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Best Bassist Of All Time  
User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3314 times:

Going along with the music threads-Who is the best bassist?

I have to go with Les Claypool of Primus. He is freaking awesome. He tried out for Metallica after Cliff died, but they rejected him because he was "too good." That says something
Who else?


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User currently offlineArtsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4745 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3285 times:

These threads always bring up a strange question for me. What is best ?, sure there are plenty of flash players, but it doesnt really make them best, just that they are flash. For example Mark King from level 42, Flea from the RHCP, Les Claypool, Steve Harris from Iron Maiden, and then probably the king of this group should be, will be, is... Geddy Lee from Rush. However, there are plenty of non flash bass players out there that could musically kick the pants off some of these guys, but their music doesn't require slap pop every beat to the bar (not that I equate that to the above). Some of the non flash greats include Pino Paledino, Sting, Leland Sklar and the absolutely incredible Jimmie Johnson who plays with James Taylor. Geddy Lee while in the original group because of his style is the total consumate musician and really should be in the latter group.

Most of this latter group are seasoned musicians who have toured the world while the rest were in diapers and just have a better understanding and feel of music than many in the original group.


User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 34
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3272 times:

I don't know much about bassists, so i'm slightly biased...

Obviously for me its Steve Harris, not just because of his great basslines for Maiden, but also his songwriting ability. Honourable mention for John Myung...etc


User currently offlineNKP S2 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1714 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3271 times:

Yes, gotta be Steve Harris. A bass player so good he seems he seems more like a 2nd rythm guitar as it is a major musical voice and not just some background deep thudding that keeps proper time. His prolific songwriting just adds exponentially to his value to Maiden.

I hear that "galloping" rythm and know instantly just who it is.


User currently offlineCanyonBlue From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3265 times:

1. Les Claypool - Primus
2. Steve Harris - Iron Maiden
3. Billy Sheehan - ex. Mr. Big
4. Flea - Red Hot Chili Peppers
5. Geddy Lee - Rush


User currently offlineAloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4503 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3265 times:

Mike Rutherford - Genesis

User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3248 times:

I'm surprised no-one has mentioned John Entwistle. After all, he did win the poll of greatest bass player of all time in Bass Guitar magazine recently.

His style was pretty unique, he carried the tune, and the electric guitar the rhythm.



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User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8114 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3244 times:

I'm surprised no-one's mentioned Mick Karn, of the band Japan and his many solo albums (seven I think). He's also played for Kate Bush, Gary Numan, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan et al. He's got another album called More Better Different coming out next year. If you're into bass players, you've got to get into this guy.

Mick Karn would be my number two; but the best all-time bass player on the planet was Bernard Edwards of Chic. No one will ever come close to Bernie. Superfly?

(I would also agree with Geddy Lee; but not Flea - there's fast players and great players, but the two aren't necessarily the same thing.)



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User currently offlineUsairwys757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3242 times:

Tim Reynolds, He tours all the time with Dave Matthews Band.

He is awesome.


User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3241 times:

Flea would be in my top five. Dave Weckel is alright too.

1. Claypool
2. Flea
3. Weckel
4. Geddy Lee
5. Ryan from Mudvayne



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User currently offlineBoeing nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3235 times:

I'll throw Michael Anthony in the ring for my guess.

User currently offlineSoku39 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1797 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3227 times:

Victor Wooten from Bella and the Flecktones as well as his solo stuff.

John Paul Jones, from the legendary Led Zeppelin. He also did all their string arrangements which also kick ass.

[Edited 2003-10-25 23:02:03]


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User currently offline777YYC From Canada, joined May 2000, 744 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3222 times:

Michael Anthony (Van Halen)
Geddy Lee (Rush)
Billy Sheehan (David Lee Roth backup band, Mr. Big)
John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)


User currently offlineCannibalZ3 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 392 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3215 times:

Far as I'm concerned, the best bassist that walks the face of the earth is Victor Wooten of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, as well as by himself. I was fortunate enough to see him play a clinic at my college and a concert afterwards, I've never seen anyone play an instrument like that. Possibly the best man on the instrument ever was the great Jaco Pastorius. There are others of course: I have great respect for Flea, Tim Reynolds, Geddy Lee, Les Claypool, etc. But for sheer technical skill, it has to be Jaco.
As for Metallica, Cliff Burton was a great bassist, but after rejecting Les Claypool (who has a very, very distinctive style that you can either love or hate) they settled on Jason Newsted, who really isnt that great from a technical standpoint. And replaced him with Rob Trujillo.


User currently offlineElectraBob From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 931 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3212 times:

John Entwistle of The Who.


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User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3205 times:

David Ellefson, Megadeth gets my vote...


User currently offlineSSTjumbo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3193 times:

Frances Rocco-Prestia, innovator of fingerstyle funk

User currently offlineNWA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 1200 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3177 times:

I am surprised that no one has said Jason Newsted. He is my pick.


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User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3165 times:

John Entwistle - The Bass of Doom. His bass solos just left you with your mouth hanging open, and the funny thing was how he looked almost bored while his bass was putting out all these incredible runs at high speed. The Buzzard bass he designed is awesome as well.




Then comes Stu Hamm. Without question the most techically proficient of all bass players (although he doesn't have the raw GUTS of Entwistle.) Listen to Stu's bass solo on Joe Satriani's Live in San Fransisco Album.


Charles


User currently offlineQANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1963 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3162 times:

Geezer Butler - BLACK SABBATH

Geezer has some of the hardest riffs in all of rock n' roll and heavy metal!

Some other greats:

Ray Manzarek - THE DOORS (keyboard bass)
Cliff Williams - AC/DC


Another good one is Michael Anthony - VAN HALEN



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User currently offlineDelta717 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 457 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (10 years 11 months 23 hours ago) and read 3154 times:

Tony Kanal - No Doubt

User currently offlineStratofish From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 1051 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (10 years 11 months 23 hours ago) and read 3147 times:

Most of the above are really great, but we can't have a thread like this without someone mentioning Nathan East.

The most influencial on my playing however were John Entwistle and Steve Harris.



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User currently offlineSebolino From France, joined May 2001, 3681 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (10 years 11 months 21 hours ago) and read 3141 times:

I've seen Marcus Miller recently, I was breathless. He's incredible ! And he plays soprano sax too.


Jason newsted ? Is it a joke ?


User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13602 posts, RR: 61
Reply 23, posted (10 years 11 months 9 hours ago) and read 3126 times:
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1. Geddy Lee
2. Les Claypool
3. Michael Anthony
4. Jason Newsted (no, not a joke..he was brilliant even way back when in Flotsam and Jetsam)



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User currently offlineMighluss From Spain, joined Oct 2001, 948 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (10 years 11 months 3 hours ago) and read 3113 times:

Marcus Miller plays sax, trumpet, keyboards, and I don't know how many more instruments. I went to a concert of Marcus Miller band some time ago, and It has to be the best concert I've been...

for me, Jaco Pastorius-Marcus Miller-Stanley Clarck



Miquel.
25 Andreas : Mighluss: Amen to that, except for one change...for me it's: Jaco Pastorius, Marcus Miller and Renaud Garcia-Fons.
26 Boeingnut : He's not rock, but Im going to have to put Charlie Mingus into the mix here. Man was trained as a classical cellist, then switches to double bass and
27 Andreas : btw: Can someone enlighten me about Dave Weckel...where does he play??? I do know super drummer Dave Weckel, really good, but definitely not a bass pl
28 NoUFO : Dave Weckel? Dave Weckl (without the second 'e') is a wellknown drummer, not a bassist ..? What about adding Tony Levin and maybe Gail Ann Dorsey to t
29 Mighluss : Andreas, Dave Weckl plays in: Chick Korea & Electrik Band (Beneath the Mask) Chick Korea & Acoustic Band This is what I know from him, but he has plen
30 Post contains images Andreas : Miquel! Thanks for clarifying, so it was the well-known drummer Dave Weckl, that was mentioned...someone further up said there's a bass player called
31 Post contains images Superfly : Come on kids, it's GEDDY LEE.
32 Cfalk : Somehow, I think Geddy Lee's sound took a big turn for the worse when he turned away from Rickenbacker basses. Charles
33 Superfly : Cfalk: Maybe. I think Geddy Lee really made the Steinberger and Wal sound really good. I am not too crazy about those basses. He has been using his Fe
34 Post contains images Cfalk : Back to John Entwistle - he had the ultimate bass sounds Alembic in the 70's and early 80's (which sounded great but apparently were a maintainance ni
35 Post contains images Superfly : ...and to think I could have saw him 3 weeks before he died. I saw The Who 4th of July 2002 with Paul Paladrini(sp) instead.
36 NormalSpeed : My vote goes to John Paul Jones. But there are a lot of other bassists that I enjoy. -Normal
37 Post contains images Banco : Superfly, near enough - his name is Pino Palladino. A very good bassist in his own right, and, despite the name, he's Welsh. For an indication of Entw
38 Superfly : Another great bassist is Verdine White of Earth Wind & Fire.
39 IHadAPheo : Billy Sheehan (Talas) Talas, ah yes Talas at Stage One Dec. 8, 1980 with U2 as the opening act on the night John Lennon was murdered, Twas quite the t
40 Post contains images Qb001 : Sid Vicious!!!
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