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Prince: Let's Work Live in 1982

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Apr 16, 2015.


  1. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis


    This is my favorite Prince bassline of all time except for maybe Lady Cab Driver.
     
  2. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
    earth
    The 70's Jazz bass sound is prevalent in so much (mostly all) of his music and he's known to lay down some ferocious bass himself as other bassists are well aware of, you would think Fender would consider some sort of one off. Thanks Cheese for the vid. :cool:
     
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  3. I know I tell too many stories, but I've lived a Forrest Gump life.

    John Niemann is a guy I've been delighted to work with a lot in live sound. He spent a number of years running a monitor desk for Prince and also Ray Charles. He's one of the best board Ops I've ever met, and a nice guy. Last I heard he's living in Japan designing computer-controlled environmental systems for skyscrapers.

    John always said Prince was a really tough guy to work for... demanding and volatile, fired people on a whim without thought when his temper was short, but one of the most gifted guitar players and composers you'd ever meet.
     
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  4. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I've been on a Prince bassline kick lately. Prince is probably the first slapper I know of who regularly slapped outside of the octave thump and pluck approach. I also think his use of rhythm with accents, dead notes, rests, and syncopation is remarkable.
     
  5. T-Funk

    T-Funk

    Jul 2, 2005
    USA
    Brown Mark actually posted a video of himself playing the bass line, on his YouTube channel, about two weeks ago. Unfortunately, it was removed due to a copyright infringement notice.
     
  6. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    That Brown Mark video was what put Let'S Work back on my mind.
     
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  7. Leo Smith

    Leo Smith

    Oct 21, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    oh my dayum, that is sick!
     
  8. AaronVonRock

    AaronVonRock

    Feb 22, 2013
    Bangkok
    I'm digging his falsetto more than the bass line. I wish I could make my voice do that.
     
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  9. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    My mom had that same pantsuit
     
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  10. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    That little man in the pantsuit with the falsetto had more women after him than all of TB combined!
     

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