16. Led Zeppelin - The Lemon Song
    Incubus - The Warmth
    The Meters - Funky Miracle
    Sly and the Family Stone - Thank U
    Red Hot Chili Peppers - Soul to Squeeze
    Pink Floyd - Money
    Queen - Another One Bites the Dust
  17. liran


    Dec 18, 2000
    San Antonio, Texas
    JAMES JAMERSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  18. Eagles- Hotel California

    I wish you don't kill me for this
  19. Led Zeppelin...

    Ramble On
    Dazed and Confused
    What is and what should never be
    Celebration Day
    The Crunge
    Black Dog (JPJ came up with the main line)

    Pearl Jam...



    Come together
    With a little help from my friends
    Getting Better


    Most of BSSM and One Hot Minute, plus some older stuff


    What's the frequency kenneth

    High Times by Jamiroquai
    Sunday Morning by No Doubt
    Some Rancid and Less Than Jake
    Longview & When I come around by Green day
    Sweetest thing and most of Joshua Tree and Unforgettable fire by U2
    Hey Joe (Hendrix Cover)
    Tons of Mingus

    that's pretty much it...
  20. B-Note Cowboy

    B-Note Cowboy Guest

    Jun 13, 2001
    Tulsa, OK
    The opening to "Sweet Emotion" is a very cool groove.

    The opening to "Dazed and Confused" was the first bass run I ever figured out, and it hooked me.

    SRV & DoubleTrouble's Tommy Shannon does one of my favorite grooves on "Crossfire."

    And... God help me, one of my favorite bass runs is on "My Sharona."

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