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saddest bass line ever?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by wobble man, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. wobble man

    wobble man

    Feb 15, 2013
    IMO the technical aspects of playing bass can be perfected by anyone willing to put in enough hours of practice, but really using the instrument to convey emotion is another matter... though it requires technique of course as well.

    I am a fan of Tony Levin, and when I first bought a copy of Lou Reed's Berlin years back, I was psyched when I saw Levin played bass on a track. Having first becoming a TL fan after seeing Peter Gabriel live, it is somewhat different here.


    His use of space and the weepiness of the fretless is just genius on one of the saddest rock albums ever made.

    So I am just curious... Can anyone name a truly sad bass line? One that really moves you?
  2. skee616


    Sep 21, 2011
    Rochester MN
    Weather Report - A Remark You Made - does it for me every time.
  3. cjmodulus


    Jul 15, 2010
    'Round here' by counting crows is one for me. That whole song is pretty sad, but the way that Matt malley builds up the bass line on that last chorus with the vocals... I get chills every time I play along to it.
    Mediocrity Man, bholder, BAG and 3 others like this.
  4. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    +1. I was gonna say this. For me, Jaco's ballad playing is even more impressive than his 16th-notes-of-fury.
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  5. vegas532


    Nov 10, 2006
    Pensacola, FL.
  6. Big +1. Love this tune. Or anything in D minor, the saddest of all keys.
  7. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

    Jun 5, 2011
    Cliff's line on Fade to Black has always held a kind of sombreness to me.
  8. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    THIS. One of the most beautiful bass lines ever.
  9. They're a sad band.:D
  10. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 Always overcompensating Supporting Member

    Jul 5, 2010
    I always thought John Myung's bass playing starting at 3:07 of Dream Theater's In The Presence of Enemies pt 1 was sad.

    Born of the Flickering by Old Man's child.
  11. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

    Jun 5, 2011
    Oh, that one reminds me. Through Her Eyes.
  12. sandmangeck


    Jul 2, 2007
    The saddest song or Lilah by Morphine.
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  13. bcgd


    May 27, 2008
  14. NOFX - "Whoops I OD'd"
  15. ProgRocker


    Mar 25, 2011
  16. BenBL


    Jun 25, 2012
    Song for Our Fathers - Explosions in the Sky
  17. Anything in D minor instantly makes me weep.
  18. blackest_frank


    Feb 1, 2013
    Anything I play is pretty sad...
  19. halfjackson


    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston, MA
    Morphine might just be my favorite band ever. Certainly in the conversation. I'll say "The Night" by Morphine (Mark Sandman).

    Can't go wrong with "A Remark You Mad" by Weather Report.
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  20. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
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