Who played bass for the Carpenters?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by CJK84, Feb 10, 2005.


  1. CJK84

    CJK84

    Jan 22, 2004
    Maria Stein, OH
    I like the Carpenters studio music from '69-'73.

    Who played the EB on these cuts? It's obviously a pickstyle player so I'm thinking it might be Carol Kaye.

    Anyone have any idea?
     
  2. KeithPas

    KeithPas

    May 16, 2000
    Poulsbo,Wa
    I think it was Joe Osborne.
     
  3. superfly

    superfly

    Aug 4, 2004
    +1
     
  4. TaySte_2000

    TaySte_2000

    Jun 23, 2001
    Manchester, UK
    Endorsing Artist: Mojohand, Subdecay, Overwater, Matamp
    +2
     
  5. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Joe Osborne took them under his wing and helped them cut the demos that got them their deal with A&M.
     
  6. CJK84

    CJK84

    Jan 22, 2004
    Maria Stein, OH
    What was Joe's bass? Equipment?

    Recording techniques?
     
  7. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    Fender Jazz...Lakland makes a Joe Osborn bass, too(based on the exact Fender Jazz he used; IIRC, Lakland had the bass disassembled, measured, weighed, etc to get it perfect!).
    IIRC, with the neck pickup solo'd & played with a pick.
    Some interview I read long ago...Osborn said he played 90% of everything on the "A" & D" strings, somewhere between the 1st & 5th frets. ;)

    He also worked with The 5th Dimension("Let The Sun Shine/Aqaurius")
     
  8. Kim Gorden... ;)