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"Rain" by the Beatles

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by ElectroVibe, May 25, 2017.

  1. ElectroVibe


    Mar 2, 2013
    What do you think of McCartney's bass line on this? (Sorry, I couldn't find an isolated track)
    Personally I love every note choice. I used to practice it to develop my own playing.

  2. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    One of the best bass lines ever recorded. Probably my favorite of any Beatles song.
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  3. nixdad


    Aug 15, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Truly another great example of Paul's work.

    Here's another:
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  4. I have always loved the whole song and especially the bass line, the thing I loved about his playing was that he always played with feeling.
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  5. nixdad


    Aug 15, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Oh Darling is an example of this. It's downright sloppy in parts and brilliant all at the same time!
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  6. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    "Rain" is quite wonderful. I'm very much enamored with Paul's bass work – though not quite enough to splurge for the 50th anniversary edition of "Sgt. Pepper's" – I own that one the way it was originally released in '67, and that's more than enough for me.
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  7. Skokiaan


    Jun 19, 2004
    New Jersey
    There's a one-disc version with the new Pepper mix. No splurging necessary. It sounds incredible.
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  8. Axstar


    Jul 8, 2016
    I wonder if Rain can be classed as the first stoner rock tune?
  9. Indiedog


    Aug 23, 2012
    Tucson, AZ
    Great Thread! Sir Paul is a genius.
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  10. Always loved that song.
    This will be my weekend project...
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  11. Rocker949


    Apr 20, 2005
    I don't know. It was, however, LSD-inspired. But it wasn't the first song inspired by that and it won't be the last. I can't decide if Rain or Something is my favorite Paul McCartney bass line.
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  12. Axstar


    Jul 8, 2016
    Rain, for me, over Something. The latter is an impressively tasteful line. The bassline to Rain is quintessential Beatles and '60s psychedelia, and has been recycled and reused in every wave of psychedelia since. It is the benchmark for that upper-register pillowy bass sound.

    Case in point:

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  13. Rocker949


    Apr 20, 2005

    Yes, I agree. But sometimes there can be too much of a good thing. I have caught myself several times sounding like I'm intentionally trying to copy that sound. Really, I'm not. I've just been very influenced by it. That and Carl Radle's style which I haven't even listened to that much, but it still sometimes sounds like I'm trying to copy him. I love the upper-register pillowy bass sound, but I love it too much for my own good is the point. I often sound like I'm stuck in a late 60s time warp.
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  14. Indiedog


    Aug 23, 2012
    Tucson, AZ
    And this is bad...why? :)

    Seriously though, I do understand what you are getting at but if one is well-versed enough and looks long enough at any modern tune, it is apparent that there are obvious influences/homages to multiple artists and styles. So if EVERYTHING is a re-mix of what came before, why let it stop your joy and creativity?
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  15. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    rain's got some tasty bass, but hey bulldog is my personal fave.
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  16. Rocker949


    Apr 20, 2005
    It doesn't stop my joy and creativity. But if I'm playing with someone who may want a different and especially a more modern sound my usual playing may not fit the bill. It's no big deal. I've got way more demanding things in life than this to deal with. Music is my great joy in life, though. Overall, I'm doing fine with it.
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  17. Rocker949


    Apr 20, 2005
    A masterpiece. George Martin was very fond of Paul's bass in that, too.
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  18. Boristhespyder

    Boristhespyder Guest

    Feb 12, 2016
    Too many choices. Day Tripper one of my favourites. Just picked up the 2 CD and the 2 vinyl record anniversary editions of Sgt Pepper today. Some good listening tomorrow!
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  19. OldDog52

    OldDog52 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    I bought the CD. Like it so much I also ordered the vinyl. :)
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  20. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    Lennon's backwards vocal at the end is the icing on the cake on this classic tune.
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