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Rush: “Limelight” Isolated Bass
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Rush: “Limelight” Isolated Bass

Rush’s Moving Pictures was one of the first albums I ever bought – on vinyl – when it came out. I only played upright at the time (and sax), and I dreamed of one day getting an electric bass and playing like Geddy Lee. Here’s one of the tracks I admired with so many others back in the day (and...

Rage Against the Machine: “Killing in the Name” Isolated Bass
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Rage Against the Machine: “Killing in the Name” Isolated Bass

I’m not as familiar with the music of Rage Against the Machine as many of you probably are. So for today’s isolated bass, I consulted with NT’s Managing Editor Kevin Johnson – our resident expert in everything I’m not an expert in. Kevin said RATM is known for their big groove and it’s neat to hear this isolated bass track.

Yes: Isolated Bass on “Heart of the Sunrise”
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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.

The Beatles: Isolated Bass on “Paperback Writer”
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The Beatles: Isolated Bass on “Paperback Writer”

Today’s isolated bass track has some historical significance for the Beatles. According to the Wikipedia page about this song, “‘Paperback Writer’ is marked by the boosted bass guitar sound throughout, partly in response to John Lennon demanding to know why the bass on a certain Wilson Pickett record far exceeded the bass on any Beatles records. This changed with the...

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Isolated Bass and Drums on “Give It Away”
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Red Hot Chili Peppers: Isolated Bass and Drums on “Give It Away”

Kicking off our fourth Isolated Bass Week is the one and only Flea. Here is the isolated bass and drum track for the Chili Pepper's "Give It Away"...

Rush: “Working Man (Vault Edition)”, Isolated Bass & Drums
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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 it to be used in...

The Beatles’ “Drive My Car” Isolated Bass
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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
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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)
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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 about the bass.

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

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

“All Along the Watchtower” Live: Bill Cox’s Isolated Bass (1970)
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“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 four disc set which included...