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Brian Wilson and Carol Kaye: Good Vibrations

Carol Kaye is a living legend of the bass who played on countless recordings with memorable bass lines. One of those is “Good Vibrations”, and we’re lucky enough to have found this clip of Kaye and Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson playing through the tune as a duet.

While the bass could be louder in this recording, it’s easy to hear the genius in Kaye’s melodic lines as she works the upper register.

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Tom Huguelet

Not to diminish Carol Kaye’s achievements, but it’s Brian Wilson’s genius we’re listening to. Carol played the parts, but Brian Wilson composed them (at least on Good Vibrations)

Glenn Fried

Glenn Fried

Turn the fucking bass up! All you can hear is the piano and Wilson’s ragged out voice.

David Desmond

David Desmond

Carol Kaye is a very creative bass genius. I enjoyed this video and it was exciting to see how she played melodic bass lines then fully supported the song on the chorus.