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Best bass players in rock, Please no jazz etc

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Posted on Aug 9, 2011 9:03:08 AM PDT
Ken Forssi - Love
Always thought he started highlighting the bass as a "lead" instrument.

Posted on Dec 25, 2012 6:50:01 AM PST
Tom Peterson -Cheap Trick - Listen to Sick man of Europe
Jerry Penrod - Iron Butterfly - Listen to the Heavy album
Peter Cetera -Chicago - Listen to "Listen" on their first album

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 4:57:43 PM PST
eastrich2015 says:
John Entwistle,Mel Schacher,Felix Pappalardi.

Posted on Dec 28, 2012 2:14:15 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 28, 2012 4:34:34 AM PST
Hinch says:
I don't remember if I've posted on this thread before.
(in no particular order)
Chris Squire
Tom Petersson
Tony Levin
Jack Cassidy
Larry Graham
Paul McCartney
John Entwhistle(R.I.P.)

Posted on Dec 28, 2012 4:20:47 AM PST
Crikeydingo says:
If he hasn't already been mentioned-Percy Jones

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2012 4:26:59 AM PST
Bernard J. says:
And the underrated Pete Quaife. ( R.I.P)

Posted on Dec 28, 2012 5:35:04 AM PST
Lee Dorman.......who just died last week

Posted on Dec 28, 2012 1:02:33 PM PST
maxnein says:
In no particular order:

Billy Sheehan
Jack Bruce
Chris Squire
John Entwistle
Geddy Lee
Greg Lake

Posted on Dec 28, 2012 2:45:01 PM PST
Ian Davison says: If someone asked for ONE song to prove McCartney's bass playing skill, which song would you point them to?

I would point to "Day Tripper" and about half of "The Beatles"(The White Album). But, that's just me.

Posted on Dec 28, 2012 5:17:38 PM PST
Mike B. says:
Jean-Jacques Burnel of The Stranglers deserves a mention. His propulsive, inventive bass lines are some of the best I've ever heard.

I also liked Chris Thompson's bass work with The Screaming Blue Messiahs (now the guitarist and frontman for The Killer B's).

Posted on Dec 29, 2012 3:28:10 AM PST
I know I have posted this other places when bass players are mentioned so I'll put it here. Larry Graham invented the slap/pop electric bass style that Flea and Louis Johnson use so well. Larry was playing with his MOTHER in little places and they had no drummer. So Larry started thumping the low strings to mimic the bass drum and snapping the top strings for the missing snare drum. He just did it to makeup for a nonexistant drummer. The rest is history. Btw, the "Hendrix" song on Band of Gypsies, "We Got to Live Together" is the bass line from Sly Stones "Sing a Simple Song", Larrys riff.

Posted on Dec 29, 2012 5:19:44 AM PST
Snoo says:
You can point to any Beatles song in their entire catalogue and there is NOTHING that Mc Cartney plays thats comes close to what the likes of Billy Sheehan, Chris Squire,Michael Manring, Tony Levin, Geddy Lee, John Entwistle etc...etc...etc...can throw out there.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2012 5:51:38 AM PST
Hey Tim, my 2 cents,
Hey Bulldog
Paperback Writer
Everybodys got something to hide except me and my monkee
Silly love songs

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2012 6:56:11 AM PST
Paul provided the path for those players except Entwistle. He was the only contemperary of Pauls. You can say Jimi Hendrix was miles better than Albert King or John Lee Hooker, but Jimi would not have been "Jimi" without those two, among dozens of others. Funny thing about Paul and John. They both played Rickenbacker export 4001's and on a gig Paul asked John how he liked his. John said he hated it, but Paul made the Rick something besides the usual thuddy Fender or Gibson a choice in the selection. The Ricks had a clarity recording other basses didn't have.

Posted on Dec 29, 2012 7:38:43 AM PST
Paul McCartney and James Jamerson. If I were forming a band, I'd take either of those 2 as bass players over any other in a country minute. And
that is just for Paul's bass playing alone. His parts in The Beatles catalogue add so much to the song.

Posted on Dec 29, 2012 7:59:18 AM PST
In my opinion two of Pauls biggest influences in post '65 were Carol Kaye and James Jamerson. Listen to Carol on "Pet Sounds" by the Beach Boys. They sound like later Paul. And, Paul was pretty bugged that Jamerson got such a good bass sound on those Motown and he didn't on the Beatles stuff. Jamerson had the Fender Precision AND the Ampeg B-15, one of the greatest recording bass amps in history. Paul had blonde Fenders for bass in those days but never had an Ampeg. Abby Road were pretty strict how they mixed records. Never record into the red...that was a cardinal sin. Motown mixed for a strong dance didn't dance to the Beatles records.

Posted on Jan 6, 2013 9:30:53 PM PST
Brent Gillum says:
Chris Squire-Yes
Larry Graham-Sly and the Family Stone
Stanley Clarke-New Barbarians, Return To Forever
Alphonso Johnson-Santana


Posted on Jan 7, 2013 12:49:26 AM PST
Arseface says:
My favorites are John Myung and John Jowitt.

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 7:35:05 AM PST
Chris Squire
Paul McCartney
Stefan Lessard
John Taylor

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 11:01:54 AM PST
A few that may get neglected:

Mark King (Level 42 especially on "A Physical Presence")
Doug Ferguson (Camel...all brilliant musicians)
Greg Lake (ELP...sadly got buried under other sounds)
Ray Shulman (Gentle Giant)
Ian Eyre (Curved Air)
Mont Campbell (Arzachel, Egg, National Health)
Gerald Carboy (David Sancious and Tone)
Mick Karn (Japan)
John Taylor (Duran Duran...he was in a girly band but so what?)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2013 12:50:09 PM PST
JP says:
Frost*, IQ, Arena - Jowitt's ALWAYS good.

Too bad more American's don't know of him!!

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 8:19:23 AM PST
A little late in the game here and I'm sure I'll be repeating some players mentioned here, but for me:

Steve Harris- Iron Maiden
Geezer Butler- Black Sabbath
John Wetton- Family/King Crimson/Asia
Flea- Chili Peppers
Eric Avery- Jane's Addiction
Geddy Lee- Rush
Andy Fraser- Free
Allen Woody- ABB/Gov't Mule
Berry Oakley- ABB
Les Claypool- Primus/Frog Brigade
Mark Sandman- Morphine
Lou Barlow- Dinosaur Jr.
Bootsy Collins
John Entwistle- The Who
Paul McCartney
Chris Squire- Yes
Jack Casady- Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna
Phil Lesh- Grateful Dead
Jack Bruce- Cream
Felix Pappalardi- Mountain
Billy Cox- Band of Gypsys/Hendrix
Phil Lynott- Thin Lizzy
Gary Thain- Uriah Heep
Rick Danko- The Band

I'm sure there's more...

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 9:47:11 AM PST
Glenn Hughes is my favorite

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 3:01:46 PM PST
Neil J. Ward says:
"Jean-Jacques Burnel of The Stranglers deserves a mention. His propulsive, inventive bass lines are some of the best I've ever heard."

I agree Mike and like wise would also add Mr Bruce Foxton of the Jam. From what I remember these two were always in the number 1 and 2 position in the NME readers poll for Bass Player of the Year during the Punk / New Wave era.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2013 3:22:30 PM PST
Robert Dumas says:
Wow... so great to see Gary Thain on your list; very innovative and melodic. Tragically, gone too soon. Heep was at its best when he joined and never quite the same when he left.
Also... Phil Lesh - a pure musical genius.
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