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Best bass tone ever

Sister Sledge_ We Are Family

How did they do that? I mean great recording in general but the bass just sings and the notes pop out so clearly and perfectly. Im sure an amazing player had something to do with it but damn....
Just rantin..
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i have to vote for beastie boys - futterman's rule

the bass on we are family is bad ass though
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wasn't that Bernard Edwards from Chic?

Sounds like there's no compression at all... just a damn steady pair of hands.

Bridge pickup fer sure... Musicman?
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Sister Sledge_ We Are Family

How did they do that? I mean great recording in general but the bass just sings and the notes pop out so clearly and perfectly. Im sure an amazing player had something to do with it but damn....
Just rantin..
It was Bernard Edwards.

Do we need to say more?
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a dam good bass tone can be found on sick of it all's "scratch the surface".
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man that dude from Korn has the best bass tone ever..
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Manowar "Blow your speakers" stike stike stike

"Wrote a letter to the m.t.v.
What’s goin’ on now
Don’t ya care about me
Sent the same letter to the radio,
But my party went dead
Like a shot in the head
We all like it-rock and roll
We all want it-on your show
Play it loud,don’t play it low
Blow your speakers with rock and roll

We got lots of stations
Around the nation
And the stuff they’re playing
It just ain’t worth my sayin’
People want music to get’em movin’
We don’t want labels
We want music on the table

We all like it-rock and roll
We all want it-on your show
Play it loud,don’t play it low
Blow your speakers with rock and roll

We all like it-rock and roll
We all want it-on your show
Play it loud,don’t play it low
Blow your speakers with rock and roll

We got lots of stations
Around the nation
And the stuff they’re playing
It just ain’t worth my sayin’

We all like it-rock and roll
We all want it-on your show
Play it loud,don’t play it low
Blow your speakers with rock and roll"
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The bass sound on most of the Blue Oyster Cult records, at least with the original lineup, has been my sound to shoot for, for a long time.
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How about the bass tone on Larry Grahams "Earthquake"? If you haven't heard it you need to.
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We are family

I'm almost certain it was Bernard Edwards - Read about this in a lengthy interview on Chic.

Cheers.


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a dam good bass tone can be found on sick of it all's "scratch the surface"

I second that vote..

Also anything from Mike Mills from REM . Great bass sound.

Lets not forget Flea from RHCP

Also Geddy Lee from Rush
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dUg pinnick - King's X: Check out "Fool You" from Dogman. Huge deep/clear/overdriven SVT tone

Robert Deleo ex STP. Check out the McCartney-esque fatness/round deep tone on "Days of The Week"

Billy Sheehan
on Dave Lee Roth "Eat 'em and smile" - Fat vintage-esque neck pickup tone

Alembic fans should check out the hi-fi tones and tasty playing of Jimmy Johnson (Allan Holdsworth).

Flea: Sir Psycho Sexy. Punchy but not twangy finger-playing tone.
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Quote:
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I'm almost certain it was Bernard Edwards - Read about this in a lengthy interview on Chic.

Cheers.


Michael

Where's the article?
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I would have posted a link if I still had it...
Probably some older SOS article - but I could be wrong.
Sorry.

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And to actually get back on topic:

My favourite bass tone of all times is on "Here comes the sun" by the Beatles.

Unfortunately, there seems to be very little info floating around on how it was done.
Most people say Mr. McCartney used a Rickenbacker for this song.

That's the only guestimate I have.

Any further insight is warmly welcome.

Cheers.


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I could probably fill out a list a mile long if I stopped to think about it for 2 seconds, but the one that always pops into my mind whenever this question comes up is the bass sound on The Cars' "It's Magic" ...though I wouldn't swear it's not a keyboard.
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Sister Sledge We Are Family

How did they do that?
Studio A Powerstation, NYC

Bernard Edwards all the way!!! It's in the hands
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Best bass tone ever....for what?

That fits the song? That I personally like soloed? Not to sound like someone over on the RAP forum, but that's a hard one to answer.

Some that come to mind....other than Bernard mentioned above on just about everything he's done.....are Larry Graham in the funk areas.

For rock tone, give me Deep Purple Machine Head era Glover. A P into a great big tube amp....does it get any better? Also, The Wizard from Black Sabbath comes to mind as a great bass tone.

It's funny...I happen to play currently with one of the tops in bass...both playing and tone. He can get a tone out of whatever he's playing. Doesn't matter if it's an old Dano bass, Musicman, P or a cheap Mexi-P.....he's just a monster. It's all in the fingers.

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Eddie Jackson, Operation Mindcrime/Empire

Dug Pinnick, Dogman
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dUg pinnick - King's X: Check out "Fool You" from Dogman. Huge deep/clear/overdriven SVT tone

You are dead on here. Anyone who wants to hear an amazing bass tone has got to check out Fool You on dogman. I was blown away the minute I heard it.
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Billy Sheehan[/B] on Dave Lee Roth "Eat 'em and smile" - Fat vintage-esque neck pickup tone
You should hear the stuff he does with 'Niacin' (Dennis Chamers and John Novello)- what a growl he gets out of his instrument. He uses 2 x 1/4" cables to record in stereo. He has a really unique sound and style. I hadn't listened to him in years and a freind of mine lent me some Niacin and he sounded great.

Someone already mentioned the Korn sound - obviously not great for most applications but what an amazing and unique sound they acheived.

Pino Palladino - Paul Youngs's 'Tear Your Playhouse Down' also Pete Townsend's 'Give Blood' - great playing, great sound.

Jaco Pastorius - Teen Town (or pretty much anything)

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You can't beat Jaco period!

His first LP which starts with "Donnalee" pretty much says it all.

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I wouldn't argue with mccartney or bernard edwards.
Here are a couple more player names to throw on the table:

Mingus (eg on Money Jungle)
Aston Barrett
Jackie Jackson on the rocksteady dynamic recordings
Duck Dunn

None of those guys ever have a less than great bass tone.
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Yeah, I was gonna say Mingus, Paul Williams and maybe Willie Dixon, but didn't want to sound like a jazz snob. Man, could they make an upright growl....

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I think he is referring to do this one:

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/apr0...ssictracks.htm

We talked about it before here:

http://gearslutz.com/board/showthrea...+Clearmountain


By the way that's my SSL in the picture with Bernard.

Lots of hits and lots of mojo on it.

Also lots of technical problems.
Hey Thrill, that must be one o' dem wireless SSL's huh? No wonder his bass sound had such a low noise floor.
On bass sounds - I've said it before, EWF's "September", another Massenberg tonal triumph.
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Greendays song "When September Ends" (title??) the punk grind ballad -

Bass gtr sounded AMAZING on my shitty car speakers the other day... I had parked but became neighbour from hell by cranking it and rocking out to the whole tune.. nearly blew out the windows!! (yes I AM THAT sort of kerAzy person)

Anyhow for bass on a contemporary rock record it sounds pretty damn stellar - pfffaaaT and 'organic' to me...

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Hey Thrill, that must be one o' dem wireless SSL's huh?

Yeah actually.

You send the signals through out with mental telepathy.
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We can't possibly be 28 posts into a bass thread without James Jamerson. P-bass with THICK flatwounds. And, of course, one of the greatest bassists ever.
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Zombies-Care of a cell.
I've always loved that Bass sound.
A few others Fugazi-Repeater and Beatles -Rain.
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