Thumpy Bass Recordings

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by mellowgerman, Dec 4, 2021.

  1. mellowgerman


    Jan 23, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    I tried a search but couldn't find an existing thread about great thumpy bass recordings.
    I'm thinking of bass that moves the song, thumps, thuds, walks, rumbles, etc. without sizzle, hiss, click, or clank. Not that there's anything wrong with bright bass tones, but I'd love to see a thread for all of us thump lovers out there.
    Of course there are classics that already get a lot of praise here on talkbass, but if you know some lesser-known stuff, some deep cuts, even better! New or old, let's hear it.

    I'll start it off with a newer one. Love the bass on this. May not be anything groundbreaking or revolutionary, just the perfect thumpy groove for the song, in my opinion.
  2. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    Besides most Dub recordings?:D
    I nominate this moldy oldie, best heard on a Seeburg jukebox, at the Rec Center, by the pool, and not on computer speakers or a cell phone…
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  3. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    I am not good at describing bass tones but this tome seems to be Thumpy:
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  4. Stranger Danger

    Stranger Danger Feel Like A Stranger Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Denver, CO
    Yeah I was going to say anything Paul McCartney
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  5. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    Gotta love English compressors…

    The guitarist on the right, with the white shirt, is Dick Taylor, the Rolling Stones’ original bass player. PT bass is John Stax.
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  6. mellowgerman


    Jan 23, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    Very nice. New to me!
  7. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    The Pretties(named after a Bo Diddley song)were yet another Brit band from that time period that just never got any traction over here, like The Creation, The Move, The Birds, plus I would even say the Small Faces(in spite of/with the exception of,“Itchycoo Park”), as they all had a bunch of hits in the UK/Europe, but zilch in the US. The Who meant nothing in the US until 1967, and that early stuff was epic. The PT gigs were, in their day, wilder than the Stones, almost punk rock anarchy. David Bowie covered a couple of their tunes on his Pinups album, they technically produced/released the very first full rock opera album (S.F.Sorrow), and in the 70’s were on Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song label.

    They were still active up until 2018; two years later lead vocalist Phil May died.
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  8. Bent77


    Mar 6, 2013
    Desert, Colorado
    Every time I think Pretty things, this is the song I recall

    Not so thumpy though, more pushed