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2014 Reader Favorites – #10: Paul McCartney

Editor’s Note: At the end of each year, we tally up all the article and video views on No Treble to come up with a list of top 10 most popular bassists. This is entirely based on readership, not on opinions, polls or anything else. Just having some fun.

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney kicks off our top 10 reader favorite countdown this year, thanks in large part to the isolated bass videos we’ve shared over the course of 2014.

There was also a health scare for Sir Paul last year, which thankfully turned out to be just a temporary set back.

Here are some of the most watched videos and most read stories in 2014.

The Beatles’ “Drive My Car” Isolated Bass

The Beatles’ “Drive My Car” Isolated Bass

Here’s a wonderful isolated bass track for the the tune “Drive My Car”, which appeared on the 1965 release Rubber Soul….

The Beatles: Isolated Bass on “Paperback Writer”

The Beatles: Isolated Bass on “Paperback Writer”

This isolated bass track has some historical significance for the Beatles. Engineer Geoff Emerick is quoted as saying the song was “was the first time the bass sound had been heard in all its excitement. Paul played a different bass, a Rickenbacker…”

The Beatles: “Don’t Let Me Down” Rooftop Performance

The Beatles: “Don’t Let Me Down” Rooftop Performance

Paul McCartney celebrated his 72nd birthday in 2014, and we joined in the celebration with some old school Beatles. The bass line to “Don’t Let Me Down” has always been a favorite of mine for it’s big round tone and melodicism, and this video from their final live performance on the rooftop of the Apple building is palpable, to say the least…

Paul McCartney Hospitalized, Tour Dates Postponed

Paul McCartney Hospitalized, Tour Dates Postponed

Paul McCartney has been forced to postpone his appearances in Japan and South Korea this month after being sidelined by a viral infection. The 71-year-old is reportedly hospitalized in Tokyo…

Hal Leonard Releases “Paul McCartney: Bass Play-Along Volume 43”

Hal Leonard Releases “Paul McCartney: Bass Play-Along Volume 43”

A new book features just about everything you need to play bass just like Paul McCartney on some of his most well-known songs. includes standard notation, the tab and a CD revealing how the bass should sound as well as the backing tracks to play along with…

The Beatles “U.S. Albums” Released As Box Set

The Beatles “U.S. Albums” Released As Box Set

Back in the 1960s, The Beatles albums heard in the United States weren’t always the same as their original British counterparts. Track order was changed, reverb sometimes added to songs, and even completely different albums created for the American market. Anyone interested in reliving some personal history or completing their Beatles collection needs to check out The U.S. Albums box set…

“The Art of McCartney” Tribute Album Draws a Star-Studded Lineup

“The Art of McCartney” Tribute Album Draws a Star-Studded Lineup

The Art of McCartney may be the most spectacular tribute album ever assembled for a bassist. McCartney has one of the most enviable catalogs of songs in popular music and a host of his musical contemporaries and descendants signed to sing on the collection of his work…

The Beatles Reissue Vinyl Albums in Painstakingly Created Mono Set

The Beatles Reissue Vinyl Albums in Painstakingly Created Mono Set

Finding Beatles albums in mono on vinyl is kind of like getting a copy of the original version of Star Wars on VHS – it’s something that allows you to relive a great experience, just the way you remember it. But, finding both has been extremely difficult for years until this vinyl reissue of the albums in mono…

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