Friday, September 13, 2013
"Mr. Bass Man, You've Got That Certain Something" :THE WEEKEND MIX
I asked five of my closest friends who just happen to be five excellent bass players to come up with their five favorite bass lines. The question made two of them of angry. One response was "You suck. How can I possibly come up with five?" The other, while not so direct, simply ignored me and gave me 37.
Motown's James Jamerson was the hands-down winner in terms of most entries, with the usual suspects, Paul McCartney and John Entwistle coming in a close second.
I thought this would be fun in light of the recent comments regarding Bruce Thomas of the Attractions, who by the way, was held in very high regard by four of the five bassists surveyed and is represented twice, with "This Year's Girl" being my contribution as a hat tip to our friend Shriner, who got this idea for a mix going.
What's Going On- Marvin Gaye
And Your Bird Can Sing- The Beatles
This Year's Girl- Elvis Costello
Good Times- Chic
Pictures Of Lily- The Who
I Can Understand It- Carlton J. Smith
I Was Made To Love Her- Stevie Wonder
All By Myself- Daryl Hall
Teen Town- Jaco Pastorius
Personally- Jackie Moore
Darling Dear- The Jackson 5
Rain- The Beatles
The Lemon Song- Led Zeppelin
Public Image- Public Image Ltd.
Drowned- The Who
Lipstick Vogue- Elvis Costello
Reach Out (I'll Be There)- The Four Tops
Let The Praise Begin- Fred Hammond
Good Vibrations- The Beach Boys
Many thanks to Derek Davidson, Sal Iuvara, Sal Maida, Peter Roaman, and Allen Vella for playing their instruments and my little game.