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Old Man Riva

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  1. I stumbled across White Denim on 6Music a few years back and was blown away. Not too keen on recent records but the albums D and Corsicana Lemonade were played to death.
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    Top 10 jazz albums for a newbie

    To add to Frank’s list and other excellent additions on the thread I’d argue a passionate case for Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker ‘Carnegie Hall Concert’ (features Ron Carter on bass). Song for Strayhorn is one of my favourite pieces of music of any genre. Stunning.
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    Twas 33 years ago - RIP Phil Lynott

    Great pic. He was cool as... Lucky enough to see them a few times over the years and one show (with Brian Robertson) was, to this day, one of the best gigs I've seen - the band were right on top of their game. Also saw them with Snowy White and John Sykes (separately) playing foil to Scott Gorham and, whilst neither were as good a fit as Robertson (imo), and parts of the shows may have been patchy with some of the material not up to the standard of the mid/late 70s Lizzy (again, imo), Philo was always fabulous. For me, one of rock and roll's great frontmen...
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    Geddy's Bass Book - Out In December

    Re. Gibson Thunderbird: Geddy asked Pete Way (UFO) what it was exactly that he loved so much about them. ”Well, Glee, they sound three-quarters quite good, and one-quarter not very nice”. If ever Gibson were after a blurb on an ad page for a Thunderbird there’s one right there! Only had a brief scan through this morning but upon first glance it’s a fabulous book!
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    What are you listening to right now?

    Heard this for the first time today and haven’t stopped playing it since. John McKenzie on bass, apparently. If Ari Up was Californian and woke up in a studio surrounded by a late-70s funk band... I give you Annette Peacock:
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    Best Sounding Bass Recording

    A wonderfully played and recorded P-bass. For my ears/taste it doesn’t really get much better than this... (cue somebody telling me it was recorded on a Jazz, or some such!).
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    Newly-discovered love of Trevor Bolder's playing

    For me Aladdin Sane is TB’s finest work. It’s possibly my favourite record of all time any road (certainly the one that never strays from being in the top 3) and would be my recommendation to any budding bassist in terms of an album to listen to that inspires. The title track is sheer perfection. And of course he also had those amazing sidies!!
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    What are you listening to right now?

    The Atomic Dog section is a reworking of a George Clinton track from the early 80s - the two versions are as different as chalk and cheese, night and day, cat and dog!
  9. I give you Mind Bomb by The The. I had my head turned by Infected after Channel 4 showed a late-night film in 1986 documenting each track and was blown away - I then had to wait three years for Mind Bomb. Unapologetically political throughout, lyrically I don't think Matt Johnson was ever better - covering the perils of organised religion (Islam fundamentalism vs. Christianity), bitter breakdown of relationships, and "the politics of greed" amongst other cheery topics. It features Johhny Marr, Danny Thompson, a great performance by Sinead O'Connor on one track and wonderful bass playing by the 'overlooked and highly recommended' James Eller throughout. It even manages to include a pastiche on Sweet's Ballroom Blitz and replace the opening "Steve", "Andy" and "Mick" line with "Jesus", "Buddha", "Muhammad" - one for the older viewers! Not really a 'Sunday morning album', it's one of those albums that is best digested in a solitary fashion, played from start to finish in the order Mr Johnson intended and through headphones for the full solitary effect. Here's the opening track, Good Morning Beautiful; So, anyone else got any recommendations that fall under the 'overlooked and highly recommended' category that you feel should be embraced by the knowing souls on here?
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    Daily Mail and John Deacon

    Some would say “Liar”, but I believe you. I think it was the time Mr Deacon was attempting to enjoy a quiet Sunday roast but was being continually heckled by a member of The Goodies, sat nearby at another table. As luck would have it Giant Haystacks (who had just been working out and not had chance to shower and freshen up, so slightly stinky) popped in for a Spritzer and stepped in on Mr Deacon’s behalf, telling the Goodie, in no uncertain terms, to leave the reclusive bassman alone. ’B.O. he-man raps Oddie’, as the tabloid headline said...
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    Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino Bass sound

    Really like that - shades of Richard Hawley. Lyrically, Alex Turner has got a lovely turn of phrase about him. With regards to the bass, my guess would be flat wounds played with a pick with strings muted with the side of the palm. It helps that it’s a really lyrical line so the tone really comes through - too many notes and it wouldn’t sound anywhere near as good. Good band.
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    What are you listening to right now?

    This... a lot.
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    Do you remember your first bass...

    A second-hand Avon Jazz Bass copy in 1977. The p/ups were steel bars rather than the snazzy plastic of the real thing. By the real thing I mean the Antoria copies that we were all after. Affording a ‘real’ Fender? No chance!!
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    Paul Young touring 35 years of 'No Parlez'

    And me. Saw him and the band at Warwick University - between the time of the tickets being announced he appeared on The Tube and by the time the gig came around he was a pop star! He and the band were great.
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