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Underrated Bassists

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by manolo578, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. manolo578


    Nov 21, 2011
    I've always thought that there were some bassists who never got their due for putting out the work that they did. I'd say Roger Waters and Roger Glover never got enough talk even though they had some good bass work.
  2. I don't think Jack Casady gets talk up a lot on here.

    John William "Jack" Casady (born April 13, 1944) is an American musician considered one of the foremost bass guitarists of the rock music era and best known as a member of Jefferson Airplane. First playing as a lead guitarist with the Washington D.C. area rhythm and blues band "The Triumphs", he switched to bass during his high school years and while still underage (and with a forged I.D.), played the Washington D.C club scene, backing artists such as Little Anthony and the Imperials and Ray Charles. He became the bass player for Jefferson Airplane when lead guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, a high school friend and former Triumphs rhythm guitarist, invited him to join in late September 1965. Jefferson Airplane became the first successful exponent of the San Francisco Sound. Their singles, including "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit," had a more polished style and successfully charted in 1967 and 1968. Casady, along with the other members of Jefferson Airplane, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996
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  3. fenderbassman40


    Apr 7, 2011
    Who's ever playing bass on the theme to "the People's Court."

    The drummer on that Was pretty amazing also. Whoever that was could really work a hi hat like no other.
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  4. lowgroove677


    Jan 8, 2011
    Tom Hamilton from aerosmith. That dude is a freaking monster. Great tone, great playing, and a good attitude. One of my top five favorite players. Unfortunately all anyone ever cares about in aerosmith is Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. What a damn shame.
  5. Peace Cee

    Peace Cee

    Feb 9, 2011
    Paul S. Denman and Adam Blackstone. I think that this thread has happened many times.
  6. Emilym80


    Sep 15, 2011
    Andy Rourke from the Smiths and John Deacon of Queen.
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  7. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Guy Berryman of Coldplay
  8. avvie


    Oct 12, 2010
    Maui, HI
    Dunno about Roger Waters...even he says he doesn't care to play well...
    Anyway, my entry is Gord Sinclair of The Tragically Hip....masterful at finding just the right glue to bind Baker, Langlois and Downey to Faye.
  9. Geddy Lee doesn't get the respect he deserves especially here from the Talkbass community. ;-)
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  10. All amazing players, frequently left off the best-of lists...

    Noel Redding
    Carl Radle
    Jim Dewar
    Johnny B Gayden
    Bill Wyman
    Chas Chandler
    Willie Dixon
  11. Gene Simmons
    KISS through the Love Gun album. 1974-1978
    Go ahead, flame me.
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  12. steelbed45

    steelbed45 TRemington Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2011
    Nolanville, TX
    Gary "Gazza" Johnson comes to mind for me. I loved his playing with China Crisis. Highest High was one of the songs that had me wood shedding as a teen. I learned how to really play on top of the beat from that song.
  13. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    I used to think that about Waters but as I grew older I found more and more how I wish I could play like that. His sense of space is second to none.

    If you're going to use one note in a measure you gotta be good.

  14. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    Ok, Danny Thompson. This guy's a great unknown. And if you've never listened to Pentangle you might consider doing so.

    Martin Turner. Listen to Handy and it that's not enough Vas Dis is just plain cool bass. And then there's the vocals.
  15. Bassmanmike1

    Bassmanmike1 Sittin' In Limbo Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2011
    Cool, CA
    +1 and thanks.
    I never knew the bass players name from China Crisis and often wondered who it was playing all those tasty licks. Working with Fire and Steel was one of my favorite albums in the 80's. I used to play Fire and steel, Animals In Jungles, and Wishful Thinking from that album when I was with a wave band in 86. I Just did a quick search on him and found out we share the same birthday. Who knew?
  16. Signs

    Signs Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    Muskegon, MI
    I don't know if they are underrated or just not discussed often, maybe it's the same thing!!!???

    But, they are really, really good as far as I'm concerned...

    Tiran Porter
    Jimmy Johnson
    Chuck Rainey
    David Margen
    Alphonso Johnson
    Joe Puerta

    I really like all these guys.
  17. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    Bass players in general are underrated IMO
  18. 39-Bassist


    Jul 7, 2010
    Endorsing Artist for: Brace Audio; Duncan Pickups; Line6, Hipshot, GHS Strings
    Phil Lynott (great song writer too)
    Brian Wilson (also a great song writer)
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  19. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    there is a very good reason some of these choices are under-rated.:bag:
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  20. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    My question is why are any of them ever rated to begin with? Just listen and enjoy. Like what you like. Don't spend a ton of time worrying about who does or doesn't get "enough respect". I'm sure the players themselves don't.