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What's the best sounding bass recording? - not the bass line but the sound of the bass itself.

IMO my top three would be

Chuck Rainey on Josie by Steely Dan - nice slightly farty, warm and round

Paul Denman on Smooth Operator by Sade - middly and punchy

Martin McAloon on Appetite by Prefab Sprout - crunchy

 

I'm interested in listening to other bass players tones that you folks like.

 

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Eddie Jackson with Queensryche on the 'Operation Mindcrim'e album - particularly the tracks 'Eyes Of A Stranger' and 'I Don't Believe In Love' - Gorgeous grinding Spector NS2/GK800RB tone!


Tiran Porter with the Doobie Brothers - classic flatwound/pick thud, particularly on the albums Captain & Me, What Were Once Vices & Stampede.

 


Guy Pratt with Toy Matinee. Ocatved Stingray goodness and groove for days!

 

 

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Jimmy Johnson on James Taylor's Hourglass and New Moonshine albums

and

Ewen Vernal on Kate Rusby's Underneath the Stars

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Two of my faves. David Barard with Dr. John, playing a Sadowsky low and loose

 

Freddie Washington playing a Smith for Donald Fagen. Always loved the Smith sound, this is a good example

 

Interested to hear other people's faves...

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Best sounding bass?

Reggie McBride with Keb Mo.

Anything Nathan East has recorded.

Anything Duck Dunn recorded.

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7 minutes ago, chris_b said:

Best sounding bass?

Reggie McBride with Keb Mo.

Anything Nathan East has recorded.

Anything Duck Dunn recorded.

Ah yeah I’m not sure who played on this track but it’s great, the production in general sounds excellent to me

 

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Slightly off the wall maybe but Killing Joke's Love Like Blood bass sound and especially how it sits with the drums in the mix has always been my favourite bass sound and one I have struggled to emulate on any recordings I have done

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The tone of Wishbone Ash's Martin Turner on "Argus" is fab.

12 minutes ago, Roger2611 said:

 Killing Joke's Love Like Blood bass sound and especially how it sits with the drums in the mix

Ah, halycon days cranking that up! :)

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Jeff Berlin's 'Freight Train Shuffle': 

Just lush bass tone, so rich with midrange. Very articulate yet sits well in the mix and drives the music. The switch to a chorused sound for the solo tone is very cool. This is my absolute favourite and it's the sound I try to recreate when I play. 

 

https://youtu.be/PfwrcGLgwUU

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I love this album so much and the bass sound and where it sits in the mix is wonderful to my ears. Any track is great 

 

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2 hours ago, cetera said:

Eddie Jackson with Queensryche on the 'Operation Mindcrim'e album - particularly the tracks 'Eyes Of A Stranger' and 'I Don't Believe In Love' - Gorgeous grinding Spector NS2/GK800RB tone!
 

Yes! His tone on the Empire album is equally fabulous. Jet City Woman and Della Brown are standout faves.

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I've posted this before; this is Jack Casady working his magic. One needs to listen right through the whole track, of course. Astonishing stuff...

 

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2 hours ago, ped said:

Freddie Washington playing a Smith for Donald Fagen. Always loved the Smith sound, this is a good example

 

Interested to hear other people's faves...

So THAT’S what a Smith sounds like.. 

Thrown my long-time Sadowsky GAS into a right kilter that has. 

Here’s one of my faves from the Dan. Tom Barney playing a ‘Ray 5. 

 

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Most of Bruce Foxtons work with The Jam, JJ Burnels early Stranglers work, and Duff McKagan post Appetite with Guns N Roses & Velvet Revolver.

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Anything by Richard Bona

Anything by Justin Chancellor

Anything by James Jamerson

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4 hours ago, chris_b said:

Best sounding bass?

Reggie McBride with Keb Mo.

Anything Nathan East has recorded.

Anything Duck Dunn recorded.

I'd never heard of that cat, until last week when I was watching this:

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2 hours ago, Leonard Smalls said:

Always liked Jonas' Wal slap sound on this:

 

And Gary Willis gets the max from a fretless - especially in his solo (3'30ish)

 

Oof! I like the fact GW gets props from the mighty Pat Meth!

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My vote - gorgeous breaking up P-bass tones. Plus everything else is incredible too - songs, musicians. Stuff of legend.

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1 hour ago, lowdown said:

Too many to mention for me.

Guy Pratt had a tone I liked on this.

 

 

Oooof! Always loved that one. Was going to post it myself.

So many, but:

Ewan Vernal (Deacon Blue days) - virtually anything... (Warwick?)

Meshell Ndegeocello - Bittersweet (Fender Jazz heaven)

Mark King - The Pursuit of Accidents / Dance on Heavy Weather (gritty flanged Jaydee)

Richard Nolan (It Bites) - Midnight (Zon Legacy?)

Jamiroquai ‘Radio’ - not sure who plays on this but P bass burpiness

Bobby Watson - Rock With You

Will Lee - Walk Between the Raindrops (Fagen’s The Nightfly)

Leon F Sylvers III - anything from Solar Records days. Pick n P bass funk perfection

And on and on...

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23 hours ago, Captain Bassman said:

Oooof! Always loved that one. Was going to post it myself.

So many, but:

Ewan Vernal (Deacon Blue days) - virtually anything... (Warwick?)

 Meshell Ndegeocello - Bittersweet (Fender Jazz heaven)

Mark King - The Pursuit of Accidents / Dance on Heavy Weather (gritty flanged Jaydee)

Richard Nolan (It Bites) - Midnight (Zon Legacy?)

Jamiroquai ‘Radio’ - not sure who plays on this but P bass burpiness

Bobby Watson - Rock With You

Will Lee - Walk Between the Raindrops (Fagen’s The Nightfly)

Leon F Sylvers III - anything from Solar Records days. Pick n P bass funk perfection

And on and on...

 

Ewan is a terrific player and a real natural musician. I remember going into some bar in Glasgow about ten years ago to see a Jazz gig,

and there he was, swinging away on Double Bass.

 

Will Lee’s line doubled by Greg Phillanganes (or is it the other way around?) makes for a real phat tone.

Great, driving Bass line as well.

👍

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