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10,000 Post Celebration: Top 10 Isolated Bass Tracks

Editor’s note: After seven plus years of publishing, we just hit the 10,000th post here on No Treble. We thought we’d celebrate with some of the all-time reader favorites by category over the next week. Thanks for being here!

Since we first posted our first isolated bass track over 6 years ago, this has been one of the most popular features on No Treble.

And here are the top 10 most listened to isolated bass tracks in our history.

Enjoy!

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: James Jamerson’s Bass Line Visualized

1. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: James Jamerson’s Bass Line Visualized

Vulfpeck’s Jack Stratton sent me another one of his cool visualization videos highlighting another impressive bass line by the one and only James Jamerson. This time around, the tune is the performance of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell…

The Beatles: Something (Paul McCartney’s Isolated Bass)

2. The Beatles: Something (Paul McCartney’s Isolated Bass)

For today’s isolated bass track, we’re treated to some great bass by Paul McCartney on the George Harrison tune, “Something”. The tune appeared on the Beatles’ Abbey Road, and was “the only song written by him to top the US charts while he was in the band,” according to the Wikipedia article on the song…

Marvin Gaye & James Jamerson: “What’s Going On” Isolated Vocals and Bass

3. Marvin Gaye & James Jamerson: “What’s Going On” Isolated Vocals and Bass

Here’s a new take on Marvin Gaye’s hit “What’s Going On” the way we like it: with James Jamerson‘s bass line loud and clear in this bass and vocals only isolated track…

Rush: “YYZ” - Geddy Lee’s Isolated Bass (Isolated Bass Week)

4. Rush: “YYZ” – Geddy Lee’s Isolated Bass (Isolated Bass Week)

Rush’s “YYZ” is one of the greatest bass lines of all time. Recorded in late 1980 and released on Moving Pictures, this tune has been a favorite among bassists for years, and one Rush consistently performs in concert. And now, the isolated bass of Geddy Lee…

Duran Duran’s “Rio”: John Taylor’s Isolated Bass Line

5. Duran Duran’s “Rio”: John Taylor’s Isolated Bass Line

John Taylor really brought it in the Duran Duran tune “Rio”. His active bass line locks in with the drums and drives the song forward. Luckily, we have a video of Taylor’s isolated bass line to scope out his groove and tone…

Rage Against the Machine: “Killing in the Name” Isolated Bass

6. Rage Against the Machine: “Killing in the Name” Isolated Bass

I’m not as familiar with the music of Rage Against the Machine as many of you probably are. So for today’s isolated bass, I consulted with NT’s Managing Editor Kevin Johnson – our resident expert in everything I’m not an expert in…

Chris Squire: “Roundabout” Isolated Bass (Isolated Bass Week)

7. Chris Squire: “Roundabout” Isolated Bass (Isolated Bass Week)

In April, 2012, we kicked off a week-long celebration of bass with a number of isolated bass tracks, starting with the bass work of Chris Squire on the classic Yes hit “Roundabout”. “Roundabout” is the opening track for the 1971 album Fragile, and was Yes’ 2nd all-time highest charting tune in the U.S…

Jackson 5: James Jamerson’s Isolated Bass on “Darling Dear”

8. Jackson 5: James Jamerson’s Isolated Bass on “Darling Dear”

No Isolated Bass Week would be complete without one of the stunning bass lines by the one and only James Jamerson. Today we’re in for a treat with the beautiful bass line behind the Jackson 5 tune, “Darling Dear” from Third Album, released in 1970…

Led Zeppelin: “Ramble On” – John Paul Jones Isolated Bass (Isolated Bass Week)

9. Led Zeppelin: “Ramble On” – John Paul Jones Isolated Bass (Isolated Bass Week)

Our week-long celebration of “all bass” continued with this isolated bass track for Led Zeppelin’s 1969 classic, “Ramble On”, from Led Zeppelin II. John Paul Jones and his awesome, melodic bass line from the tune is heard loud and clear, the way we like it…

The Beatles’ “Dear Prudence”: Paul McCartney’s Isolated Bass

10. The Beatles’ “Dear Prudence”: Paul McCartney’s Isolated Bass

We get a good listen to the bass line on the Beatles’ song, “Dear Prudence” from the 1968 album known as The White Album. Paul McCartney covered a lot more than just the bass on this one – including drums, piano, flügelhorn, tambourine, cowbell, handclaps and backing vocals…