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Underappreciated Bassists in famous bands

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by buldog5151bass, Sep 16, 2017.

  1. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Who surprises you when you listen to a tune? Three come to my mind:

    Leon Wilkeson - Lynyrd Skynyrd. Listen to Sweet Home Alabama, Gime Three Steps, and Freebird. Stop the gag reflex and really listen to the bass parts. I'll bet 90% of the bassists here miss a LOT from these melodic bass lines.

    Garry Tallent - Bruce Springsteen. I disliked Bruce when I was young, but a few years ago I had to learn a few of his hits. These parts are also very melodic, and the entire band was made up of great musicians.

    Michael Anthony - Van Halen. This has been discussed here before. His work after leaving the band shows he is capable of a lot more than pounding roots.
  2. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    Intergalactic Mind Space
    Song Surgeon sofware
    Peter Cetera with Terry Kath in Chicago. Listen with Good headphones.
  3. Radio

    Radio Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2010
    New Haven, CT
    Kenny Gradney, Little Feat
  4. Most bass players are massively under appreciated in any band.
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  5. el jeffe bass

    el jeffe bass

    Nov 22, 2013
    New Mexico
    Boz Burrell of Bad Co.
  6. Old Blastard

    Old Blastard

    Aug 18, 2013
    Phil "Fang" Volk of early Paul Revere and the Raiders. His bass parts were tied to the guitar licks and often led the song, he played his own instrument on recordings, had classical training and he performed crazy choreography while playing.

  7. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Bass on Gimme Three Steps and Freebird was played by Ed King.
    Rob bassman, KPJ, Mvilmany and 18 others like this.
  8. oren

    oren Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2007
    I don't know if he's under appreciated, but this weekend I've been learning Rocco Prestia's lines on Squib Cakes, and man - he gets all those 16th note syncopations in just the right places. It's amazing how he can be so busy and completely supportive at the same time.

    Also, Paul Jackson with the Headhunters!
  9. Goatrope

    Goatrope Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2011
    Sarasota Florida
    Mike Mills REM.
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  10. Helix

    Helix California U.S.A.

    May 29, 2015
    Bob Daisley from Ozzy Osbourne

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  11. Stu Cook - CCR Classic, what more can I say?
    Pete Agnew - Nazareth Great player, good lines
    Cliff Williams - AC/DC Say what you will, he's as solid as a rock.
    Dennis Dunaway - Some pretty cool stuff on the old Aice Cooper albums.
    These guys always come to mind when I think of under-appreciated bassists. Everyone out there has their talents.
  12. Mo cowbell

    Mo cowbell

    Mar 2, 2017

  13. Collin Greenwood of Radiohead.
  14. Droopy_TX


    Jul 17, 2016
    Counting Crows' original bassist, Matt Malley.
    Especially the album "Recovering the Satellites".
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2017
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  15. obimark


    Sep 1, 2011
    This. Practically all of them unless they are alsi the frontmen like Sting and Macca.
  16. Yes! More than once I've been asked if i get bored playing the couple AC/DC covers we do. I tell em nope! Yeah, I can concentrate less on notes, but it's a chance to try to absolutely NAIL the timing. And stay up on my pick practice. Plus, I tend to embellish a tad... o_O
  17. Dave Pegg of Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull.
  18. George McArdle - The Little River Band
    Robert "Kool" Bell - Kool And The Gang
    Rob Grill - The Grass Roots
  19. Relsom

    Relsom Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2013
    The Old Dominion
    Been a big fan of Dennis Dunaway for decades. "Killer".
  20. Tom Baker

    Tom Baker Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2016
    per GrooveDocter...."Most bass players are massively under appreciated in any band."

    A perfect example of a true statement.

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