Sucker For Great Bass - Your Go To Track

Witterings

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I'm such a sucker for a great bass line / player in a track and it also compliments a great HiFi setup.

Doesn't have to be full on / pounding in your face, sometimes the subtle licks / fills up the fret board are the best.

Was just listening to Nikita by Elton John which is amazing and whilst trying to set a Sub crossover the other day stumbled across - Nights on Broadway ... The Candi Station version which I hadn't heard for years.

Other faves in my past have been Paul Young's bass player Pino Palladino and Paul McCartney / Wings - Silly Love Songs has a great bassline that almost drives the song / gives it it's melody.

Would really love to hear others suggestions for tracks with great bass lines / players as it can so often contributes to the overall feel of a song but also sounds amazing when played through a half decent system.
 

Gray

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Disco / Jazz funk 12" singles were made for you boy 👍
So many to choose from.
Follow the bassline on 'Magic Bird Of Fire' by the Salsoul Orchestra.
If you haven't heard 'Do What You Wanna Do' by T Connection, you need to.
Then there's the 12" version of 'Getaway' by Earth, Wind And Fire for some twangy stuff.
I could give you a list to last you forever.....

Edit: You've started me listening on the headphones now....Sennheiser HD560S, great bass quality:
Check out 'Streetwave' by Brothers Johnson.....'Always There' 12" by Willie Bobo.....

Want one that drives the tune? 'Get Down' by Gene Chandler....
 
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Witterings

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Disco / Jazz funk 12" singles were made for you boy 👍
So many to choose from.
Follow the bassline on 'Magic Bird Of Fire' by the Salsoul Orchestra.
If you haven't heard 'Do What You Wanna Do' by T Connection, you need to.
Then there's the 12" version of 'Getaway' by Earth, Wind And Fire for some twangy stuff.
I could give you a list to last you forever.....

Ohhh YESSSSS ... FEEED ME :D

Not specifically a Disco / Jazz Funk 12" specialist although they were totally so much of what I heard / listened to with an older sister so Sister Sledge, Chic. Anita Ward etc. were unavoidable ... seems like that was the era that put the bassist centre stage.

I'll check out Earth Wind & Fire - Getaway .... surprised I've never heard of it as huge fan of theirs (saw them at Wembley) and love loads of their music ... Phil Bailey's "solo" album (with Phil Collins) was great / underated.
 
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12th Monkey

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Massive Attack's Angel is a reviewers' favourite, but Teardrop (from the same album) is more demanding - the underlying bass line is extremely deep, and hands resting on your seat should be able to detect the change in pitch each time it cycles. Better Things is a difficult one to reproduce well, as it tends to make some things in the room vibrate. Bob Marley's One Love shows (as much as anything else) how much a good bassline can contribute to music. But then I would say that...
 

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Massive Attack's Angel is a reviewers' favourite, but Teardrop (from the same album) is more demanding - the underlying bass line is extremely deep, and hands resting on your seat should be able to detect the change in pitch each time it cycles. Better Things is a difficult one to reproduce well, as it tends to make some things in the room vibrate. Bob Marley's One Love shows (as much as anything else) how much a good bassline can contribute to music. But then I would say that...
Yes I've used Angel and Teardrop as a test....also No Ordinary Love by Sade... 👍

View: https://youtu.be/k1k6EUW0czc
 

plastic penguin

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Great track.
Not the greatest singer (he probably knows that).
As a writer / composer / musician, to me, he's as good as it gets - far from holding him back, in aural terms I reckon the blindness might have been an advantage to him.
Yeah. I find either his tracks are brilliant or rubbish. They doesn't seem to be any middle ground. I have a number of his albums, all early ones. Late 70s onwards some of his singles were a bit meh
 
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12th Monkey

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I find him very patchy too, but am puzzled by his singing as being viewed as poor. This thread sent me to Talking Book, and whilst Superstition is a great song, As from Songs in the Key of Life is a sterner test.

Neither get anywhere near Elvis Costello's Pump it Up, or Muse's Madness or New Born, though!
 

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