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Top 3 favorite synthbass lines

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by BassGuyNL, Dec 28, 2001.


  1. BassGuyNL

    BassGuyNL

    Jul 20, 2000
    The Netherlands
    I was listening to some old Chaka Khan stuff, with some great synth bass work. What's everyone's personal Top 3? Here's mine:

    1. We can work it out- Chaka Khan, bass by Greg Phillinganes
    2.What the hell is this?-Johnny "Guitar" Watson, bass probably by Mr. J. "G". W. himself
    3. Best in the west- Chaka Khan, bass by Robbie Buchanan
     
  2. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    Greg Phillinganes is an awesome synth-bassist.

    David Frank, of The System, also has some wicked bass lines...some are even contrapuntal & require both hands goin' at it(it's been awhile so I'm drawing a blank on citing specific tunes). ;)

    "Yah Mo B There" from James Ingram's It's Your Night...it's probably Rod Temperton(or Mike Boddicker).

    "Hawk" Wolinski of Rufus also plays some nice synth-bass.

    Stevie Wonder, too!
     
  3. BassGuyNL

    BassGuyNL

    Jul 20, 2000
    The Netherlands
    There is some good 70's Donna Summer stuff with Boddicker playing on Temperton's tunes: "If it hurts just a little" offers some great synth bass.
     
  4. BassGuyNL

    BassGuyNL

    Jul 20, 2000
    The Netherlands
    Hey JimK,

    I remember borrowing a Greg Phillinganes solo LP in the 70's (I think it was called "Significant Ganes"), which opened with a very lush, funky version of "Girltalk". Do you know if it is out on CD?
     
  5. jblake

    jblake

    Aug 30, 2001
    Gray, ME
    Stevie Wonder: Golden Lady off of Innervisions. I love the fact that he played all the instrumenst on a couple of tunes.

    Frank Zappa: Sofa 1 and 2 from One Size Fits All.
     
  6. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Greg and Stevie should be ineligible for this thread!!:D
    I do have a warm spot in my heart for :
    "Diggin' Your Scene" - Blowmonkeys
    "Candy Man" - Mary Jane Girls
    "Tuesday Heartbreak" - Stevie. OMG!!!!!!
    "At The Concert" - Bill Summers and Summer's Heat
     
  7. Bassdadto2

    Bassdadto2

    Dec 3, 2001
    California
    Susudio- Phil Collins W/David Frank on synth Bass
    Boogie On reggae woman- Stevie
    World machine- Level 42

    Woodchuck, this is off-topic, but do you remember Nile Rodger's solo Album "B Movie"?
     
  8. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    I think the album you're reffering to was called "19 Movie Mantinee"
    BTW, we should ALL be ashamed! No one mentioned Lord Bernie Worrell!

    "The Perfect Way" by Scritti Politti is an awesome synth bassline.
     
  9. Winston TK

    Winston TK Hairpiece Adventurer

    Oct 8, 2001
    Burnaby, BC Canada
    These are all great choices.

    The one I would like to add is the classic "Dream Weaver" by Gary Wright. Also, his "Our Love Is Alive". I believe production guru David Foster had a major hand in the sound and creation of these ultra-smooth Moog lines.
     
  10. Herbie Hancock's Chameleon
     
  11. High times by Jamiroquai
     
  12. oddentity

    oddentity

    Nov 20, 2000
    Philly
    'Saucers', 'Ghedengi', and 'Wob Glass' by Ozric Tentacles are some of my fave synth basslines... I assume Ed Wynne played or programmed all three. Not funky, but very spacey... :)
     
  13. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    High Times is an "either/or". Stu is playing a Warwick Streamer through a Boss ME8, along with Toby on keys.
     
  14. wonder how he knew that

    :D
     
  15. Originally posted by Woodchuck
    "High Times is an "either/or". Stu is playing a Warwick Streamer through a Boss ME8, along with Toby on keys."


    I actually remember hearing that Stu's signal was split three ways for that one -- clean in the center, distortion with flange on one side, and the synth effect on the other side....Im gonna go get my headphones on and see if that is true!

    And Bernie Worrel too..."flashlight" I've heard him credited as being responsible for synth bass in popular music today...
     
  16. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Yep, Bernie's the one. A lot of people considers what he did to be horrible AND genius. He's one of the main reasons why 5 string basses with a low B thrives. George Clinton originally wrote "Flashlight" for Boosty, but one day, during a break in the studio, Bernie started playing the bassline as a joke. He was playfully telling Bootsy, "I can do anything you can." Even though they both thought it was funny, George had other ideas, and the rest is history! BTW, Boosty's playing drums on it. If you really wanna get a good idea of just how brilliant Bernie is, listen to what he's doing underneath everything on "(Not Just) Knee Deep". Sheer genius!
     
  17. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Mouse and Stevie. Damn.

    These two are bass players.

    Here's three that kept me up at night...

    "Boogie on Reggae Woman"
    "We Can Work it Out" and "Whatcha' Gonna Do For Me?" (Greg and AJ).
     
  18. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    There have been some great songs played on a Yamaha DX7!
     

  19. i second that (not for the reason that i'm covering it in the school concert)
     
  20. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    Anton-
    I have no idea; anyone else know or even have this in LP?
    (Brad?) ;)

    Regarding Phil Collins' "Sussudio"-
    I mentioned this is the latest "Oteil" thread-
    Oteil played the Hell out this...took Frank's part & "turned it up a notch"! ;)

    How 'bout Ray Manzarek? ;)