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Favorite McCartney Beatle Bass Song!
18 June 2011
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mithveaen said:

I like his bass in Baby you're a rich man.

You know what, mith? I think they should make a television series called "So you think you can play the bass?", in hounor of Macca.

 

BTW I agree with your argument, I think the bass in BYARM is pretty cool, too. a-hard-days-night-ringo-10

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McLennonSon said:

mithveaen said:

I like his bass in Baby you're a rich man.

You know what, mith? I think they should make a television series called "So you think you can play the bass?", in hounor of Macca.

 

BTW I agree with your argument, I think the bass in BYARM is pretty cool, too. a-hard-days-night-ringo-10

Now that's a bloody brilliant idea! (Sorry I've been watching too many British TV shows).

 

I agree with what you say about Nowhere Man's bass. Who says I'm waisting my time in here? I'm learning Music Appreciation!! a-hard-days-night-paul-11

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Every single bass line of Paul. a-hard-days-night-paul-7

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14 October 2011
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Probably either I Want You (She's So Heavy) or Lucy In The Sky. There is a quick bass run just before the track settles into the long guitar ending that is simply incredible.

Also I Will as there cant be many tracks where the bass line is sung.

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24 November 2012
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Not sure if this was mentioned but I was listening to the bass on Oh! Darling and I thought it was great!

25 November 2012
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I didn't know what some of you were talking about when raving about Paul's bass in "Rain" -- as I can't hear much that's remarkable.

 

So I found a YouTube where a bass player is playing the bass lines over a track of "Rain" which has had the bass eliminated -- so you can see and hear clearly what's going on.

 

 

So now I see the bass line is very good; however, I wouldn't say it's Paul's best.

 

I think his bassism (if I may coin a word) in the up-tempo last part of "You Never Give Me Your Money", then the fake Italian part of "Sun King", then "Mean Mr. Mustard" are among his best -- very assured maneuvering of difficult to play, yet deeply satisfying to hear, bass lines in those three songs.

 

As for "Paperback Writer" -- the main problem I have with that is the murky sound.  I like my basses to have some treble in them while still being deep and low, to give the sound some texture. But the bass in "Paperback Writer" has virtually no treble at all, and so it's just like a wall of booming murk (to which some may rhetorically ask, "And the problem is...?")

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25 November 2012
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the bassline that's stood out to me most is the one on Lucy in the Sky. I always crank up the bass in my car when that song comes on. Otherwise, I think that I need to start listening more for it!

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25 November 2012
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My favorite McCartney bass line is in the song 'Think For Yourself' He plays the standard line for the song along with the Fuzz Bass part which at that time was very innovative.

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25 November 2012
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It has to be I'm A Loser- the way the bassline goes up a semi-tone (?) on "I'm a loser and I'm not what I appear to be,"- that's oneof my favourite parts of any Beatles song. The bassline also works really well under George's guitar solo.

 

In 2nd place I'd have I'll Cry Instead because the bass keeps the momentum of the song going, and I like the way it descends at "Show you what your lovin' man can do,"

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25 November 2012
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Inner Light said
My favorite McCartney bass line is in the song 'Think For Yourself' He plays the standard line for the song along with the Fuzz Bass part which at that time was very innovative.

Yes and the rhythm Paul employs which he repeats about 4 times throughout the song is cool -- when I learned piano as a kid a piano songbook called them "donkey-beats" -- I suppose they are 3/4 beats overlaid on a 4/4 tempo.

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25 November 2012
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bikelock28 said
It has to be I'm A Loser- the way the bassline goes up a semi-tone (?) on "I'm a loser and I'm not what I appear to be,"- that's oneof my favourite parts of any Beatles song. The basslibe also works really well under George's guitar solo.

Yes! I can't believe I never thought of that for the "favourite song fragments" thread; the way the bass stays pretty unassuming for the verse and then suddenly double-hops into this quick, agile, bouncy walk as the harmonies kick in is a totally awesome move. I'd also nominate She Came In Through The Bathroom Window; I'd always seen that song as a weak link in the medley, but when I listened to the bass on that song I saw it in a whole new light.

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30 November 2012
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Thought of another one- I'll Get You, especially at "so you might as well resign yourself to me, oh yeah," and under the last, "its not like me, to pretend,". a-hard-days-night-paul-8

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That Rain vid is amazing. There's a flourish at the 30 second mark that fair took my breath away...

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7 December 2012
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Too many great McCartney bass lines to pick just one, and also consider that his bass was never where it should have been in the mix until 'Rubber Soul', because the engineers didn't have the technique nor spent the time to record the bass properly.

 

Great Ones?

 

Getting Better

I Want You/She's So Heavy

Come Together

Penny Lane

Rain

Dear Prudence

 

McCartney always played great on Lennon's songs...Also he did a great part on 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps', fuzz bass.

7 December 2012
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I aggreee it's hard to say, which of mccartneys bass lines are the best, they are mostly awesome. My favourite ones are possibly on Sgt. Pepper and Magical Mystery Tour

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7 December 2012
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I like a lot of the ones that Paul should  be known for like Hey Bulldog and Taxman, but some others I thoroughly enjoy are Mean Mr. Mustard, Think For Yourself, Lovely Rita, Paperback Writer, Dear Prudence, If I Needed Someone and Help. Those commonly end up in my head one day or another. 

 

EDIT: I almost forgot I'll Cry Instead and One After 909, because of the descending bass part.

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7 December 2012
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Sorry to be slightly off topic here old chaps:

 

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I like all of his "bass" stuff. I wished George allowed him to play the bass more complex than the one in the released version of Something. I Saw Her Standing There sounds extremely nice but is actually simple bass notes borrowed from Chuck Berry. Abbey Road and SPLHCB tracks are the real deal. 

I wanna buy a Hofner Guitar and play the bass just like him.

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My favourites would be "Dear Prudence" and "Hey Bulldog".  heart

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