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Great Bass Lines Not Recorded on Bass

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by jaywa, Mar 27, 2009.


  1. jaywa

    jaywa

    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    "Like a Prayer" - Madonna. Not an ounce of real bass on the track, but it is a great line that will have you woodshedding for days.

    Others?
     
  2. T-MOST

    T-MOST Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2004
    NJ via NYC
    Anything by Stevie Wonder.
     
  3. Gadolinium

    Gadolinium

    Feb 3, 2007
    Wiltshire UK
    Speed Demon by Michael Jackson. In fact most stuff by Jacko isnt played on the bass is it? there are some gooooooood basslines there
     
  4. "Time is Running Out" by Muse
     
  5. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Not fact at all. Check out the Quincy Jones produced albums. Plenty of live bass to be had by Bobby Watson, Louis Johnson, Nathan East. Terry Jackson, Abe Laborial & Roy Lawrence played on earlier LP's. His first few LP's almost assuredly had Jamerson or whoever played for The Corporation.
     
  6. Spencer!

    Spencer!

    Jun 25, 2006
    Seattle
    Owner, Pike Amplification & 3Leaf Audio
    Yeah but most of Thriller was synth...
     
  7. UncleBalsamic

    UncleBalsamic

    Jul 8, 2007
    UK
    Wasn't that Guy Pratt playing bass with an octave pedal? So it is a real bass.
     
  8. Belka

    Belka

    Dec 10, 2003
    Kiev, Ukraine
    I think that Like a Prayer was actually played by the great Guy Pratt. The line went through an octaver which gives it a synth like vibe but it was bass guitar. The guy writes some really funny stuff about the stars he played for. I think he said that Madonna loved what he did on Like a Prayer. He has some story about Michael Jackson (who's also been mentioned here) giving feedback on session musicians' tracks while hiding under a mixing desk. Google him - he's quite entertaining.
     
  9. Belka

    Belka

    Dec 10, 2003
    Kiev, Ukraine
    You got there first.
     
  10. braz_b2

    braz_b2

    Mar 17, 2009
    the bassline to red house by jimi hendrix is played on a guitar
     
  11. UncleBalsamic

    UncleBalsamic

    Jul 8, 2007
    UK
    Sorry ;)
     
  12. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Check the credits. Most of the tracks had Louis Johnson doubling on electric bass. Steve Lukather played bass on "Beat It."

    Bernie Worrell, on many P-Funk jams like Flashlight, Knee Deep, and One Nation Under a Groove.
     
  13. Donna Summer's "She Works Hard for the Money"
     
  14. waynobass

    waynobass

    Feb 27, 2008
    Texas
    I've heard that it was synth bass on the TV show Seinfeld.
     
  15. Twnty1inRF

    Twnty1inRF

    Sep 13, 2007
    DC Region
    +1000

    Especially "Boogie On Reggae Woman"
     
  16. Spencer!

    Spencer!

    Jun 25, 2006
    Seattle
    Owner, Pike Amplification & 3Leaf Audio
    Wow, I had no idea. Johnson must be pretty quiet in the mix.
     
  17. Tony Levin has too many of them to name between King Crimson "Elephant Talk", Peter Gabriel "The Family and the Fishing Net", and other projects.
     
  18. Any Doors song Performed live, specifically "Light My Fire" and "Break On Through".
     
  19. The Owl

    The Owl

    Aug 14, 2005
    Atlanta GA
    Yeah!! Especially "Golden Lady" and "I Wish"
     
  20. I thought "I Wish" was played by nathan watts on bass
     

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