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Is Paul the best bassist?
25 May 2011
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To get back on topic – and I believe I have made this point earlier – perhaps on an earlier page of this same thread – Paul is 0 in my opinion – undoubtedly the best bass player of all time for this reason – he plays very intricate bass lines – while singing very intricate vocal lines – and does both flawlessly at the same time.

 

Playing bass while singing is so difficult – that unless you've done it – you just don't know. And again Paul's bass line and vocal lines incredible complex at times.

Who else comes close to doing that?

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mr. Sun king coming together said:

He's from the Clash. He would probably be the bassist to beat in terms of punk bands.

Ahhhh…… Clash….. Heard about those…..

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robert said:

Playing bass while singing is so difficult – that unless you've done it – you just don't know. And again Paul's bass line and vocal lines incredible complex at times.

Who else comes close to doing that?

Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Jack Bruce.

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He may not surpass Sir Paul, but he’s at least in the team photo.

I agree, robert. Playing any instrument while singing can be difficult. Heck, I have a hard enough time air-guitaring while singing.

 

Edit: I almost forgot to include Geddy Lee in that team photo! 

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robert said:

To get back on topic – and I believe I have made this point earlier – perhaps on an earlier page of this same thread – Paul is 0 in my opinion – undoubtedly the best bass player of all time for this reason – he plays very intricate bass lines – while singing very intricate vocal lines – and does both flawlessly at the same time.

 

Playing bass while singing is so difficult – that unless you've done it – you just don't know. And again Paul's bass line and vocal lines incredible complex at times.

Who else comes close to doing that?

Nope.

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26 May 2011
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I can't believe I forgot to include Rick Danko in the team picture I mentioned upthread. It's getting crowded. Notice the fretless bass! Frets? He don't need no stinkin' frets.

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26 May 2011
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Paul Simonon: Hey.
S: Who’s this?
P: Paul Simonon of the Clash
S: Oh My. This is an honour. By the way, I love the Guns Of Brixton.
P: Thanks. I’m calling to get Zig to include me in the team picture for the bassists. Can you get me in?
S: Sure. Anything else?
P: Nope. Thanks!!

Edit: Get him in Zig.

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You can include anyone you like. It's an open Forum, sir.

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26 May 2011
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Really? Are we talking about the same forum?

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26 May 2011
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Well, this post isn't about a bassist, but it is about a non-Beatles bassline. (Is there a thread devoted to best non-Beatles basslines?)

“At the Zoo” by Simon and Garfunkel has a great bassline! It's so fun to “doo doo doo doo” along with. 

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MMM, I added the thread. Good idea. I just can’t find any love for much Simon and Garfunkel.

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MeanMrsMustard said:

(Is there a thread devoted to best non-Beatles basslines?)

Yes. Yes there is M3.

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27 May 2011
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McLennonson said:

MeanMrsMustard said:

(Is there a thread devoted to best non-Beatles basslines?)

Yes. Yes there is M3.

*cough* post 74 *cough*

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You're crazy, man. Coughing about you're own post.

 

Cool….apple01apple01apple01

 

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What(?), nobody old enough to know who Bill Wyman is?

(some standout examples of the man’s pulsating and toe-tapping contributions to the Stones) :

It’s All Over Now

Mother ‘s Little Helper

19th Nervous Breakdown

Sympathy For the Devil

Live With Me

Bitch

Shattered

Miss You

 

Part of Rock ‘n Roll’s longest rhythm section in history (when alongside Charlie Watts) from 1963-1989.

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While Bill Wyman is a good bass player, i don’t think it’s fair to say he’s better than Paul McCartney as The Rolling Stones were just the bluesier edgier version of The Beatles and when The Beatles did something, The Rolling Stones followed suit so it’s very likely that they noticed Paul’s great basswork on Rubber Soul and encouraged Bill to do the same and even then, Bill never improves on Paul’s style in any way.

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Apparently it was Keef who played bass on “Sympathy”. Bill was a good sturdy bassist tho…I really like “Live With Me”, “Miss You” and those bubbling runs down the fretboard in “19th Nervous Breakdown”.

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Wow, old thread! I think Paul is definitely up there with the best bassists in the same way that Ringo is with the best drummers and George is with the best guitarists: they were certainly all competent players, but they were superb composers for their instrument, and that’s what makes them so good.

I think Paul is a cut above Ringo and George in their respective instruments, though. You’d be hard pressed to find bass playing in rock music that equals his work on ‘Hey Bulldog ‘, ‘Something ‘ and others in terms of being intricate and complex whilst still slotting perfectly into the song. Plus he wasn’t a one trick pony, he could also really bring the funk, like on ‘Come Together ‘ and ‘Drive My Car ‘. 

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Inner Light said
I think Paul is the best bassist in rock music history. He inspired so many people to play bass but as a guitarist, I think he is not very good. 

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Shocker from the first page of the thread: I’m not sure how recently Inner Light logged on, but I would contend that Good Morning Good Morning , Blackbird and Taxman are more than enough evidence that Paul is an amazing guitarist too. 

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Haha, good ol’ Inner Light was the ultimate George fan. I claimed that Paul played my two favourite Beatles guitar solos, and he was disgruntled.

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MeanMrsMustard said
Well, this post isn’t about a bassist, but it is about a non-Beatles bassline. (Is there a thread devoted to best non-Beatles basslines?)

“At the Zoo” by Simon and Garfunkel has a great bassline! It’s so fun to “doo doo doo doo” along with. 

  

Agreed. Other great basslines I would include;  Jack Bruce’s Badge and Sunshine of Your Love. John Wetton on Roxy Music’s Out Of The Blue . Peter Hook’s New Dawn Fades and Transmission – all amazing.

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