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hey all,

Being a bassist, the very first thing I hear in any music is the low end. I was on another board today and they had a great topic going about bass lines. Anyone want to post some examples of their favorite bass grooves? Post em so I can download the tunes and cop the groove!! [smile]

Here's mine, god bless the bass guitar:

• Superfreak by Rick James

• Longview by Green Day

• Aeroplane by The Red Hot Chili Peppers

• Roots, Rock, Reggae by Bob Marley

• Gettin' Jiggy Wit It by Will Smith

• Split Open and Melt by Phish

• Good Times Bad Times by Zeppelin

• Lakeside Park by Rush has great bass

• Every song With Bootsy Collins on bass

• Any song produced by Bill Laswell

rock on y'all


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"Slinky" by UZEB (from the "Live In Europe" album). If you're a bass player and are unfamiliar with UZEB's bassist, Alain Caron, get familiar with his work. I mainly know his work with UZEB, and strongly recommend any of:

  • Live In Europe
  • Noisy Nights
  • Club
  • World Tour '90



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Arguably the best one ever:

Archie Bell & the Drells - Tighten up

others that come to mind...

Red Snapper - Keeping Pigs Together, Some Kind of Kink, Bussing, Like a Moving Truck, Crusoe Takes a Trip, The Last One, Digging Doctor What What

Meters -Meter Man, Cardova, 6v6 LA

Herbaliser Band - Ginger Jumps the Fence

Nomeansno - Happy Bridge

Skatalites - Give Thanks

Herbie Hancock - Fat Mama

Squarepusher - Coopers World, Rustic Raver**, EZ Boogie**

most james brown - especially the bootsy years(Funk Power)

and Primus out the wazoo if not for originality, technical prowess and cool tone then just for Les' custom bass...

**this has to be heard to be believed....fuggin' nuts.

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Walking On The Moon - The Police

The Moma Dance or Gotta Jibboo - Phish

Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes (ha!)

Miss You - The Rolling Stones

Peg - Steely Dan

Paperback Writer - The Beatles

Nothing too esoteric there but that's just off the top of my head. [big Grin]

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Stevie Wonder

-I wish

-Boogie on Reggae Woman


-Heart of the Sunrise

-Close to the Edge


-Tommy the Cat

-Jerry was a racecar Driver

-John the Fisherman

Vic Wooten

-Sinister Minister

-Classical Thump

-Stomping Ground

-Amazing Grace


-Mellowship Slinky in Bmajor

-Sir Psycho Sexy



-Tom Sawyer



-(Anesthesia)Pulling Teeth


Stanley Clark

-School Daze



-Come on, Come over

-Portraits of Tracey

Niels Orsted

Petterson and

Joe Pass

-Chops(whole album)

Shit...I could keep going all Day, I'm still only at the tip of the iceberg!!

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Nice topic K! Well many of my faves have been mentioned but here are a few slightly more obscure personal picks:

Almost any Rush song EVER, but I'll single out a few oft overlooked gems:

By-Tor & The Snow Dog

Cynus X-1 (Books I & II)



Turn The Page

Prime Mover

Tempus Fugit - Yes

Pawnshop Ghettoblaster - Special Ed & the Musically Challenged (having TWO smokin' bass players certainly doesn't hurt!)

Novelty Song (and any number of others but that one jumps to mind 'cus of the lyric where he keeps telling you to "focus on the bass") - Keller Williams (thanks to bradm for introducing me to this stuff!)

Save His Soul - Blues Traveler

There are many others that I'm sure I'll think of later.


Mr. M.

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Originally posted by dave-O:

When the World Is Running Down, You Make the Best of What's Still Around - The Police

(also in contention for longest song title ever)

A great pick for sure, although "Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving With a Pict" by Pink Floyd has it beat on the later score. I'm sure there are longer titles than that one as well... hmmm, another thread perhaps?

Although that reminds me: "One Of These Days" is terrific bass-driven song, and I could be the first time that a heavy dose of delay was used on a bass in that fashion, not just as an effect but as integral to the part - can anybody think of anything like that earlier than '71?


Mr. M.

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