Favourite recorded bass tone

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by cnltb, Jan 25, 2008.

  1. Ronnie Lane on just about any Faces tune...
  2. Doug Pinnick's tone on Groove Machine is amazingly deep with some great grit, love it. Of course, his tone is pretty awesome most of the time.

    Steve Harris has an amazing, punchy tone I love, but wouldn't actively try to emulate, The Trooper and Run to the Hills being favorite examples.

    I also really dig Geddy Lee's Steinberger tone on Distant Early Warning - GREAT sound. If I ever found a Steinberger that sounded like that, I'd grab it in a heartbeat. His tone in Red Barchetta is also pretty cool.
  3. Spencer!


    Jun 25, 2006
    Owner, Pike Amplification & 3Leaf Audio
    "Dynamite" by Jamiroquai. The tone is super fat, but it has growl.
  4. hell yeah, I also like the slightly dirtier "Goat".
  5. bottomzone

    bottomzone Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2005
    At the risk of being monotonous, since I have posted this clip numerous times (I am not the first to do so), this is one of my favorite recorded bass tones. It features Maurice Fitzgerald playing a USA Peavey Cirrus 5 Bubinga/Walnut with Fred Hammond live in concert. As Soon as I heard this track, "I Want My Destiny", I knew that I had to have this bass-and I am blessed to actually have it!


    A Groove is a Terrible Thing to Waste! :cool:
  6. -'New York Minute' (Don Henley) by Pino Palladino, better yet almost anything by Pino
    -'Please Don't Stop' by Richard Bona
    -'Do You Love Me?' (Clair Marlo) and 'Real Love' (Paulinho da Costa) by Abraham Laboriel
    -'Panther' by Marcus Miller
    -'Portrait of tracy' by Jaco Pastorius
    -'Diggin' on James brown' (TOP) by rocco Prestia
    -'Lea' (Toto) by Mike Porcaro
    -'Rapper's Delight'
    -almost anything from James Jamerson
    -'alright' Jamiroquai
    -'Love is All That Matters' (Eric Carmen) Cheesy song but great bassline

    And the list goes on and on...;)
  7. Marcury

    Marcury High and Low

    Aug 19, 2007
    Mid Hudson Valley, NY
    Percy Jones on Eno's Another Green World
  8. I don't know who the bassist is, or what bass he uses (sounds a bit Sadowsky-like to me :meh:), but there's an album called, "Times Are Changing" by blues guitarist Bernard Allison, which has a killer, fat active bass sound.

    I'd be really grateful if anyone could shed any light on the identity of the player and (even better) the make and model of bass that he uses :).

    Here's what the album looks like.
  9. Yes he did!

    I'd also say Appetite for Destruction. Love it!
  10. EddieG


    Jan 19, 2005
    James Jamerson's tone, especially on tracks like Bernadette and What's Going On. It's fat, rounded and punchy. Definitely a bass tone I aim for playing music like that.
  11. Fieldy on KoRn - Life is Peachy

  12. mslatter


    Apr 8, 2003
    Dazed and Confused live from The Song Remains the Same.

    Why? It's so round, pure and large. You just KNOW it was shaking the place, and vibrating the lungs, bones and brains of everyone in the stadium.

    Mid-range is for mama's boys. I play bass for the bass.
  13. Chad Michael

    Chad Michael Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2001
    Pacific Northwest USA
    Recent tone candy (to me anyway):

    The Fixx "Red Skies at Night" and "Stand or Fall"

    Something about the way that the bass tone has a 'curl' to it. Always liked these songs.

    "Ok, bimpy, define this 'curl' that you speak of."

    I guess if were to spell it (the 'curl' sound), it would be something like

    'Glurln Glurln.... Glurln Glurln'

    If I had a guess, it would be that Dan K. Brown was playing these songs on the recordings and that he used a Steinberger (the original composite expensive one).
  14. There are way too many for me to come up with a complete list. Just a few off the top of my head:

    Small Faces - Ogden's Nut Gone Flake (the whole album)
    My Drug Hell - "She Flies So High"
    Gallon Drunk - "Some Fool's Mess"
    the Idle Race - "End of the Road"

    Gah I could go on and on; for instance, there are a bunch of pre-disco Bee Gees records with wonderful deep, rich, Rickenbacker tone on them, up to and including the great To Whom it May Concern
  15. Rupert Hine is also an excellent producer, so I suspect his fingers had to do with the final bass sound. --Kent
  16. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    A few of my faves have been mentioned (RATM on Evil Empire, some Tony Levin), but let's add:

    Tony Levin with King Crimson, especially "Sleepless" and the entire Thrak album;

    Graham Maby on Joe Jackson's Look Sharp album;

    The Zutons' player on the Who Killed the Zutons disc, which has some impeccably recorded P-bass/flatwound tones;

    Adam Clayton's bottom-heavy, growly J-bass tone on the Live at Slane Castle DVD;

    Tool's Lateralus album;

    Autolux's Future Perfect album, which has a P-bass run through some heavy effects;

    Flea on The Mars Volta's De-Loused in the Comatorium disc;

    Billy Idol's bassist (Steve McGrath I think) on the Devil's Playground album, especially "Scream" for an aggressive, modern hard rock tone; and of course

    The Ox on Live at Leeds.
  17. Jim Dombrowski

    Jim Dombrowski Supporting Member

    Jan 16, 2002
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Anthony Jackson

    Game over!
  18. Ryan Mohr

    Ryan Mohr

    Oct 23, 2007
    Stuart Zender on Jamiroqaui's Travelling Without Moving
    Stuart Zender on Jamiroqaui's The Return of the Space Cowboy
    Stuart Zender on Jamiroqaui's Emergency on Planet Earth
    Dirk Lance on Incubus's SCIENCE
    Dirk Lance on Incubus's Make Yourself
    Dirk Lance on Incubus's Morning View
    Tim Commerford's on The Battle of Los Angeles
    Tim Commerford's on Rage Against The Machine
    Flea's on Blood Sex Sugar Magik
  19. Gecko 5

    Gecko 5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 11, 2005
    South Milwaukee , Wisconsin
    Gecko Leatherworks
    David Santos on Billy Joels Millenium Concert Live
    Anything by James Jamerson .
  20. acleex38


    Jul 28, 2006
    NICE - I'm a fan of his tone on "Subhuman" from "Secret Treaties."
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