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Brian Wilson as a bass player.

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by BehindTheMoon, Nov 18, 2001.


  1. I heard "Good Vibrations" a little while ago, and I also remember reading that Brian wrote all of the bass lines, although he didn't play the parts himself on record.

    I have to say, that he must be a damn fine musician. As well as a vocal genius - wow! Those vocal arrangements make my head spin.
     
  2. He's an amazing artist, thats for damn sure. Have you listened to the Beach Boys album 'Pet Sounds'? 'Good Vibrations' was originally supposed to be on it. That album has some awesome arrangements. He is definately a genius.
    btw, didnt Carol Kaye play bass on both 'Pet Sounds' and 'Good Vibrations'?
    Brian and Carl Wilson both played bass guitar on other Beach Boys albums.
     
  3. Brian Wilson doesn't know Bass from Shine-ola.

    When the idiot-savant did play bass, with was with his index and middle fingers firmly planted on the rest and he plucked with his thumb.

    Hal Blaine did all the studio drum work.

    I have tape of Carol Kaye explain exactly how she came up with the riff to "Good Vibrations." In fact it's in the VH-1 Beach Boys documentary.

    Brian only came up with music on the piano.
     
  4. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    Yow! Where'd that come from?:confused:


    Granted, he played bass with his thumb, but that's how the instrument was conceived. With the "thumb rest" below the G string. Yeah, Carol Kaye played the bass, but the music was still Brian's.

    I think he came up with some pretty impressive stuff, especially since he was 23 when he made Pet Sounds and is deaf in one ear...
     
  5. I'm confused. Dennis Wilson didn't perform the drums in the recording studio? And I thought it was Brain who discovered that whatchamalcalit thing that makes that weird sound on 'Vibrations.'
     
  6. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    The Theremin. No. I believe that the instrument is named after its inventor.

    And Dennis Wilson did play drums live, but was ghosted in the studio, especially in the later stuff.
     
  7. Yeah, Dennis Wilson played on some of the earlier stuff but not the later stuff, but I think he was possibly the best songwriter in the group. He eventually become the main songwriter later on and songs like 'Forever' are just great songs.
    Jim
     
  8. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    Uh, you mean after Brian, right?
     
  9. Yeah, I guess so, point taken. But specifically speaking about lyrics, was Brian that strong? He definately came up with some really well written stuff, but also much of the lyrics on 'Pet Sounds' were written by Tony Asher, under guidance from Brian.