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Herbie Flowers bassline on "Walk on the Wild Side"

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by JIO, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Very cool! Herbie is a very creative dude.
  3. FretlessMainly


    Nov 17, 2010
    Nice; thanks for posting.
  4. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999

    Bass Player did a transcription to "Space Oddity"...I looked through it & then dug out the album & listened to the tune...for probably the 1st time in 35(or more?) years. Wow.

    Here's a wiki blurb about his job on "Rock On"-
    "Herbie Flowers' bass guitar is inflected with a very obtrusive echo effect, unusual for bass guitar, which contributes to the recording's unsettled, dislocated feel, which is further intensified by haunting strings and a soulful Motown-esque male voice in occasional harmony".
  5. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Very cool, thanks for sharing!
  6. FretlessMainly


    Nov 17, 2010
    :cool: Space Oddity, Walk on the Wild Side, and Rock On? That's a full resume right there. Word is he also played that fabulously down and up-tuned bassline on Nilsson's early '70s rocker Jump Into the Fire. Hell, yeah!

    I once had a brief solo spot at a benefit gig where any willing band members were allotted a slot at the beginning of the ~4-hour show to do their own thing. I was playing double bass in an acoustic punk band (yes, you read that correctly), and I included an octave pedal and digital delay pedal on my DB signal and bowed Rock On. In retrospect, I'm not sure I did Herbie any justice.
  7. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    yes, very cool. Thanks
  8. cableguy

    cableguy Supporting Member

    Jun 4, 2009
    North Bend, WA
  9. halfjackson


    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston, MA
    Awesome post. Thanks.
  10. OldDog52

    OldDog52 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    I don't think I've heard "Jump Into the Fire" in at least 20 years (let alone thought about it) but remember liking it. Went straight to YouTube of course, and I'm blown away by it more now than when it was new.
  11. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...wow, had forgotten about "Jump Into The Fire", too!
  12. FretlessMainly


    Nov 17, 2010
    I ran across Jump into the Fire by accident about a week ago. I hadn't heard it in about 20 years as well. If you look around on youtube, in addition to the original version, there's a different version from the "Son of Dracula" film from '74. Klaus Voorman on bass, Moonie on drums, and John Bonham on cowbell :eek: with Nilsson banging away on the keys
  13. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    No Treble just announced that the Herbie Flowers feature is their best-read feature in their history. Way to go, Herbie!

    Way too much echo on Nilsson's voice in that "Son Of Dracula" version.
  14. FretlessMainly


    Nov 17, 2010
    Yeah, Herbie is a newly-added favorite of mine. It turns out I really liked his work all along and just never knew it was him.

    Agreed on the echo, but I've listened to it a few times in the past few days and it's grown on me. My bet is that the soundtrack is just not very good at this point (if it ever was) and it's an odd combination of echo and "muffledness," if I can use that term. Pretty rockin' performance, though.
  15. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    dont forget diamond dogs a great album we are the dead is one of my favorite bowie songs simple but so rich wow the verses alone so pretty then the chorus builds into a monster
  16. 4StringAxe


    Jul 27, 2009
    Herbie works his magic on Jeff Wayne's War of the worlds musical.
    Sid s likes this.
  17. Herbie is amazing! He did a good bass line in "Walk on wild side" with some nice rythm variations. I ever liked the double bass and bass guitar playing together in that song.

    There´s no doubt Herbie´s great!
  18. MartinG1957

    MartinG1957 You can never have too many bones....

    Aug 5, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    Excellent -and even a Tuba Solo :)
  19. Konza


    Jun 16, 2013
    Great Herbie bass on this track
    10cc likes this.

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