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.


    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
    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?

  4. bobyoung53

    bobyoung53 Supporting Member

    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


    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


    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.
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  9. 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?
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  10. fretter


    May 24, 2012
  11. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    missed this oldie but see you're still around and since we just lost Burke we can revive it if not him.
    Thain stuck with the J AFAIK but Mel 'bucked his J and the rest had a mix of basses and set ups, DD modded his Gibson EB 'Frog' before going J, yet Dirty rarely busted out his. but I just watched the Airplane in '67 with Jack on a J sounding just like Jack on everything he's ever recorded lol they were always a great bass that could be made even better.
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