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Songs George Played Bass
26 May 2012
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GeorgeTSimpson
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On which songs did George play bass? I know that he played on Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight, Maxwell's Silver Hammer and I think he played bass on Helter Skelter. Anyway I think george was a much better bass player than george, his bass line on Maxwell's Silver Hammer is really good. Do you know some songs on which george played bass?

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Its John on Helter Skelter, for what it's worth (no pun intended!).
Old Brown Shoe, GS/CTW, She Came In The Bathroom Window (I think - if Joe or anyone else overrules me, trust them), Maxwell. I think that's it. He was okay… he played his basslines like guitar lines, which isn't a terribly exciting bassline, IMO.

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26 May 2012
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Oh, I meant Birthday not Helter Skelter

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28 May 2012
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George played (unremarkably) on "She Said She Said" too - it's the sole every-Beatle-except-Paul track.

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GeorgeTSimpson said
Anyway I think george was a much better bass player than george,

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30 May 2012
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To add to the George-bass-Old-Brown-Shoe debate Winn has George on electric doubling with Pauls bass. I think its one of those which will be open for discussion and analysis for a long time.

As for the interview he gave, whilst George would know its not uncommon for a beatle to recall incorrectly, and George didnt remember he played bass on Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight until after discussion (that footage is hilarious as George doesnt seem to be in the mindset for filming at times. One of the great things about Anthology is Paul taking it seriously and then cutting to George who obviously wasnt - at times).

 

Add it to the list of questions for Paul alongside who went "ahhhhh, ah aaaahh aaaahhhh..." on A Day In The Life. One day far into the future religions based upon the teachings of John, Paul, George and Ringo will split off into branches and wars will break out over these issues.  

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GeorgeTSimpson said
Anyway I think george was a much better bass player than george,

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Nonsense, George wasn't nearly as good as George.

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I agree with vonbontee on this one.

 

If memory serves, George can be seen playing bass on "Two of Us" in the Let It Be movie.

But I don't know that it's George playing on the album version.

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Sorry but you really think John was a good bass player. Listen to The Long And Winding Road and then say it again. He was terrible on bass. George didn't do mistakes and did much better basslines. And the bass line on Maxwell is really good and that's definitely george (listen to the anthology version).

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- She Said She Said (I've read it somewhere, Paul was not avaiable at the time they recorded it. wonder which bass he used)

- Two of Us (and it's not even a real bass line, George playing bass notes on his guitar staying at the low notes so it's functional as both bass and lead guitar, I think he did as well on "Maggie Mae")

- Old Brown Shoe (I've read it was George, other pages it was Paul, not really sure though)

- Maxwell's Silver Hammer

- Carry That Weight

- Golden Slumbers

- Back in the U.S.S.R. (if there are two bass tracks on this one, the other being recorded by John which is anyway the main part)

- Hey Jude

- Birthday

 

John:

- Back in the U.S.S.R.

- Helter Skelter

- The Long And Winding Road

- Let It Be

 

Paul:

- all songs before (if not "She Said She Said") the release of "The White Album".

- The Ballad Of John And Yoko

- Polythene Pam/She Came In Through The Bathroom Window

- You Never Give Me Your Money/Sun King/Mean Mr. Mustard

- The End

- Yer Blues

- While My Guitar Gently Weeps

- Because

- Hey Bulldog

- Glass Onion

- and the rest I haven't mentioned here

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GeorgeTSimpson said Oh, I meant Birthday not Helter Skelter

 

Paul plays bass on Birthday tooa-hard-days-night-paul-8

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GeorgeTSimpson said
Sorry but you really think John was a good bass player. Listen to The Long And Winding Road and then say it again. He was terrible on bass. George didn't do mistakes and did much better basslines. And the bass line on Maxwell is really good and that's definitely george (listen to the anthology version).

I second this. However, I love John's bass playing on Helter Skelter. I think, as George Martin once said, John did a piss poor job on The Long And Winding Road and (I think) Let it Be out of spite and laziness. He just didn't care enough to try that hard anymore.

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23 June 2012
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Fabfouremily, are you sure, because wikipedia and i think also ian macdonald say that george played on birthday (of course it's possible they're wrong but lewissohn doesn't say who plays on birthday, at least no in chronicle so I believed in wikipedia)

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GeorgeTSimpson said

Fabfouremily, are you sure, because wikipedia and i think also ian macdonald say that george played on birthday (of course it's possible they're wrong but lewissohn doesn't say who plays on birthday, at least no in chronicle so I believed in wikipedia)

It says on this very site that it was Paul, but it may be wrong.a-hard-days-night-george-10

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It's one of those Beatle mysteries- who bassed on Birthday? With the conflicting sources I guess we'll never know. As an experienced bass player myself, though, I'd say the playing is more McCartney-style. 

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Oh I wrote george was better than george, I didn't notice that. And vonbontee said george wasn't nearly as good as george :D , but I read not nearly as good as john (my mistake)

Anyway, which bass did George use? John used the Fender Bass VI I think, but I read that george played a fender jazz bass on maxwell, Golden Slumbers and Carry That Weight although the beatles rockband video shows him playing a fender bass VI and he also played that fender bass VI on the Hey Jude promo video and Maxwell's Silver Hammer during the twickenham sessions. Does anayone know which bass george played on which song

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fabfouremily said

GeorgeTSimpson said

Fabfouremily, are you sure, because wikipedia and i think also ian macdonald say that george played on birthday (of course it's possible they're wrong but lewissohn doesn't say who plays on birthday, at least no in chronicle so I believed in wikipedia)

It says on this very site that it was Paul, but it may be wrong.a-hard-days-night-george-10

It has been confirmed that it's Paul here: http://www.beatlesbible.com/fo.....let-it-be/

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...ontherun said

fabfouremily said

GeorgeTSimpson said

Fabfouremily, are you sure, because wikipedia and i think also ian macdonald say that george played on birthday (of course it's possible they're wrong but lewissohn doesn't say who plays on birthday, at least no in chronicle so I believed in wikipedia)

It says on this very site that it was Paul, but it may be wrong.a-hard-days-night-george-10

It has just been re-confirmed that it's Paul here: http://www.beatlesbible.com/fo.....let-it-be/

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GeorgeTSimpson said
Oh I wrote george was better than george, I didn't notice that. And vonbontee said george wasn't nearly as good as george :D , but I read not nearly as good as john (my mistake)

Anyway, which bass did George use? John used the Fender Bass VI I think, but I read that george played a fender jazz bass on maxwell, Golden Slumbers and Carry That Weight although the beatles rockband video shows him playing a fender bass VI and he also played that fender bass VI on the Hey Jude promo video and Maxwell's Silver Hammer during the twickenham sessions. Does anayone know which bass george played on which song

I was always under the impression that every bass track played by anyone but Paul was on the Fender Bass VI.  I think I remember reading somewhere that they like it because it was pretty much a guitar with real low gauge strings on it, and that was comfortable for them.  Plus listen to the bass on "Old Brown Shoe", if that Bass VI played like a guitar then it is very believable because those lines are incredibly fast in my mind.  I am not much of a Bass player, and when I try "Old Brown Shoe" on a Fender Jazz, my hands get tied into knots.  Also, if George did play Bass on "Birthday" (I know its up for debate), then in my mind he played it on the Jazz VI as well out of ease to play.  

 

However I believe when Fender sent all those amps and instruments to The Beatles, they did send a right handed Jazz Bass, so maybe he played that during Abbey Road?  

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Ben Ramon said 
It's one of those Beatle mysteries- who bassed on Birthday? With the conflicting sources I guess we'll never know. As an experienced bass player myself, though, I'd say the playing is more McCartney-style.

Funny, I always thought the bass line of "Birthday" had a very lumpy sound to it, i.e. not really typical of Paul's playing.  Let's also not forget that in The Beatles: Rock Band George is shown playing the Fender VI in that song while Paul plays his Epiphone electric as well as the piano.

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