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 about the 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.
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?
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 four disc set which included...
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 his lines. Others said they...
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.
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. What a duo!