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  • The Other Brothers: Joe Dart’s Isolated Bass on “Boogie On Reggae Woman”

    The Other Brothers: Joe Dart’s Isolated Bass on “Boogie On Reggae Woman”

    The Other Brothers guitarist John Morrison shared this clip with us after having Vulfpeck’s Joe Dart sit in with them on a performance of Stevie Wonder’s “Boogie On Reggae Woman.” They recorded the performance and isolated Dart’s bass from the rest of the band. And if that’s not enough, they set it to a Mario... »

  • The Four Tops: Reach Out (I’ll Be There) (James Jamerson’s Isolated Bass)

    The Four Tops: Reach Out (I’ll Be There) (James Jamerson’s Isolated Bass)

    As with past Isolated Bass Weeks here, we’re closing this one out with the legendary James Jamerson. Here’s his isolated bass track on The Four Tops’ “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)”, from the original Motown master tapes. Enjoy. »

  • Lynyrd Skynyrd: Free Bird (Ed King’s Isolated Bass)

    Lynyrd Skynyrd: Free Bird (Ed King’s Isolated Bass)

    Lynyrd Skynyrd’s debut album featured what has been called “the most-requested song in the history of rock music,” by reviewer Lorry Fleming. That song of course is “Free Bird”, which was originally released in 1973. The recording on that debut featured Ed King on bass. And here is his line in all its glory (starting... »

  • The Who: Pinball Wizard (John Entwistle’s Isolated Bass)

    The Who: Pinball Wizard (John Entwistle’s Isolated Bass)

    No isolated bass week would be complete without including John Entwistle. Here’s The Ox’s isolated bass track on “Pinball Wizard”… The creator of this track says it was taken from a live version of the track, and not the studio recording. That would explain why the bass starts at the 36 second mark, and not... »

  • Iron Maiden: Run To The Hills (Steve Harris’s Isolated Bass)

    Iron Maiden: Run To The Hills (Steve Harris’s Isolated Bass)

    We’re continuing Isolated Bass Week 5 at No Treble with one of the greatest metal bassists of all time: Steve Harris. The British four-stringer’s distinctive style and punchy tone shine on this isolated bass version of Iron Maiden’s iconic “Run to the Hills.” Harris is credited with writing the song, which should help explain why... »

  • The Brothers Johnson: Strawberry Letter 23 (Isolated Bass)

    The Brothers Johnson: Strawberry Letter 23 (Isolated Bass)

    Here’s one great and funky bass line, isolated for your listening pleasure. The tune is “Strawberry Letter 23” by The Brothers Johnson. The bassist of course is the legendary Louis Johnson. Rick Suchow, who shared the isolated track, shares some info on this one: “Hear the actual bass track from the Brothers Johnson tune ‘Strawberry... »

  • 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... »

  • 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... »