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Hit songs recorded with fretless?

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Vandelay, Feb 27, 2008.


  1. I heard Melissa Etheridge's "Come To My Window" on the radio the other day. I could hear that there was clearly a fretless bass on the track. So now I wonder: what other hit songs definitely contain a fretless?

    Right off the bat, I thought of Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer" and Pearl Jam's "Alive". What other well-known fretless songs are out there?
     
  2. Matt R.

    Matt R.

    Jul 18, 2007
    Huntsville AL
    Don Henley-Sunset Grill

    Eric Clapton-Tears In Heaven

    I know there are tons i'm forgetting
     
  3. billbern

    billbern

    Sep 11, 2004
    Daytona Beach, Fl
    Endorsing: Inearz In-ear Monitors
    Lady in red-Chris Deburgh
    Tear Your Playhouse Down-Paul Young
    Everytime You Go Away-Paul Young
     
  4. what i am- edie brickell and the new bohemians
    call me al- paul simon
     
  5. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett Customs...........www.rickettcustomguitars.com
    I could swear most of these songs listed so far are Pino's doing.
    Except sledgehammer and alive.
     
  6. rockwarnick

    rockwarnick

    Jul 29, 2006
    Rockville, MD
    theres a few pink floyd songs and i think that track with pino...tear your playhouse down? was that fretless?

    EDIT: billbern beat me to it
     
  7. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett Customs...........www.rickettcustomguitars.com
    It surely was, a stingray w/ octave and a slight envelope effect IIRC.
     
  8. lambro

    lambro

    Jun 1, 2004
    Paul Young

    Bad Company

    The Firm

    Japan, Midge Ure, Ultravox

    Paul Simon Graceland

    all had billboard hits with fretless bass
     
  9. ogrossman

    ogrossman

    May 20, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    "Hey You" for one
     
  10. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett Customs...........www.rickettcustomguitars.com
    until it sleeps--metallica
     
  11. Barkless Dog

    Barkless Dog Barkless to a point

    Jan 19, 2007
    Joni & Jaco
     
  12. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    The entire Graceland album comes to mind....
     
  13. Lonnybass

    Lonnybass

    Jul 19, 2000
    San Diego
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    New York Minute
    Boys of Summer
    Heart of the Matter
    Sunset Grill
    ---all songs by Don Henley

    Lonnybass
     
  14. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett Customs...........www.rickettcustomguitars.com
    Yep, those are all pino, aren't they?
     
  15. iScott

    iScott

    Jun 13, 2007
    Decatur, GA
    Dream Theater - "Through Her Eyes"
    Not much of a hit on radio, but it was a single.
     
  16. lhoward

    lhoward

    Apr 27, 2003
    Western NY State
    I think "Call Me Al" was Bakithi Kumalo. You may recall the 2 measure run he played in the latter half of the tune. I also attended a class he headed in 2004 in Reading, PA. Although I didn't associate his name with Paul Simon's Graceland when I first walked into the class, I knew exactly who he was when I heard that run that someone in the class asked him to play. Great player and nice guy. I love his rhythmic sense which he said is tribally based. Each tribe in his homeland have a unique rhythm which is not written but passed on generation to generation.

    I'd also love to have a chance to hear Pino live in a club type setting rather than a large venue, but that hasn't been possible yet. Short of that, videos are great.

    Lloyd Howard
     

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  17. nickn

    nickn

    Oct 6, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Some Iced Earth songs have fretless basses. :cool:
     
  18. tmart937

    tmart937

    Jan 20, 2006
    Pearl Jam Alive along with many other PJ songs
     
  19. AlunJWDavies

    AlunJWDavies

    Nov 28, 2007
    Ottawa
    Wherever I Lay My Hat-Paul Young cover of Smokey? Hmmm...
    Pino on fretless and a beautiful intro.

    Definitely anything by Japan(MIck Karn on Wal or early stuff Kramer aluminum neck) but those would only be hits in U.K., Japan, and maybe Toronto.

    I think both Pino and MIck played on some Joan Armatrading stuff as well.
     
  20. "Paint it Black" - Rolling Stones
    "Black Velvet" - Alanna Myles
    "I Wish it Would Rain" - Phil Collins

    Ok, now these are the ones I'm not sure about:

    "Bang the Drum All Day" - Todd Rundgren
    "You Oughta Know" - Alanis Morissette
     

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