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Greatest Fretless Hits (Pino doesn't count)

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Stingraymund, Jan 10, 2005.


  1. Can anyone here name the greatest hit songs that featured a fretless bass?

    Okay, to make it challenging, no song recorded by Pino Palladino counts here...not to take away from the man's contributions (I mean he's my fretless idol), but it's easy to name "Every Time You Go Away" or "The Lady in Red" ...how about the unsung heroes of fretless?
     
  2. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    All of the Jaco stuff! :spit:

    "Manifest Destiny" - Jamiroquai.
     
  3. "What I Am" by Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians. I'm not sure who played on that one. Brad Houser maybe? Great line no matter who is playing it.
     
  4. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
    "Even Flow" - Pearl Jam

    edit: was "Alive" a fretless? If so, then that one too. :)
     
  5. Razor

    Razor

    Sep 22, 2002
    Dallas
    Jaco definately wrote the book on fretless bass in my book..both in terms of lines and chops.

    To be honest, one of the best fretless players I have seen was Rudy Sarzo when he came through town a few months back. Amazing fretless work/solo..totally underrated player. Although he doesn't have many "hits" I did hear rumor that he's gonna be releasing a solo album soon.. after seeing how well he played I will definately pick it up.
     
  6. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Oh crap, I forgot to mention the Brand X stuff.
     
  7. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    You said HITS right? Jaco never had any hits, never mind Brand X...

    #1 on the list should be the Rolling Stones long catalog of hits. The vast majority of Bill Wyman's work was done on a fretless bass, even if he doesn't get the characteristic fretless sound.

    If you mean hits that have the trademark fretless slides and growl:

    "Smooth Operator" by Sade (hey it even has a bass solo!!!)
    "Feel Like Making Love" by Bad Company
    "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" by the Police
     
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  8. ...anything off Paul Simon's "Graceland".
     
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  9. Though he is mainly a fretted player I love John Myungs playing on the song through her eyes. Amazing tone and great melodic lines. It makes me wanna cry. :crying: :bag:
     
  10. I-Love-Ratm

    I-Love-Ratm

    Feb 24, 2003
    Paul Simons You Can Call Me Al
     
  11. Okay, how bout these:

    "I Can't Make you Love Me," Bonnie Raitt
    "Tears In Heaven," Eric Clapton
    "True," Spandau Ballet
    "Right Here Waiting" and "Hold On To The Nights," Richard Marx
     
  12. Lady In Red?!
    I dont care how good Pino Palladino is, nothing could make me endure anything by Chris De Burgh.
     
  13. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    Pino destroys all that opose him! New York Minute Mutha ****a NEW YORK MINUTE!!!!!!!!!!
     
  14. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Hits are subjective. Tell the people in Japan that Jaco didn't have any hit records. Then, go over to Europe and tell them the same thing about Brand X. Just because it ain't a hit here, doesn't mean that it's not a hit. ;) BTW, "Birdland" went gold when it came out, the only jazz song to do so that year. Sounds like a hit to me and the RIAA!
     
  15. jeff schmidt

    jeff schmidt no longer red carded, but my butt is still sore.

    Aug 27, 2004
    Novato, CA
    anything? better check the liner notes again.
     
  16. jeff schmidt

    jeff schmidt no longer red carded, but my butt is still sore.

    Aug 27, 2004
    Novato, CA
    Hey You - Pink Floyd

    Radioactive - The Firm

    Boys of Summer - Don Henley

    Sunset Grill - Don Henley

    Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

    Runaround - Blues Travler

    Senses Working Overtime - XTC
     
  17. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
    "Save a Prayer" - Duran Duran
     
  18. BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!! Those were Pino tracks :)
     
  19. Papersen

    Papersen Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2002
    " Nikita" by Elton John (bassist ?)
    " Through her eyes" by John Myung
    " Save a prayer" by John Taylor