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  • 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... »

  • Seasick Steve with John Paul Jones: Live on Later

    Seasick Steve with John Paul Jones: Live on Later

    I’ve been on a John Paul Jones kick lately, which got me on a Seasick Steve kick too. Here they are performing a couple of tunes on Later… with Jools Holland. The first tune is “You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks” and the second is “Don’t Know Why She Love Me But She... »

  • Meshell Ndegeocello: Dr. Strange

    Meshell Ndegeocello: Dr. Strange

    Wow, check out this performance by Meshell Ndegeocello at the 2004 Montreux Jazz Festival. The tune is “Dr. Strange,” and the bass line is killer. »

  • Rich Brown, Wado Brown & Larnell Lewis: Turn Your Lights Down Low

    Rich Brown, Wado Brown & Larnell Lewis: Turn Your Lights Down Low

    Last month, Rich Brown visited 80 Gladstone in Toronto with vocalist/pianist Wado Brown and drummer Larnell Lewis, and recorded some live music. Among the tunes was Bob Marley’s “Turn Your Lights Down Low”, which the trio makes their own. This one is a lot of fun. »

  • I Was Made to Love Her: James Jamerson’s Bass Line Visualized

    I Was Made to Love Her: James Jamerson’s Bass Line Visualized

    Vulpeck’s Jack Stratton just sent me his latest visualization video. This time around, the tune is Stevie Wonder’s “I Was Made to Love Her” – once again showcasing the genius of James Jamerson. Here’s what Jack said: “Jamerson is the Schoenberg of getting from the I chord to the IV chord. He’s algorithmically generating a... »

  • Alberto Rigoni: “Chron” Playthrough

    Alberto Rigoni: “Chron” Playthrough

    Italian prog bassist Alberto Rigoni sent in this great playthrough of “Chron” from his latest album, Overloaded. Rigoni puts on a nice, fuzzy tone to work through the odd-metered song before cooling things off to take a solo at the 3:12 mark. For those of you looking to play along yourself, Rigoni has supplied a... »