Ultimate Bass guitar players

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  1. co55ie

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    Who is the best of the best ? (please no novice eigth note rock merchants )

    My vote goes to Bernard Edwards from Chic closely followed by Bootsy Collins
     
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    i think mark king from level 42 was a good bassist.
     
  3. Thekop

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    Another Vote for Mark King from Level 42.. Although Flea from Red Hot Chilli Peppers is superb too.. I'd choose them :)
     
  4. Kenny Glasgow

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    Geddy Lee, Paul McCartney, Tony Levin, Donald "Duck" Dunn, John Paul Jones, Jack Bruce, John Entwhistle, Stanly Clarke, Jaco Pastorious, Chris Squire :smashin:
     
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    Thank God! Some sensible choices! :D

    Add in the Lemmster, and Bill Church and that'll do.
     
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    Sensible choices with Mark King and Flea :D
     
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    I guess the best way to know who's the best is to ask the musicians themselves. I'm sure they know more about this subject than the average person.. Their choices will no doubt be different to ours :lesson:

    I mean i couldn't string a note together, even if i tried ! :D
     
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    Mark king. The most overated musician of all time. ;)
     
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    Very suprised Noel Redding has been mentioned by some of the more rock based music fans.

    The Bass guitar parts from Chic's Goodtimes and Le freak are absolutley superb . Flea is more a funk bassist, to me Bootsy is the King of all things funk ,I love his glasses too :D.
     
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    Some great choices there....

    from the world of jazz....Jaco Pastorius ...nice also to see Tony Levin getting a vote above.

    You could add Walter Becker,who whilst not flashy at all,can certainly lay down some very tasty bass,and Eberhard Weber for superb fretless bass.

    Flea....just about the best live rock bass player currently(IMHO of course) superb rythm and underpinning the rest of that band.

    Stuart Hamm...another superb and under-rated player.

    And for completeness...Derek Smalls(!)
     
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    Jaco, not just because of his virtuoso bass playing but his innate ability to work with the drummer and create some extrodinary rythym work.
     
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    JJ Burnel from the stranglers

    John Entwistle from the Who

    Bruce Foxton The Jam

    peter hook New order

    mike joyce from The Smiths

    James jamerson session bassist for tamla motown
     
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    Lemmy :devil:

    and also Jaco, Claypool, jj Burnel,.....
     
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    and what about the lay-deeees...

    Carole Kaye
    erm....

    Suzi Quatro
     
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    Tina Weymouth
     
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    Mmmm? Dunno

    I like Suboceana though, boom-boom-she-boom-boom:D
     
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    roger waters.
     
  19. Kenny Glasgow

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    no to Rog IMHO

    David Gilmour is a better bassisit
     
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    Whilst no virtuoso, he certainly made sure his bass was noticed and had real power when playing live. He can write a decent song too.
     
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    no doubting his songmanship and I like his vocals
     
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    one of the best performers ive seen live.
     
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    One thing annoys me about threads like this is there must be thousands of brilliant fantastic old and not so young and session bass players that are fantastic. But if your prejudice against the type of music or will not listen to the music because you dont like pink people or purple people and the only music you think there is is heavy metal. the thread stands no chance dose it. It purely what you enjoy at the time your listening. But even that therory goes to pot a bit when you read this

    http://www.chuckrainey.com/bassmanual/ajareunion.htm

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    No mentions yet for Cliff Burton (original Metallica bassist, sadly deceased) or Les Claypool of Primus?!?!?!?!

    Two OUTSTANDING bassists!

    Oh, and Prince too ;) Underrated ;)
     
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    there was one mention :smashin:

     
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    Lisa

    All these threads are pointless but can be a bit of fun :smashin:

    As for older session players I did mention Carole Kaye and Donald Dunn who played on countless hits of the 60's & 70's

    Tony Levin although not a session player per se has been on loads of albums and is notable for his work with Peter Gabriel. He was also on John & Yoko's Double Fantasy sessions
     
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    Prince is an excellent all-round musician :thumbsup:
     
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    Donald 'duck' Dunn! Great bassist. Saw him live a few times as well with EC and his live work was great too. Funny thing is Kenny, I've seen Tony Levin live four or five times now with different outfits, and live I really don't like his sound. I think the stick bass just can't cut it live. That doesn't mean however, I don't rate his studio work which is first class.

    Lisa, I love Bootsy Collins. I also agree that some of the disco/funk bassists were excellent. However, I do not agree that Mark King was. He was just 'flash'. Level 42 were just a lame pop band as well, so to be fair to the other members it was easy for King to look good on TOP.
     
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    Its very difficult to assign an ultimate bass player. Exacly as Lisa has said.

    To get down to brass tacks, any musician that works with any group of musicians is judged on the peformance in that particular group.

    Mainly, its down to the rythym section to work together and not the virtuoso performance of the drummer or bass player. Both have to work to provide the framework for the melody (in most cases).

    Some bassists work on a melodic style. In Nirvana for instance, the bass player really provides a melodic framework to reinforce the vocalist. The guitar becomes more of a rythmic component (which is why IMO so many guitarists detest KCs playing). Cliff burton of Metallica did a similar job. Other bassists work with the drummer to produce a propulsive sound that drives the whole song.
     
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    Agreed. A lot of the time people get confused between the bass being produced by other instruments and not just the bassist as well. Keyboard players sometimes use taurus pedals, the bass drum itself is sometimes overlapping in the mix.

    Good comment Karkus.
     

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