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Is Paul the best bassist?
27 December 2010
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*inserts second cough for Sun king's benefit because he happened to do exactly what I was hoping someone would do*

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27 December 2010
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That's what I was going for

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
27 December 2010
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OK. Let's continue.

*cough*"The End"*cough*

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27 December 2010
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*cough*"Sgt. Pepper's"*cough*

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
27 December 2010
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*cough*"The Night Before"*cough*

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27 December 2010
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*cough*"And Your Bird Can Sing"*cough*

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
28 December 2010
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Hmm.  McCartney or Entwistle, Entwistle or McCartney...

Flip a coin.  I love both these guys and they played for my two favorite best bands.  McCartney plays the more amazing melodies, while Entwistle (aka, the Ox) is more like anarchy on bass.  Those strengths each helped give each band their distinctive styles.  When you combined Entwistle's bass with Moon's drums, you got the most anarchic rhythm section that ever existed.

As pointed out, Entwistle rarely sang.  Hell, he rarely even spoke.  He once said that on stage, he felt he should stand as still as a statue and concentrate on his playing.  He felt that as a visual, his stability was needed to balance out Pete Townsend's bouncing around and windmill guitar slashes (often imitated, but Pete invented it), Roger Daltry's prancing and marching, and Keith Moon's all-out assault on his drums.

As an aside, I caught "The Last Waltz" on TV again the other day.  I forgot what a great bassist Rick Danko was for The Band.  Good stuff.

28 December 2010
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I know there's a lot of great bass players out there - but I don't think anyone comes close to Paul's bass playing. There's a reason every ohter bass player is compared to him. He is the standard.

"She looks more like him than I do."
28 December 2010
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Not electric, but Blackbird is probably the best acoustic playing in the catalogue.

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28 December 2010
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Jeez, I'm going to catch a cold or something if you don't stop!

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28 December 2010
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Number Nine said:

Jeez, I'm going to catch a cold or something if you don't stop!


*sneezes* 

Oh, wait. That was real. 

(I think I really am coming down with something.) 

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28 December 2010
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robert
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Well Paulrus, I understand your point and agree to an extent - however at the same time, if we have to pick one bass player as the best - and that's the question, then one has to sort of consolidate all the factors (technique, innovation, influence, etc).

When selecting just one element of playing, say actual technique, then yes we can certainly find someone who is better than Paul. But if we are going to distill all the different factors and come up with THE SINGLE BEST BASS PLAYER over all, and there can only be one, it's Paul McCartney.

Based on the above criteria, who else?

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28 December 2010
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Sorry that was supposed to be to paulsbass - apologies to anyone I have offended, slighted or otherwise pissed off!

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28 December 2010
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Yoo-hoo! Paulrus! 

a-hard-days-night-george-10 

*1+ (1+1)*

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28 December 2010
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Oh hullo there.

I was wondering why my name was being mentioned... a-hard-days-night-paul-4

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28 December 2010
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There should be some way to tag other posters in your posts....

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18 March 2011
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YES HE IS. All the technical geniuses may surpass him technically, but we hear Paul's bass lines in our dreams. Ha-hard-days-night-paul-6e set the foundation for a generation and more.

18 March 2011
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HE IS THE BEST! IN EVERYTHING!!

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
18 March 2011
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Right on, man!!

ONE MINUTE YOU'RE DEFENDING THE WHOLE GALAXY, AND SUDDENLY, YOU FIND YOURSELF SUCKING DOWN DARJEELING WITH MARIE ANTOINETTE AND HER LITTLE SISTER.!
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Paul's very good, he's excellent even, no question. Definitely among the best.

But "THE best?" Not in my opinion.

Among the 60s pop musicians, I personally think James Jamerson was better. And John Entwistle was at least as good.

(And Paul, being the nice guy that he is, would be happy to be compared to those two - probably even admit to being inspired by them.)

And if we're talking about the jazz-fusion guys like Stanley Clarke and Jaco Pastorius who came along in the 70s - forget it.

But you know what? None of those guys were also fluent on guitars and drums and keyboards.

And none of 'em could sing like Paul.

And no WAY do any of 'em have a back catalogue of incredible songs like Paul does!

So who really cares if he's not *THE BEST* bassist?

Screw being "the best"! He's Paul McCartney! And they're NOT.

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