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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.

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Daniel Bonin

Daniel Bonin

Great. Now it would be nice to have some Ray Schulmann isolate bass track

Garrett Heyns

I love hearing these because its nice to hear that even Chris Squire was a little sloppy, a little buzzy. I feel like sending this to sound guys and engineers who constantly complain about fret noise and clicks in this quantize sick world we live in.



    Hahahah exactly what I thought when I heard it but given the time it was recorded in, truly great line

Trey Smith

sonofabitch! That is some crazy pickstyle. I have always loved the song but hearing it all by itself is amazing!



Love this track and the bass sound! To bad there’s no mention of the kind of tremolo/vibrato effect there is used.

Christian Dunn

Nice! However, it would have been better if they had included the bass overdubs. There are a couple parts (essentially the chorus’) where Chris played ascending and descending arpeggiated chords over the root bass line with a lot of the low end taken out to keep them from sounding too muddy.



Hi guys. Actually the tremelo effect on this track was from a vintage marshall guitar head that had tremelo built in. Pre master volume English model. Not a “bass amp” per say. But a nice gritty edge. Also check out the very cool original recording of starship trooper. More great tremelo marshall bass tones!