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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...

Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like the Wolf”: John Taylor’s Isolated Bass Line
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Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like the Wolf”: John Taylor’s Isolated Bass Line

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...

“Digital Man”: Geddy Lee & Neil Peart (Isolated Bass and Drums)
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“Digital Man”: Geddy Lee & Neil Peart (Isolated Bass and Drums)

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.

“Immigrant Song”: John Paul Jones’ Isolated Bass (and Drums)
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“Immigrant Song”: John Paul Jones’ Isolated Bass (and Drums)

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!

John Entwistle: Isolated Bass on The Who’s “Sea And Sand”
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John Entwistle: Isolated Bass on The Who’s “Sea And Sand”

No Treble reader Miles Graf-Brennen shares this epic isolated bass (mostly) track of John Entwistle, performing along with the Who on “Sea And Sand”. We’ll let Miles set it up: “This is a pretty random choice, because the bass part on this album are so critical to both its lyrical emotion and its rocking drive. Listening to the isolated bass...

The Police: Sting’s Isolated Bass on “Next To You”
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The Police: Sting’s Isolated Bass on “Next To You”

In 1978, the Police debuted with the release of Outlandos d’Amour, an album dominated by punk influences. The opening track, “Next To You,” is a perfect example of this, especially when you hear the isolated bass line from Sting. The muted notes really act like a train engine, and gives greater impact to the end of the song where he...

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Flea’s Isolated Bass on “Scar Tissue”
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Red Hot Chili Peppers: Flea’s Isolated Bass on “Scar Tissue”

Flea can be a crazy funk-rock bassist, but here we get a look into the mellower side of the bassist with his isolated bass track from “Scar Tissue” from the 1999 Red Hot Chili Peppers album Californication. He sets a steady groove with some nice higher melodic content. Interestingly, you can hear the use of some flanger, which isn’t as...

Cliff Burton: Metallica’s “Orion” Isolated Bass
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Cliff Burton: Metallica’s “Orion” Isolated Bass

“Orion” is a heavy metal masterpiece, mostly due to the incredible bass work by the late Cliff Burton. Released on the groundbreaking 1986 album Master of Puppets, the instrumental track is the band’s most progressive work up to that point. Burton plays “lead bass” throughout, with in-your-face distortion and wicked solos. The interlude changes the feel completely with the bassist...