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Examples of Fretless bass in "pop" songs

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by bskts247, Dec 24, 2016.


  1. bskts247

    bskts247 Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2011
    New Orleans
    I'm wondering if anyone can suggest songs that were recorded on a fretless that don't have it as a main voice. Not looking or jaco type stuff. I've been wondering why someone would want a fretless in a non-jazz/solo setting when they could just use a fretted.
     
  2. Afc70

    Afc70 Modern praise 4 The Ancient of Days! Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2004
    Northeast Arkansas

    Pino palladino on Paul young's "Every time you go away"- possibly my favorite fretless line ever... Pino kills on this one. :thumbsup:
     
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  3. CGremlin

    CGremlin Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2014
    "King of Pain" by The Police (Sting playing). I believe this was an electric upright:



    "Standing On The Corner Of The Third World", by Tears For Fears (Pino playing):



    Theme from "Northern Exposure" by David Schwartz (David Schwartz playing):

     
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  5. CGremlin

    CGremlin Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2014
    Bakithi kills on this album.
     
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  6. Bodeanly

    Bodeanly Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2015
    Chicago
    Pearl Jam's Ten in its entirety (except for the 8 string on Jeremy).
     
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  7. Jloch86

    Jloch86

    Aug 1, 2016
    New Jersey
    Journey - Don't Stop Believin'
     
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  8. Bodeanly

    Bodeanly Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2015
    Chicago
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  9. RBrownBass

    RBrownBass Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2004
    Pino is on New York Minute (Don Henley).

    Whoever played bass on Mama, I'm Coming Home (Ozzy)

    Thanks- I didn't know that. Always thought it was just a really growly Jazz bass or T-40
     
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  10. RBrownBass

    RBrownBass Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2004
    They sound different.
     
  11. Passinwind

    Passinwind I Know Nothing Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    Paint It Black, by The Rolling Stones.
     
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  12. Many Bad Company hits were recorded with fretless.
     
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  13. bskts247

    bskts247 Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2011
    New Orleans
    You don't say...
     
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  14. Lots of The Band's stuff Rick Danko played fretless, mostly an Ampeg scroll-head bass I believe.

    A lot of classic Rolling Stones stuff was recorded on fretless, which kind of blew my mind when I read about Bill Wyman's basses and how he modified them.
     
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  15. Fxpmusic

    Fxpmusic

    Jul 5, 2013
    Message in a Bottle

     
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  16. Mdrummey

    Mdrummey

    Oct 18, 2015
    Nashville, TN
    Peter Gabriel "Sledgehammer" features Tony Levin on a Stingray Fretless laying down the groove. He's also playing with a pick. There is some great bass playing on that whole album titled "So"
     
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  17. fritzk9

    fritzk9 Supporting Member

    May 11, 2005
    Indianapolis, IN
    Don Henley - Boys of Summer (Pino on fretless);

    Pink Floyd - Hey You (David Gilmore on fretless?);

    Japan - Cantonese Boy (Mick Karn on fretless)
     
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  18. wraub

    wraub

    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
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    Well, different things are different. I've said this before, and I stand by it still.
     
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  19. wraub

    wraub

    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
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    Was going to suggest Japan as well...
     
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  20. wraub

    wraub

    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
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    I liked this one also... once I got past those ridiculous Fairlight-ish horns...
     
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