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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jimmyjames77, Oct 4, 2019.
Anything by Intronaut
I didn't know it was possible to have such musicality while being half naked in a field. I'll have to try.
Someone mentioned fretless guitar earlier. Guthrie Govan is a monster on both fretted and Fretless guitar.
And equally great with Marianne Faithfull.
Wherever I lay my hat by Paul Young, fretless p-bass by Piano Pallatino
A lot of people have mentioned Pino, but no one seems to recall his absolute master class on Gary Numan's I, Assasin. Prominent, almost lead fretless bass all the way through. Blew all our minds back in the early 80s and was on constant rotation in my circle (Detroit punks). Granted, it probably doesn't fit the original request for 'hit' music although three singles made the Top 20 chart in the UK. If you love fretless and haven't heard it, you are in for a real treat.
Black Velvet by Alannah Myles
Fretless Stingray, actually - see below:
Hi The mind train
It has been already mentioned on the thread
Not on piano but the song was played on keybords!
Look up Tony Franklin (Blue Murder, Whitesnake, etc., etc.). Prepare to be amazed
A Chapman Stick isn't fretless, though ;-)
Sean Malone from Cynic - great fretless, but maybe not that popular. I like him though.
Damn, forgot about this one - epic! Played it for quite some years, only to find out that it was sampled :-(
Already posted ?
Wimbush on "Nothingness" by Living Color:
Tony Levin's work with Peter Gabriel has been mentioned, but Larry Klein played the fretless on Gabriel's "Mercy Street."
It's kind of buried, but Mark Egan played fretless on "Election Day" from Duran Duran spinoff Arcadia, which was a top 10 hit on both sides of the Atlantic. He played the bass on the rest of their album So Red The Rose.
Diesel's "Sausalito Summernight" sounds like it might be fretless.
Roxy Music's "Avalon" was a hit in the UK at least, reaching #13, and it sounds like Alan Spenner is playing fretless to me.
I don't think it's been emphasised enough that Bill Wyman was, unless another candidate is found, the first musician to regularly play a fretless bass guitar. It tends to be overlooked because he didn't often play what we'd think of as fretless licks.
True about Bill Wyman. If memory serves his fretless was a cheap Japanese made bass he removed the frets from in 1959. Played it on much, if not all, of The Stones early stuff.
Always loved this song, the dude playing bass with a bow... not sure if its legit, but I think there is some fretless going on...
And with Jan Hammer before either of them! And, iirc, with Hamilton Bohannon before Jan Hammer! Fernando Saunders has been rocking the fretless bass since he was like 15 years old.
...which reminds me of another teen phenom fretless (though admittedly, not really rock) player: Ralph Armstrong: