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Songs That Really Should Be Played On A Fretless Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Fat Freddy, Oct 8, 2017.

  1. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
    Hope this is in the right place....Feel free to move it elsewhere if I've got it wrong....


    What songs do you feel really should be played using a fretless bass?....

    I'll kick it off with this one.....

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  2. 'Shining Through' by Russell Jones, fron the Phillipeans Airlines advert from the late 80's.
  3. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    There are several Pink Floyd tunes from The Wall that require fretless bass, just don't ask me which ones, 'cause I forget. To depressing to listen again.
  4. who


    Apr 20, 2007
    Washington DC

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  5. Clapton, Tears in Heaven.
  6. Anything played on a double bass originally, is better on a fretless than a fretted bass.
  7. FantasticFour


    Dec 14, 2013
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  8. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    Saw a local band a few months ago doing Don Henley's "Boys of Summer" and "Sunset Grill" where the bass player was using some boutiquey fretted 6-string. Didn't work for me.
  9. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
    So, you're starting an alternative thread.....

    Songs That Should Never Be Played On A Fretless?......

    Fair enough....Adds to the fun....:D:thumbsup:
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  10. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA

    I play this on a fretted bass but there are parts that doesn't sound quite as good without a fretless.
  11. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    Another song that comes to mind...not just in the intro but listen to the bass in the song.

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  12. I'd add New York Minute to that list. That song was the reason I bought a fretless. I wood shedded that song for weeks and then we never played it.
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2017
  13. maxschrek

    maxschrek Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2006
    Chattanooga, TN.
  14. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    IMHO, once you hear a Pino fretless tune, it's really tough to imagine it being any other way. For me, it was David Gilmour's "Murder" (from 1984's About Face).
  15. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    A lot of Kate Bush really needs fretless. Somebody already mentioned Babooshka so I'll add Suspended In Gaffa

    Camel's City Life:

    And then there's Harry Belafonte's song Skin to Skin that he said was specifically written with fretless bass in mind:

    If your band can handle the vocals, try tossing that one in your set towards the end of a wedding reception if you want to see body temperatures go off the chart. ;) :D
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  16. Pirate Captain

    Pirate Captain Elitist Jazz Snob ********

    Dec 22, 2016
    Upstate, NY USA

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  17. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 Groove it

    Do bands actually play all these cray songs?
  18. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    Another Paul Young song...but Pino also slaps on his fretless here.

  19. Hey You by Pink Floyd is definitely a fretless tune. :D
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