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View Poll Results: What's Your Favorite Post-Beatle Bass?
Rickenbacker 4003: Defined Paul's solo years as a bass player? 5 50.00%
Fender Jazz: It's a classic that all great bass players have had in their arsenal. 0 0%
Kay Jazz Bass: It's so cool-looking... but did he ever really PLAY it? 0 0%
Yamaha BB-1200: Time for a change in the late 70's. Out with the old, in with the new. 0 0%
Wal 5-String: Bit of an anomaly... but 5-strings are kind'a neat! 0 0%
Höfner 500/1: Whether a Beatle or solo artist, Paul's legacy to the electric bass, no question! 5 50.00%
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Old Jul 07, 2012, 05:24 PM   #21
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I think you all know which one I picked!
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Old Jul 14, 2012, 03:22 PM   #23
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Being a singer and a bass player at the same time isn't easy.
David Crosby said he could never do it and he admires what McCartney can do.

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Being a singer and a bass player at the same time isn't easy.
David Crosby said he could never do it and he admires what McCartney can do.
True, J.Winston. It's probably why Crosby - who was tapped for bass player duties - talked Gene Clarke into giving up the rhythm guitar for tambourine, and Hillman taking over on bass.

I am a guitarist, but I volunteered to play the bass for a friends' band who already had the guitars covered. I sang, as well... and it was a struggle to play the bass (properly) for our cover of The Byrds' "I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better" and sing the lead.

Paul's bass lines were more complex than that song's—Beatles for the most part, solo for sure. So, yeah... Crosby would have admired him then and now.

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No, I am not that familiar with McCartney's post Beatles albums outside of "McCartney", "Ram", "Wildlife", and "Band On The Run".
What bass did he play on the song "Silly Love Songs", now that was a kickin' bass line!
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No, I am not that familiar with McCartney's post Beatles albums outside of "McCartney", "Ram", "Wildlife", and "Band On The Run".
What bass did he play on the song "Silly Love Songs", now that was a kickin' bass line!
I believe that would be the "Rick".
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I believe that would be the "Rick".
OK, my vote is in.
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Being a singer and a bass player at the same time isn't easy.
David Crosby said he could never do it and he admires what McCartney can do.
I've been playing guitar and singing for 30 yrs. I can do a pretty serviceable Blackbird for example. But put a bass in my hands and I might as well be holding a baby giraffe. It feels just about as natural to me. I marvel at McCartney's bass playing. He's not just holding down the bottom, he's playing counter melodies, while he's singing!!??!!?? That's what I admire most about him playing that Rick in Rockshow. It's not a comfy guitar. It's an awkward bass. But he's moving around the stage like he was born w it in his hands.
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Yes, and "Silly Love Songs" is the perfect example of his mastery of singing while playing an intricate bass line.

"Nowhere Man" live in '66 must have been a bitch! Yet he made a respectable attempt at the studio bass line, while singing his part, during those performances.
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Yes, and "Silly Love Songs" is the perfect example of his mastery of singing while playing an intricate bass line.

"Nowhere Man" live in '66 must have been a bitch! Yet he made a respectable attempt at the studio bass line, while singing his part, during those performances.
Everyone said that '66 tour was awful. Poor performances, the band was extremely burnt out. But if you watch Budokan performances w an objective ear, They were pretty good. Especially those ridiculous harmonies like Paperback Writer and Nowhere Man. That's just what live music sounds like. Rockshow is not a live soundtrack. They had to go into a studio and probably re-recorded the entire performance. Because I have the raw video of the closed circuit broadcast of that performance. The harmonies are waaaaaay out. Linda was not a singer.

But more to your point, Hof, yeah, I was dazzled watching Paul sing complex harmonies over what I consider a sophisticated bass line on Nowhere Man.
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Everyone said that '66 tour was awful. Poor performances, the band was extremely burnt out. But if you watch Budokan performances w an objective ear, They were pretty good. Especially those ridiculous harmonies like Paperback Writer and Nowhere Man. That's just what live music sounds like. Rockshow is not a live soundtrack. They had to go into a studio and probably re-recorded the entire performance. Because I have the raw video of the closed circuit broadcast of that performance. The harmonies are waaaaaay out. Linda was not a singer.

But more to your point, Hof, yeah, I was dazzled watching Paul sing complex harmonies over what I consider a sophisticated bass line on Nowhere Man.
I think those 1966 performances—the ones I've seen/heard—are damn good, too Colonel. I bought a "Budokan" bootleg (a "Budo-leg", I guess! ) when I was just a kid.... I thought it was fabulous even then.

Oh, and yeah..... I've got a "Wings Over America" bootleg from their final (added) show at the L.A. Forum(?). Oh my, Linda... please!
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