Who played bass for the Carpenters?

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

  1. 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


    May 16, 2000
    I think it was Joe Osborne.
  3. TaySte_2000


    Jun 23, 2001
    Manchester, UK
    Endorsing Artist: Mojohand, Subdecay, Overwater, Matamp
  4. 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.
  5. CJK84


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

    Recording techniques?
  6. 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")