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Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by D.J, Apr 21, 2002.
Do you like them and what's your favorite?
Early in my development as a bassist, I learned every song on The Eagles Greatest Hits 1971-1975 album. Later when Meissner left and Schmidt came aboard I was bummed out, but then he won me over with that infectious groove on "Life In The Fast Lane". So, I have to call it a draw!
I'll have to go with Timothy B. Schmidt, although Meisner is an excellent bass player.
Take It To The Limit- Randy Meisner hands down. Don Henley was an egotistical p****.
I prefer Timothy B. Schmidt, although he looks a bit like something out of a scary movie. (No offense, Tim.)
You know what? As bassists, they are each good at what they do. Solid. Melodic when they need to be. Groovy in that Southern Californian country-ish kind of way. Superb.
But, let us not forget that they were (are) both great vocalists as well. Even on the "Hell Freezes Over" stuff, Schmidt shows that he still has great pipes. (Besides, wasn't he originally in Poco? They certainly were not too shabby in the ol' vocal department.)
That was Meisner on "Life in the Fast Lane". T.B.S. didn't join until The Long Run album.
I like them both! Vocaly TBS is the man as for writing awesome grooves Randy is king.
I call it a draw also!
Right you are Harper! And there I thought I was the all-knowing, all-seeing guru of who played what! All that notwithstanding, it was a great groove ya gotta say. Sorry. mea culpa.
Randy's an excellent bassist, but I've been a big Timothy B. Schmitd fan for a long time. He won me over when I saw him play the fretless groove to "In a New York Minute". I think he really added to the Eagles harmony. He also always seemed like the most shy and most humble on stage.
Wish I could have seen the "Hell Freezes Over" concert when it came to my town, but it was like 125 bucks.
I agree that both are great at what they do, but Meisner's backing vocal...the SCREAMING stratospheric high harmony...on "One Of These Nights", gets me every time. How does a man sing that high? That part makes Steve Perry sound like a bass vocalist.
On bass? Either or...
YIP,GLENN FREY SAID HIS" TONGUE FELL ON THE TABLE" WHEN HE SAW RANDY WITH POCO.
One of my guilty pleasures is, whenever "I Can't Tell You Why" comes on the radio, mentally isolating the bass playing and just enjoying the piss out of it. Fabulously simple delicate playing, almost pretty but rock solid in the pocket. His vocals don't suck either. TBS FTW.
TS gets my vote just for brains....I mean, who in their right mind would quit the Eagles?
You couldn't blow me out of a quizillionaire $$ band like that with a nuclear bomb!
Good Luck To You!
I like them both. Timothy has something special though. I saw him live with Poco back in the day a few times... very tasty player.
I always remember the interview where someone asked Tim what strings he used, and he said he didn't remember because it was over a decade since he changed them!!!! Totally not my sound, but as is always said... if it's good, it's good!
always been a bigger fan of Meissner's playing, but Schmidt's vocal contribution is pretty important too!
Yeah, I like them both but more partial to Tim. Just a tasty player who unfortunatley gets over looked. Good tone, solid, solid playing and what a great vocalist. He can groove and sing, and as mentioned does some really nice fretless work when they do "New York Min" live. Lots of these "70's" guys get over looked to often IMO. I'm only 34yrs old but I was Spoon Fed Fleetwood Mac and weaned on the Eagles by my Parents. John McVies bass lines are the reason I stared playing when I was 9. These guys are "nuts and bolts" and thats what it's about..groove. Why did those bands do so well, cause these guys know how to make Whole, quarter and eight notes groove against a simple Kick drum pattern at a medium tempo and yes good melodies...
I like Meisner with the Eagles and Schmidt with Poco. Tim was great on "The Long Run" and "Hell Freezes Over" though, but, I cant help but think I might have liked to see Randy there instead since he did most of their Albums. They are both great players and singers.
Both are great players and both fabulous singers with incredible vocal ranges. Randy got to sing Take It To The Limit, and Timothy singing I Can't Tell You Why.
But to me I like Meisner's style more, seems to have a little more groove in it, tone stands out a tiny bit more.
I also like Eagles music and songwriting more of the Meisner era than TBS era.
Both had worthy bass collections.