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Does anyone want to help me compile a list of musical renditions noted for outstanding bass work?

Asked by stanleybmanly (22357points) January 24th, 2016 from iPhone

We need to tune up the ears of our redoubtable penguin. Right off the top I nominate “The Lemon Song” from Led Zep II

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ucme's avatar

Beastie Boys – Paul Revere
The Police – Every Breath You Take
Yello – Oh Yeah

zenvelo's avatar

The work of Tal Winkenfeld. She is fantastic.

Also, The Doors ” L.A. Woman”.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Check out the Bobcats rendition of “Big Noise from Winetka” on youtube.

ucme's avatar

Duane Eddy/The Art of Noise – Peter Gunn

Cruiser's avatar

Anything and everything these monsters of Bass have played…
Victor Wooten
Stanley Clarke
Stu Hamm
My personal favorite Billy Sheehan

jaytkay's avatar

The Who – My Generation
Sade – Smooth Operator (and most of her other music)

Esperanza Spalding is a wonderful jazz bassist and singer.
On double bass
On electric bass

janbb's avatar

The Penguin is taking notes. Thanks guys!

filmfann's avatar

Jimi Hendrix’s Fire

lillycoyote's avatar

Anything by Bootsy Collins.

jaytkay's avatar

I’m working at the computer today and listening to music, a few things caught my ear.

David Bowie – Fashion is totally bass-driven. No surprise, he was heavily funk-influenced. The guitarist in that video, Carlos Alomar, worked with James Brown, too.

A lot Talking Heads songs had the kind of bass lines which often sit in the background but with the spare arrangement the bass sticks out. Take Me to the River kicks off with the bass groove.

And speaking of Al Green songs…
Let’s Stay Together (The bass isn’t so evident on computer speakers but I’m listening on a better system at home.)

janbb's avatar

Listening to some of these and experimenting with the Equalizer on iTunes I’m getting more of an ear for it. I think I’ll upload my friend’s band’s CD and see if I can isolate the bass more.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

Queen – Under Pressure.
Lou Reed – Walk on the Wild Side
The Beatles – Come Together.
Queen – Another one bites the dust
Yes – Roundabout
Pink Floyd – Money
Stranglers – Peaches

janbb's avatar

Some great music here!

stanleybmanly's avatar

Talking Heads “Once in a Lifetime”

Al Green “Tired of being Alone”

Rolling Stones “Under My Thumb” “It’s All Over Now”

kritiper's avatar

Three Dog Night and KISS

filmfann's avatar

Pushin’ Too Hard. I don’t recall the artist.

Brian1946's avatar


The Seeds.

That was released almost 50 years ago.

Stinley's avatar

The Chain by Fleetwood Mac

jerv's avatar

I second @Cruiser about Stuart Hamm. His solo Quahogs Anyone? is just a hint of what he does. That’s just him and four strings doing snippets of many of the songs off his Kings of Sleep album, along with Linus and Lucy and a bit of plain old messing around.

I won’t show Stu playing with Vic because that is just too much awesome bass, but I think it shows why Stu spends so much time with Satriani.

Cruiser's avatar

lol @jerv I cannot agree with you more about it being too much to show Vic and Stu together! And I love how Satchmo leaves the stage and let Stu have as much time as he needs to blow peoples mind. I have only seen each live once and would jump at the chance to see them again and again and maybe even together live as a bucket list check off.

jerv's avatar

@Cruiser Part of Satriani’s greatness is that he not only knows how to play guitar, but also when not to. Come time for the bass solo, just take a break, sit back, and watch.

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