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Popular Rock or metal songs played with fretless

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jimmyjames77, Oct 4, 2019.


  1. Vinny_G

    Vinny_G

    Dec 1, 2011
    Gallia Celtica
    It seems like I did not get too wrong, until then. :)
     
  2. raphaeld

    raphaeld

    Sep 19, 2012
    Israel
     
  3. zubrycky

    zubrycky

    Aug 22, 2011
    I forgot to mention Metallica's "Until It Sleeps".
     
  4. rojo412

    rojo412 Sit down, Danny... Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    While I wouldn't call it popular or terribly rock, "Catch a Star" from Men At Work is a fantastic song and great fretlessness.



    Also, not popular but amazingly good is just about anything from Comsat Angels. The Sleep No More album is very dark and brooding and a fantastic use of fretless.



    Fun fact: Comsat Angels' bassist is Kevin Bacon. Not the popular acting one though, the English bassist/producer one. But if you want to play the game:
    Bassist Kevin Bacon produced an album for Ziggy Marley in 1997...
    Ziggy Marley was in the movie Shark Tale with Robert DeNiro...
    Robert DeNiro was in Sleepers with... Kevin Bacon. So that's connecting Kevin Bacon to Kevin Bacon.

    What were we talking about again...?
     
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  5. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    :laugh:
     
  6. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    He was really great with Jeff Beck and John McLaughlin too.
     
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  7. StephnG

    StephnG Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2014
    Belvidere, IL
    Before most of the bands mentioned in this thread, there was"Brand X" who's bass player certainly deserves honorable mention with the rest SO for the prize behind door #3
    Who is it??

     
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  8. dramatwist

    dramatwist

    Sep 27, 2019
    Percy Jones.
     
  9. StephnG

    StephnG Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2014
    Belvidere, IL
    Ding Ding Ding we have a winner although it would have been interesting to let some of these "whipper snappers" struggle a bit with it LOL
    Yes Percy The Man!! One of the BEST eh?
    I forgot how good this stuff is, been a minute or two...
     
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  10. StephnG

    StephnG Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2014
    Belvidere, IL
    Arguably the "Primordial Goo" of "Prog Bands" as we know them today along with Genesis, King Crimson , Yes , Triumverant & FM...
     
  11. zubrycky

    zubrycky

    Aug 22, 2011
    Thanks for the clarification, guys!
     
  12. Lowandfat

    Lowandfat

    Jan 1, 2019
    Central NY
    Endorsed Artist Karl Hoyt Basses
    Pino was a world wide first call session cat for years before he ever met Don Henley.
     
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2019
  13. This is giving me the itch to give my Fretless another try... It sits in storage until my house is done being built. We’ll see what happens!
     
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  14. StephnG

    StephnG Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2014
    Belvidere, IL
    Then you should scratch that itch my Brother...
     
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  15. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    Anything by Peter Frampton back in 1975 on his live album. His bassist Stan Sheldon was a notable fretless player.
     
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  16. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    No time like the present. Go for it. :thumbsup:
     
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  17. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
    Great group!
    But not fretless.
    He used a fretted Steinberger Q4.
    See post #30.

    Andreas Jonsson

    Lars k norberg in spiral architect's forum said:
    "There has been some confusion about the bass, whether I use fretless on the album or not. To end the confusion; I use a Steinberger Q4 on that record all the way through, and it's definitely fretted. This is the story: That bass has actually a very hard sound to it. That's great for certain things, but can also be limiting. Anyway, in order to create more variations to my lines, I started to experiment with different approaches to simulate fretless bass. My goal at the time was to create a hybrid style, thus getting the best from both worlds. I used no effects in order to accomplish the illusion of a fretless bass. Basically I just tried to play more legato. For instance, one thing I did was to play a lot of parallel octaves in order both to get that richer fretless-sounding sound and the desired glissando feel: Listen to the first half of Moving Spirit for extended use of this technique. It's reminiscent to using an octaver.

    Since then I've bought myself a fretless bass, a Gary Willis signature. I use that one in the new project with Steinar. I also have the fretted version of the same bass. As of now I'm not sure which bass I'll use on the new SA. Perhaps a combination? Time will show"
     
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2019
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  18. zombywoof5050

    zombywoof5050

    Dec 20, 2001
    That's clearly not a fretless bass.
     
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  19. zombywoof5050

    zombywoof5050

    Dec 20, 2001
    Frank Zappa played a fretless guitar on this song:
     
  20. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
    No.
    Not at THAT time!
     

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