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  • Rush: “Working Man (Vault Edition)”, Isolated Bass & Drums

    Rush: “Working Man (Vault Edition)”, Isolated Bass & Drums

    Forty years ago (gasp), Rush released their self-titled debut. Among the tracks on the album was “Working Man”, which was the tune that put them on the map in Cleveland, as the story goes. In 2008, the band discovered an alternate version of the tune which they dubbed “Working Man (Vault Edition)”, and they allowed... »

  • The Beatles’ “Drive My Car” Isolated Bass

    The Beatles’ “Drive My Car” Isolated Bass

    Our isolated bass track on the Beatles’ “Lovely Rita” is getting a lot of attention lately. Here’s another isolated track for the the tune “Drive My Car”, which appeared on the 1965 release Rubber Soul. »

  • Rick James: “Super Freak” Isolated Bass

    Rick James: “Super Freak” Isolated Bass

    Rick James’ “Super Freak” was a mega-hit in 1981, and listed at #477 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. Here’s James’ isolated bass from the original multi-track master. Thanks to Rick Suchow for sharing this one! »

  • James Jamerson’s Isolated Bass on “Ain’t That Peculiar” (with Drums)

    James Jamerson’s Isolated Bass on “Ain’t That Peculiar” (with Drums)

    We’re closing out Isolated Bass Week III with the master, James Jamerson. This is the audio track for Marvin Gaye’s “Ain’t That Peculiar”, with the bass and drums isolated from the original Motown master tape. (And some other instruments leaking through). I believe Uriel Jones is the drummer on the track. But this is mostly... »

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

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

    Today 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 – according to the Wikipedia article... »

  • Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter”: Bill Wyman’s Isolated Bass

    Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter”: Bill Wyman’s Isolated Bass

    Today’s isolated bass track features Bill Wyman’s bass line on the Rolling Stones tune “Gimme Shelter” – the opening track on the Stones’ 1969 release, Let It Bleed. As with many of these isolated tracks, the bass line becomes even more remarkable – don’t you think? »

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  • “All Along the Watchtower” Live: Bill Cox’s Isolated Bass (1970)

    “All Along the Watchtower” Live: Bill Cox’s Isolated Bass (1970)

    On July 4th, 1970, Jimi Hendrix performed at the Atlanta Pop Festival – just two months before the guitarist’s death. By this point, Hendrix had assembled his Band of Gypsys, recruiting his Army buddy, bassist Billy Cox. For a long time, fans traded this concert recording as a bootleg. In 1991, Warner Bros. released a... »

  • Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like the Wolf”: John Taylor’s Isolated Bass Line

    Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like the Wolf”: John Taylor’s Isolated Bass Line

    During the ’80s, my music snobbery was going full tilt. As a result, I overlooked just about everything Duran Duran recorded. So I never really knew much about bassist John Taylor. When we shared the isolated bass line for Duran Duran’s “Rio” last year, plenty of people shared similar stories – and were surprised by... »

  • “Digital Man”: Geddy Lee & Neil Peart (Isolated Bass and Drums)

    “Digital Man”: Geddy Lee & Neil Peart (Isolated Bass and Drums)

    In today’s isolated track, we find two-thirds of Rush laying it down on “Digital Man”, from Signals. No guitar, no synths, a little bit of vocals leaking through… just plain awesome. »

  • “Immigrant Song”: John Paul Jones’ Isolated Bass (and Drums)

    “Immigrant Song”: John Paul Jones’ Isolated Bass (and Drums)

    Here’s a great isolated bass track to kick off our third Isolated Bass Week, featuring the combo of John Paul Jones on his Fender Precision bass and John Bonham on drums. The tune is Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song”, from Led Zeppelin III. There’s a little guitar in the mix, but that didn’t bother us. Much.... »