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Posted on Jul 19, 2011 12:21:59 PM PDT
I gotta toss in Mick Karn, though his music wasn't exactly Rock. RIP Mick.

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 3:24:23 PM PDT
A customer says:
"(NEVER played more than was necessary)"
As a reason as to why a musician could be perceived as an all-time great, that argument I don't get. To me, that means he coasted. He played only what would get the job done, but failed to go the extra mile. To me, a great bass player is one who isn't happy with just "good enough" or just "whatever's necessary". A great bass player looks to go above and beyond that. Like, oh, let's say John Paul Jones.
I agree that he's one of the greats, but your text in the parentheses looked, to me, more like an insult than a compliment.

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 3:41:54 PM PDT
A Hermit says:
John Entwistle (for some reason people insist on putting an "h" in his name).
I like Nick Simper, from the early Deep Purple records.
George Biondo
Paul McCartney
ANY of Frank Zappa's bass players.

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 3:50:11 PM PDT
Music Lover says:
Something and Silly Love Songs are two more examples of excellent bass from McCartney

some of my favorite bassists:
John Paul Jones
Paul McCartney
John Entwhistle
Geezer Butler
Jack Bruce
Flea
Steve Harris
Chris Squire
Lemmy
Larry Graham
John Deacon-Queen
Dennis Dunaway from Alice Cooper
Andy Fraser-Free
Mike Rutherford
Jimbo-Reverend Horton Heat

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 19, 2011 4:07:01 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 19, 2011 10:11:05 PM PDT
Hinch says:
:-)

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 11:57:54 PM PDT
B-Jak says:
I gotta second (or Third or forth) a few-
Mike Watt,Graham Maby, Chris Squire, John Wetton, Boz Burrell, Greg Lake.....
and add Danny Thompson, Me'shell Ndgeocello, Phil Lesh, Victor Krummenacher, John Lodge,and does anyone know who Steve Garrington is?

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 12:12:55 AM PDT
bozokarl says:
Geezer Butler
John Entwistle
Cliff Burton
Phil Lesh

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2011 1:03:08 AM PDT
Kevin Brock says:
SOMETHING

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2011 1:26:16 AM PDT
A Hermit says:
No "h" in "Entwistle."
(one of my pet peeves)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2011 3:19:46 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 20, 2011 3:20:18 AM PDT
And there IS an 'h' in Townshend, not Townsend, another common mistake by Who fans.

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 3:36:27 AM PDT
D. Morrison says:
John Entwistle is the best I ever saw in my 45 years of concert going.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2011 7:50:04 AM PDT
Pete says:
Robert DeLeo - STP

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2011 4:16:32 PM PDT
Working Man says:
bass boy, sorry, I missed your mentioning Andy Fraser. Yes, he's great on All Right Now, I mentioned that song because so many people think Free were a one hit wonder. I know you're a big fan of Free and Fraser. I still love All Right Now, and I think have about 20 different versions from Free, Bad Company and Paul Rodgers in my collection. Having so many different versions helps keep a song fresh.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2011 4:26:14 PM PDT
Rob Borger says:
Amen, brother! It's John Entwhistle and nobody else.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2011 8:06:33 PM PDT
bass boy says:
No lie about Entwistle's misspelling. The Who has to be the most misspelled band in rock - Entwistle, Townshend, Daltrey, Zak Starkey and Pino Palladino are misspelled all the time. Lol. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2011 4:18:20 AM PDT
Why do Who fans have such trouble with basic spelling?
Not that I'll lose any sleep thinking about it....

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2011 12:32:54 PM PDT
bass boy says:
I think it's casual Who fans (and non-fans) who misspell The Who band members' names. :)
I haven't met a fellow Who diehard yet who can't spell their names, from Daltrey and Townshend all the way up to Pino Palladino. Ha. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2011 4:33:59 PM PDT
JP says:
What I mean by that Ian is that JPJ never overplayed just to show off.

Something many many many guitarists of the post Van Halen era are guilty of. It seems all they know is to play as fast as they possibly can; no taste, no restraint, no feeling....just speed. Speedy technical robots with no heart. Which is why most of them sound exactly the same.

A bassist who was guilty of that in his early days was Les Claypool (and, for the record, he IS my favorite rock bassist of the past 20 years). He has definitely grown and matured over the years but in the beginning almost every song was LOOK. AT. WHAT. I. CAN. DO.

Victor Wooten has every bit as much the talent as Claypool but knew when enough was enough right from the beginning. Something that took Claypool 10 years to learn.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2011 4:42:54 PM PDT
Hinch says:
I didn't know Who fans have a monopoly on misspelling.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2011 5:38:55 PM PDT
K. Cooper says:
I'll go with Oteil burbridge of the allman brothers band

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 12:09:28 AM PDT
magnu says:
Gary Thain(Uriah Heep)
Lemmy(Hawkwind)
Dave Anderson/Lothar Meid(Amon Duul 2)
Geezer Butler(Black Sabbath)
Rick Laird(Mahavishnu Orchestra)
Phil Lesh(Grateful Dead)

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 3:04:04 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 25, 2011 3:16:21 AM PDT
Andy Fraser from Free was real great. A style like Estwhistle, Stu Hamm and Jaco with the lead bass, articulate melody playing. Andy Fraser would play the melody on bass rather than keep just in the pocket with the rhythm section without being to showy or overdoing it. Just a real cool player.

How about the man himself. The idea guy, the riffmeister, the spark and musical original with many great songs he was the groove for James Jamerson.

Geezer is really awesome funky and heavy. And with a lot of musical ideas to bring to the table. Supernaught !!!!

Leroy Hodges who along with Al Jackson kept some of the most in the pocket music this side of James Brown and AC/DC - groovin' simply and perfectly. Just the right spot, the umistakable groove-Hi records, Al Green - just a unforgettable style.

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 4:01:41 AM PDT
J. BENGT says:
I'll add Glenn Hughes - don't know if he's been mentioned here already.

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 5:41:48 AM PDT
Geezer Butler
John Entwistle
Chris Squire
Geddy Lee
Flea
Les Claypool
Jack Bruce
John Paul Jones
Roger Glover
Greg Lake
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