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Who plays on MJ's "Earth Song"?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Oysterman, Oct 17, 2002.


  1. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    Just heard this Michael Jackson song for the first time since I started to really get into bass. As a non-bassist, I didn't notice the great bass line and bass tone that recording has - I definitely did notice it today! So, does anyone know who it is? Nathan East?
     
  2. DigMe

    DigMe

    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    Hmm...the musician credits for History list 7 different bass players. None of them are Nathan East though so he's ruled out. If you want the list let me know...don't know how it would really help though. Too bad they don't list by song.

    brad cook
     
  3. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    Allmusic.com lists Nathan East...
     
  4. Alex Al ?
     
  5. DigMe

    DigMe

    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    That's for disc 1. The actual CD lists credits for disc 1 and 2 separately and disc 2 has Earth Song.
    I think East played on the Bad album.

    brad cook
     
  6. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    Ah, I see! So it's not East then. That would leave me without a clue, for he was the only bassist I'm familiar with. As far as I'm concerned, it could be any of the other ones listed... :oops:

    It was probably Carol Kaye anyway.
     
  7. DigMe

    DigMe

    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    LOL... :D

    It probably wasn't Louis Johnson too (I don't hear any thunderthumb going on in there)..I don't know though. The other guys I've never heard of.

    brad cook
     
  8. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    It was Guy Pratt, UK session bass dude. He also played on "Like A Prayer" by Madonna, which has some really nice playing on it.

    If I remember correctly, he used a Status through an octaver on both recordings.

    Legend has it that Guy never even got paid for the MJ session!
    :mad:
     
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  9. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    Many thanks, David!

    And welcome to Talkbass! :)
     
  10. moley

    moley

    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Wasn't Bad synth bass? I've not paid attention to the bass on that album, but I refuse to believe that the Speed Demon bass line was played on a bass!
     
  11. DigMe

    DigMe

    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    He usually has synth bass on some songs and regular bass on other songs. East is definitely credited with bass on that album. Not sure which song or songs he played on.

    brad cook
     
  12. He has also played with Pink FLoyd for years if I'm not wrong.. He played in the Pulse tour. yup
     
  13. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    holy thread necro! one of my first ever posts.

    indeed he did, plays with Dave Gilmours band now as well as Bryan Ferry

    I'd highly recommend his book 'My bass and other animals', very entertaining read if not really that much about the technical side of playing the bass although those of us longer in the tooth will sympathize with his 70s/80s reminisces about heavy cabinets / bass bins. He doesn't take himself very seriously.
    He says this is probably his favorite bass line he wrote, Kiss and Tell by Bryan Ferry