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  1. The blue JO is an early US model (1998) purchased from this site last year. It's a wonderful instrument, and I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that I think I must have played it every day since it arrived. It also has the added curiosity of having Joe Osborn's signature on the back of the headstock - something a previous owner managed to get at a Lakland show in 2005 when JO was present. It has Fralin p/ups and also the wonderful neck profile that the Laklands are known for. Looks great. Sounds great. Plays great. I absolutely love it! The green US JO is from 2006. The neck feels slightly chunkier than the above bass, but still wonderfully playable. Again, (I think) it has Fralin p/ups and is slightly heavier than the 1998 JO (9.5lbs vs. 8.8lbs). The matching headstock is a nice touch, I think! The green US 44-64 is a 2020 model purchased from Station Music in Germany at the end of December last year. It's a 'Vintage' model, spec'd by the shop, and as such has the Jazz width neck rather than the traditional 60s width. The Sea Foam Green finish is as faded as it looks in the pic - something the store requested, but weren't keen on when the bass arrived ("it looks too white") - I like it! It's a lovely bass, but I have to say I prefer the JOs, and due to a need to free up funds it may be that once social distancing is a thing of the past it is moved on? I can remember when Laklands first arrived at the old Bass Centre in Wapping around 1998, and the buzz that they created. They were US made instruments, and out of reach, price wise, for a lot of players. The introduction of the Skyline models have made them more accessible but with no compromise on quality - certainly not from the basses I've played. I wish they had made them back in '98! Fabulous instruments all round...
  2. Funnily enough, whilst Prince has topped one of those recent GOAT lists the player I hear most in his guitar playing is Frank Zappa...
  3. The recent talk of Zappa and Beefheart has led me back to this. Revisited it today after a good while and instantly fell back in love with it...
  4. God, I love that album. I’m going to play it tomorrow. The production on it is one of my favourites, especially the bass sound - it’s huge! A similar vibe for me is the Pepe Deluxe album Beatitude, well worth a listen. A socially distanced cuppa for you too then!
  5. Loughton?! Should’ve said, I’d have made you a socially distanced cuppa!
  6. It’s a long way away from Forever And Ever for Demis! Saw this on a car advert this evening. Never heard it before, and really dig it...
  7. Making It Better - The Barons Ltd. Baby Let Me Kiss You - King Floyd Recently heard the above on TV, though can’t remember the ads - probably an ad person’s worst nightmare!
  8. This’ll be 40 years old in November - FORTY!! Blimey, Charlie, where’s it all gone...
  9. Recorded in 2010, full album out in July...
  10. Thank you so much, that’s a fantastic read! Very candid, too - pretty much openly criticising Emir Ksasan for not being ‘in the pocket’ - which you wouldn’t get these days. There’s a confidence (arrogance!) from DD that I really like, which is perfectly complimented by GM’s more understated/humble approach. And the little oddities that come out of articles like this are great - I hadn’t realised that D’addario strings were around in ‘78 (I’ve since Googled their history!). Anyway, all hail the “John Coltrane of rock ‘n’ roll”!!
  11. I think it’s Steve Walters in the George clip - Steve L was playing with Simply Red at the time? Agree, mind, it’s a great gig... I think my favourite MTV Unplugged is the K.D. Lang show - don’t think the video is available anywhere but the show itself is part of the anniversary release of Ingenue. Well worth checking out...
  12. The late John McKenzie was another UK bass player who slapped and popped in the (late) 70s - with Steve Hillage and Annette Peacock. He was a fabulous all-round player/musician...
  13. Ronnie Wood from 1974, with the wonderful Willie Weeks on bass...
  14. The cover posted by the OP actually allowed me a greater appreciation of the original track, of which I previously wasn’t really a fan of. I like it when I hear something that opens my ears and gets me thinking about things in a different way. Different strokes for different folks, and all that.
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