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R&B heads...Some Leon Sylvers III insight.

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by DWBass, Nov 8, 2010.


  1. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

     
  2. Hip clip,thanks!
     
  3. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    That was great!
     
  4. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Bump.
     
  5. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Thanks so much for posting this, DW! I'm a huge Leon Sylvers fan, and it is a pleasure to hear about what a master he was in the studio.:)
     
  6. Basseroni

    Basseroni

    Oct 17, 2006
    Southern California
    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar Amplification, Dunlop/MXR
  7. Basseroni

    Basseroni

    Oct 17, 2006
    Southern California
    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar Amplification, Dunlop/MXR
    Shalamar - Make That Move
    YouTube - Shalamar - Make That Move

    Shalamar - Sweeter As the Days Go By
    YouTube - Shalamar - Sweeter As The Days Go By

    Whispers - Turn Me Out
    YouTube - The Whispers - Turn Me Out

    Whispers - In the Raw
    YouTube - The Whispers - In The Raw Official Video

    Whispers - Keep On Lovin Me
    YouTube - The Whispers - Keep On Lovin' Me Official Video

    Krystol - After the Dance Is Through
    YouTube - Krystol - After The Dance Is Through

    Krystol - Talk of the Town
    YouTube - KRYSTOL ( Talk Of The Town )

    Leon Sylvers - World Champion (DC Cab Soundtrack)
    YouTube - D.C. Cab - Soundtrack - World Champion - By Leon Slyvers III -

    Shalamar - Friends
    YouTube - Shalamar - Friends

    Shalamar - I Don't Wanna Be the Last To Know
    YouTube - Shalamar "I Dont Want To Be The Last To Know"

    Shalamar - There It Is
    YouTube - Shalamar - There It Is

    :) A pick and a P-bass for those bassilicious grooves he put out. :bassist:
     
  8. Basseroni

    Basseroni

    Oct 17, 2006
    Southern California
    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar Amplification, Dunlop/MXR
    +11111 Same here. :hyper:
     
  9. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Wait a minute.....how old are you? ;) You have great taste in music for someone was probably a baby when this stuff came out!
     
  10. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

  11. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

  12. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
    earth
    All those links are classics..Does anyone know if it was Leon Sylvers who did the fretless line on the Whispers "never miss your water (til the well runs dry) ?
     
  13. Awesome bassist - great links.

    In fact, driving in to work this morning, I was listening to some old school and There It Is came on- great bassline, and I was wondering about what bass he might have used. Didn't sound to me like a Jazz, but had a nice thickness with growl - P bass with a pick eh? Good to know....

    J
     
  14. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    It's You Never Miss Your Water ('till The Well Runs Dry). That song was on an album that came out in 1977. Before Leon Sylvers started producing them. I used to have the album but no longer have it so I can't check the credits. I've read somewhere that it is Melvin Coleman. Doing some more research says that Don Cornelius wrote the song.
     
  15. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Leon was well known for playing a Rickenbacker bass. He played fingerstyle and with a pick.
     
  16. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    His main bass was a Rickenbacker 4001 with flatwounds with the mutes turned up. He also used a Music Man Sabre sometimes. I'm sure he had some Fenders also.
     
  17. Thanks DW and Dr - at the end of the day, I'll try to cop a bit of his tone on "There It Is" doing what I always do - using the bass I have and my hands.

    Killer bass player. Damn.

    J
     
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  19. Basseroni

    Basseroni

    Oct 17, 2006
    Southern California
    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar Amplification, Dunlop/MXR
    @DW..I'm hip to all of the Dynasty tunes and of course the Whispers' tune you posted. :) Yeah, I was around 7 or 8 when those tunes came out.

    So a Rickenbacker huh? I stand corrected again. :) I saw him playing that Ric on a Dynasty video. I want to say it was I've Just Begun to Love You.

    While growing up I kept my ears glued to the radio and ever took a tape recorder to record my favorite tunes from the car radio. Ghetto? Yes, but I wanted access to certain songs at all times by any means necessary. Lol

    I had forgot about that Reel to Reel tune but yes. I remember that and I want a copy of it.

    What about this?

    Dynasty - Adventures in the Land of Music
    rtsp://v3.cache3.c.youtube.com/CjYLENy73wIaLQl1OCP1oDFWcRMYJCAkFEIJbXYtZ29vZ2xlSARSBXdhdGNoYKqSsJXVtv6_TAw=/0/0/0/video.3gp
     
  20. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather


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