Burke Shelley / Budgie - the hardest rockin' P bass ever?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Bass V, Aug 23, 2017.


  1. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    I've seen the Ox, Lyons, Wetton, Ridley, JPJ, Geezer, Mel, Thain, Dirty, Dunaway, pretty much all the acclaimed raw tone monsters of the classic P era, yet the crushing sound a poor Welshman consistently got out of one Fender Precision, a pick, and an ever-cobbled sound system in the most dreary touring conditions may remain the best ever had. mention his name even in the bass world and few would have a clue.

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    Now yer squawkin': The story of Burke Shelley and Budgie









     
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  2. 10cc

    10cc Inactive

    Oct 28, 2013
    Too bad he changed up his voice. Budgie kills anyhow!
     
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  3. Axstar

    Axstar Inactive

    Jul 8, 2016
    Scotland.
    I quite like his tone on Breadfan, but I have no idea how he got it. It seems clean and almost slightly over-cooked in the mids. Round and punchy and maybe not even that full in the low end. Definitely quite unique, and I've guessed (correctly) a few Budgie tracks on the radio based in part from the bass tone. And the dude singing.

    So, when is this look coming back?

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  4. That's what I like about P basses, the harder you beat them the better they sound, this band's pretty good, I've heard the name before but never heard them.
     
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  5. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    the real RnR HoF material from Wales, organic like their Brit brethren Black Sabbath and Zep

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    Budgie, Captain Beyond, and DUST were the best unknown bands of the classic era
     
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  6. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    no mention of P tone can be complete without Billy Talbot

     
  7. Pachap

    Pachap

    Jun 21, 2014
    Savannahstan, GA
    Man, I used to love sitting around and playing that opening riff of Breadfan endlessly on guitar. The bass line is obviously a good kick as well, and I could have hours of endless fun noodling around with it too. Growing up, I always thought the Metallica version was kick ass. But when I finally heard the real Budgie version, I was blown away. It actually had a bass line, and a damn good one at that. It was just so many years ahead of it's time, I think. Budgie's brand of proto-metal was crazy good.
     
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  8. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    Tony Bourge! I often prefer his playing to Jimmy Page.
     
  9. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    Not disputing you...at all!
    IIRC, though-
    JPJ, Mel, Thain, & Dunaway were J-guys. No?

    I think I got Dirty...BOA?
    :)
     
  10. fretter

    fretter

    May 24, 2012
    PA
     
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