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  • Two Classic Opeth Albums Released as One Set

    Two Classic Opeth Albums Released as One Set

    Swedish death metal band Opeth is finally releasing its albums 2002 and 2003 Deliverance and Damnation as one set. The albums were recorded together in 2002, although they sound radically different. Deliverance is extraordinarily heavy, while Damnation has a more progressive feel. Both albums include the work of the band’s longtime bassist Martin Mendez. The... »

  • 2015 Reader Favorites – #1: Robert Trujillo

    2015 Reader Favorites – #1: Robert Trujillo

    Robert Trujillo gave us an incredible gift in November – his 6-year effort and labor of love, Jaco: the Film. The award-winning film went on to be the #1 best selling documentary on Amazon opening weekend. The film’s soundtrack was also released, with contributions by the man himself. The busy Metallica bassist also spent time... »

  • 2015 Reader Favorites – #2: Paul McCartney

    2015 Reader Favorites – #2: Paul McCartney

    Paul McCartney is still going strong, with a tour this year and some album reissues from The Beatles and his solo efforts. But it was largely the popularity of one of his isolated bass tracks that really got readers’ attention – to the tune of about 60,000 listens – propelling him to the #2 slot... »

  • 2015 Reader Favorites – #3: Geddy Lee

    2015 Reader Favorites – #3: Geddy Lee

    For fans of Geddy Lee – and Rush – 2015 had a lot to offer. The band hit the road for their R40 Tour, re-issued some of their albums on vinyl and released their R40 video. They caused us all a little panic too, with some hint the band might be calling it quits. Geddy... »

  • 2015 Reader Favorites – #4: Marcus Miller

    2015 Reader Favorites – #4: Marcus Miller

    There was a lot of buzz around Marcus Miller this year, starting with his new popular bass made in conjunction with Sire. The news broke at the NAMM show and became the top story tied to the bassist. Our review of one of the models also ranked high. In other gear news, he teamed up... »

  • 2015 Reader Favorites – #5: Leland Sklar

    2015 Reader Favorites – #5: Leland Sklar

    Leland Sklar is known to many in the bass world – and not just for his impressive career. He’s a terrific human being. Leland was our third guest on Groove – The No Treble Podcast, and was featured here in videos and news stories – with his work with Judith Owen and rejoining Toto. Groove... »

  • 2015 Reader Favorites – #6: Victor Wooten

    2015 Reader Favorites – #6: Victor Wooten

    No surprise here, Victor Wooten once again makes the annual reader favorites list. Victor was our guest for Groove – The No Treble Podcast, which ranked among the top ones of the year. As always, several videos of Vic got lots of views, which ranks him #6 on the reader’s favorite list. Groove – Episode... »

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  • 2015 Reader Favorites – #7: Steve Harris

    2015 Reader Favorites – #7: Steve Harris

    Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris had a busy 2015. In addition to releasing Maiden’s 16th studio album, the bassist took his own act, British Lion, on the road. Fender also updated the Steve Harris Signature Bass this year, which added to the excitement. Iron Maiden: Run To The Hills (Steve Harris’s Isolated Bass) Isolated Bass... »

  • 2015 Reader Favorites – #8: James Jamerson

    2015 Reader Favorites – #8: James Jamerson

    No list would seem complete without the great James Jamerson – who is an annual favorite here on No Treble, for obvious reasons. This year, we enjoyed another one of Jack Stratton’s “visualization” videos, showcasing once again Mr. Jamerson’s genius. We also featured some footage of the master bassist laying it down for Martha Reeves... »

  • 2015 Reader Favorites – #9: Jaco Pastorius

    2015 Reader Favorites – #9: Jaco Pastorius

    One of the regulars here on the annual “Reader Favorites” list is Jaco Pastorius, and you’ll never get an argument from me. This was a big year for Jaco fans, with the release of Robert Trujillo’s new film, JACO, the soundtrack, and some previously unreleased Weather Report material made available. Add to that some great... »