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Won’t Get Fooled Again: John Entwistle’s Isolated Bass (Live, 1978)
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Won’t Get Fooled Again: John Entwistle’s Isolated Bass (Live, 1978)

Has there ever been anyone cooler than John Entwistle? I don’t think so, and here’s Exhibit A – the Ox’s isolated bass from “Won’t Get Fooled Again”, performed live in Shepperton, UK in 1978.

James Jamerson: “Bernadette” Isolated Bass
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James Jamerson: “Bernadette” Isolated Bass

This wouldn’t be much of an “isolated bass week” without including the legend, James Jamerson. So here’s a (mostly) isolated bass track from the 1967 Four Tops hit, “Bernadette”. There’s some disagreement about whether this is the bass on the actually released single, or if it is an out-take from the Motown vault. Doesn’t matter to us… it is still...

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird”: Isolated Bass & Drums
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Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird”: Isolated Bass & Drums

The 1973 studio version of “Free Bird” appeared on Lynyrd Skynyrd’s debut album, from Pronounced ‘Leh-‘Nérd ‘Skin-‘Nérd and featured Ed King on bass and Bob Burns on drums. Here’s the duo in isolation on the track, showing just how a drummer/bassist pairing should be. King is reportedly playing his 1964 Fender Jazz on the tune. Sweet.

Pearl Jam’s “Alive”: Isolated Bass & Drums
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Pearl Jam’s “Alive”: Isolated Bass & Drums

Based on the huge popularity of the isolated bass tracks, we’ve decided to do our second “isolated bass week”. (Check out our previous isolated bass week, after this video.) Here’s Jeff Ament‘s classic bass line on the Pearl Jam hit single, “Alive”, from the album Ten. Such a cool line, with all the right mix of awesomeness: fretless (I believe...

Them Crooked Vultures: “Scumbag Blues” – John Paul Jones’s Isolated Bass
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Them Crooked Vultures: “Scumbag Blues” – John Paul Jones’s Isolated Bass

John Paul Jones, Dave Grohl and Josh Homme – aka Them Crooked Vultures – recorded “Scumbag Blues” for their . Here’s the isolated bass and drums for your listening pleasure.

The Beatles’ Lovely Rita: Paul McCartney’s Isolated Bass
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The Beatles’ Lovely Rita: Paul McCartney’s Isolated Bass

“Lovely Rita”, the Paul McCartney-penned tune from the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s album featured a terrific, bouncy bass line. The story goes that the tune was on a 4-track recorder with Harrison’s and Lennon’s guitars on tracks 1 and 2, Starr’s drums on track 3 and McCartney’s piano on track 4. Once those tracks were “bounced”, the McCartney’s lead vocal and...

Duran Duran’s “Rio”: John Taylor’s Isolated Bass Line
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Duran Duran’s “Rio”: John Taylor’s Isolated Bass Line

John Taylor really brought it in the Duran Duran tune “Rio”. His active bass line locks in with the drums and drives the song forward. Luckily, we have a video of Taylor’s isolated bass line to scope out his groove and tone.

Isolated James Jamerson: I Heard It Through the Grapevine
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Isolated James Jamerson: I Heard It Through the Grapevine

Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” wouldn’t have amounted to much without the iconic bass line we’re able to recognize without hearing anything else. To prove that, here’s the isolated bass, featuring the incredible bass line by James Jamerson. Of course, like all tracks from Motown in that era, there’s plenty of leakage from some of the other...

The Four Tops: “Standing In The Shadows Of Love” – James Jamerson’s Isolated Bass (Isolated Bass Week)
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The Four Tops: “Standing In The Shadows Of Love” – James Jamerson’s Isolated Bass (Isolated Bass Week)

We’re wrapping up our “Isolated Bass Week” with the master, James Jamerson. Here’s the isolated bass track for the 1966 Four Tops hit, “Standing In The Shadows Of Love”. ‘Nuff said.

The Beatles: “A Day in the Life” – Paul McCartney’s Isolated Bass (Isolated Bass Week)
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The Beatles: “A Day in the Life” – Paul McCartney’s Isolated Bass (Isolated Bass Week)

We’ve heard from a lot of readers who think that Paul McCartney is one of the most underrated bassists of all time. Well, you can judge for yourself in today’s isolated track, which includes both McCartney’s bass and Ringo Starr’s drums on “A Day in the Life”, the last track on the 1967 album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band....

The Who: “My Generation” (Live at Leeds) – John Entwistle’s Isolated Bass (Isolated Bass Week)
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The Who: “My Generation” (Live at Leeds) – John Entwistle’s Isolated Bass (Isolated Bass Week)

Better strap in for this one. John Entwistle really laid it out for this live performance of The Who’s “My Generation” at the Live at Leeds festival in early 1970. Here’s The Ox in all his glory… isolated bass goodness.

Jackson 5: “I Want You Back” – Wilton Felder’s Isolated Bass (Isolated Bass Week)
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Jackson 5: “I Want You Back” – Wilton Felder’s Isolated Bass (Isolated Bass Week)

The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” is another iconic bass line, and here it is, isolated in all its glory. And like the Geddy Lee track we shared yesterday, not without a little controversy. For starters, there’s been some debate on who actually played bass on the track. The consensus pick is Wilton Felder.