The Joe Satriani clip I shared in the instrumental thread had me thinking about Stu Hamm's brilliance. Which made me think we needed a bass-focused thread. (If we already have one, whoops.) I wanted to share this, his solo bass version of Zeppelin's "Going to California."
There doesn't seem to be a disco topic here, which gives me free rein to link these two bass-heavy disco classics here. First, "Ready" Freddie Washington knocks out one heck of a groove on Patrice Rushen's "Forget Me Nots" (1982):
And then there's "I Shoulda Loved Ya" sung by ace drummer Narada Michael Walden (saw him with Mahavishnu in '75), with T.M. Stevens strutting his stupendous low-end stuff:
I dedicate both of these to someone I was extremely close to a couple of years back.
That second one is really good. What's more, you've just brought us right back to ... Steve Vai. T.M. Stevens played bass in his short-lived 1993 band, Vai. Here they are on Jay Leno's show (with a somewhat, uh, unorthodox 21-year-old Devin Townsend singing). The album's drummer was Terry Bozzio, but I can't tell whether he's at this gig. As is Vai's wont with his (few) appearances on these shows, he charts it all out so the house band can participate. Naturally.
(Sadly not a tune that really highlights Stevens. Actually the whole album is somewhat unkind to him, burying his parts beneath layers of guitars and other sound.)
One of the most original pop/rock bassists in the UK in the late '60s, early '70s in my view was Free's Andy Fraser. Although the studio take is definitive, here he is in a live version of what to me is Free's finest outing, "Mr. Big":
Strong performance all-around. I was waiting quite a while for some variation from the bassist - the patience paid off when they essentially transitioned from a guitar solo to a bass solo. Nicely done. Andy wasn't using a pick, which is my preference. He was also wise to fatten the sound, considering their setup and style, by plucking two or three strings simultaneously. He sure dug climbing the neck in this song!
jk mentions the song "Mr Big," which means I have to follow that reference to the band Mr Big and its brilliant bassist, Billy Sheehan. Here is a solo and song from San Francisco, 1992. Every bit the showman you'd expect considering he'd won the gig with David Lee Roth a few years prior, but his virtuosity is unquestionable. And that he manages tapping, harmonics, pinch harmonics, bends, etc., all on the bass with such ease is pretty amazing.
Tracy Pew of The Birthday Party was in a field of one. His bass lines are incredibly tight and incredibly nasty. Actually, he was a highly cultured man who studied literature and philosophy after TBP broke up. And then dead at 28 -- ye gods.
lonelysummer: Shoot, i gave up on new music in the 90's.
Sept 18, 2021 2:18:38 GMT
Kapitan: Anyone want to kick off the next year's music to discuss? Pick anything except 1976, 1963, 1989, 2002, or 2010.
Sept 18, 2021 11:22:42 GMT
Kapitan: If not, I'll post a new one later today.
Sept 18, 2021 11:25:26 GMT
jk: Sounds good to me, Cap'n.
Sept 18, 2021 11:50:32 GMT
carllove: If you want to pick one today, I can do one Monday. Gotta start getting ready to power wash my deck this morning! Did get my thoughts in on 2010 this morning. Rough year!
Sept 18, 2021 13:04:24 GMT
carllove: Actually Kapitan, my husband is still sleeping, so I will choose a year this morning. It will be 1972.
Sept 18, 2021 13:14:07 GMT
B.E.: '63-72 - not just the best years for the Beach Boys but for popular music.
Sept 18, 2021 13:25:18 GMT
Kapitan: Great year for music!
Sept 18, 2021 14:34:33 GMT
B.E.: So, "H.E.L.P. Is On The Way" quotes a Kenny Rogers song. Had no idea...
Sept 19, 2021 18:50:49 GMT
Kapitan: You mean "what condition my condition is in"?
Sept 19, 2021 21:16:37 GMT
B.E.: Yes. Is there more to the story? Is it from somewhere else?
Sept 19, 2021 21:51:28 GMT
Kapitan: No, I was actually wondering the same from you! I just recognized the phrase, no idea of any specific details, reasons, stories.
Sept 19, 2021 22:42:38 GMT
jk: carllove, I see you double-posted in the "365 Days" topic. You can delete the first one, you know. Just click on the cogwheel at top right of that post and it gives you that option.
Sept 20, 2021 7:14:11 GMT
Kapitan: "Sail On, Sailor" and "Only With You" are up for discussion and rating. (As of yesterday, so is George Harrison's self-titled album, in the Beatles rating thread.)
Sept 20, 2021 11:58:33 GMT
jk: Sheriff John Stone: Are you planning to continue your Sparks history? It's been fascinating so far and I'm sure I'm not the only poster here who would appreciate it. When the time is right, of course.
Sept 20, 2021 20:19:15 GMT
Sheriff John Stone: Thanks, jk. I apologize for dragging my feet. I expect to have something posted in a few days.
Sept 20, 2021 22:35:38 GMT