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"Mustang Sally" - three versions

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by DannyShem, Nov 1, 2013.

  1. DannyShem


    Jan 31, 2013
    Just for fun, I am comparing three versions of "Mustang Sally" bass line: Wilson Picket (original), Buddy Guy (blues), and Committments (modern/R&B)

    The three links below all begin at the verse, all played by the same teacher.

    Wilson Picket:

    I like the Buddy Guy version of the bass line; it has a bit of funk (1/16th octave notes thrown in), and is more melodic. The Committments strikes me as a simplified version of Wilson Picket, and is the least interesting of the three.

    However, when I hear the entire bands, I prefer the Committments version. The Committments sound is stripped down, with more emphasis on the vocals. I would love to hear the Committments full band but with the Buddy Guy bass line.
  2. Fergie Fulton

    Fergie Fulton Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2008
    Retrovibe Artist rota
    The Buddy Guy link is a repeat of the Wilson Pickett one. Here is the Buddy Guy link, cool videos that show the subtle differences in the songs.
  3. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

  4. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    Listen to this one too..
  5. Ukiah Bass

    Ukiah Bass Supporting Member

    May 10, 2006
    Here's an uptempo version by a "power trio" cover band I was in back in 1999. It's different from the Pickett/Guy riff. And to give credit, the bass player on Pickett's classic original was David Hood from the famous Muscle Shoals rhythm section.

    Basically, the riff on the cover was stolen from the riff used by The Young Rascals, which was a very slow interpretation of Mustang Sally. That version is here:

    This same variant was copied in slow motion by The Kingsmen:

    Yet another variation is by Magic Slim, a bassline that wiggles all over:

    I'm into this version - again different from the others - by The Gadjitts. Very hip!

    Here's a R&Bish (lots of horns etc.) interpretation by The Sonics, Charlie and the Tunas. Reminds me of a Johnny Carson Tonight Show era vibe:

    There are a zillion other interpretations.

    I still prefer the interpretation by The Commitments. The producer of that soundtrack, by the way, was Paul Bushnell - he also was the bass player.

    I think the key thing here is you can have fun with this "oldie moldy" song by making it your own. After all these years, I still dig it. :D
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