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Old Jun 17, 2008, 03:37 PM   #61
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I Want You (She's So Heavy) came to my mind first. But Rain is hard to beat
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Old Jun 17, 2008, 08:48 PM   #62
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"Rain" was the first one I thought of. It's all over the place! I also like what he did in "Nowhere Man" and pretty much every other song that's been named in this thread.
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Old Jun 17, 2008, 11:03 PM   #63
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As others have posted, there are so many to choose from. I vote Something as number 1.

Michelle, Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite, She's So Heavy, Rain in no particular order to follow.
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Old Jun 19, 2008, 04:02 PM   #64
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I love the bass line in "Taxman".
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Old Jun 19, 2008, 10:54 PM   #65
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Yes, on "I will", Paul just "mouths" the bass line... lovely though...

And I too was just about to say that one of my favorites, if not my favorite (period !), is the one on "Old brown shoe".

Notably the faster bit during the "When I grow up I'll be a singer" parts...
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Old Jun 20, 2008, 04:36 PM   #66
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I love this topic!

There are so many great bass lines, but ones that come to mind are Penny Lane (which I recently learned to play, it's a lot of fun), Lady Madonna, I'm Only Sleeping, Cry Baby Cry, Nowhere Man, I'm A Loser, Come Together, and of course Rain, Paperback Writer and Taxman.

I've learned so much about bass playing from Paul and James Jamerson. The two best bass players ever!
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Old Jun 21, 2008, 01:40 AM   #67
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I Want You (She's So Heavy) came to my mind first. But Rain is hard to beat
You just beat me to those two !

Another one I really like is "I've got a feeling", especially on the parts John sings, and on the bit where the guitars take over (just before Paul and John start singing "over" each other).

Oh, and back to "Old brown shoe"... what about that "da-da-da-dum" (X 2) that Paul does on the intro !
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Old Jun 21, 2008, 05:10 AM   #68
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Dear Prudence is my favorite! I love that bass line...
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Old Jul 21, 2008, 02:59 PM   #69
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As a Beatles nut and wannabe bass-player I spend so much time playing beatles bass lines that I even find myself singing along with them rather than the songs sometimes.

Most of my favourites are amongst the ones that crop up frequently in this thread, but I'm a bit surprised that nobody has mentioned 'You Won't See Me', which has an excellent bass line, rather similar to 'Nowhere Man' and 'And your Bird Can Sing' in construction, but a bit more varied and a bloody sight harder to play!

One thing you do notice is that there is a major change in Paul's bass lines with Rubber Soul - maybe because he switches to a solid body bass for some tracks on that album - and, especially on Paul's own songs, e.g. 'Drive My Car', the bass is really prominent, pretty much much the lead instrument; this is especially true of 'You Won't See Me', where poor old George hardly gets a look in.

Apart from 'I saw Her Standing There', none of the old songs seem to get anyone's vote - maybe because the limitations of the Hofner and the early recording techniques mean that the bass is not prominent, but there are some great bass lines there too. One of my favourites to play is 'You're Going to Lose That Girl'; technically it is pretty straight-forward, but it is subtly varied throughout and just perfect really.

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Old Jul 21, 2008, 11:38 PM   #70
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I do notice that switch on "Rubber Soul", Stumperino. The bass on previous songs/albums wasn't boring, but it got a lot more interesting with "Rubber Soul" and everything afterwards. It does more than just propel the songs along, if that makes any sense.
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Old Jul 22, 2008, 03:27 AM   #71
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I'd say on the pre-rubbersoul he plays more of a walking-bass style and then starts playing his own melodies
I like Maxwell's Silver Hammer and While My Guitar, but Prudence and a lot of other tunes include great lines.
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Paperback Writer, Taxman, Something, I Want You (She's So Heavy)...loads that are wonderful and imaginative!

(Oh, and All My Loving. Just for sentimentality...)

George was a mean bassist in his time though, and looked stunning in the Linda Mac photo of him playing a Fender Jazz in sunnies! ;-)
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Old Jul 22, 2008, 06:04 AM   #73
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Taxman, Paperback Writer, Rain, Nowhere Man... oh man! This is HARD!

Let's face it, Paul is one of the most melodic bass players ever!!!
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Old Jul 23, 2008, 01:34 AM   #75
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I love this topic!

I've learned so much about bass playing from Paul and James Jamerson. The two best bass players ever!

And both at their prime, innovative and exciting, at exactly the same time, the same moment in history. As well as a host of others, led by Brian Wilson, all coming up at the same time!
The electric bass guitar was only introduced in around 1957, before that it had all been 'stand-up' bass (electric guitars went back ten years earlier, time for the 1950s to produce some great virtuosos!) So I suppose 1965 is pretty early on, making McCartney and Jamerson real pioneers, who's work is STILL the best. Some may have equalled but none have bettered!

Oh, and my favourite Paul bassline...possibly With a Little Help From My Friends... just LISTEN to it! Geoff Emerick tells a fascinating story about it in his book, by the way.

(Fav. Jamerson line, STILL Bernadette... PHEW!! know what I mean??)

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Old Jul 23, 2008, 01:45 AM   #76
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I love the bass in "Obladi-Oblada"

It is so simple and like "the ABC of how to play a bass", but I love it
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"What you're doing"... simple, discreet... but VERY effective !

Love the way Paul "re-starts" it at the end of second "drum" solo.
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I writhe in ecstasy over the fuzzed out, distorted, fat Fender Jazz Bass sound on Abbey Road. The bass on Sun King alone is enough to send me into bass bliss.
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Old Oct 21, 2008, 09:34 PM   #79
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Great topic!

But where to start?
"Rain", "I want you", "Taxman", "Something" etc... all spring to mind, but I also like the bassline in "Michelle"

Don't forget "Why don't we do it in the road?"
And what about the Fuzz Bass sound in "Think for yourself"?


By the way - someone mentioned that George played bass on "Taxman", earlier in the the topic.... is that correct? I never knew that... I always thought it was one of Macca's finest basslines
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By the way - someone mentioned that George played bass on "Taxman", earlier in the the topic.... is that correct? I never knew that... I always thought it was one of Macca's finest basslines
Taxman IS one of Paul's finest bass lines. The confusion arose because Paul also played lead guitar, but that was overdubbed later. Like on Ticket to Ride, where George plays the intro riff but Paul overdubbed the three chords at the climax of the chorus and the famous sting at the end of the middle eight or bridge (as well as the mad doodling at the end!)
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