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

    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.... »

  • Nirvana: In Bloom (Isolated Bass and Drums)

    Nirvana: In Bloom (Isolated Bass and Drums)

    We’re kicking off Isolated Bass Week #5 with a song that peaked at #5 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart. Nirvana’s “In Bloom” featured some gritty bass by Krist Novoselic, locked right in with Dave Grohl’s drums. While the tune was originally recorded in 1990, this version appeared on the 1991 release Nevermind – the first... »

  • Best of 2014: The Top 10 Isolated Bass Tracks

    Best of 2014: The Top 10 Isolated Bass Tracks

    Our “Isolated Bass Weeks” are super popular, and they’re super fun for us to do. Here are the top 10 reader favorites from 2014, based on No Treble reader views over these 12 months. Which one is your favorite? »

  • Jaco Pastorius: “Domingo” Isolated Bass

    Jaco Pastorius: “Domingo” Isolated Bass

    We’re closing out Isolated Bass Week 4 with our first ever isolated bass entry by the one and only Jaco Pastorius. This isolated bass track of “Domingo” came from The Birthday Concert recording session. And who better than Peter Erskine to describe it: “On a whim, I asked mix engineer James Farber to run a... »

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

    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. I love being able to hear the bass with the... »

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  • Rush: “Limelight” Isolated Bass

    Rush: “Limelight” Isolated Bass

    Rush’s Moving Pictures was one of the first albums I ever bought – on vinyl – when it came out. I only played upright at the time (and sax), and I dreamed of one day getting an electric bass and playing like Geddy Lee. Here’s one of the tracks I admired with so many others... »

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

    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. Kevin said RATM is known for their big groove and it’s neat to... »

  • Yes: Isolated Bass on “Heart of the Sunrise”

    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. »

  • The Beatles: Isolated Bass on “Paperback Writer”

    The Beatles: Isolated Bass on “Paperback Writer”

    Today’s isolated bass track has some historical significance for the Beatles. According to the Wikipedia page about this song, “‘Paperback Writer’ is marked by the boosted bass guitar sound throughout, partly in response to John Lennon demanding to know why the bass on a certain Wilson Pickett record far exceeded the bass on any Beatles... »

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers: Isolated Bass and Drums on “Give It Away”

    Red Hot Chili Peppers: Isolated Bass and Drums on “Give It Away”

    Kicking off our fourth Isolated Bass Week is the one and only Flea. Here is the isolated bass and drum track for the Chili Pepper's "Give It Away"... »