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Old 12-04-2012, 07:46 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Ever since I picked up a bass to add some rumble to my tunes, I've been zoning in on bass more than I've ever thought I would. Listening to the radio in the car, this tune came on and I was impressed at just how busy this bass line is without being over the top:


Genesis No Reply At All (Official Music Video 1981) - YouTube

Then there's also tunes like this:


Living Colour - Ology / Fight The Fight - YouTube

...and this


Billy Sheehan Bass Solo! - YouTube
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:25 AM   #12 (permalink)
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The first song you posted, Genesis' "No Reply At All," does have a nicely subtle bass line.

In contrast, Billy Sheehan's bass solo (above) is the exact sort of bass playing (or similar guitar playing) that I abhor! I mention this because, while listening to his solo, I was surprised at how much I hate it. It's like a migraine of sound to me.

This just shows how different people's music tastes can be. In general, I love low notes in songs (much more than high notes), but Sheehan's bass solo is an exception.

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Two of my favorite songs happen to have simple, memorable, prominent bass lines, which is one reason I like them:

Joe Jackson - "Is She Really Going Out With Him"


Joe Jackson - Is She Really Going Out With Him - YouTube


The Raconteurs - "Steady As She Goes"
The bass line may have been inspired by the song above


The Raconteurs "Steady, As She Goes" - YouTube
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Was just showing contrast, VEGAN.

I saw Bill back in '85 when he was with Talas who opened up for Malmsteen at Milwaukee Fest. Bill did a 45 minute bass solo that blew me away, moreso than Malmsteen.

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Was just showing contrast, VEGAN.

I saw Bill back in '85 when he was with Talas who opened up for Malmsteen at Milwaukee Fest. Bill did a 45 minute bass solo that blew me away, moreso than Malmsteen.

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Yes, that was definitely a contrast!

I think if I had to listen to a 45 minute bass solo by Bill Sheehan, I would end up as a squirming mass of screaming protoplasm seeping over the grass/floor. But don't mind that. I'm glad you enjoy his bass playing.

Carry on.
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This probably requires a good sound system to appreciate much.

Extreme - Get The Funk Out - YouTube

Plankton points out Living Colour - I like the "Glamour Boys" bass line a lot.

My favorite overall bass performance probably is the Ozzy Osbourne + Primus version of "N.I.B." - but that's not a bass line per se.
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A friend of mine has been trying to learn his bass riff ever since I introduced him to Josef K.
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Oh good call Bob.

The bass sound on Faith & Seventeen Seconds really give those albums a real bleak sound to them.
Now that I think about it I can't think of a single guitar riff in any songs on those 2 albums, yet I can remember almost every bassline.

Funny how I never noticed that till now.
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