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Is there bass guitar on the recording of BACK IN THE USSR ?
11 July 2013
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Hello out there in Beatleland!!

MJ Guitar player is just wondering if there is any bass on Back In The USSR. I don't hear any?

My band is presenting doing a cover recording of it.

Please advise,

 

MJ

 

 

11 July 2013
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There's three bass parts on Back In The USSR. Recording the basic track on 22 August, Paul played drums, George lead guitar, and John a six-string bass. The following day another two bass tracks were overdubbed. A six-string and a standard bass. The six-string is usually credited to George, while the standard is Paul. Myself, I believe both were done by Paul.

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12 July 2013
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mja6758 said
There's three bass parts on Back In The USSR. Recording the basic track on 22 August, Paul played drums, George lead guitar, and John a six-string bass. The following day another two bass tracks were overdubbed. A six-string and a standard bass. The six-string is usually credited to George, while the standard is Paul. Myself, I believe both were done by Paul.

Three basses playing simultaneously?  Alternating?  Playing the same notes?  I don't get why a song would need three basses...

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12 July 2013
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I think, like the drum track, the bass is a composite of the three parts. My reading: Paul, having played drums on the basic track, and it being his song, isn't completely happy with John's original bass part, so another six-string bass part is overdubbed, dropped in, to improve what's there. (Which is why I believe it's more likely Paul that did it, rather than George.) Paul then added his four-string bass part to sit alongside the six-string.

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12 July 2013
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I have to correct myself here, with thanks to Joe for pointing out some aspects of the recording I'd missed - and noticing something he'd missed in his song entry and has now corrected (John playing bass when it had been wiped). I hadn't looked at the session details in the history section - 22 & 23 August. John played the six-string bass during the recording of the basic track on the 22nd. John's bass part was wiped the following day when Paul overdubbed piano and George more drums onto track 3 of take 5 from the previous day. A further guitar overdub was also done.

I will hand over to Joe's article covering the session on the 23rd: "A reduction mix was then made, which was labelled take six, which combined all the instruments onto a single track. McCartney recorded his lead vocals with simultaneous backing by Lennon and Harrison, recorded onto two separate tracks with backups by all three Beatles.

"Track four on the tape was filled with a bass guitar overdub by McCartney, six-string bass by Harrison, and Lennon hitting a snare drum."

So, there you have it, two bass parts. Paul's standard four-string, George's six-string.

Thanks again to Joe for helping me get straight in my head.

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12 July 2013
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I.e., the Beatles did a lot of cheating by the time of the White Album.

Which is fine by me -- I think the important thing is the sound of the finished product, not whether it was all performed "authentically" or all "live" or not.

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16 July 2013
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Exactly. I'd say it's just a different type of legitimate artistic validity - creating something that simply couldn't be recreated live by a mere four (or five) musicians and with the technical limitations.

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18 July 2013
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Maybe Paul was over compensating for the loss of Geoff Emerick with all dat bass.

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