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User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12465 posts, RR: 25
Posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2412 times:

As per the other thread, I'm a fan of rock bands with great bass players.

I found a few lists online:

Greatest Rock Bass Players

100 Greatest Bass Players in Rock/Pop

I think some here will be pleased by who is #1 on the first list. 

So, are you a fan of bass, or do you just think of it as the thump-thump in the background, or don't notice it at all?

Are your favorite bass players given any cred by these lists?

As for me, the first one doesn't mention Yes's Chris Squire, the 2nd list has him 5th out of the top 100!


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User currently onlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4783 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2398 times:
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Ah, this reminds me of high school when playing in a band with my buddies. I would go back and forth with my friend who plays bass (I play guitar) about what was "cooler", 4 strings or 6 strings. I eventually won the argument when I pointed out that in the movie That Thing You Do, the bass player doesn't even have a name in the film, he's always referred to as "The Bass Player".

Bass? What? Who?

    



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User currently offlinen229nw From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 1949 posts, RR: 32
Reply 2, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2394 times:

Interesting...How do you define "great"? Virtuosity? Originality? "feel" for a particular style?

That's why to me the first list seems totally random. I mean, it is missing Larry Graham (Sly and the Family Stone), who largely invented slap bass, and it's missing Carol Kaye (who played on most of the big hits of the early 60s and invented lots of the typical sounds of rock bass in general, even though her name is less well known because she was a session musician.).

And it is missing my personal favorite bassist to listen to, Matt Freeman (Rancid/Operation Ivy), who for me hits all three of the above criteria.

They are all on the second list...I might quibble about the order (the nature of these lists) but at least there are a lot more people on there who should be...



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User currently offlinetype-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4995 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2388 times:

I noticed that Paul McCartney was referenced to the "Abbey Road" album. Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees played bass on a few of the songs on that album. He had a signature tweak to his playing, kind of like two notes repeated rapidly together. You hear it on the Bee Gees earlier albums and you also hear it on Abbey Road.


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User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12465 posts, RR: 25
Reply 4, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2368 times:

Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 1):
the bass player doesn't even have a name in the film

LOL that's so true. It seems even worse for the drummers, because in many bands you can't even see them from behind their kit. I have a FB friend who is a drummer, and he's always posting cartoons about the drummer's lot in life.

Quoting n229nw (Reply 2):
That's why to me the first list seems totally random. I mean, it is missing Larry Graham (Sly and the Family Stone), who largely invented slap bass, and it's missing Carol Kaye (who played on most of the big hits of the early 60s and invented lots of the typical sounds of rock bass in general, even though her name is less well known because she was a session musician.).

Indeed the first list is more limited and more mainstream.

Quoting n229nw (Reply 2):
They are all on the second list...I might quibble about the order (the nature of these lists) but at least there are a lot more people on there who should be...

  

Quoting type-rated (Reply 3):
I noticed that Paul McCartney was referenced to the "Abbey Road" album. Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees played bass on a few of the songs on that album.

I didn't know that. Might be an interesting thread: session musicians who went on to fame on their own. I can think of Mark Knopfler who did played on some Dylan albums, and Stevie Ray Vaughn who played on Bowie's "Let's Dance", and a lot of Jimmy Page session work etc, but I'm sure the a.net music fans know a lot more of these.



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User currently onlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7301 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2366 times:

Quoting type-rated (Reply 3):
Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees played bass on a few of the songs on that album.

I can't find any ref to this anywhere nor is he credited on the album, if he did find me a ref.

I've always liked John Deacon, he laid a good foundation for Freddie and Brian to build on, he also wrote some of Queens best songs.


User currently onlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9949 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2332 times:
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Some of my favorites, for various reasons:

Geddy Lee
John Myung (Dream Theater)
John Entwistle
Tom Hamilton (Aerosmith)
Robert DeLeo (STP, Army of Anyone)
Tim Commerford (Rage Against the Machine)
Rex Brown (Pantera, Down, Kill Devil Hill)
Billy Gould (Faith No More)
Duff McKagan (GnR)
Alex Katunich (formerly Incubus)
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden)
Juan Alderete (Mars Volta)
Matt Freeman (Rancid)
Tom Araya (Slayer)
Ben Shepherd (Soundgarden)
Justin Chancellor (Tool)
Rocco Prestia (Tower of Power)

Quoting Revelation (Thread starter):
So, are you a fan of bass, or do you just think of it as the thump-thump in the background, or don't notice it at all?

As a bass player (and guitarist and drummer), every instrument in a band is important and noticeable to me.

Quoting Revelation (Thread starter):
Are your favorite bass players given any cred by these lists?

No. Because all the lists in the world don't give cred to anything. Opinions are like.....

Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 1):
I would go back and forth with my friend who plays bass (I play guitar) about what was "cooler", 4 strings or 6 strings.

I play a 6-string bass. I win.

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 5):
Quoting type-rated (Reply 3):
Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees played bass on a few of the songs on that album.

I can't find any ref to this anywhere nor is he credited on the album, if he did find me a ref.

There have been all sorts of rumors of who played bass on Beatles songs. I always tend to ignore that sort of thing absent proof. Same with rumors of who actually played guitar solos on Aerosmith's early albums.



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User currently onlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7301 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2328 times:

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 6):

There have been all sorts of rumors of who played bass on Beatles songs.

I've always thought it was more a question of who played the drums?


User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39857 posts, RR: 74
Reply 8, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2316 times:

Geddy Lee (Rush)
Chris Squire (Yes)
Bernard Edwards (Chic)
Verdine White (Earth Wind & Fire)
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden)
Stanley Clarke (Return To Forever)
John Taylor (Duran Duran)
Rick James



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User currently offlineER757 From Cayman Islands, joined May 2005, 2512 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2282 times:

John Alec Entwhistle - period. End of story. One small sample:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2jVSQrEAiw

Start your lists with #2 after the above. He was the Jimi Hendrix of bass players and we'll not see the likes of him again.

I know these guys aren't rock bassists but no list is complete without Stanley Clarke and Jaco Pastorious


User currently offlineTheRedBaron From Mexico, joined Mar 2005, 2212 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2271 times:

Geddy Lee

mods please close thread.



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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7477 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2263 times:

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 6):
John Myung (Dream Theater)

  

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 6):
Justin Chancellor (Tool)

  
My favorite in my opinion. Met him in Santa Monica back in 08. Such a very nice, down to earth guy.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 8):
Geddy Lee (Rush)
Quoting TheRedBaron (Reply 10):
Geddy Lee

mods please close thread.

      YEP!

Quoting Superfly (Reply 8):
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden)

YEP.

I know she's not rock and she's also relatively new, but Doris Yeh is a fantastic bassist. When i met her in Tempe a few years back I asked her to show me some of her bass skills, and she was absolutely astounding. Able to do taps, arpeggios, and pretty much everything in between.

Not to mention she's a sexy beast   




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User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2454 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2256 times:

Quoting n229nw (Reply 2):
Interesting...How do you define "great"? Virtuosity? Originality? "feel" for a particular style?

You cant really, like choosing the "best"car. However, all the greats are covered. My top 3 are certainly Geddy Lee, John Entwistle and John Deacon, and you have to throw Macca in their too as an overall musical great.

Glad to see Tina Weymouth added, love that base line on Physco Killer even though Im not a particular Talking Heads fan otherwise.

Quoting Revelation (Thread starter):
So, are you a fan of bass, or do you just think of it as the thump-thump in the background, or don't notice it at all?

Definitely, the bass line is the foundation on which the song is built. Its wierd, but I often find myself singing along to the bass line rather than the melody...



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User currently offlinetype-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4995 posts, RR: 19
Reply 13, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2225 times:

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 5):
Quoting type-rated (Reply 3):
Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees played bass on a few of the songs on that album.

I can't find any ref to this anywhere nor is he credited on the album, if he did find me a ref.

Ah, the old a.net GIVE ME PROOF! line.....well sometimes stuff gets lost to the ages....

Ok, I read this in Rolling Stone magazine around 1971, and I didn't have the ability to scan it in at the time and save it for future use. OK, then do this. Listen to the song "One Minute Woman" off of the "Bee Gee's First" album then listen to "You Never Give Me Your Money" off of Abbey Road. Same style of bass playing. And Paul McCartney is credited with piano & vocals on that track. Who played bass? See....

A lot of times musicians who are friends (and the Bee Gees were friends with the Beatles, even sharing the same manager in the early days) sit in on their recording sessions but may not be credited for their work.



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User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12465 posts, RR: 25
Reply 14, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2212 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 8):
Bernard Edwards (Chic)

Great choice! Turns out one of my FB friends is the keyboardist in Chic these days. I get FB updates from him from all around the world.

Quoting ER757 (Reply 9):
John Alec Entwhistle

I love the bass/drum lines in "Going Mobile" from "Who's Next".

More my style is the intro to Gentle Giant's "In a Glass House":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgUpL...8C81F41CC3F8&feature=results_video

I have no idea how the bass and violin stay in sync through that intro.

Some amazing playing throughout that track - one that definitely is better with the headphones on.

Quoting YVRLTN (Reply 12):
Definitely, the bass line is the foundation on which the song is built. Its wierd, but I often find myself singing along to the bass line rather than the melody...

Welcome to the club!

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 11):
Not to mention she's a sexy beast

Sexy assed beast bass player = Tal Wikenfeld !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AX5oV_i0LHI

At 21, she's got the chops to be on stage with Jeff Beck and Vinnie Colaiuta at the Crossroads Festival!



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User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8135 posts, RR: 26
Reply 15, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2211 times:

For my money, or maybe just from having grown up with his mad licks, Flea simply has no peer from his generation and genre.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jefeAediu18



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User currently onlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7301 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2202 times:

Quoting Revelation (Reply 14):
At 21, she's got the chops to be on stage with Jeff Beck and Vinnie Colaiuta at the Crossroads Festival!


she was born in 86.


User currently offlinen229nw From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 1949 posts, RR: 32
Reply 17, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2197 times:

By the way, anyone who doesn't realize how important Carol Kaye was to the history of rock bass should watch this (she came up with all the bass lines she plays here)...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMznvEgOPhU



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User currently onlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9949 posts, RR: 26
Reply 18, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2186 times:
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Quoting Revelation (Reply 14):
Sexy assed beast bass player = Tal Wikenfeld !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AX5oV_i0LHI

At 21, she's got the chops to be on stage with Jeff Beck and Vinnie Colaiuta at the Crossroads Festival!

Ah crap, I forgot about her! Saw her on TV perform with Jeff Beck at Ronnie Scott's in London, and I was totally mesmerized.

Anyone who hasn't seen that Ronnie Scott's show should check it out. Guest appearances by Eric Clapton, Imogen Heap, Joss Stone, probably a couple others I can't remember. Plus some rather famous people in the audience, like Robert Plant. Vinnie Colaiuta + Tal Wilkenfeld = freaking fantastic rhythm section.

I was very sad that when I saw Jeff Beck live a couple years ago, he had a different bassist and drummer. Vinnie Colaiuta + Tal Wilkenfeld = freaking fantastic rhythm section.



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User currently offlineFlighty From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 8491 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2182 times:

Bernard Edwards (chic), Chris Squire (yes)... well, they're both '70s...

User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12465 posts, RR: 25
Reply 20, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2176 times:

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 16):
she was born in 86.



Right and the video I showed was from 2007 = 1986 + 21.

Sorry for any confusion.

Hmm, you know her birth year...   



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User currently offlineTSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3068 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2176 times:

Quoting type-rated (Reply 13):
A lot of times musicians who are friends (and the Bee Gees were friends with the Beatles, even sharing the same manager in the early days) sit in on their recording sessions but may not be credited for their work.

This is particularly true when said friends are signed to recording contracts with different labels.



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User currently onlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7301 posts, RR: 5
Reply 22, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2167 times:

Quoting Revelation (Reply 20):
Hmm, you know her birth year...

Yup saw an interview with her and Jeff Beck recently and thought she was a little young to be hanging with a crusty old codger like Beck.


User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39857 posts, RR: 74
Reply 23, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2166 times:

Quoting type-rated (Reply 13):
the Bee Gees were friends with the Beatles



Some friends they were.  
This should have NEVER happened!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCHvuGJBFTc

Quoting Revelation (Reply 14):
Turns out one of my FB friends is the keyboardist in Chic these days. I get FB updates from him from all around the world.



WOW! That is awesome!
Let me know when they're gonna tour Asia.

Other bass players worth mentioning is Paul Denman (Sade), Marcus Miller, Abraham Laboriel whom are session musicians.



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User currently offlinetype-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4995 posts, RR: 19
Reply 24, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2148 times:

I agree that never should have happened. In fact I think that EVERYONE would agree that they never should have made that film!

I remember at the time the Bee Gees were hired for that project. All they said was "Who wouldn't want to sing all those great songs?" I guess they didn't know what they were in for. But they were resting on all that money they made with their disco music of the time. Actually, I preferred their earlier 1967-1973 progressive rock stuff.



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25 ER757 : Wow - I didn't think anyone on here would know Gentle Giant or that album! I remember when I was a much younger lad, living at home and putting that
26 Post contains links Revelation : I'm a member of a something akin to a GG fan club, and three of the band members from back in the day (Gary, Kerry and Malc) attend our annual gather
27 Superfly : Hindsight is always 20/20. I can see why they thought this would do well. I mean, you've got a Beatles tribute movie with the Bee Gees, Peter Frampto
28 Post contains images PSA53 : i'm glad to see Jack Bruce got mention,but.... The great Michael Anthony/Van Halen should be top 15 and Noel Redding/Hendrix not even on any list. Bi
29 n229nw : Ahhh, just been listening to some old P-Funk stuff. Let's just make sure we add to this thread that Bootsy Collins is a God...
30 HorizonGirl : Was definitely going to mention Tal Wilkenfeld. As a bass player myself as well as a huge Jeff Beck fan, the first time I saw her play with him in 20
31 Post contains links Superfly : Singing while playing bass is the easy part. It's playing the Taurus pedals, bass pedals and synthesizers and singing at the same time that is the ha
32 HorizonGirl : I wasn't even going to get into that... If singing and playing the bass is the easy part, I'll be damned. I still can't do both at the same time. Ged
33 Superfly : You are correct. I really like the Rush era between A Farewll To Kings (1977) till Hold Your Fire (1987). The band really pushed themselves to the li
34 Post contains links and images Revelation : He hasn't got back to me yet, sigh, but he did send out a picture from practice today: The bass player these days is Jerry Barnes - see http://www.yo
35 Post contains images Superfly : Nice! Well if Nile Rodgers is happy with him, then I'm happy.
36 vikkyvik : I'll have to disagree there! I've sang backing vocals in most bands I've been in. Singing and playing guitar isn't too bad. Singing and playing drums
37 Superfly : Depends on the song. I'm comfortable with it. The only Rush song that was challenging to sing while playing bass was Marathon.
38 vikkyvik : True, it does depend on the song. I was talking about originals, though, not covers. I was playing covers with a few guys last year, and we were cove
39 Superfly : Notice how the vocal notes and rhythm are exactly the same on that song. Once you have that part down, playing the taurus pedals seems to be the more
40 Post contains images vikkyvik : Yup. That's why I could do it without too much trouble. Since I don't have Taurus pedals, it's actually quite simple.
41 Post contains links and images Superfly : Here is one for sale right now on ebay for only $2100. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-1978...Keyboards_MIDI&hash=item2c6be35b27 Ask someone to b
42 Post contains images vikkyvik : Hmmm, Taurus pedals or 2 months' rent....? Musical purchases have been on hold for quite awhile. I'm quite happy with my current collection of guitar
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