Louis Johnson

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  1. surfinryry

    surfinryry

    May 14, 2020
    Total newbie here - recovering guitarist getting into bass. I've been checking out Louis Johnson's lines on Thriller, Michael McDonald's 1st album, and anything else I can get my hands on. I know he's known for a lot of his slapping stuff, but I've never been much into slap and to my ears some of his best stuff is when he's not slapping. Any other opinions, recommendations for Louis Johnson non-slap stuff?
     
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  2. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis




    These are some of my favorite Louis Johnson lines with no or very little slapping.
     
  3. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    This is another mainly fingerstyle tune:
     
  4. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    "Streetwave" is killer!
    Other instrumental badness by the Brothers Johnson -
    "Thunder Thumbs and Lightning Licks"
    "Tomorrow"
    "Q"
     
  5. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Louis was an excellent bassist outside of his slapping which he actually didn't do a whole lot of. But when he did.....................

    Marcus Miller gets the same rap. Outside of his slapping, he's quite the virtuoso.
     
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  6. Bart Funk Bass

    Bart Funk Bass

    Feb 17, 2020
     
  7. murphy

    murphy Supporting Member

    May 5, 2004
    Canada
    I would not have picked up the bass if it were not for Louis Johnson

    Check out George Benson recordings...Quincy Jones recordings
     
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  8. Bart Funk Bass

    Bart Funk Bass

    Feb 17, 2020
     
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  9. Bart Funk Bass

    Bart Funk Bass

    Feb 17, 2020
     
  10. MDStingray

    MDStingray

    Nov 5, 2012


    One of Louis' best work is on this album, but this track features Louis with a solid walking groove.
     
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  11. Bart Funk Bass

    Bart Funk Bass

    Feb 17, 2020
    Just a short clip I've found in the 'We Are The World' documentary. Too bad there are almost no studio footage of Louis. I bet someone was videotaping "Off The Wall" and "Thriller" sessions.

     
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  12. Jhengsman

    Jhengsman

    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'm thinking maybe by the time of Thriller when the industry was thinking music video first and they would have that option open. But for Off The Wall while Michael Jackson was the front man of The Jacksons/5 he wasn't arguably the biggest pop star of his generation yet, that "King of Pop" declaration came later. So the sessions would have been just work
     
  13. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    Louis Johnson trading bars with Stanley Clarke during the bass solo(s). Louis is also on guitar.
    Alphonso Johnson is playing the bass groove.
     
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  14. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    ...another good one from the same album-
     
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  15. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    Actually, it surprised me that Bobby Watson was given a break on this track...I get it, but still.
     
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  16. lowdownthump

    lowdownthump

    Jul 17, 2004
    One of my favorite bass lines by one of my all time favorite bassist.:headphone:
     
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  17. Bart Funk Bass

    Bart Funk Bass

    Feb 17, 2020
    17 years old Louis Johnson with Billy Preston. Louis' earliest video!

     
  18. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I always liked that video. At 17, he had a great groove, but was still pretty raw. I am guessing that was 1972-73. By the time they were recording for Quincy Jones, Louis Johnson’s skill had grown tremendously.
     
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  19. Bart Funk Bass

    Bart Funk Bass

    Feb 17, 2020
    I made a compilation of Louis' best moments from George Duke concert from 1983:
     
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  20. lowdownthump

    lowdownthump

    Jul 17, 2004


    One of my favorite bass players and favorite video footage live in action.
    3:10 mark is :headphone::ninja::bassist::hyper:
    Everyone associates Louis Johnson with Stingray bass. I actually prefer his Sabre.
     
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