Early HEART Dreamboat Annie Compression

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by bobbybigmac, Jul 7, 2013.

  1. I play in a Heart tribute band so I'm been studying Steve Fossen's playing and techniques. He played a late 50's Prebass with a pick on flat rounds on "Dream Boat Annie", Heart's first album. I love the compressed and percussive sound he achieved when that album was recorded back in the mid 70's. Mushroom Studio's had a very warm sounded tube preamp board back then.
    So here's my question: I recently bought a used MXR87 compressor and want to know if anybody has a setting that could help me get a similar tone? I'm not keen on flat rounds. I play a Jazz bass ( Steve's live on stage bass) without a pick.
  2. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    I'd suggest a high ratio and slow attack (slowest possible with the M87).
  3. taurus1


    Sep 13, 2006
    Vancouver B.C.
    I got to record at Mushroom in the early 90's when they still had that board, I couldn't believe my ears the first time I heard a playback, that place was amazing.
  4. svlilioukalani

    svlilioukalani Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2012
    Seattle, Wa
    Steve works at Bass NorthWest. Call him and ask what he thinks.
  5. Cheers for the tips.
    Call Steve ? I dunno. I'm a bit shy about talking to the guy who's licks I'm copping. I wouldn't turn down meeting him. I'd get star struck maybe. Seriously I'd tell him how learning to play his licks has made me a better player.
    I fear he may say "Heart tribute band eh ?, How's that working out for ya" ?
    Only original member that I had the pleasure to meet is Roger Fisher. He joined us on stage a couple of times. A real nice guy, humble, but a real wildman on stage. Very talented.
  6. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I don't know what he used for a comp but I doubt it was the M87. But there is a little squashy comp going on, isn't there? Eh, try it on a mild setting.

    You could do it the chicken way...email. He has a band with the former drummer for Heart and they do Heart songs. I don't think he's averse to Heart cover bands. He's a big SVT guy and has been for a long time. That helps ;) Saw him once...Bebe LaStrange tour. Changed basses after every two songs. How do you even keep up with that many basses? I have a hard time playing one.

  7. svlilioukalani

    svlilioukalani Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2012
    Seattle, Wa
    Steve would love to know somebody out there is still listening. He is a super cool down to earth guy. I knew him for a year before I realized who he is. Give him a call. BassNW is owned by people who love bass. It's not just about the money there.