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There are tons of great bass lines out there, but I don't really care.  There's one and only one for me.  Nothing else is even close IMHO:

 

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2 Votes for Good Times and Tighten Up (Archie Bell and the Drells from HTown!).  If we were to compile a Top 10 or 20, the songs should all be from old school soul, R&B, and funk. 

43 minutes ago, Buzzrock said:

Can we up the difficulty? How about no:

Les Claypool
Flea
Victor Wooten

Ironically, i think Flea's best bass line was for a non RHCP song - Bust A Move by Young MC. 

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Anything Jamerson.

How about Bakithi Kumalo? The entire Graceland album is amazing, joyful fretless playing. Such a great sound and groove.

 

 

 

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How about the king of session players, Abraham Laboriel, playing in church? The groove feels great throughout and there's a nice bass moment around 4:00.

 

 

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hell yeah - Paul McCartney is underrated as a bassist.  And a singer, for that matter.  Or at least, his songwriting and BEATLES!!!!111 overshadows how great he was with both instruments.

Back to singing Jamerson's praises, if any of y'all haven't seen "Standing in the Shadows of Motown", it's worth watching.  They also touch on how the British invasion dudes were influenced directly by Jamerson without even knowing his name.  I think it was a quote from Entwistle where he describes his favorite bassist as "whoever plays on the motown songs"

 

also, Carol Kaye

 

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9 minutes ago, noharleyyet said:

I'll just put this there....

 

I don't see or hear a bass. 

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Yes, disco sucks and we all hate it but some of that shit had rad bass lines. You can even hear the disco-funk bass influence on credible rock badasses like the Stones (Miss You) and the Clash (The Magnificent Seven). 

Couldn't find isolated tracks but these have some guys playing the bass along with the songs and you can hear it better.

 

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Man, Paul could walk the fuck his way around a bass. My favorite Paul bassline. 

How does he remember all that shit!?!?

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If you want to up the difficult, take out the greatest bass player of all time.  James motherfucking Jamerson.


Well yeah but you already posted him.

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Man, Paul could walk the fuck his way around a bass. My favorite Paul bassline. 
How does he remember all that shit!?!?


He wrote it.

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1 hour ago, I Got Worms said:

Lots of Joy Division and New Order basslines to choose from. 

 

 

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6 hours ago, Celery Man said:

Also, Carol Kaye

 

this is not Carol Kaye (ha!) but this clip shows how incredibly melodic that Good Vibrations bass line is.

 

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