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Abbey Road but it's just Bass

Postby Martin Walker » Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:56 pm

Hi everyone!

Now forgive me if you've all heard this before, but it was a new link to me, and EXTREMELY illuminating.

Ladies and gentlemen, please put your hands together for Paul Mcartney's soloed bass performances across the entire Abbey Road album :clap: :clap: :clap:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceNvbYZ2p8o


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Re: Abbey Road but it's just Bass

Postby Wonks » Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:09 pm

Just hear that compressor working on the Come Together opening! Far less obvious on the album with the other instruments.
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Re: Abbey Road but it's just Bass

Postby Jadoube » Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:51 pm

I found that surprisingly fun to listen to....
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Re: Abbey Road but it's just Bass

Postby Tim Gillett » Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:13 am

I'd read somewhere that Paul had been an early adopter of DI ing the bass guitar. Not so here it seems, at least if the bass was recorded to its own track.
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Re: Abbey Road but it's just Bass

Postby Arpangel » Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:31 am

The bass line on Come Together is so clever, the way the slide fits in, the tenptation these days would to loop a tricky bass line, but to play it in real time for the whole track, a lot of people couldn't be bothered to do that these days, and you'd instantly loose feel.
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Re: Abbey Road but it's just Bass

Postby Zukan » Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:40 am

Great link! Thanks Martin.
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Re: Abbey Road but it's just Bass

Postby John Willett » Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:49 am

Arpangel wrote:The bass line on Come Together is so clever, the way the slide fits in, the tenptation these days would to loop a tricky bass line, but to play it in real time for the whole track, a lot of people couldn't be bothered to do that these days, and you'd instantly loose feel.

Of course - you need a great PERFORMANCE from the musician to get a really great recording. :thumbup:
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Re: Abbey Road but it's just Bass

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:42 pm

I'm pleased to see that everyone is reacting in the same way that I did - I found Paul's performances fascinating, especially all the slight variations, occasional muted notes, slides and so on. Quite a revelation hearing them in isolation! 8-)


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Re: Abbey Road but it's just Bass

Postby Arpangel » Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:05 pm

John Willett wrote:
Arpangel wrote:The bass line on Come Together is so clever, the way the slide fits in, the tenptation these days would to loop a tricky bass line, but to play it in real time for the whole track, a lot of people couldn't be bothered to do that these days, and you'd instantly loose feel.

Of course - you need a great PERFORMANCE from the musician to get a really great recording. :thumbup:

A friend worked in a private prep school, one day someone was playing the piano in the music room, can't rember which one but it was a Beatles song, someone walked up the hallway and complained about "the noise" my friend said "do you know who's playing that piano?...it's Paul McCartney" they got a bit of a shock when they saw him sitting there!
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Re: Abbey Road but it's just Bass

Postby N i g e l » Fri Nov 08, 2019 3:02 pm

Great link

:clap: :thumbup: :D


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Re: Abbey Road but it's just Bass

Postby N i g e l » Fri Nov 08, 2019 3:21 pm

in UT, searching for

"ABBEY ROAD BUT ITS JUST"

brings up other instruments too.

Its nice to hear some of the quieter elements of the performance that get drowned out in the mix.



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Re: Abbey Road but it's just Bass

Postby The Bunk » Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:16 pm

Eeek! My Band used to play "Come Together" and comparing how our bassist did it to how PM played it now makes me cringe...!!
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Re: Abbey Road but it's just Bass

Postby Arpangel » Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:21 am

The Bunk wrote:Eeek! My Band used to play "Come Together" and comparing how our bassist did it to how PM played it now makes me cringe...!!

Yes, I've been in similar situations with other Beatles songs, when you hear McCartney play anything you can tell he really does know, and has a great talent of how to inject true Soul into something, the inflections, the feel.
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Re: Abbey Road but it's just Bass

Postby N i g e l » Mon Nov 18, 2019 4:54 pm

He will be headlining at Glastonbury next year.


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Re: Abbey Road but it's just Bass

Postby The Elf » Mon Nov 18, 2019 5:27 pm

Interesting, but... :wtf:
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Re: Abbey Road but it's just Bass

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:05 pm

The Elf wrote:Interesting, but... :wtf:

My thoughts entirely - elder statesmen, or top of the bill on the long-lived legend stage perhaps, but headlining...

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