Your favourite recorded "live" tone

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by 4StringDave, Jun 5, 2020.

  1. Hi everyone

    I always listen to "live" (I know some times they are re-recorded later) concert versions of songs when listening on YouTube etc, as I usually prefer them to the recorded album version. I was wondering what everyone's favourite "live" bass tones are?

    Here are mine:

    Paul Moore - Van Morrison

    Lakland Jazz bass, with what sounds like rounds with both pickups on

    Mark Griffiths - Everly Brothers Reunion

    Jazz Bass - not sure of strings but flats I think, perhaps favouring the neck pickup - if anyone has any more info or thoughts please share...!
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  2. Epic song, but great Roger Waters bass tone starts at 6:25.

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  3. Beginning of the song at about 2:30, epic Geddy tone.

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  4. TheDirtyLowDown


    Mar 8, 2014
    Here's an opportunity to post a couple of live DB examples that do it for me:

    Ron Carter, live with Jim Hall (All the Things You Are)

    Christian McBride in a studio live recording with his band. It's not perfect -- (piano is out of tune) but that's a bass tone so huge that I could live inside it:
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  5. SunByrne

    SunByrne trained monkey Supporting Member

    Aug 29, 2019
    Pearland, TX
    Paul Denman in Sade Bring Me Home Live whenever he played the Stingray. Not a huge fan of the tone with the Gretsch, though—I mean, it's fine, but nothing standout about it—which unfortunately is most of the show.

    Pretty much any time Tony Levin plays pretty much anything, but a particular nod to the tone he gets out of the fretless MusicMan Sabre he plays on "Sledgehammer."

    Trent Reznor's fuzzed out P tone when he did "Reptile" with Peter Murphy. I still want to know what pedal he was using for that.

    I can think of more but that's a good start.
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  6. Jerry Scheff - Fender P Bass through a Fender Bassman amp. Live 1969 w/Elvis
    Listen to the whole thing. Jerry really gets going!
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  7. grouse789

    grouse789 Supporting Member

    Jun 13, 2004
    Westchester NY
    fer shure Geddy Lee's Rick tone on "Exit stage Left" VHS/DVD. Not so much the double album. the DVD/vhs bass tracks are amazing. They carried over somewhat to the Signals album. in particular the track "Countdown".
    Anyway a blistering Rick tone all narly and dirty!
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  8. CallMeAl


    Dec 2, 2016
    Ithaca Ny
    Maybe not “favorite ever,” but really digging both the playing and tone on this whole live set:
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  9. vvvmmm


    Dec 6, 2016
    I don't know, but to me that's Zvex, but DI is what it looks like. White, BTW, is better known as Twiggy Ramirez. Great - thanx!
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  10. ElMon

    ElMon Supporting Member

    May 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK

    Willie Weeks. Alder/rw, flats strung pbass, probably through an SVT
  11. SunByrne

    SunByrne trained monkey Supporting Member

    Aug 29, 2019
    Pearland, TX
    Yeah, maybe a Mastotron. Also maybe a Brassmaster? hard to tell.

    Yep. Murphy even grouches at him by that name when he misses coming in on backing vocals near the end. Cracks me up every time.
  12. vvvmmm


    Dec 6, 2016
    I think it's very cool to see Reznor more or less sitting back as they do his song, also - that's a good
    video, thanks.
  13. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern