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Just discovered Chuck Rainey

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Bass'd on a true story, Jun 2, 2017.

  1. Bass'd on a true story

    Bass'd on a true story

    Jun 28, 2015
    I've heard his name a few times around TB, but I never really paid it much heed.

    Just listened to this song on a whim:

    Now I need more of Rainey desperately. What are his best recordings? Where to even start? He has a massive discography.

    I know I could have just done this myself with Google, but I also just wanted to pay my respects to this man and his incredible talent. If you haven't listened to him yet, you need to! Thanks for reading!
    elgecko, GregC, ELG60 and 14 others like this.
  2. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    For me it's Steely Dan's Aja. He plays on 6 of the 7 songs.
    TinIndian, MrLenny1, GregC and 30 others like this.
  3. Jloch86


    Aug 1, 2016
    Rock Steady

    and the Sanford and Son theme of course:
    Rudyboy98, MrLenny1, GregC and 19 others like this.
  4. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...and the other Steely Dan albums with Rainey-
    Katy Lied
    The Royal Scam

    Some highlights from these 2 albums-
    "Green Earrings"
    "Kid Charlemagne"
    "The Fez"
    "Your Gold Teeth II"
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  5. Bass'd on a true story

    Bass'd on a true story

    Jun 28, 2015
    Thanks so much! I'll check all of these out.
  6. okcrum

    okcrum in your chest

    Oct 5, 2009
    Verde Valley, AZ
    RIP Dark Horse strings
    Chuck plays EB on the first seven tracks - Cecil McBee is on DB on the fifth and eighth:

    Last edited: Jun 2, 2017
  7. StyleOverShow

    StyleOverShow Still Playing After All These Years Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2008
    I read that recording Steely Dan they told him not to slap & he agreed but when they recorded he did, of course. Rainey said that everyone else was doing it and he wanted to work.

    From people I know who knew him he was a good guy, friendly and willing to chat it up. I think he passed away in 2015-16
  8. Pbassmanca

    Pbassmanca In the pocket n' thumpy. So woody, so greasy...

    Welcome to Raineyville brother! I'm a veritable Chuck Rainey fanatic. Here's one to start you off! He plays the whole album. Very funky soul music!
    JEBassman, HolmeBass, Oddly and 6 others like this.
  9. Pbassmanca

    Pbassmanca In the pocket n' thumpy. So woody, so greasy...

    He is alive and well man!
    Rudyboy98, Jhengsman, GregC and 8 others like this.
  10. jmlee

    jmlee Catgut? Not funny. Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2005
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    He was quite unwell for a stretch if memory serves. That behind him now?
  11. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Seems to be. He's back to playing.
    Here's some Prime Chuck...
  12. slagheap


    Dec 23, 2011
    he is a towering monster, a true master, one of the all-time, all-time, greats. his hero and idol is a dude named Jamerson.
  13. Bass'd on a true story

    Bass'd on a true story

    Jun 28, 2015
    He sounds a lot like Jamerson in that Aretha song I linked in the original post. That's what attracted me to his sound. His mastery of the fretboard is so awesome.
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  14. BboogieXVII


    Feb 4, 2013
    I know this is off the topic of Chuck, but Steely Dan sometimes sounds so new and fresh, not necessarily modern but interesting and really good!
  15. AztecViking

    AztecViking Supporting Member

    Oct 12, 2010
    EndlessSummerVille, CA
    Chuck's story about slapping on Steely Dan's Peg can be seen at about 1:10 in the video below. I met him personally in the mid 80's and he showed me how to fool people on a recording session into thinking you were using a pick without really using one. It's pretty simple. You just pretend like you're holding one and press your thumb and index finger nails together and voila, instant pick. He said that up to that point nobody had ever called him out for not using one when on the sessions they had explicitly asked him to use one. :laugh:
  16. Pbassmanca

    Pbassmanca In the pocket n' thumpy. So woody, so greasy...

    Yes last I heard he plays gigs and does clinics still!
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  17. I'm led to believe he played on "dancing machine " by the Jackson 5. If so,he likely played on many more J5 songs.
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  18. Pbassmanca

    Pbassmanca In the pocket n' thumpy. So woody, so greasy...

    Wilton Felder played a lot of Jackson 5.
  19. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    Along with the aforementioned Steely Dan stuff, also check out the second track – titled "Green Flower Street" – on Donald Fagen's 1982 solo album, The Nightfly. That's Chuck, too.
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2017
  20. BuckN4k3d


    Jan 25, 2013
    This was my first exposure to Chuck Rainey
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