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Ross Valory of Journey

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by cole, Mar 26, 2001.


  1. cole

    cole

    Sep 14, 2000
    Maryland
    so I was listening to "Escape" last night, and I noticed that Ross Valory was playing some interesting lines on that album. nothing flashy, but he wasn't just pounding out straight quarter and eighth notes. plus, he's got a really freaky tone on "Don't Stop Believin'". I understand he used a Peavey T-40 around this time?

    anyone else care to comment?
     
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  2. cassanova

    cassanova

    Sep 4, 2000
    Florida
    i like his bass line on stone in love, his tone isnt the best but it doesnt sound all that bad for back then, its very different and ive yet to hear anyone mock it.
     
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  3. jazzbo

    jazzbo

    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    His lines are alright, and cheesy as it seems, I love Journey, but I have always hated Ross Valory's tone.
     
  4. Acacia

    Acacia

    Apr 26, 2000
    Austin, TX
    i have been learning several journey tunes lately. fun stuff.
     
  5. SCT1422

    SCT1422 Supporting Member

    I BELEIVE AROUND THE TIME HE WAS RECORDING THE ALBUM ESCAPE, HE WAS USING A STEINBERGER...
     
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  6. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Work on your dynamics, Steven;)
     
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  7. Player

    Player

    Dec 27, 1999
    USA Cincinnati, OH
    Actually (if I remember correctly) Ross was playing an Ovation bass (with the little EQ on it) at that time (I know he played it on the tour). I think he had some creative lines on that album.
     
  8. Player

    Player

    Dec 27, 1999
    USA Cincinnati, OH
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    Not a very good shot, but all I could find.
    The T-40 was pre-Escape and the Steinberger was post. (I think he changed basses on every album).
     
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  9. RAM

    RAM

    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    I do remember seeing him with a picture of the T-40. It stuck out, because I had bought mine about a year before I saw the photo (which was probably a couple years old at the time). I too, am pretty sure he nixed it prior to Escape. And, the Steinberger was only used on the next album...what was the name of it? It had "Separate Ways" on it...

    Funny to me: my first band played "Separate Ways". I was playing about 3 months at the time, and looking back, we were SO bad!!! That was the worst rendition of ANY song I've heard!!! ;)
     
  10. cole

    cole

    Sep 14, 2000
    Maryland
    that would be "Frontiers".
     
  11. RAM

    RAM

    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Yup! That's the one...Thanks!
     
  12. Acacia

    Acacia

    Apr 26, 2000
    Austin, TX
    that's not a t-40 is it?
     
  13. Player

    Player

    Dec 27, 1999
    USA Cincinnati, OH
    I though it was?? :oops:
    Anybody got a pic?
     
  14. RAM

    RAM

    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    It sure is, and, it's totally identical to the one I own, but refuse to play.
     
  15. sgraham

    sgraham

    Aug 30, 2000
    Tyler, TX
    I remember those T-40's were the heaviest basses
    back then. Neck-heavy, too, if I can recall correctly.
     
  16. Acacia

    Acacia

    Apr 26, 2000
    Austin, TX
    hmmm, maybe i am thinking of a t-30...thanx! there's one in a local pawn shop that i almost bought a year ago. heaviest damn thing i ever played.
     
  17. did he use a pick on that?
    sounds like there's chorus, maybe the line was doubled too.

    Sting had a similar tone from a Steinberger on a live clip I saw.
     
  18. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    This was my thought (though not in caps - I try not to yell at myself if I can help it)...
     
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  19. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    I heard a record Ross Valory played on that was recorded the late 60's/early 70's, it may have been with Steve Miller, I can't remember. He was all over the bass. Amazed I looked at the back cover to find out who the bass player was. I was like: "Journey's Ross Valory?!?" He was showing some great chops on that recording.