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Yes: Isolated Bass on “Heart of the Sunrise”

The 1971 Yes album, Fragile ends “Heart of the Sunrise”, a bass-heavy track anchored by the one and only Chris Squire.

Here’s the bass line in all its glory, with a little bit of the rest of the track bleeding through.

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Daniel Bonin

Daniel Bonin

Great. Now it would be nice to have some Ray Schulmann isolate bass track

Garrett Heyns

I love hearing these because its nice to hear that even Chris Squire was a little sloppy, a little buzzy. I feel like sending this to sound guys and engineers who constantly complain about fret noise and clicks in this quantize sick world we live in.

    Bram

    Bram

    Hahahah exactly what I thought when I heard it but given the time it was recorded in, truly great line

Trey Smith

sonofabitch! That is some crazy pickstyle. I have always loved the song but hearing it all by itself is amazing!

Tommie

Tommie

Love this track and the bass sound! To bad there’s no mention of the kind of tremolo/vibrato effect there is used.

Christian Dunn

Nice! However, it would have been better if they had included the bass overdubs. There are a couple parts (essentially the chorus’) where Chris played ascending and descending arpeggiated chords over the root bass line with a lot of the low end taken out to keep them from sounding too muddy.

james

james

Hi guys. Actually the tremelo effect on this track was from a vintage marshall guitar head that had tremelo built in. Pre master volume English model. Not a “bass amp” per say. But a nice gritty edge. Also check out the very cool original recording of starship trooper. More great tremelo marshall bass tones!