Essential Slap Bass Recordings

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by DWBass, Aug 24, 2005.

  1. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    The Mark Adams thread in 'Bassists' got me to thinking about compiling an essential slap bass recording compilation. Can all the funkheads (and others :D ) give me a roll call on some essential slap bass recordings that you would consider timeless and influential(or just flat out freaky)? I'm talking 70's, 80's funk & soul recordings! Mark King and Flea joints are acceptable
  2. Chrisrm

    Chrisrm Bass Virtuoso Wannabe

    Feb 10, 2002
    Colchester, CT
    I have a live Level 42 DVD. "Mr. Pink" is jaw droppingly unreal! The kind of performance that, rather than inspiring you, just makes you ask yourself why you even bother.
  3. pauljacksonfan


    Jun 14, 2005
    Pow and Hair and couple of others by Graham Central Station. Can't go wrong with a little Larry Graham when we're talking 'bout slapping (or rather thumping :D ).
    Thank You (Falettinme be mice elf again) by Sly & The Family Stone is also a must have for me.

    Check out Cholly from "One Nation under a groove" by Funkadelic if you want some p-funk with your slap.

    "You can call me Al" by Paul Simon is also an all-time favorite. Bakithi Kumalo smokes up this one slapping his fretless like there's no tomorrow.

    "You're the Sweetest one" by Luther Vandross has a Marcus Miller line that you just want to give a big hug.

    On a totally different noteis Nick Beggs' cool line from Kajagoogoo's "Too shy".

    That'll be all for now.
  4. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Cool, keep 'em coming.
  5. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    Rich Brown on Cosmic Dapp Theory's "Trickle Down".....
  6. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    "Thank You"-Sly & the Family Stone
    "Lopsy Lu"-Stanley Clarke
    "Thunder Thumbs & Lightning Licks" and "Stomp"-Brothers Johnson

    I also like Luther's "Never Too Much".

    Slapped 'solo'/breaks-
    "Boogie Oogie Oogie"-A Taste of Honey
    "Car Wash"-Rose Royce

    "Get Off"-Foxey?
    (Did I say that out loud?).
  7. Murf


    Mar 28, 2001
    Actually thats a studio trick, Baghithi played the first phrase (the descending riff) which was then cut, copied and reversed to finish out the solo....also there's a lot of double tracking going on there ..Paul Simon himself is playing a 5er on this track, a better example would be the Live in central park version where Armand Sabal Leco(sp) tears up the solo in that tune.
  8. pauljacksonfan


    Jun 14, 2005
    I'm well aware of this. But I wasn't talking specifically about the solo. The verse part is slapped as well. Also, if you want the real thing, check out Bakithi doing the solo live on "Graceland: The African Concert" which features the rhythm section from the Graceland album. And Paul Simon is actually credited playing six-string electric bass ;) . I'm not sure what part he's playing though. Maybe he's playing one of those baritone guitars which sound nothing like bass. 'Cause every bass part on the recording sounds like it's Bakithi on his fretless.
  9. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Here is my starter list! I know there ton's more but I want to get a list of about 20 slap funk basslines that were essential learning tools for funk bassists coming up in the 70's and 80's!

    Aurra - Are You Single
    Cameo - Be Yourself
    Lakeside - Fantastic Voyage
    Luther Vandross - Never Too Much
    Maxwell - Sumthin' Sumthin' [I know, not 70's or 80's but I dig the bassline]
    Patrice Rushen - Forget Me Nots
    Pleasure - Glide
    S.O.S. Band - High Hopes
    Slave - Stone Jam
    Sly & The Family Stone - ThankUFalettinMeBeMicelf
    Stanley Clarke - Lopsy Lu
    Teena Marie - Square Biz
    The Time - 777-9311
    Brother's Johnson - ???
    Brainstorm - ???
    Larry Graham - Hair

    Keep the list suggestions coming guys.............
  10. Starrchild


    Nov 10, 2000
    The Bay.
    Prince - Let's Work & D.M.S.R.
    Fishbone - Bonin in the backyard.
    Chic - Stage Fright, Funky slapped solo break, Nard was the man.
    Dazz Band - Let it Whip.
    The Reddings - The Awakening.
    Tyrone Brunson - Sticky Situation.
    Funkadelic - "Oh I"
    The Deele - Body Talk.
  11. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Mother's Finest - Baby Love
  12. ebladeboi123


    Jul 11, 2005
    Oberlin, Oh
    Not sure if on the recording they do this. But Sly and the family stone, came around me recently (the family stone exp. or something stupid like that- no sly). And they played that higher song, i don't recall the name, all I know is i kept getting it confused with that stupid Creed song. But the bassist went into this super phat bass slap pop thing. Holy crap.... that guy has some chops.

    Anyway- when get that list finished up- if you could throw me a pm with it, i'd love to check out some of that stuff.
  13. Lo end PUNCH

    Lo end PUNCH

    Jan 28, 2005
    Glide-Nate Phillips-Pleasure
    We Supply-Stanley Clarke/Louis Johnson
    POW-Larry Graham
    Giggolette-Teena Marie(yes THAT Teena)-Ozone
    In My Pants-Dexter Redding-The reddings
    Niice n Wiild-Dereck"D.O.A" Allen-Chuckii Booker
    In the Night-Aaron Mills-CAMEO
    Shaka Zulu-T M Stevens
    Serpentine Fire-Verdine White-EW&F
    Lady Cab Driver-Prince
    Let it Ride-Jermaine Jackson(solo)
    Thank You-Nate Phillips-Pleasure
    Back in the Saddle-Fred Hammond-Commissoned
    The Night I Fell In Love-Marcus Miller-Luther Vandross
    Heaven of My Life-Timmy Allen-Change(hard as hell to play)
    Tokyo-Louis Johnson-Brothers Johnson
    Get up and Dance-Jermaine Jackson(solo)
    Hard to Resist-Foster Sylvers-Hi-Tek
    The Smurf-Tyrone Brunson
    Bang Bang-Brownmark-Prince
    Are you Single-Aurra-Steve Washington

    be back with more.....
  14. Starrchild


    Nov 10, 2000
    The Bay.
  15. Kelly Coyle

    Kelly Coyle Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2004
    Mankato, MN
    Man! I've been following this thread, but I need, like, 20. Not 2000. I'm going to go even more broke.

  16. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    Get Rhapsody!!!!

  17. Lo end PUNCH

    Lo end PUNCH

    Jan 28, 2005
    We've come to blow Your Mind-Mark Adams-SLAVE
    Do fries go with that shake?-Steve Washington-George Clinton
    Party Lights-Mark Adams-SLAVE
    Hey good lookin'-Steve Washington-George Clinton
    Trouble-Andre' Cymone
    Prove it-Michael Henderson
    Sunshine-Marcus Miller-The jamaica Boys
    Close to Thee-Ricky Kinchen-Mint Condition(90's)
    Play The BASS!!-Stanley Clarke/Louis Johnson
    Wild-Joyce Irby-Klymaxx
    Shy Shy-Nick Beggs-Kajagoogoo
    Emotional Violence-Aaron Mills-CAMEO
    Be Yourself-Charlie Singleton CAMEO
    At the Concert-The Sylvers-Foster Sylvers
  18. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

  19. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Geez, how could I forget 'The Awakening' (original version of course)!!