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Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by RichGlass, Jan 13, 2004.
Does anybody know who the bassist is on Diana Ross's Disco hit "I'm Comin Out"?
I believe it's the late, great Bernard Edwards.
He and Nile Rodgers (from CHIC) produced, wrote
and played on the "Diana" album.
The other hit from the album, "Upside Down" sounds
just like CHIC (which it essentially is ).
Speaking of "Upside Down", you should hear Jamiroquai's cover of it. Stu kills it!
I've studied "I'm Comin Out" in detail. It does sound like Nile Rodgers on guitar. However, It sounds like the bass is played with a pick. I don't think Bernard Edwards was a predomiant pick player. I think that it is Gerry Brown on drums. I also am not quite sure if that bass sound is a Musicman bass which was Bernard's main axe. Could it be Carlos Vega on his Vintage Jazz bass with a pick? If it is Bernard Edwards that would be especially interesting however!
Bernard Edwards was extremely capable with a plectrum (Just check out 'Everybody Dance').
Allmusic.com lists James Gadson as having played drums on the 'Diana' album - I would have expected to see Tony Thompson's name there.
Carlos(RIP) Vega...the drummer?
Or Bobby Vega the bassist outta SF?
I always thought it was Edwards on this tune...I may still have this album, I'll check the liner notes out...
Darn. I have Swept Away...musicians include Nile Rogers, Bernard Edwards, Jeff Beck, Darryl Hall, the Brecker brothers, Lionel Ritchie, etc.
I have the Diana album- liner notes say Bernard Edwards- bass Tony Thompson- drums Nile Rodgers-guitar
the tone on "I'm coming out" suggests to me he used his P bass instead of his customary Musicman as used on the other tracks.
also it sounds like fingerstyle with a heavy attack IMO. in the BP analysis of Chic's Le freak Nile Rodgers says Edwards often played downstrokes using his fingernails to get a percussive sound.
Just listening to it....it's clearly Bernard Edwards(RIP). He had his own style that I've not heard since!
Bernard used a pick on a lot of songs!
He actually used his BC Rich Mockingbird.There was article on him in a Bass Mag that I read on him when I was in Germany at the time (Whew ! were talking way back !)and the writer at one point had ask him about the Dianna Ross album that He,Nile Rodgers,and Tony Thompson (Chic)had just got thru doing and when the writer suggested that it sounded like he used a MM Bass for this recording he(Bernard)said that he had used the BC Rich.
I was "shocked to say the least when I had read this.
thanks for the info hands5- the Mockingbird (sure it was a Mockingbird?- i've seen pics of him with a BC Rich Eagle) did have P pickups in it though?
the tone on "My old piano" and "Upside down" sounds like a Musicman though
That is really interesting! I never thought of Bernard Edwards on a BC Rich. Thanks for the information. In the article, did it say if he recorded direct or with what kind of cabinet?
You saying BE used one of these???
Or one of these?? Well, actually, this one doesn't look too bad!
According to that article that I had read at that time me (Bernard)said it was the Mockingbird.
Yes,infact he went on to say that he just basically went direct into the board.
I saw him used one of these on tv(Bert Sugarmans MidnightSpecial)a mahogany colored one in fact when they were playing "La Freak"
Yes, Bernard did use a BC Rich. This is the best pic I can find right now:
Believe it or not not to long ago there was one of these here in my home town sitting in all places a Pawn shop.That Damn thing stayed there for just about 2 YEARS. and finally when I got the nerve to tell my lady that I was going to get this thing it was gone.
2 years man.And for a stinking $300.00 bucks ! .......DAMNIT MAN.