1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  

Grooviest Paul McCartney bass lines?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by deepestend, Jun 17, 2019.

  1. 2F/2F


    May 26, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    My favorite McCartney bass track is on my favorite Beatles song: "I Saw Her Standing There."

    It's his take/warp on the "I'm Talking About You" bass part. It's nothing but groove; it isn't technically mind blowing or anything.

    Great part is that you can pan to get pretty much nothing but Ringo and him prominently. One hell of a rhythm section, even that young.

    I'm also quite partial to this little ditty. I heard it the first time, and thought it was a Jah Wobble solo song I had never heard before.

    Last edited: Jun 18, 2019
  2. Guitalia


    Jun 7, 2008
    Baltimore, MD
    Two bass parts there. George was playing the fuzz bass line.
    laughing house likes this.
  3. Guitalia


    Jun 7, 2008
    Baltimore, MD
    I'll add Nowhere Man. What a weird line---no one else would have come up with that line.

    nixdad and biguglyman like this.
  4. biguglyman


    Jul 27, 2017
    Rochester, NY
  5. stringthrough

    stringthrough Supporting Member

    My favorite . . .

    nixdad, Rich48, tightbidness and 2 others like this.
  6. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin Estimator Extraordinaire Supporting Member

    May 13, 2015
    Greenville, NC
    Of the Beatles songs that I play I think Eight Days A Week has the grooviest bass line.
    nixdad likes this.
  7. DrThumpenstein

    DrThumpenstein Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2015
    St Louis, MO
    BTW, Happy Birthday Sir Paul!
    nixdad likes this.
  8. nbsipics

    nbsipics Smacks of Euphoric Hysteria Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2016
    I used to play a pretty groovy version of Back in the USSR - does that count?
    nixdad likes this.
  9. maxschrek

    maxschrek Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2006
    Chattanooga, TN.
    Silly Love Songs is my personal favorite. Jet is cool and this one is exceptionally great:

    nixdad likes this.
  10. MarTONEbass


    Jun 19, 2009
    Norton, MA
    Hey Bulldog has always been a favorite of mine.
    nixdad and bobyoung53 like this.
  11. Cave Puppy

    Cave Puppy "Humph Bo, he's wond!" - John Lennon

    Jan 13, 2015
    The Word is pretty fonky!
    nixdad likes this.
  12. Tomorrow Never Knows
    nixdad likes this.
  13. CharlieL3


    Mar 24, 2019
    McCartney also played the guitar solos.
    nixdad, tightbidness and bobyoung53 like this.
  14. deepestend

    deepestend Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 21, 2003
    Brooklyn via Austin and NOLA
    Guitar/Bass Builder and Social Media at Sadowsky
    I started a Spotify playlist with suggestions from this thread:
    nixdad, bobyoung53 and geof_ like this.
  15. boggus


    Feb 21, 2018
    He somewhat did. He was talked into getting back into "being a Beatle" mode and even using Hofner more and more in 87-88 by Elvis Costello.

    The only tracks that have Bass VI by Beatles are Back in the USSR, Rocky Raccoon, Honey Pie and The Long and Winding Road. On some 1969 tracks Geore used Fender Jazz.

    From 1966 there's a picture of him using right-handed Burns Nu-Sonic bass, maybe laying down a basic bass track for Rain which later got re-recorded, or it was just for rehearsal, but it's nothing definitive of course. In 1969 there's a picture of him using right-handed Fender Jazz Bass, I think it was during Abbey Road album sessions (he plays bass on some tracks there).

    Funnily enough this part is pulled out from the end of original bass track, you can hear these fills in very end of the original mono mix fade out of the song.

    It was Paul.
  16. geof_


    Apr 25, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ

    The little changes in this one are crazy. If you’re not listening for it, it sounds simple and consistent. As soon as you try to play along, you realize you’re playing it wrong every time.
    nixdad likes this.
  17. shadven

    shadven Twang-tastic Bass Player and Song Writer Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Tampa, FL
    I rock, therefore I am.
    Learn Abby Road start to finish. So good!
    nixdad and bobyoung53 like this.
  18. shadven

    shadven Twang-tastic Bass Player and Song Writer Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Tampa, FL
    I rock, therefore I am.
    So good.
    nixdad likes this.
  19. Another cool Lennon tune with fuzz bass in the left channel, there is a little bleed through bass in the right channel too.

    nixdad likes this.
  20. southpaw723


    Oct 20, 2013
    Getting better has a cool walking thing on the chorus.
    All my loving, with a little help from my friends, Martha my dear, eat at home, too many people
    nixdad likes this.

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.