Favourite recorded bass tone

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  1. WarriorJoe7

    WarriorJoe7 Inactive

    Mar 12, 2004
    Syracuse, NY
    The Who - Live at Leeds
  2. maxiegrant

    maxiegrant Bassist in Transition

    Nov 26, 2007
    Sellersburg, IN
    Chris Squire on "Close to the Edge." The whole album.

    Jeff Ament's tone on "Of the Girl" from Binaural -- huge, fat tone. Amazing.

    And I've been getting really fond, again, of Steve Harris' tone on "Powerslave."

    And, I guess, Geddy Lee's Rick tone on "Farewell to Kings."

    Oh, wait. Paul McCartney's tone on "Lucy in the Sky" is pretty fscking amazing, basically being one of the first times anyone had been able to really hear what he was actually doing on the bass.
  3. Rob Martinez

    Rob Martinez

    Sep 14, 2005
    Paul McCartney on the SGT. PEPPER'S lp
    John Entwistle on LIVE AT LEEDS
    Tom Petersson on CHEAP TRICK from 1977
  4. Busker


    Jan 22, 2007
    Pino Palladino playing fretless on Paul Young's Every Time You Go Away.
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  5. You need to dig a little deeper in to the Beatles catalog. The bass is probably the loudest thing on 'Rain' for instance. In fact most of the stuff they were doing around the time of Revolver has some really upfront bass.

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    great bass sound
  6. Human Bass

    Human Bass

    Aug 26, 2005
    Hair soundtrack! The bass is incredbly punchy, full, defined. Its the archetype bass tone.
  7. Derek Forbes' bass sound on Simple Mind's New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84), not to speak of the bass sound in "The American."

    Hehehe, I got the sound now nailed down with my equipment. Bliss.

  8. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Dave Hope, Kansas' "Carry on Wayward Son". He CARRIES the melody.
  9. I'm partial to early Yes and Rush stuff with those growling Rics (and in Geddy's case Jazz).

    I also have always loved John Wetton's sound on the early Asia albums.

    +1 on the Fixx tunes as well
  10. santucci218


    Jan 26, 2007
    jean baudins growlin bass lines in nuclear rabbits songs.
  11. Chris Breese

    Chris Breese Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 1999
    Farmington, IL USA
  12. gweimer


    Apr 6, 2000
    Columbus, OH
    Just heard another one I'd forgotten:

    Boz Burrell on the first Bad Company album.

    And Gary Thain's sound with Uriah Heep was always really nice (Where's Hambone? :) )
  13. ibanezcollector

    ibanezcollector Yoyo's Hurt When You Crank It Into Your Face

    Feb 18, 2007
    Cleveland Ohio
    guess no one caught that one, I laughed... :bawl::bassist:
  14. grrg63


    Dec 14, 2005
    John Paul Jones, Geezer Butler, Bootsy Collins stuff on James Brown's "In The Jungle Groove" album. ( I dont only listen to classic rock.)
  15. Double Agent

    Double Agent Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2006
    Lakeland, FL
    Geddy on Rush - Counterparts & Moving Pictures

    Tony Kinal on No Doubt - Tragic Kingdom

    Stuart Zender on Jamiroquai - Travelling Without Moving

    Eddie Jackson on Queensryche - Empire & Operation: Mindcrime
  16. I have many... MANY favorite recorded bass tones.

    One I always come back to is Tyrone Brown on Grover Washington Jr's "Live at the Bijou"

    Here is Days in Our Lives/Mr. Magic
    (Mr. Magic kicks in at about 7:45)

    round and full at the bottom, crunchy on top... and groovin'
  17. Peter Hook, the entirety of both "Unknown Pleasures" and "Closer" from Joy Division. For a guy that really doesn't have the chops, he makes that simple stuff sound haunting.
  18. BartmanPDX

    BartmanPDX Supporting Member

    Geddy Lee on "Freewill" on the live "Exit Stage Left" album.

    Geddy usually recorded with the Jazz, but on this track he played the Ric, and during the bass solo it has about the nastiest growly bass tone I've ever heard. Hide the children! :eek:

    I knew I wanted to play bass after hearing that.

    Here's the video, FWIW.

    The bass solo starts about three minutes in.
  19. Maaak


    Dec 13, 2004
    Nashville, TN
    Dunlop Picks
    Well, I think some tones are the best recorded tones for certain genres and moods...but for me, right now, it's Meshell Ndegeocello's sound on the duet w/ John Mellencamp of Van Morrison's song Wild Night. Sick tone, and playing:


    But thats just for now. I also like Justin Chancellor's tone a lot, and Nathan East's, and and and....lol
  20. Freddy Washington-Forget me nots -Fender P
    Nathanial Phillips-Glide-Fender Jazz
    Marcus Miller-anything-Fender J
    Michael Wiley-Let It Whip/Keep It Live-Musicman Sabre
    Louis Johnson-Stomp-Musicman Sabre
    Tyrone Brunson-The Smurf-Stingray
    Pino Palladino-Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me-Fretless Stingray
    not in any order
    Leo just knew what an electric bass should sound like! Its funny that even though he created the 2 most popular electric basses B4 round wound strings....the sound of wound fit so well without changing a thing!
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