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Favorite McCartney Beatle Bass Song!
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Don't know if anyone's mentioned these but mine are: Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, Taxman, and Drive My Car. That's off the top of my head. Oh, and Maxwell's Silver Hammer has a pretty good bass line. Only good thing about that piece of... badness? 

Edit: I only put Maxwell's Silver Hammer on there because I was typing it while listening to Abbey Road (on vinyl), and I'm now on Octopus' Garden, and his bass is just incredible the whole way through at least side 1 of Abbey Road.

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My favorite bass line is Day Tripper!

 

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vectisfabber said
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Fixing A Hole or Michelle, both of which have a kind of counterpoint bass line wandering around on the off-beat.

And the Anthology version of And Your Bird Can Sing also has a great bass line, totally different to the great bass line on the Revolver version.

I try to avoid mentioning Michelle as much as possible.

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My favorite would have to Something. The creative bass lines helped the song reach perfection. Also: Drive My Car, Come Together, I Saw Her Standing There (although I recall him saying that he stole that one!), A Day In The Life

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Hey Bulldog, also.

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Lady Madonna is one I don't see mentioned very often, but it's a great non-flashy, driving bass line.

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IveJustSeenAFaceo said
Lady Madonna is one I don't see mentioned very often, but it's a great non-flashy, driving bass line.

Lady Madonna, unlike most other Beatles songs, has a dominant piano bass motif.  The question is, is the electric bass duplicating the piano bass, or is it subtly varying it? 

While I'm quite a musical aficionado and write songs myself and also have quite a nitpicky perfectionist taste, I still find it difficult often to detect things like bass lines that seems to come so easy to other fans.

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I sort of agree with the above……. Lady Madonna is driven by Piano and bass………… Both must be credited to Paul. "Something" is greatly enhanced by Paul's inventive and melodic bass….Credit to Paul again. I'm sure that's also the case in numerous tunes…….But Day Tripper's riff is Johns……As is, 'Hey Bulldog's' riff……'I Feel Fine', 'I Want You' etc …….It needs someone better that me to sort whether it's Paul's base or the riff that is memorable in some the songs being quoted.

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This could go in the "Moments in Beatles Songs You Like" topic (I forgot the exact title of it), but I like that little bass thing Paul does in "Come Together" right before John sings "He bag production..." -- right at 1:26:

Paul is spooning three high notes before getting back into his regular groove.

I also noticed for the first time (boy, I'm slow on the uptake) that Paul throughout the song seems to be playing a chord of at least two notes on his bass at regular frequent intervals.  I've never heard any bass players ever use a chord on the bass before -- outside of certain jazz bass players on the acoustic bass.

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@Funny Paper 

(Funny Paper, I think you're thinking of the "Song Fragments That Grab You" thread)

And Funny Paper, you mention the use of two bass guitars on Bip Bop, I wonder about this on "You Give Me Your Money." I'm discovering the great bass line on this side of Abbey Road too and to my ear, the bass, as good as it is, is relatively quiet until 47 seconds into the song.

Any thoughts?

I've tubechopped it:

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Taxman
With A Little Help From My Friends--very melodic
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Something
Good Morning, Good Morning

(Non-Beatles: Silly Love Songs)

 

 

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Into the Sky with Diamonds said
OneCoolCat, never noticed the bass on "Good Morning,.."

Just noticed that I pasted the wrong link above. This is the tube chop version. (note: need headphones or good speakers to hear the bass in the early part of the song [up to 'you break down']).

http://www.tubechop.com/watch/2195364

 

 

Mostly based on the bass stems from the Rock Band: The Beatles. It was one of my favourite tunes to play in that game. Also, bass parts are heard better on the Anthology 2 version.

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Don't Let Me Down always does it for me.  I don't know anything about bass playing but I always hear bass lines for some reason.  Whenever I listen to Honey Pie I can't resist playing the bass part in my head.  (Or out loud if no one's about!)  It has a kind of 'pom pom pom' quality like a tuba in a British brass band. 

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Paul is a beast in Paperback Writer, but I think my favorite is Hey Bulldog.  Paul plays great "improv" off a basic blues progression, like a bebop jazz musician might play.  I agree that his contribution to Something is genius.

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