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Rickenbacker Sighting in the Wild

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Robert B, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. Robert B

    Robert B Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2000
    Hampton, Va USA
    In 1964, no less!

    I was around back then, but don't remember seeing a Rickenbacker bass until McCartney started using one. Or maybe it was Roger Glover in Deep Purple? I don't remember but I know it wasn't this early!

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  2. That's a great video, I was surprised the first time I saw this too. There's also another version of the same video with the original studio track on it.
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  3. Robert B

    Robert B Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2000
    Hampton, Va USA
    Watching the video, I'm also struck by the relatively unsophisticated skills required of the backup musicians supporting a major national act!
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  4. Rock and roll started out with pretty simple musical lines. The part of the video I find strange is standing on platforms/stages that have knobs on the front to match some of the backdrop fake amp setups.
  5. Robert B

    Robert B Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2000
    Hampton, Va USA
    I agree - it's almost like a precursor to Rush and their weird stage getups!
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  6. they are so far from the microphones
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  7. Its a 4001 first released in 1960
  8. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    Will Ferrel on keys!!!!!
  9. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    all about the visual...
    Neil Young did it too

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  10. FWIW, I believe that is Bill Dees, who not only plays keys and sings the harmonies on the studio version, but also is a co-writer of the song. Pretty talented dude, RIP.

    This video oozes so much cool I had to LOL a couple of times. The Ric is the icing on the cake.
  11. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy

    It doesn't look like any of them are plugged into anything anyway. I expect it's all lip synch for the camera.
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  12. show biz even then...even though these guys were likely really talented....fast forward 20 years and we have MTV... I always favored the show " Don Kershwin's (sp.?) Midnight Special" as they seemed to all play live
  13. I can see cables. And this is definitely not the studio version. I suspect it's all live, and extremely well-performed at that.

    Pretty typical of The Ed Sullivan Show. I don't think they had many, if any, lip synced performances, at Sullivan's insistence. Virtually no miming as well, maybe a backing track or two in its entire history. But this one is not played to a track.
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  14. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy

    I stand corrected. I didn't look closely.
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  15. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2006

    Rickenbacker (4000) in this one, too!
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  16. The thinner cables appear to be real but the thicker cables are connected to the platforms. A little bit of reality mixed with fakery? I don't know.
  17. I do remember these and the King Biscuit Flower Hour broadcast on radio. We were also lucky enough to have cable in the late 70's and early 80's when USA network would show Night Flight.
  18. Coolhandjjl


    Oct 13, 2010
    It was Don Kirschner’s ‘Rock Concert’. In my locale, it was aired at midnight.
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  19. Robert B

    Robert B Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2000
    Hampton, Va USA
    I always looked forward to watching that show.
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  20. Tony In Philly

    Tony In Philly Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Filthydelphia, USA
    This is a great historical video on many levels. As far as the Ric sound goes, when listened to on good speakers, it's got a lot of depth. Based on a quick look at the Ric Bass book by @PaulBoyer, I suspect this is an early 4001 - probably with toaster and and horseshoe pickups.
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