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Read this thread earlier before taking Shalla out for a walk. I noticed that my in collection of Bass Guitar magazine in the hallway issue 20 was showing - featuring Andy Fraser...

Amazing or the power of coincidence?

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If I have a favourite bass player it's probably him. Loved his playing long before I ever took up a bass myself. I could sing some of his bass lines before I even realised it was a bass that was making that amazing sound. 

So sad we lost him way too soon. 

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Andy Fraser was a true bass innovator. Master of the bass riff. Love it when the bass and drums can just carry it all. Guitarist can stop and the thing just drives along. I used to love playing The Stealer. Epic riff.

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Not a huge fan, I'm afraid. Neither the gravelly 'Rod Stewart' vocal tone, the lack-lustre drums, the muddy bass tone nor the far-too-long solos. Excellent guitar in moderate doses, but, for my money, they couldn't hold a stage for half-an-hour. I left before the end, second time they were on the bill. To each his/her own, of course, but I'll pass. :|

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On 26/06/2021 at 20:20, seashell said:

 I could sing some of his bass lines before I even realised it was a bass that was making that amazing sound. 

 

This is exactly how I started playing bass.  At age 43 I worked out it was the bass lines I had been singing along to since I was about 12, not the guitar solos!!

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3 hours ago, Oopsdabassist said:

This is exactly how I started playing bass.  At age 43 I worked out it was the bass lines I had been singing along to since I was about 12, not the guitar solos!!

Very similar to me, except that I was 53, haha 😎

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On 28/06/2021 at 11:35, Dad3353 said:

Not a huge fan, I'm afraid. Neither the gravelly 'Rod Stewart' vocal tone, the lack-lustre drums, the muddy bass tone nor the far-too-long solos. Excellent guitar in moderate doses, but, for my money, they couldn't hold a stage for half-an-hour. I left before the end, second time they were on the bill. To each his/her own, of course, but I'll pass. :|

Bluddy Planet Rock keep playing Free songs to death, mostly just the usual suspects. Don't get all the credits Paul Rogers gets for his singing. Just check out the appalling 'Radioactive' made with Jimmy Page as The Firm where IMO the vocal is pretty weak.  I prefer the other The Firm who made Star Trekkin'. Anyway credit where credit's due there are some nice basslines on Free songs e.g. Mr Big.

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Paul Rogers is regarded as one of the best Blues/Rock vocalists, considering his age, he still sings the Free and Bad Co stuff in the original keys when performing live, probably sounding better than ever.

Most of the rock vocalists his age now have shagged voices and can hardly perform or need to change the song keys to suit their fading vocals.

Have to totally disagree on your comments, hey, but each to their own.

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