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Jaco Pastorius Report Abuse
4125 points - added 5 years ago by pxc0 - 51 comments
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Saw Jaco and Verdine White together way back in the day. Awesome show.
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He's awesome. Reminds me a lot of Floyd Pepper from Dr Teeth and the Electric Mayhem band on the Muppet Show. Man...those were the days.
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The Chicken. DAT BASS.
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Jaco was not only the father of the modern electric bass, I feel he was one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century/ Look at how he quotes Right Of Spring here and there. So clever. I try to imagine hi, sober and 60 years old, the stuff he would have came up with!
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Mel Schacher? Right. He isn't even considered one of the best Rock bassists.
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Jaco can't hold Mel Schacher's jock strap...Go listen to Grand Funk Live album recorded in 1971...nobody was doing that then....
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Some people say "the hendrix of bass" I rather say the God who created the new way of playing bass guitar. that way where the bass isn't just a rhythmic instrument
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Jaco has influenced every bass player since the mid seventy's. if you asked claypool, wooten,miller, sheehan, flea, lee, and any professional bass player they did say he's the greatest. that's why jaco is number 1
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Literally ask any professional bassist and it will be jaco. He completely redefined the instrument and his technical ability to play blew everyone out of the water. What I don't understand is why people make a big deal out of cliff burton or john entwistle
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LES CLAYPOOL is for far the best bassist of all time, at least he deserves a better ranking position than flea
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Bass history is split in before and after Jaco
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Great choice for the number spot! Go check out this dude that plays bass for the a band called 12th street gypsies copy and paste the name and go to youtube search.
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Determining who was the best factors on a few things. Speed ,accuracy, improv, techniques.etc.. I would have to say jaco was undoubtedly one of the best but you cant really compare one to the next. Like jaco and wooten Clarke both play jazz but they played diff jazz..
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Jaco was great. WAS great.
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If you guys really think Jaco wasn't as good at Wooten, Mark King, Les Claypool, or anyone else you need to get your ears checked. Those other cats are all great, but they're not really dealing with the same harmonic structure that Jaco was, and you must remember that they ALL came after Jaco, which means that what they are playing is influenced in some form or fashion by Jaco...bass playing wouldn't be the same without Jaco. There's a vast library of Jaco's music that is not that popular...but reveals his technical prowess. Besides, I challenge anyone to play "Donna Lee" as clean as he did and improvise a solo that rivals the one he takes. Don't forget about his compositions--there's so much more to music than how well you play your instrument. Jaco was an incredible musician, so make sure you really understand what he did for music besides just play the bass.
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Ryan Martinie????
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ORIGINALITY, TALENT,INFLUENCE, WEEKS AT #1,WORLD WIDE RECORD SALES,ROCK HALL OF FAMER, THE MAN THAT PUT THE B IN BEAT, ANDTHE F IN FUNK.........BILL BLACK. ELVIS' BASSIST AND BILL BLACK'S COMBO ONE OF THE FIRST TO MAKE THE TRANSITION FROM DOGHOUSE BASS TO THE ELECTRIC. HE BURNED IT UP WITH THE STAND UP BASS WELL ENOUGH THAT MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW THAT THEY HAD NO DRUMMER IN THE EARLY RECORDS ONLY ELVIS SCOTTY AND BILL. MOST PEOPLE DIDN'T HAVE A TV AND NEVER SAW EARLY ELVIS PERFORM BUT IT WAS THE MUSIC THAT CHANGED THE WORLD. BLACK'S BEAT. MOST PEOPLE THAT KNOW ROCK FROM THAT ERA ARE DEAD AND THE REST MEMORIES ARE TOO SHORT. IF IT WASN'T FOR HIS INFLUENCE WHERE WOULD THESE GUYS ALL BE?????
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uhm....do we know this guy?
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Every bass player should bow for "his highness Mr. Claypool". I see to less his name on this forum, extend your horizon people ...
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Listen to Jaco on Weather Report's "Havona." Really listen. You'll hear why he's the greatest.
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Jaco sure could play the harmonics on demand.
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SHAME ON YOU WHERE THE FRACK IS MARK SANDMAN????? HE IS Nº1 ALWAYS
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BWAHAHAHA!! Cliff couldn't hold a candle to Jaco!
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Dis place shuld b fr CLIFF BURTON...d legend..
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Ali, Hendrix, Lincoln, Pastorius... nuff said
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Jaco is easily the best. He's everything Mark King ever wanted to be but lacked the talent to do so. He brought the bass to the forefront.
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Jaco- not fit to be mentioned in the same breath as Mark King. Jaco was a good fretless player, not great. The most over-rated bass player ever.
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Hugely, hugely overrated. Good, but no more than that. Wooten and King are so much better.
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Jaco hovers over Flea.
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Well, with all due respect... wrong,wrong, WRONG!!!!!! Jaco should be No. 1, not just No. 6! Pls take action. RiP Jaco - world's greatest bass player!!
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I think you don't know he has inspired ALL modern bass players through the whole world. First place for Pastorius, now!
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He is simply genius.....
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I wonders if Flea listens to this Jaco man in old days and thinks to be inspired and then go on to be best number one player of bass for all times.
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Jaco's conceptual breadth is often not mentioned. Given a longer life, who knows, as a composer, he might have gathered a body of work comparable to someone like Mingus.
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I see you: you really want Twiggy Ramirez (Marilyn Manson) as numero uno on here? Think about it.
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All these metalheads need to listen to "Word of Mouth" before voting Cliff Burton for No.1 .. Sheeesh!! .... and that's not even why Jaco was best known for.
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This is sad, an insult to the true greats
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Haha, reading through this, it almost tells the story of how I first heard of Jaco Pastorius -- from one of my bass teachers when I was just learning to play. I can see both how Jaco would end up at #1 (it's conventional wisdom that he should #1 be for a lot of bass enthusiasts) but it also makes a lot of sense that he's somewhere lower in the top 10. Still, #3 makes sense to me in a mixed-genre ranking.
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Should be in top 5 for sure!
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For anyone who needs a cheat sheet, here is a list of Jaco's influences (taken from his biography):nfluences Musical influences included James Jamerson, James Brown, The Beatles, Miles Davis, and Stravinsky. Other musical influences include: Jimi Hendrix, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Paul Hindemith, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, The Band, Santana, Frank Zappa, Bob Marley, Rocco Prestia, Tommy Cogbill, Ray Charles, Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, Otis Redding, James T. Doggington, Cannonball Adderley and Jerry Jemmott.
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ask the living bass players above who was the best, and they will say jaco.
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He is apart from the rest. We should vote any a bass players from the earth.
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I'm not disputing his talent, but I have to ask: how many of you actually listen to "Weather Report"? I suspect that, for many, the Jaco meme started out like this: You wanted to improve your skills, so you took lessons. Maybe the conversation went like this: You "Wow, I'd like to play like Entwistle" Bass teacher: "Yeah, he's good, but the greatest was Jaco Pastorius" You: "Really?" Bass Teacher: "Oh yeah, best of all time, okay, so did you practice playing 3rds in the Dorian mode? Today, I'm going to show you Phrygian, which is also a minor scale. . ." Then you just repeat everything your bass teacher told you, although, really, you might think "Weather Report" sounds like the background music from a 70's movie.
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LES CLAYPOOL??????????????
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An innovator, an exceptional player, a definite yes on both counts. The best; hardly. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate Jaco's contributions but there are plenty of players these days who are also innovative and can run circles around what Jaco was capable of doing.
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#1 period
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This man is the God father of the bass. he ate slept and drank this instrument (before the drugs) His hands were made to play this instrument. "Portrait of Tracy" magical!! Everyone else comes after. He was effortless on this instrument.
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Jaco was here for a short period of time; however his singing bass lines on the Jazz Fusion standard “Birdland” will always be with us. He played with a who’s who of jazz fusion groups from Al Di Meola, Weather Report, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny and Joni Mitchell. After his death he was saluted by Miles Davis, Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten with compositions. He is the only electric bass player in Down Beat’s Jazz hall of fame. The only other bass player are Charles Mingus, Milt Hinton, and Ray Brown.
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for the people who really knows about jazz u are the greatest bass player in jazz history
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Thank You for moving him up!
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Victor Wooten Report Abuse
3596 points - added 5 years ago by pxc0 - 29 comments
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Very clean and so funky. Also very giving of his knowledge.
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Although I came here to look where Geddy Lee was, I saw Wooten on the list, and had to bump him. I am humbled to say he is a better bassist than Lee.
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I like him..
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The god father of bass is and will always be Abe Laboriel Sr. He's the library all these guys pick from.
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Best slap bar none.
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Technically the best out there by a country mile. Incredible. But I still prefer Mark King when it comes to slap.
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This guy shreds Flea!!!
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Victor who?
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Victor Wooten is the Best by a longshot Bringing all sorts of sounds out of the Bass.
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Victor is everything Flea wants to be.
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Is just showing off to be like Flea! Is still good.
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He's a bit slow and weak on technique, don't you you think?...Just kidding, of course, but I think he is better when he's not trying to dazzle us with complex tapping etc...otherwise he's a very soulful player.
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this man should be at the top.
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Dude, get real Victor's the best bar-none.
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who care about this guy. Cliff Burton is the BASS GOD!
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Victor is number one. This ranking is so wrong. Victor plays every style with ease, not everyone can play like victor. Players like Ab, John P., Jimmy H., and Hann are tops.
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VICTOR IS 1. NO CONTEST. RUNNER UP WOULD BE CLIFF FOLLOWED BY LES
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All you have to do is see one of his solos, and you''ll be convinced. I honestly think, skill wise and the ability to create all those different sounds at once on a single 4 stringed bass is beyond amazing. He isnt even my favorite bass player (chris wolstenholme is my favourite).
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why so low? he should easily be top 5 status
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A unique bassist... who as reached the god type player with this instrument.. Victor is and will be the best bassist ever, even though Jaco deserves all our respect as a pioneer. Victor "The Great" Wooten!!
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Victor should be no1 in the world, just listen to "You cant hold no groove". He is the GOD of bass. Truly amazing.
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WHAT?! TOP 5 MAN VICTORS A BASS GOD.
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Victor is definately a top 3 and he is surely one with the bass.. massive skills project him to one of the greatest who have ever palyed the instrument.. personnaly my favourite..
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search this guy on youtube - he makes his bass sound like a whole band
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The only bassist I know of who can beat a guitarist in a guitar battle
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Should be in the top 3. He is the most amazing bassist there is and very few bassists can even compare to his skill and talent.
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Couldn't agree more that Victor should be higher. (top ten) The only bassist worthy to take on Jaco's mantle. Who else would you mention in the same sentence with Stanly Clark, and Jaco and not be laughed out of the room.
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There's no way this dude belongs all the way down here at 25. You can tell there aren't alot of people here who REALLY know this instrument. Victor is awesome, pays homage to Jaco Pastorious with his remake of "Portrait of Tracy" Takes the bass to new heights!
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A Living legend. Should be in top 10. Truly has taken the bass to a whole new level!
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John Entwistle (The Who) Report Abuse
He was the glue that kept one of the greatest rock bands of all time together. While Keith, Pete and Roger were off improvising and doing their own thing it was John who functioned as the backbone, keeping the band on track,
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For my money the bass solo on "Can you see the real me" from Quadrophenia is the greatest rock bass solo ever.
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How could anyone compare Paul McCartney to John. Granted Paul was good at what he does but how can anyone compare Silly Love Songs to We won't get fooled again?
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John was The Greatest Rock Player in my lifetime. He played the bass like a lead guitar and had the fastest runs of all times.
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The best player in rock field for sure!
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Really? And that was all of 3 songs.
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Yeah, BUT (sorry) he couldn't sing and play brilliant bass at the same time. The bass became very basic when he sang.
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He's at #3. What else do you want?????
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The Ox deserves a better spot, he is the best bassist of this, the last, and all other aeons, he neved died, God just took bass lessons, HE IS THE CHUCK NORRIS OF BASS
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Actually, Mark should be rated about 35-40.
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Anyone who thinks Mark King shouldn't be in the Top 50 Bass Players (Let alone Top 5!) clearly has no idea about the bass or what makes a great player. I have been playing bass for 25 years- he is one of the best- as is Entwhistle.
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The best rock bassist ever. Him, Wooten, Jamerson and King would be my top four. All the rest trail behind. Far behind.
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Johnny Thunderfingers....'nuff said!
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John Entwistle is the number "0" bass artist (sic) and can not be compared with anyone. thebassplayer
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Dude, this guy is the best out of all bass players, WAY better then McCartney!
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#1-McCartney #2-Entwistle. Stick a fork in it...DONE! ;D
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Listen to his live version of "The Ox" at the royal Albert Hall. I'll think you'll be surprised to see THE god of bass. Other recordingstolisten : "My Generation", "The Real Me", "Overture", "Won't get fooled again"and "Sparks"
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The OX rules - greatest bass player ever!
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He should b at the least # 2
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Ok the Ox needs to be in the FIRST spot! Greatest of all time!
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Should be in the top 5
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This is the greatest bass player of all time! Just watch the man play and you can't disagree!
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Simply the best
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met him once in Birmingham...style...1 great anchor man...R.I.P...........Mervin GershX
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Agreed, top 2 for the OX!
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best bass player that ever lived!!!! ox had the most ability to play any style at any speed with total accuracy....much loved and missed.. LEGEND
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Entwistle only 6th? A joke right?
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Should be Top 2, at least. He practically invented the Rock Bass Solo.
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Top two would work, as he was annoyed for years that he always ended up behind Paul McCartney in polls ;-) If proof is needed of just how good the Ox was, watch his 5:15 bass solo on YouTube - a classic.
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John was voted "Bass Player of the Millennium"...surely that says it all?
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The first hit bass solo was My Generation - this man was a pioneer!
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seriously? i mean, come on, this guy was a master at bass. he should be in the top two if anything. geez.
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Jimmy Blanton (The Duke Ellington Orchestra) Report Abuse
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Mingus wouldn't have been Mingus had he not been influenced by Blanton.
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These peoples I am not before hearing is not the number of one like Flea. All peoples who knows the bass is voting Flea and songs in the discoteque and radio stations.
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Guy Pratt? As if this list doesn't have enough session bassists already. However, I notice Roger Waters from Pink Floyd on the list.
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Where is Guy Pratt from Pink Floyd.....????!!!!!!!
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They dont even have the greatest BASS GUITAR player on the list, He is better than half the people on this list, His name is.......MIKE INEZ, So everybody that is voting on this pole...RECOGNIZE!!! B-OTCH
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In his short life, this guy revolutionized bass. He originated pizzicato and bowed bass solos and, moved bass beyond just keeping quarter note tempos (this is how early of an innovator Blanton was) to eighth and sixteenth note runs, introduced melodic and harmonic techniques. This guy is truly the "grandfather" of modern bass.
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I must say, I was expecting to see Jaco Pastorius or someone like that, but Jimmy Blanton as number one makes sense. Blanton redefined the role of Bass in modern music in a way that now spans all genres. The crowd on this website seems to really know its musical history,
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Michael "Flea" Balzary (Red Hot Chili Peppers) Report Abuse
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How he moves and jumps around the way he does and still is precise and accurate amazes me. All these others just stand there and sound good but Flea does it while running around like a mad man.
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Flea is the greatest bass player of all time he brought so much to the instrument. He has done things with the bass that no one else has he deserves to be at least no. 2 on this list if not no. 1.
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He is not the best bass player of all time, but he has brought a lot of recognition to the instrument, and has probably inspired legions of players. He does hold his own, in the genre he plays.
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FLEA should Totaly Be #1 he deserves he took FUNK to a whole nother level lml... he is amazing ... come on listen to som Mother's Milk he jams Out ilike no one else! :3 AMAZING LOVE FLEA!
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No way should Flea be this high (#5). Don't get me wrong he is an amazing bass player, but the only reason he is so high is because of RHP and name recognition. Lesser known people don't have a chance when facing a radio favorite.
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This guy is seriously over rated. He's popular because of the slapping but he's not even that good at it. Compare him with Mark King on YouTube then tell me he deserves to be number 5 on here.
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he is good, very good, but he isnt that great. the fact is thay his songs have realy good bass rifts
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I have no idea why Flea is this high up on the list. He belongs 20-25th ONLY because how popular his music is, if we're talking technique and pure chops? MAYBE 60-70th. There is nothing advanced about his playing at all, it's just that there are so many damn kiss-ass fanboys out there that make him out to be something hes not.
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Sounds like someone is crying because their fan boy is ranked lower than the great Flea!! As someone who has played the bass semi- and professionally for over 30 years, I know the difference. Both are great in their own right. If you don't like the voting, go elsewhere.
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Put Flea next to Mark King. Mark King is better anytime, anyplace, anywhere. Flea is good and above average, but when it comes to slap, there is only one King and that is Mark King.
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Flea is amazing!
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What a bull**** list!!! No way this guy is better than Bernard Edwards from Chic or Louis Johnson of the Brothers Johnson! In fact I'll go as far as saying Rock music comes up short in the Bass department. You have to Funk, R&B and Soul to find the killer bass players. OUT!
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With all respect to every other bassist, WHERE THE **** IS LES CLAYPOOL?!?!?!
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I'm glad people made the right decision to vote Flea up here because he blatantly deserves it! Funky Monks is a pure example of his superior funkiness! Anyways, yeah he's number one in my opinion and many others would agree so!
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a cheaper version of Larry Graham, the real #1
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how is it possible that I, an ordinary boy from the Czech Republic'll play bass for his arty, when listening to red hot chili peppers??? firelover@centrum.cz
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flea rules :) he's the best bass player xD
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Hyuck, yeah, Kirst Novoselic and those three clunky notes in that song Polly make it so he should be #1, not Flea, Yeah, Flea with all of his musicianship and creativity and techniques that other bassists try to achieve and fail. His fusion of just about any form of music, and how his name has become synonymous with great bass players in modern times. Oh no, Novoselic should be up here instead. Hur, hur, hur, hur, hur
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Flea is good no doubt but not number 1 but if they were Gona rank the bass players with the most jacked up teeth he would secure the no. 1 spot for sure krist novoselic is no. 1.. anybody that has any knowledge about music knows this for sure that bass break in Polly is the best nirvana will never die!!!!!
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I also am happy to see Flea as #1, is unbelievable good news to see this.
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I can't believe this....Flea on # 1....he is way overrated
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When it comes to pure talent, Flea is unmatched.
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Flea is number one on here because the smart people who vote on this list realize that being a good musician also means playing music that people actually like.
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Hooray! Is number one Flea!
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This awsome man is one of my greatest all-time idols. His strumming feels like lumps all through your body and very fast moving. In my opinion, sorry guys if you disagree (you're in your right to do so) flea should be second (and good old Jaco 1st).
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Awesome bassist fore sure. i take alotta y influence from him for his sheer energy. but to be completely honest. he cant really compare to victor wooten or alotta the bassists up here. great showman fantastic bassist but hes kinda limited
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Flea has to be one of the greats. he has taken bass to a whole new level. i know most people can argue that he didn't start anything, but he did. he started the awesome bassists of the 21st century. he will live forever and ever. RHCP FOR LIFE!!!!
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I had to look up who Jimmy Blanton was, too. From a pure influence standpoint, he's one of the originators of the bass techniques all of these other players (including Charles Mingus) adopted. That said, we're talking 1930's era upright bass player, before the bass guitar was even produced, so he didn't rock the funk like Flea does.
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In my opinion he should be the number one. Never heard for Jimmy Blanton before , probably because he died long time ago before I was born .. Anyway , second place is good too ^_^
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He's such a great bassist. He looks very good at the top.
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hmmmm.. good jobs flea.. you're very interesting when you play your guitar bass..
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Dude, this guy should be #1, come on!!! This guy can play any style of music without hesitating. No offense to John, Cliff or Charles, but this guy beats them all hands down. Just listen to Can't Stop, Give it Away or even the whole Californication album. Even in his early years: Fight like a Brave and Out in LA. He fuses every style of bass playing to create ONE sound, nobody did before him, and no one will ever do something like he did after him. He should be at the top of this list, period.
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Flea has a career that spans over 25 years and introduced funk bass to a whole new generation and audience. I wonder how many people under 40 today would even be aware of Larry Graham or Bootsy Collins without having heard of Flea first.
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ummm i'm pretty sure flea should be #1, listen to the bass on their earlier albums, he is OWNING those songs...
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Umm, why the **** is Flea all the way down here...
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I saw Flea in concert. He was amazing. Great entertainer and bass player. Why is he not top 10?
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Flea is amazing! he has to be AT LEAST top 10.. I mean just listen to "soul to squeeze" or "hard to concentrate" or "animal bar"!! such a beast!
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why is he 58????????????? this is soooo messed up
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Probably the most entertaining bass player I've ever seen! (oh, anyone else noticed he's listed twice in this poll?)
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Paul McCartney (The Beatles) Report Abuse
His status as one of the greatest songwriters of all time sometimes overshadows his other musical abilities, but there's no denying that McCartney was a master of the bass guitar. His crisp bass lines have become legendary and his mastery of the intricate arrangements of the later Beatles is astounding.
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When Paul took over bass from Stu Sutcliff, John Lennon said he was better in 3 weeks than Stu was after 3 years. Paul's bass playing gets overlooked by his singing and song writing, but I believe him to be the most naturally talented bass player of all time. His amazing melodic bass playing is so perfect at complimenting his music, you don't even realize how good he is.
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Paul's bass playing is by far the most influential of all time, he will be revered hundreds of years from now and most of these guys are unknown now. What he adds to the songs on bass is magical its not how fast you play but how creative you are and let's face it no one on this list is anywhere near as creative as Paul or they would be the most successful musician in recorded history.which Paul already is.
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The gayest bass player ever.
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The only reason he's even on this list is because he was part the most overrated band ever, The Beatles
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If Paul was not such a great singer / song writer people would realize that he was one of the best bass players of all time, maybe the best. His bass playing was one of the key reasons the Beatles were great, listen to the songs and the bass riffs.
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would love to hear all the 'great' bass players sing and play . pure talent
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His bass playing is overlooked by the Beatles pop beat and his songwriting best of all time by far the most influential of all time
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"Band on the run" must be the most out-of-tune bass playing in history. Did he bring his bass from outside in a U.K. winter into a hot studio, or was he just using his Hofner ?
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The most melodic bass player of all time. Definitely should be top 5.
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GO MACCA!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!
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it is easy now do what he did, but he did in 60s, so, this is the difference.
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mccartneys a great bass player.... .. hes in the top 5 i think anyway
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I really addicted to the bass line in HERE COMES THE SUN, LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS, SOMETHING, SGT PEPPERS LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND.... and more. He's an perfect artist, can do everything surprisingly.
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He should be top 5 at least. That thing about Harrison playing bass has to be a joke. Harrison did play the bass in The long and winding road, hey jude, and others where Paul played the piano. Paul is the one who played in most of the songs. Bass, guitar, piano and even drums (Birthday)
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He's a musical genius. 'Nuff said.
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On Macca's mid-90's World Tour, I was 1 of thousands in the stands at the Sam Boyd Silver Bowl in Las Vegas who felt a THUMP THUMP THUMP! on my chest the minute Macca started the bass licks of "Silly Love Songs" and I am serious here...people were literally clutching their chests and opening their mouths in astonishment.Then when we realized (collectively!) that is wasn't our bodies from the inside, but the way his bass seemed to resonate from the inside out, we all smiled and enjoyed the hell out of the performance!The man was second to NONE. Period.
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You realize that negative comments like this only motivate McCartney fans to vote him up even higher, don't you?
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The only good musician in the Beatles was Harrison, and even his playing wasn't earthshattering. They were "pop craftsmen", not a rock band, and definitely not an inspiration to players.
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paul mcartney influences bassists to this day i think he should be at least number 2 if not number 1 and i couldnt tell you would be number one if hes number 2 but number 9 i dont think your giving him enough respect
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In regard to the Harrison comments, there is only one song where Harrison allegedly played bass: "She Said She Said". Supposedly, there was a squabble in the studio and Mac left for the day. Lennon plays bass (not very well) on "The Long And Winding Road", since it was cut as a group thing with no overdubs (aside from the Phil Spector stuff) and Mac was playing piano. McCartney was never a showoff on the bass, which is probably why he's so underrated. But as far as "playing the song" rather than "playing the bass", he's a master. Probably one of the most influential bassists in rock (aside from perhaps James Jamerson).
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I've got to agree with dawkie -- Jaco Pastorius even cited McCartney and the Beatles as one of his influences.
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His playing on Rain amazes me every time.
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technically mediocre??? You are joking? What influences have all the young guys today that are new and groundbreaking that havn't copied McCartneys style?
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technically mediocre, just here because of beatles fans. Great compositor, singer, but so so bass player, compared to all the young guys you find today with real bass background.
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Should add to my comment of a minute ago: the full interview text clears up and confirms that Harrison did NOT play bass (or claim to play bass) on many Beatles songs. McCartney did. If one were to read a few scattered out of context quotes, though, it could lead someone to believe that Harrison claims this, which is probably why someone commented to that effect here.
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I read that Harrison interview with "Crawdaddy" (you can find it through an online search), I think if someone just looks up McCartney or Harrison on Wikipedia or something, you see that quote without the full context, Nevertheless, I think McCartney should rank higher than he does right now on this list. Top 12 at least.
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The comment that George Harrison played most of the bass on the Beatles song is a serious error. If McCartney didn't play all of the bass he played 99% of it. Harrison must have been kidding in his interview or talking about someone else because he did not play bass on Beatles albums or live.
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Definitely don't want to take things out of context with the George Harrison interview, especially when only bits of it are cited here and there. In the full interview (Crawdaddy, 1977) Harrison is pointedly asked if he played bass following his comment. His response was that, no, he'd play at times what was to be a song's bass line on guitar and Paul would play the actual bass track on bass, doubling it. Also, he went on to say that only a few songs would NOT have one of the members of the band playing on it. Let's get these things right, and, yes Sir Paul McCartney is a legendary bassist, deserving to be at least in the top 20 (hard to compete with the original Jazz players, but for rock, he's up there).
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He's a great bass composer more than a great bass performer. His ranking depends on what its more important for you. To me it seems that Paul had an approach to what a bass is supposed to do for the music which wasn't very common at that time. So I think he is in the chart for that, and not for being a virtuoso or anything like that. Also, it is true that The Beatles regularly played others instruments, depending on the song, but Paul McCartney definitely wrote the bass of almost all the songs, including John and George's songs.
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Oop, don't want to take Harrison's quote out of context, it had a lot to do with how the Beatles worked in the studio. On the other hand, Paul played some guitar parts instead of George (lead on "Taxman" for example), not all of them recorded their primary instruments on every song, etc. Point remaining that, if you're just focusing on bass legends here, Paul is in the top 15 certainly, but I think this is a "reverence" rank for his overall contribution to music moreso than his skill as a bassist.
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Paul McCartney is a legendary all around musician. However, in a bass player forum and ranking, let's consider: Paul only reluctantly played bass when Stuart Sutcliffe left the Beatles. George Harrison claims to have actually recorded a lot of the bass tracks on their studio work -- although Paul's songs of course were written by Paul, perhaps he just delegated the session work to George. So, respect for the musician, but top 10 bassist for the sake of ranking bassists. . . I wonder
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The melody in his lines are what I love. They balance the songs and counter the other instruments. Treats the bass like an instrument for a virtuoso; not like a background filler for a knuckledragger.
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Others are more technically proficient, but few remain more innovative and influential. He, along with the vastly underrated Peter Cetera in his early Chicago period, are my favorite bassists.
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Just listen "Nowhere Man" and wonder what would this song be without Paul McCartney
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You'd be lying if you say you have not tried to add a McCartney slide into one of your bass lines. Truely influential member of the most influential band of all time.
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Paul McCartney's ability is indeed a very outstanding one. His example greatly influenced the new era of music which encouraged every youth to value patience and hard work when it comes to music. He's my favorite bass player...
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McCartney influenced a generation of bass players and was a genius on tracks like 'I Want You (She's so Heavy)' number 3 works,
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James Jamerson (all Tamla Motown hits) Report Abuse
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When my cover band does the Temps "Ain't to Proud to Beg", I play Jamerson's bass line note for note, it just feels sooo good!
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James Jamerson was & still is # 1 in my book. Take away everything else on a Motown track but his Bass, and you still know the song by his feel, choice and notes and great sound ! Also love Chuck Rainey, Paul McCartney, Duck Dunn, Rocco Prestia, Carol Kaye, Joe Osborne, Jack Casady etc.... but hey, that's what's fun about making a list !
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An inspiration for many bass players...
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Jamerson was a real bass player. The other guys just have some tricks, but he made it groove. Sorry, 6 is just way too low. He should be above the other guys, perhaps at #1 or #2.
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My favourite and my true inspiration! The backbone of a band, really...The perfect mix between pasionate groove and personal ability! And how many rock bassists he was an influence on...amazing. He should be higher in any of such lists !
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its upsetting to see jamerson ranked below flea...
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A Bass God. Top 5 at the very least. Every time I hear his lines, I smile. Incredible how he made it sound slightly different every time, or even find a whole new line in there that made every song he played on seem even better.
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Whats going on here i mean this man here changed the way the bass was played most of these guys learned how to play the damn bass by listening to motown and it also pisses me off that bob babbitt or nate watts are not in the top ten !
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To my understanding, if you were an artist for MoTown records in the 1960's and 70's and you wanted to have a hit song, what you would do was to run out to a bar in downtown Detroit and find yourself a Mr. James Jamerson to play bass for you. Even if he could not stand up to play, he would go into the studio and make whatever song you were recording pure gold. This is not make believe. Top 10 at least, but let's move him up.
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number one on this list HOW DARE YOU!!!! GREATEST MOTOWN BASSIST AND REGULAR BASSIST WHO EVER HAS OR WILL LIVE!!!
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You've got to be kidding. This guy should easily be in the top ten. He is probably the mentor of most on this list.
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without him ,, no bass playing seriously hello 1## Totally .... cant believe some in the top 20 even
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James Jamerson 38 REALLY? Top 5 at least. He has more 1 hits than the top ten combined. Now put that in your bass and thump it!
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Influenced most of the guys in the top 10 of this list! Should be # 2!
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John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) Report Abuse
The most underappreciated member of Led Zeppelin, Jones made all of Zeppelin's complex and difficult arrangements seem simple and was able to maintain order while following Bonham's anarchic and improvisational drumming.
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18th for this guy is really underrated, this guy in LZII gives some incredible lesson of blues bass, i still remember how i was inspired by is clean and smooth bass lines when i played blues. He was absolutely a Master of Blues.
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I can't believe John Paul Jones is only 18th on this list. He's not overrated, hes underrated. First of all, he's an amazing bass player, but he's also just an amazingly gifted musician, to all you haters out there, can you do better? What? Oh thats, right, no, you can't. Cuz no one can match that extremely high level of perfection and skill. LED ZEP FOREVER!!!!!
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A jack of all trades musician and master of nothing from the most over rated band in the history of rock.
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If we are talking as bass players, John Paul Jones is LED ZEP, absolutely brilliant musician !!!!!
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JPJ is hardly overrated -- I think it's just the opposite and in particular because he was overshadowed a bit by being in a band that had such great musicians in it all around. On every Zeppelin album, Jones has some agile bass lines that add volumes to the song. Who is Abraham Laboriel? Add him to the list so we can vote for him and thanks for the reference, I'll now go and look for some of his music and give it a listen.
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JPJ is one of the most OVERRATED Bass players. He is a better keyboardest and he is mediocre at best as a key player. He sucks as a bass player in my book! joerjc...
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Where is Abraham Laboriel? Definitely number one in my book and surely I thought that he would make the top two on here! WOW!
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This man is the only reason I have decided to learn bass (and I assure you, I've heard almost all the bassists on this list). He ought to be really high up!! Top 5 imo.
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JPJ in Them Crooked Vultures and in Led Zeppelin, AMAZING BASS PLAYER!!! Should be moved up close to the top ten!
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JPJ is the greatest bassest (along with John Entwisle) who ever touched a bass. In the song "How many more times" (Live at Royal Albert Hall) he has an awesome bass solo at the beginning, it basically shook my house.
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sorry but for me JPJ is one of the most underrated bassists and artists of all time. I dont know any instrument he cant play. No forget about the ability and experience in studio. He made all Zeppelin songs sound 100x better
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Dude, should totally be no.1!! He's the one who inspired me to start playing and is my fav. member of Led Zeppelin. Its not just bass either, its keyboard, synthesizers, mandolin, acoustic guitar, recorder, etc. No Quarter is my favorite Zeppelin song and who wrote it? Jonesy, thats who. Placing him at number 21 is an insult. In my arrogant opinion, the list should be as so; 1) John Paul Jones 2) Geddy Lee 3) Phil Lesh 4) Les Claypool 5) Geezer Butler.
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Jones is way too underapreciated. If you ever listen to The Song Remains The Same (live album) and listen to the Whole Lotta Love track, listen to the part where it's that seductive part in it. listen to the bass. Hes jammin.,
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Bass god!!!! "the lemon song" "black dog"
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JPJ is my fav. He truly is a master.
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Charles Mingus Report Abuse
he was one of the first to bring the bass to a new level never seen before
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Is this man the Flea of Jazz??? HE INFLUENCED FLEA!!!
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Well good old Charles can't be rated 8th, sorry... no way... we are taking about a legend of jazz. He made history by himself. It's an other class at all
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Is this man the Flea of the jazz? If yes, then high fives to his being the number of three!
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Master bass player and genius composer. If he's not in the top 5 then humanity is not worth saving.
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TOP 5 FOR SURE!! "YOU CAN'T HOLD NO GROOVE, IF YOU AIN'T GOT NO POCKET"
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Without a doubt -the best -period. The first bass player to have people line up to play with him. The Master, the end.
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Should be # 1!
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Considered a jazz bass prodigy he played with Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington , Lionel Hampton, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, and Max Roach. With the last four mentioned he was a member of one of the greatest Live Jazz recordings ; "Jazz at Massey Hall”. He also composed and leader bands during the Bebop, Avant-garde jazz, Post-bop, and Third stream Jazz periods. A true Jazz and Bass Legend.
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Geddy Lee (Rush) Report Abuse
Clean and crisp, Lee's bass lines allowed Rush to be a three man band that sounded like a full orchestra. he had a unique ability to create a wall of sound with the bass perfect for Rush's grandiose style
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WAY OVER RATED!
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Geddy Lee is undoubtedly the best bassist out there.
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He's the best, He did it all!! Played crazy lines, while singing live! I do my best just to play them, I could not imagine singing like he does over them. He's a freak!!
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GEDDY LEE should be #1!!!!!
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Lee > Chuck Norris. 'Nuff said.
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I agree with all comments.. he should be at least in top 3. I have seen Rush playing in Rotterdam and Geddy is stil going strong. Powerfull, clear and very accurate...
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Nothing less than #1. Pure, raw, gifted. Enough said.
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Geddy is Top 5, for sure -- just based on Snakes & Arrows alone. He seems to be improving with age, which is, in itself, quite remarkable. Judged by his work a decade ago, Top 20. Judged by the past decade, maybe #2 or #3. The bass lines are fluid, dramatic, memorable and require a virtuoso talent to pull them off. A gorgeous bass player. the playing, not the looking. Ha!
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Geddy is an amazing bassist, singer and keyboard player, not to mention song writer. Rush is amazing in the studio and live. Geddy is should be way higher on the list.
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Sure, he's a great player, as are most any of the ones mentioned are. Sure, some people cringe at the voice, but that isn't a deal breaker for me; after all, I have listened to Smashing Pumpkins in cold blood. Even so, enough with the progressive-rock fan-boy craze. He's not #1, and certainly not Top Ten. Heck, #13 is still overrated. He's a capable musician, but he just doesn't bring it.
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Simplesmente o melhor! Som puro e vibrante, preciso e muuito veloz. Em 2 shows no Rio o Rush deixou um "quero mais". Espero que voltem logo! Pedro - Rio de Janeiro - Brasil
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Geddylee is the best bass player I have ever heard hands down :) "The Holy Trinity" < says it all
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You know, I never see anyone who's actually capable of pointing out any flaws in Geddy's Bass playing. They either don't like Rush's music, or can't stand his voice, or just think he's overrated, etc. It's fine to think other people are better, but not that Geddy is worse. You don't need to prove why you think someone is better, but you do need to back up your reasoning if you claim someone is actually WORSE. He's my personal favorite, and he's definitely in the top 10, in My opinion.
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I have to agree bout the tom sawyer comment that song sucks really bad and that drummer that rushs got everyone always talkn bout how great he is maybe if he was in a better band anybody that is a rush fan sucks too!!!!!
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Rush is one of those progressive rock fanboy bands for the most part. Geddy Lee is a very talented bass player but I think it's hard for most people to get past "Tom Sawyer" (which is probably their most popular song). Their songs tend to be too long, over instrumented, and Lee's vocal style is more something to look past than anything really great. It's almost like Yes, where, if you can't stand the singer's voice, you're just not going to listen to that band's music very much.
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I HEAR RUSH ON THE BONYARD ALL THE TIME GEDDY LEE HAS TO PAY THEM TO PLAY THAT MUSIC CONSTANTLY. CUZ THAT CRAP IS OVERRATED NOISE. WORKING MAN NEEDS TO WORK A LITTLE HARDER ON WRITING..SYNTHESIZERS THAT MUSIC MAKES ME THINK LITTLE TROLLS WILL POP UP AND RAINBOWS AND CASTLE'S AND SOMEBODY CAST'S A SPELL ON YOU..
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" "This list is a fanboy popularity contest, not a measure of talent or influence on other musicians. If it were, Lee would be top five." -- said the Rush fanboy.
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This list is a fanboy popularity contest, not a measure of talent or influence on other musicians. If it were, Lee would be top five.
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Makes sense to me. I'd rate Lee higher than Claypool, though. Otherwise, number 15 sounds about right (so, yeah, I'd rank Claypool lower at maybe 16 or 17).
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Flea is #1, Geddy Lee is #15 - how is that difficult to understand?
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You have to be kidding me Geddy needs to be in the top two not down here i mean jesus people pull your heads outa your asses
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Say "Geddy Lee" - best bass player ever
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Rush! Man, finding this list makes me want to go back and listen to some of my old music collection. Geddy Lee, Neil Peart, Alex Lifeson -- one of rare those convergences of talent forming a timeless band.
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What's with the past tense in this blurb, BTW? Rush is still going strong, and as performers all three of them are still at the top of their respective games.
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What many of you don't understand is Geddy Lee does three things at once. He plays the bass, sings and plays the keyboard for Rush. None of the bassists on this list can say that they do that besides him. Geddy Lee is a GOD.
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What's incredible is that he actually sings rhythm over some these basslines! Just *try* singing *and* playing the bassline to "Circumstances"! He's amazing!
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I love RUSH and clearly Lee is outstanding. But #1. I don't think this is accurate. Top 20 though.
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I saw Rush again last week (in Quebec city). Geddy s base playing is definitively top notch. The sound is so clear, so pure. Glad to see that his talent is being recognized by you guys.
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Geddy is a bass god and is definitely worthy of the no.1 spot. Rush is a greatly underappreciated band as a whole, but it is nice to see the power trio recognized by their individual talents.
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Larry Graham (Sly & The Family Stone) Report Abuse
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How is Flea #1 and Larry Graham is ranked all the way at 17. I don't know for sure, but I'd speculate that Flea himself would rank Larry Graham (and probably Bootsie Collins also0 higher than himself.
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larry should be near the top rather than anyone from Metallica! Rock bass players would flounder if they had to do funk.
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Exactly!! The highest rated should be, Larry, Louis,Stanley and Victor.
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Right?...who did do this list Larry was the reason for the pluck and slap along with LOUIS JOHNSON from the Brothers Johnson...and they have Jaco Pastorious as what no#3 or 4?...
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Who did this list? Larry is reason why the pluck and the slap are in music today
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Marcus Miller Report Abuse
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Nobody can be better than him !
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It very sad that people don't respect greatness.Marcus Miller is most sought after musician on the planet.His work speaks for itself.Top 2 at worse.Jaco has passed.
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a bit underrating is'nt? only the job he made with Miles for not to mention the other, personally i consider him #2 after Jaco of course.
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Marcus Miller should definitely be TOP 10!!! His discography, his production,not to mention his STYLE of playing the bass!!
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Nowadays, there is not another sound like him. Now he is the best.
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36th? Marcus Miller has worked on more than 500 albums to include Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Mariah Carey and the Chairman of the board himself Frank Sinatra.... Are you freaking kidding me? This why I dont like these list. They are so genre bias. This guy is a living legend. And all of these guys on this list if they are honest about it they would agree.
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Are you kidding me? Marcus Miller! Played with Miles Davis! Wrote Tutu... Wrote and produced for Luther Vandross! Marcus Redefinded the "Cool" Not to mention the many other instruments that he masters! He is the Musicians Musician. More than anyone on this list.. That includes Jaco and Stanley!
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Just caught on to Marcus Miller, he's awesome! His music, arrangements, really melodic, and funky, and spiritual, and beautiful all at the same time
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Stanley Clarke Report Abuse
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Larry Graham who popularize slappin' Stanley Clark brought the bass playing to the leve what is is now, back in the 1970s.
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He is the best of the best. Maybe not so flashy as (very) few others, but listen to School days in the live 76-77 CD or in the live at the Greek CD, and then you cannot leave him at #15. He deserves a place up there with Jaco.
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A technical master with the soul of a great blues guitarist. Stanley has done more to advance the bass guitar than anyone I've ever heard, and he's a virtuoso on the acoustic upright, also. Phenomenal. Listen to the original studio versions of "School Days," "Rock N Roll Jelly," and Return To Forever's "Romantic Warrior," and find me a bass guitarist that can equal the bass playing on any one of those cuts.
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blows everybody else away, the hendrix of bass
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Should be in the top 10, he can make any bass sound amazing
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Should definitely be way higher. This guy can play every kind of bass. Clearly a virtuoso. And to think.... he only picked up the bass because it was left over when he was trying out for band in school. I f he arrives earlier to class, we have Stanley .........on the drums? Q-Tip says, "Nah."
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When his bass plays you know it's him! he has a "signiture sound" like no other. Very humble brother as well.
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Yes the greatest of all. Saw him in the 70's in L.A. with George Duke. Go 3 1/2 minutes into this video and watch him jam for a couple of minutes with Armand www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbzUM6y6jNY
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agreed stanley is pryetty much awesome
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This Guy changed the game on how the bass is played. Everyone above him cant even carry his case!
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Cliff Lee Burton (Metallica) Report Abuse
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i think a lot of people under rate him and over rate him he help build metallica to this very day i think if cliff wasn't apart of metallica they be where they are to this very day they all played there. but cliff gave a lot into metallica people talk about enter sandman a lot in my opinion i think enter sandman is there worse single ever!!!!! what about fade black? nobody talk's about fade to black only the real metal fans!!!!! cliff was something very special.
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I love cliff burtton and old Metallica and watching day at the green in 85 for whom the bell tolls is amazing and is a day that changed trash metal world and genre in general. Never saw him play and I wish I could have. I think he deserves any top ten spot on this list but I wouldn't rank him number one because there are many a great bassists that I'm sure influence cliff as much as he has bassists after him. Died too young and Metallica in my opinion died with him.
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if cliff burton is number 9, then lemmy kilmester should be at least 8... in this list no one can make up for 2 instruments, guitar and bass..... no disrespect to the guitarist of motorhead, but the drumer and lemmy could play alone and sound badass... just saying
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How can anyone say "without a douby number 1" for any of these bassists? For one to say that would imply that one is completely familiar wih all of the other bassists on the list, and has cast aside pedjudice. Not likely.
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Without a doubt number 1, all you need to do is listen to the bass in any of Metallica's first 3 albums. Just ridiculous. If he was still alive this would be no contest.
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dude he should be number one in my oppinion
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no doubt.. he is really one of the best bassist player of all time.
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Great bass player but overrated. I think dying young in a tragic accident "undeservidely" raised his stock a couple of notches.
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Overrated.
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How the hell is this guy in front of Les Claypool?
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shame*
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He should be #1. No other spot for Cliff. Same on you people...
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cliff was speed! i haven't see any bassist with such velocity with fingers!
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he should be 1 or 2, at least....
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he's awesome...
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Wtf? Why isn't he no1, or 2 at least. He could play with fingers songs, that some can't play with picks. R.I.P. Clifford Lee Burton
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Dude, relax, your attitude is probably getting Cliff voted down. I'd rather see him at #5 than #10 or 11.
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Anesthesia = "mostly arpeggios played through distortion, I believe a flanger pedal, and a wah wah pedal" Too many metal bassists make a big deal over the fact that Kill'em All featured a long bass solo as a song. Cliff's contribution was much more than that one solo. It actually weakens your argument to continually rely on it as proof of his skill.
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Rock on cliff rules!
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Cliff Burton certainly had his influences, they include Geezer Butler, Steve Harris, and Geddy Lee. I'm a huge fan of Burton-era Metallica also, but let's get our facts straight here.
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Listen to for whom the bell tolls when the played day on the green.. Makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck!!!!! Clifford lee Burton 1962 to 1986... One of a kind.... Metal up your ass!!!!!
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I call b.s. to that last comment -- Metallica didn't get popular or mainstream until later. He's not considered great "because he died" but because he was an innovator in his musical genre. Sounds like someone is jealous that it's Cliff up here instead of your personal favorite bass player.
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Popular does not mean good. People only speak of him as "great" because he died.
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I wonders if Cliff Lee Burton did meet Flea on old days. Cliff good for Metallica, make them great band, sad what happen.
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Down tune to a C? What do you mean? Metallica used standard tunings CLiff-era. Not sure if Newsted hit that low B string on his 5 string much, but Cliff used pretty much a standard EADG tuned 4 string bass.
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Down tune to a C, and you will sound as great as Cliff, great player.
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I've seen Metallica 11 times post-Cliff and they are in a class of their own as performers with an unmatchable stage presence. Cliff is THE definitive bassist of our time and will be an inspiration for generations to come!
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Probably the best Thrash metal bassist ever, sucks that he's dead. I can play his song but I can't keep the tempo yet, sadly.
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FIrst, Burton was a metal bass great. There's a lot of focus on his solos, but really, if you listen to the Albums Kill 'em All through Master of Puppets, what you'll hear is complex, innovative bass playing on every song. For those who might want to go revisit early Metallica, check out Cliff's bass on the song "The Call of Ktulu" (incidentally, former lead guitarist Dave Mustaine got a co-writing credit on this one, too, although he'd long since left Metallica before it was released ) on "Ride the Lightning"
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Cliff...man I am a bass player and i have some experience... Cliff is no 1 4 ever...compare all bass solos the world with Orion basses solos and u will see...^^
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ya.. but i think Cliff lee burton should be number one..
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Cliff Burton was the best period...
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Cliff burton should be number one... no question
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Clifford Lee Burton Need I say any more?
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Probably the greatest man who ever picked a bass guitar, he's sound was so intense, deep and beyond examples that Metallica was pretty much Cliff's band in the old days. Influenced by punk, heavy metal and psychodelic rock Clifford Burton is the Hendrix of the bass, one of a million that can never be matched by other bassist. God bless him.
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I think Metallica was at its best with Cliff Burton. Goes to show how much an outstanding bassist can contribute to a band's overall sound.
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what? he is the man who made orion he's nr 1 !!!
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Has to be nr 1 by far
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anesthesia and for whom the bell tolls were some of the best bass songs. he has to be at least no. 3
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HE HAS TO BE NUMBER 1!!!
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What? He is the BEST. Hear orion bass solos, anesthesia, for whom the bell tols intro COME ON!
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why the hell is cliff no 19? should be no 1 or 2 at least. and flea too
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i never got to see cliff either, but did get to see Metallica in '88. They rocked, but i really would have loved to have seen cliff
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I saw Metallica open for Ozzy in '86 before Cliff passed. A great player with a great stage presence.
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Never got to see you play live...but your music will remain as part of the best metal to have ever been created.
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Les Claypool (Primus) Report Abuse
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He wasn't accepted to Metallica because of a few reasons and none being that he was too good. 1. He played for whom the bell tolls and didn't know the opening riff was on bass and it was an awkward moment when the band was waiting for him to start playing it. 2. He said in an interview that, "The band was in all black, I had two different colors shoes on, ripped skater jeans and a blonde mohawk. There's a reason I didn't get the job."
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wasn't accepted to Metallica because band members thought he was too good. just sayin...
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Needs to be WAY higher.
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Les in my opinion is second only to Victor Wooten. Les is a virtuoso, he has mastered so many techniques on bass and can play anything he wants! Besides his songs he can also cover songs as good or better than the original.
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Vote the bassist not the band. . . The Bassist everybody! The Bassist!!!
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I believe that Claypool could be considered the #1 slap bass player.
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should be #1!!!
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les claypool is no doubt the greatest bass player
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Les could easily be in the top 5 and top 3 for slap bass artists, he is incredible. but les said himeself thats his music wont catch you on the first listen. frizzle fry was an amazing album, their pink floyd cover of the album animals was also very entertaining
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Les Claypool, with his weird tunings, odd percussive style of bass playing, and pee wee herman sounding voice. Primus is another one of those bands that either has its fanboys or people can't stand. In their early days, I think they had a demo tape or an EP entitled "Primus Sucks" because they realized their music wasn't for everyone. Interestingly, they got kind of mainstream in that they've been on a few movie soundtracks.
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les claypool definitely needs to be a hell of a lot higher than this him and the other bay area bass player on here cliff burton are the best cause they are both one of a kind.... so i would really appreciate if they could be at the top.. come on it's the right thing to do!!!!!!!!!
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I'm sure there are better bassists than Les, but #19??!! That's just a little to low. Even if you hate the music he makes, he's still accomplished too much to be this low. I don't care how overrated he is, he belongs higher than this. 12 at LEAST.
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Les Claypool: musical genius or discordant noisemaker -- it's all a matter of opinion.
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Why the hell is Les down here??? I've been a fan of Les's work since I was about 4. I'm 15 now so do the math. Over the years I've seen him spill out album after album and they do all seem to be just as good as the last. But I'm gonna say of Whales of Woe was one of the best. Les should definitely be top 5 at least. He's worked so hard over the course of 25+ years. He's been a part of countless bands. Although each band represents a different side of him. Primus: a younger more hardcore Les. Frog brigade: more mature (not older) Les with a more technical style in his bass playings. Les could be easily placed as number 1 bass player to us that know him like I do.
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Les Claypool should be no. 1 on the list!
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Geddy Lee thought highly enough of Les and Primus to have them go on tour with them in the early 90's.
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ok lol everyone under les claypool is deffinatly NOT as good as him lol there should only be one bassist ahead of him and thats victor wooten. MAYBE john myung
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Well, think about it: most people who would bother with voting here probably play bass themselves. Most of these bassists, while excellent musicians, are or were in bands that aren't exactly on everyone's iPod these days (take Pastorius for example, it's not as though masses of people are listening to "Weather Report" and debating whether or not it's proper to call them a fusion band -- hell, I'll bet half of the bass players out there don't even listen to Weather Report and are just following the meme that their bass teachers had passed on to them).
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"With Les down here, Geddy down at No. 5, this ranking is right on that line of Bassist Ranking vs. My favourite Band ranking.... Excentricity itself seems to rank genius bassists like Les down here" - Yeah right, 'cause Rush is just *soooo* popular too...
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Comments on the voting itself: realize that anyone can vote up or down 10 points on any of these and can then revisit the site and vote again later. Some have figured that out, some haven't. I think that accounts for genres being voted up higher(maybe a few die hard fans of a band or player voting their heros up a bunch of times). If you think Claypool should be higher, then vote him up. Also, respect to whoever created this list, I notice their entries (including Les here) span multiple genres and don't fixate on one genre or era.
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With Les down here, Geddy down at No. 5, this ranking is right on that line of Bassist Ranking vs. My favourite Band ranking.... Excentricity itself seems to rank genius bassists like Les down here. Credibility of these rankings need to be questioned.
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les should be in the top 5
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Les is down here because Les was already submitted and stands at (still rediculously low) 50.
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Why is Les down here???? hes easily one of the best!
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oh now you got to be kidding me. easily able to split the top spot with giddy lee, john entwistle, and steve harris. get real guys. he is the standard.
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Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) Report Abuse
1841 points - added 5 years ago by pxc0 - 28 comments
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Steve is one of the greatest HEAVY METAL bassists of all time, period. His galloping technique glues everything what Iron Maiden is, in such a harmony and perfection. There is no one standout bass player that covers all genres. For example Paul Mcartney does not really stand out as one of the best bass players in the World, he is more known for being a beatle, you dont listen to their songs and say "Holy **** I want to play bass like Paul". Steve hits every note directly to your brain cells!
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Crazy lines, and crazy energy - He's the best metal bass player
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Oke im sorry to say to all you haters, but id love to see some of the other bassist try and play teh fckin bass in "caught somewhere in time". watch the the bones in there body shatter as the sheer awesomeness takes over and crushes there soul. Steve may not be the best, but he can play what no one else can play.
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ha..if you tried to play his stuff, you would break your fingers.
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He's mediocre.
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I have seen him play live and i must say that he is the single best bass player of all time. OH and he can sing! take that other bass players.
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best bassist eva. He made Iron Maiden's sound what it is.
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Harris would be number one or two on a list with just metal bassists for sure. It's great to see him in the top 10 at least.
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listening to him is fun, at best, but it is kids stuff.
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Best bassist of all time -- any genre. Outstanding songwriter and lyricist as well. Who else's music could you bring into 10th grade English class and have count as extra credit on your book report?
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Or number 1
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Harris should at least be near Cliff Burton . He is a genius and an idol.
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best bassist in th world, no dought
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I see a lot of those bassists on this list, somewhere in the top 100 -- there are a lot and, yeah, people are going to vote up musicians they've actually heard of. I agree that there are some oddities, though -- even some puzzling line that has Yo Yo Ma (a Cellist!!) and Leroy Vinnegar (only misspelled)) on it as a single item. What does Peter Tork have to do with Steve Harris?
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When I look at this list, I think the top 50 contains the right names but maybe not in the right order. I agree, however, that Harris ranks up way higher than most classic rock and progressive rock bass players (although, that's an interesting statement about how Maiden could be the metal version of progressive rock). The R&B, Blues, Funk, Jazz, and Soul bassists deserve respect. I can't stand Country-Western music, but notice there are no bassists from that genre listed -- come on, there has to be some upright bass player from the 40's-50's era of that genre or something who deserves some kind of top 50 ranking.
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Steve revolutionized heavy metal bass. the man can be considered a god.
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You know what. . . go listen to "Live After Death" again (assuming you've heard it at all). Harris's bass gets the same volume in the mix as the vocals. Harris wrote about 80% (or more) of those songs. Harris's technique and creativity make him at least a top 5 bassist on this list; I think having him at #1 validates most of this ranking, although I disagree with just about everone else until Wooten except for Burton.
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C'mon... everybody who knows about music knows that S. Harris is a good bassist but not even close to the best one. Do something and get Wooten, Jaco, and many other better bassists up to the top ones.
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Because it's open voting on the Internet, what do you expect? Although, Steve Harris is an outstanding bassist -- at least in the top 20 in my own estimation.
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This is so mixed up. Steve Harris as number one, are you serious? Is this truly a best bassist list or a "My favorite bassist list." There is so many all round better bassist than these top ten. I mean, Kim Deal as the second best bassist for all time? Give me a break. Do people actually listen to different types of bassists or just the ones they like, and if so how can you comment on this wall.
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this should be more specific to genre of music.... Ever heard of Jaco, Jamers Jammerson, Victor wooten.....Each one of those names would make any of these rock clowns combined look like little girls....lol
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Steve Harris is No.1; you gotta be joking -- Metallica do not produce the same quality as Iron Maiden. It is not even close -- get real!
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steve is THE best bassist ever..he should be at number 1
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Steve Harris and Iron Maiden in general are interesting in that they could almost be considered a progressive rock and metal fusion (much, much heavier music than, for example, "Yes" but no less complex in many regards).
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Below Paul McCartney? WTF?
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Why is this guy not number 1? He's written just about every Iron Maiden song and plays flawlessly.
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Another living legend! His career, style and stage energy are unseen. I think one of the thing to consider is the number of people who has been inspired by him... A LOT!
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This man is the greatest bass player on this list at the exception of geddy lee. just watch him play live. he kicks ass.
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Willie Dixon Report Abuse
Blues Stand-up Bass player one of the founders of Chicago Blues he wrote "Little Red Rooster", "Hoochie Coochie Man", "Evil", "Spoonful", "Back Door Man", "I Just Want to Make Love to You", "I Ain't Superstitious", "My Babe", "Wang Dang Doodle", and "Bring It On Home".
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Why are people debating Flea on the Willie Dixon entry, have some respect, Dixon was a founder of the whole Chicago Blues movement.
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flea doesnt even belong in top 20..
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this should be the flea
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Abe Laboriel Sr. Report Abuse
Undoubtedly one of the best jazz bass players you will ever come across.
1639 points - added 4 years ago by jazzdave - 9 comments
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I've been an Abe fan for years and he is in my opinion the best. I hate saying that because there are many many greats. It's hard to compare different styles, but his unique playing allows him to be versatile and play with most genres of music. I know of him because I'm a bass player in the gospel field, but not limited to that genre.
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He's the best, no doubt about that. The reason people don't know him much is cos he's more into gospel, so you can't hear much from him unless you get into gospel.... Guys you are all missing something..
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His dad was a pro flamenco guitar player from Mexico. He has probably played on more Top 10 hits on this list than anyone - but don't let that turn you off. He can make anything groove. His band Koinonia is phenomenal...
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Abraham Laboriel is one of the top Bass Player of all times. He spent a lot of time in the studio, so you won't see him touring with some crazy ass band. He has a super low profile. But you can hear him on many of the super hits of the 80's and beyond. Check him out on YouTube, he'll make most bass players on this list look like garage band players.
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Unbelievable gospel and session musician. Look up "Give and it will come back to you" on you tube. Session work with Paul SImon. His son is McCartney's drummer.
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One of the greatest bassist, he has invented slap techniques and recorded more than 2000 songs… his style is awesome… he should be higher in this ranking
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#88?come now,this cat is suppose to be on the top 10.See him play live in switzerland,the best.
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Played on a wonderful album by Randy Crawford called Secret Combination
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Has played more recording sessions than practically any other bass player in history.
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Rocco Prestia (Tower Of Power) Report Abuse
1623 points - added 5 years ago by pxc0 - 3 comments
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Outstanding bassist, if you can play Only So Much Oil In The Ground, you have chops.
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Nice to see him voted up. One of the early masters of the electric bass. He plays those notes like machine gun.
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Are you kidding me? At least in the top 30 for sure. Rocco is the master of the 16th note. Fast pased, syncopated rhythems that have no equal. Listen to "There's only so much oil in the Ground" or "What is Hip" Then come back and vote.
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Bootsy Collins (Funkadelic) Report Abuse
1576 points - added 5 years ago by pxc0 - 4 comments
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Although the list boasts a number of great bassists, Bootsy, certainly should be among the top 10. Funky, Jazzy , Masterful, he has always been one of the most sought after bassists on many musicians recordings. His credits don't just stop with Clinton and JB.
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Bootsy is on the one and should be #1. We Want Bootsy......
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Underrated in all top bassist lists!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Should definitely be in the top ten. Just ask George Clinton and James Brown. Bootsie IZ funk bass at its finest!
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Tony Levin (King Crimson, session man) Report Abuse
1439 points - added 5 years ago by pxc0 - 11 comments
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'chapman' , 'stick', ... education session ... hamilton, ontario, 'corktown tavern'... 'washburn bantem / fender jazz' -mark- @wheel's...
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Tony Levin is in league of own. Fabulous bassist. He has my vote.
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Really amazing bass player and arguably deserves to be higher in this list. Suggest listening to the album (or live) versions of Secret World (Peter Gabriel) to get a sense of what he brings to a track.
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Upon a few moments' reflection, I conclude that Peter Gabriel is not exactly a selling point here in getting more votes for Levin.
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Peter Gabriel's music wouldn't be the same without him. That's why he's used him for three decades!
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At this point, 1 vote would bring him up from 172 to about 161. Why do people complain, but don't even vote?
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I had to scroll down to 169 to see where you fools had him listed ? An innovator, a master, and top 10 for anybody who knows anything !
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Session players are always going to be more highly regarded by other musicians than they are the general public. Probably most people you talk to would know who Peter Gabriel is but be unable to name who plays bass for him. That leaves the King Crimson fan club who would recognize Levin's work.
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His work as Peter Gabriel's principal bass guitarist for over three decades is legendary!!!! Very unique. Bewildering.
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Listen to Discipline for a superb bass (and Chapman Stick!) album.
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This guy is amazing!
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Louis Johnson Report Abuse
brothers johnson , quincy jones , michael jackson ( billy jean )
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The whole concept is subjective. Was Paul McCartney better or worse than Chris Squire? Depends on whether you like the Beatles or Yes better. If people went by technical proficiency, then mostly session/studio and jazz players would be at the top of the list. If it went by who influenced whom then there probably wouldn't be any living players at the top of the list. Then you get into upright players vs. bass guitar players, etc. This is just for fun, after all, it doesn't actually mean anyone is "greater" than anyone else in the overall scheme of things based on where they fall on an online polling list.
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I mean I'm 20 years old and I know this guys amazing work and that he shuld be ranked much higher. so please all of you twelve year olds who voted Flea and Cliff (not to say that they are not great) in top spots, do a little research and come back more informed.
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Aww Cmon People!! You obviously do not know your bass when you have LOUIS JOHNSON all the way down here?...How old are the people posting on here, by some of the choices I can pretty much tell. Nobody can slap that bass, and thump it like this guy accept for Larry Graham. The OG's baby!
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Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) Report Abuse
1268 points - added 5 years ago by pxc0 - 8 comments
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Too predictable.
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Very underrated basses should be in top 5.
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finest! Nobody in the history of metal can play bass like him! It was Geezer who brought that heaviness to BS!
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THE Godfather of bass,THE original metal bassist.The first to play like marching armies of doom.All true metal bassists are influenced by him whether they admit it or not.
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Geezer is in my list of top 5 favorite bass players. My list would be: 1. Harris 2. Burton 3. Butler 4. Chancellor 5. Kilmister Of course, from that list, you can tell what kind of music I listen to (I know, some jazz disciple or other snob might have something sarcastic to reply, but metal rules no matter what you say).
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Geezer Butlers rank should never fall below the top 5. He may not have extravagant solos but the structure that he plays, the elegant harmonies he supplies, and his unbelievable fills are enough to show his brilliance. Lets also not forget he has the best tone in the biz!!!
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Not every bassist uses a wah-wah pedal, while plenty of bassists do bass runs like John Entiwstle. This guy deserves #15-20th place for sure. I like the way he played around Tony Iommi's riffs rather than just doubling them. The original metal bassist in the original metal band.
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WTF!!! hes absolutley the greatest a real list he introduced wah wah pedal to bass and was one of the first really skilled bass player wats up with this list 1.jack bruce 2.GEEZER BUTLER 3.geddy lee 4.john paul jones 5 steve harris
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Chris Squire (Yes) Report Abuse
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He's the best bass player ever period.
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You need only to listen to Yes' first two albums to understand why he's a top 5 bassist. No argument. This list is funny.
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Chris Squire should be in the top 3, let alone top 10, his music really changed prog rock.
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I can't believe he is so low under allthe one who can't even play a solo like "The Fish" or "Ritual" or invent a bright bassline like "Roundabound", "Heart of the Sunrise", "Close to the Edge" or "Soundchaser". He should be in the top 3.
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Why his he not up there ? If Chirs Squire is # 53 Gene Simmons should be # 530
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My goodness, why is Chris Squire here at number 50? He deserves a much higher spot.
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I think people were getting annoyed that other, more worthy, bassists were getting voted down on order to raise Squire's ranking by this one guy who wants Chris Squire to be #1 (it was pretty obvious when a lot of the top 20 were all voted down about a hundred points and Squire was voted up by hundreds of points, plus the comments). Now that that's stopped, maybe people will start to naturally vote Squire up again.
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Chris Squire deserves a higher spot on here. I wonder how much of his low ranking is attributable to this fan who keeps whining on and insulting others. I do know that, about 6 months ago, there were a suspiciously high number of prog rock bassists up in the top 20 -- glad to see some genre diversification back in the list.
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Wait, you're complaining that Squire isn't voted high enough? I thought you were whining that someone keeps voting up Squire past other people like Mark King. Either way, I don't think any one person can vote that much.
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People who accuse others of "cheating" are suspect themselves. It would surprise me that, if other people weren't voting more, this guy would have Squire at #1 simply because he has too much time on his hands and some kind of fixation on either Squire or Yes in general. Are there too many jazz players up at the top? Probably. I also see Steve Harris, Cliff Burton, and Flea up there, too. If there is some person out there with magical voting powers, I'm sure your incessant whinging (and I guess you're the guy who added 5 more Chris Squires) isn't going to change anyone's mind.
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Looks like that cheating little moron is attacking Squire again. Doesn't change a thing anyway. At the end of the day Squire is still a great bass player, and that cheater is still a miserable earth worm. ;)
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Really -- Squire higher than Jaco? Just no way.
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It's hilarious how people whine on and on about these things. Squire is, eh, good, but about where he belongs at #30 or so. Why is Jaco Pastorius lower?!!!
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Doesn't matter. Flea is really number 1.
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I don't know, except for a few weird ones (Kim Deal?) the top 20 look about what you'd expect. It's probably just how people are voting in. Maybe Geddy Lee should be higher and I would think people would rank Jaco up there, too. Was someone knocking Squire back in rank? That's not cool, people should only be able to vote up, in my opinion. I agree with what someone else said, Squire is at least a top 25 bassist.
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Of course no one should get upset over a public poll. I can live with results obtained from fair play in a fair poll even if they're not to my liking. What upsets me is people cheating to push their favorites up by giant leaps and use the same strategies to push the competion down. We could have fun here changing the order of the list on a daily basis. But sadly some others prefer imposing their views by cheating and killing all the fun for others.
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No one should get upset over a public poll -- Chris Squire is an outstanding bassist. I saw Yes in concert when they were on the Union tour in 1991 (I was quite young then). It was excellent.
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It's odd to see Squire so low here. Maybe Anderson, Wakeman, and Howe came along and voted (just kidding). FWIW, I gave him a vote. IMHO, he's a top 25-30 bassist compared to the rest on this list.
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Well, you've just proven my point. Why not push him further down in the minuses? Oh! Let me guess. You think you are a person of principles. Ha ha! You're an idiot, a coward and a cheater. Let me laugh at you a bit. You deserve it to the fullest. Have fun here, if you're foolish enough to believe that your actions might effectively change reality. Disco and prog rock bass players are top acts in their respective genres. But you're a pretentious jazz listener. How would you know? Chris Squire is a gem. A truly unique musician. Get it? I guess not...
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Seems like someone with a very big voting power and a very small brain thrives on this site. Why keep on pushing Squire down over a bunch of jazz bassists who've been playing the same boring stuff for generations? Chris Squire is the most original bass player this world has ever heard.
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one of the greatest. what else can i say CHRIS ****ING SQUIRE
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without question the greatest bass player ever. No-one else comes close
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Unique as a rock bassist for his classical training and approach. I love how he strays from the root. And you can't beat that trebbly-played with a pick-Rickenbacker crunch! Also a great vocalist.
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Yes, (pun intended) Chris Squire was a seriously talented individual, both at crafting his basslines and playing them.
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Extremely talented, albeit underrated bassist. Listen to "Roundabout" for some of the most well crafted bass lines in history.
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Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) Report Abuse
because he is fucking the best
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would have big problems in making it in top 100 ;)
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Waters is in no way, shape or form a great bass player. He is however a great composer and lyricist.
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"Money" has the best baseline ever.
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Sad to see again ( anad again and again) the big fans of Gilmour cannot stand any good things than can be told about Waters. Guys, these 2 men turn the page recently , you should do the same !
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Not a great bassist.
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Yeah Gilmour deffinately didn't make the band, Roger was a founding member and he did write most of the material, I'd say he was a great bassist, not one of the absolute bests but I think he deserves a higher spot on the list. I do think that he is very underrated when it comes to the top songwriters of all time. To me he will always be brilliant.
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While waters was in the band up until momentary lapse and division bell he wrote about 80percent of Floyd stuff, yeah gilmour was good but whoever says waters is over rated hasn't a clue what they are on about
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Listen to his bass solo on "Let there be more light"! I think you would say he is THE one! Other essentials records: "Dark Side of the Moon", "Meddle" and "Wish you were here".
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Waters was an excellent vocalist -- I think his voice gave out on him sometime in the late 1980's, though.
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overrated for sure. Gilmour made the band - but stayed quiet. High Hopes is proof of that. If I can play his base lines, that says something right there ! Excellent vocalist ??? what's with that !?
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Excellent vocalist and songwriter, but, unless you're really into studies of minimalist bass playing in E minor and F# minor (yes, I realize they played in other keys sometimes, but come on), then I question why Waters would be so high on this list.
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some of his lines (like one of these days) are absolutly amazing
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Not the best, but he's certainly very talented. Also the head songswriter (and dictator for a while...) of the most successful progressive band in history.
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Ray Brown (Dizzy Gillespie, the Ray Brown Trio, and others) Report Abuse
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25 Ru kidding. This man plays the bass like no one. A master that comes around once in a lifetime. Put some cans on and listen to an album like Soular Energy and educate yourself.
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He should easily be in the top 5. The votes on here are all messed up. You guys need to learn something about music, not just what rocks. If you want skill, creativity, tone, timing, and groundbreaking playing Ray sets the bar for ALL bass players, no matter what style.
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goodness. should be way way higher on the list.-- the man played with oscar peterson, joe pass, herbie ellis, and others. he wasn't flashy, just the best. and, played only with the best.
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great
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Greg Lake (EL&P) Report Abuse
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Can you fsee he is one the best? He could sing it in "Tarkus" in addition of his bright bass line, or in "Karn Evil9". I have a name for his technique: "21st Century Schizoid Bass". Definitely one the brightest!
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Amazing bassist. He influenced me to play bass. Just listen to "Tank" off ELP's first album. He doubles emerson's lines perfectly. The timing, the grace... it's all there. the list should be 1. John Entwhistle 2. John Paul Jones 3.Paul McCartney 4. Greg Lake 5. Geddy Lee 6. Jermaine Clement
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Can't forget his work on In the Court of the Crimson King either... 21st Century Schizoid Man having ridiculous bass and whatnot.
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Jack Bruce (Cream) Report Abuse
The main vocalist of the band as well as the bassist, Bruce's talent is legendary, His ability to blend blues and jazz riffs while anchoring a band built on razor sharp precision makes him one of the best ever.
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Listen to "Crossroads", "Badge", "SWLABR", "White Room", "I Feel Free", or any song by Cream! Jack Bruce beats out just about every bassist above him on this list. Also, it's his 70th Birthday today!
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Putting Jack Bruce this low tells us that most folks doing this don't understand what's what.. He redefined what people expected of rock bassists. Having him as low as 25 is just silly.
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If you want listen bass, listen.
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The greatest of them all full stop. Before Bruce the terms "bass player" and "creative" were mutually exclusive! Never mind Cream, listen to Jack's solo stuff, or Lifetime. For a little fella he stands head and shoulders above the rest!
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While I respect Jack Bruce's skills, I think a few of these comments comparing him to classical composers, etc, overrate him. He is to Cream what Noel Redding was to the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Geezer Butler was to Black Sabbath, or Jack Casady was to Jefferson Airplane -- incredibly reliable and at times very innovative blue-rock bassist, but not much more than that. I'd venture to say that John Paul Jones took blues rock bass to another level and branched out much further. Of course, that's just an opinion.
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Unique, soulful, brilliant. Bach-like counterpoint, a heart like Mingus. It's not just in bad-taste to place him at 27, it's naive.
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I'm surprised! I would've expected Jack Bruce and Geddy Lee to be higher!
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jack bruce -- brilliant at improvisation. uses the bass like a solo instrument and a total extension of himself. he makes the instrument sing. love the bass line in I'm So Glad. top five for me, along with eg stanley clark, jaco pastorius, charles mingus.
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I tend to put Jack Bruce and Noel Redding on the same general level. Sure, Bruce also sang, but we're talking about how well they play bass. Solid blues-rock players, both.
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Bruce is a top 10 musician and as McCartney one of the top inspirations of many of these musicians and some younger ones unknowingly. -V
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ridiculous. he played bass like it was a lead guitar. top 10 at the least. - rotifer
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listen to 'brave tales of ulyesses'
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you keep up with baker
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invented balls out whaling, top five get him up there, awesome harmonica too
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This is way to low for Jack Bruce
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Bruce isn't my favorite bassist, but 23rd place is a joke. Top 10 at the least!
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Verdine White (Earth, Wind, and Fire) Report Abuse
This guy is awesome. Some of the funkiest stuff ever.
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79? This is a joke...right?
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Mr. Verdine White, the fire of Earth Wind & Fire, is easy the top 5. What in the world are people thinking placing him in #65. Someone need a note from God to explain this one. This man is a gift from God to us in the earth to take note. Listen to how to keep a beat and move with style and grace. Ricky Reed, Houston, TX
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one of my Top 5 along with Mark King!!....this dudes bass is as crazy as he is!!
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Verdine White is the greatest bass player of all times. this list is not credible with him at 93. You must be kidding!!
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Bill Wyman (The Rolling Stones) Report Abuse
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I disagree with the above negative comments about Wyman's musicianship.
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Since I was a kid I rated Wyman as the weak link in the band.A very very poor bass player.Sorry to have to say that. He could not shine the boots of anybody in this list!
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Wyman is a much more talented bassist than he usually gets credit for. His sense of timing and practical innovation are part of what gave the Rolling Stones their sound. A lot of amateur bass players can "fake" a Rolling Stones song pretty easily but, if you were to try to play it note for note on a fretless (or fretted) bass to match Wyman's style, you'll see how much attention he paid to timing, tone, his bass lines uniquely bringing together Richards' guitar style and Watts' drumming.
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He deserves to be higher, his lines were very complex. He also invented a fretless bass five years before it was commercially avaliable and was one of the first to use it in popular music.
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Guy N'Sangue Report Abuse
He tops at least 80% of all in this list.
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Laid back and the personification of cool while lying down monster grooves.
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Don't know what it is about Cameroon but there have been some killa bassists coming out of there for the last 10 years including Guy! Monster stuff!
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Jean-Luc Ponty ALWAYS has premier bassists and Guy was no exception!!!!!
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Have seen a lot of bass players live as well on CDs. have never seen one better.
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John Wetton (Asia, Roxy Music, King Crimson) Report Abuse
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Gene Simmons is no musical retard. You, sir, are mistaken.
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A fantastic versatile player and improvisor. That he is below such musical retards as Gene Simmons and Krist Novoselic is criminal.
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And everyone forgot his work in Family.
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Have you ever heard the bass riff of "Starless" or all the live tracks of "Starless and Bible black" or even the two parts "Larks Tongues in Aspic" or the funky "Easy Money" or the quiet "Fallen Angels"? I think the answer is no or he would be in the top 20.
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God Bless John Wetton.
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"I mean, seriously, Asia? You framed an Asia poster? How hard did the people at the frame store laugh when you brought this in?" -- from the movie 40 Year Old Virgin, lmao
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The greatest performer that I have ever witnessed. The chosen one, the golden son. God shines on this man.
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Great in his prime, and one of the great voices of rock.
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Yes, the superb playing,always excellent, John Wetton. The Paul McCartney of Progressive Rock.
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One of the finest composer / performer's of Our time. King Crimson, Uriah Heep, Wishbone ash, UK ,ASIA, Roxy Music, etc. He did session work for "George Martin" in his earliest days as a pro. A Brilliant musician!
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Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike and the Mechanics) Report Abuse
Fantastic progressive and multi-talented long-time bassist for Genesis. Rutherford's bass playing involved the bass with high treble, use of a pick and a fuzz box. Genesis "classic" recordings often featured simultaneous 12 string guitar and Dewtron "Mister Bassman" bass pedal synthesiser playing by Rutherford. He used the famous Moog Taurus bass pedals as well by the Trick of the Tail Tour. Often, bass guitar, 12-string guitar, and bass pedal playing would feature in different sections of a single song, "Supper's Ready", "Firth of Fifth", and "The Cinema Show" being good examples of this. He often played a double necked instrument, custom built from a separate Rickenbacker hollowbody 12-string and 4001 bass. Rickenbacker later issued double neck bass/guitar combinations with 4080/6 and 4080/12 models. However, Rutherford had the guitar in the top position rather than the 4080's stock guitar on bottom. He later had a custom Shergold double neck made with Mike requesting the body be modified so that each neck could be detached and played as a standard single neck instrument.
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Just listened to some Rutherfords work on Robber, Assault and Battery, complex with time changes all over the place. If you played bass with Genesis you had better bring it or they would have gottten someone who would have.
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So why is a bass god affter Sex Pistols' bassist? Is it a joke? Listen to the epic bass in "Watchers of the sky", the highly dynamic "Firth of Fifth", the quiet bassline of " TheFountain of Salamics", the monster bass of "The Return ofvthe Giant Hogweed", the furious riff of "supper's Ready" or to the busy parts of "The Battle of Epping Forest". One word: UNDERRATED!
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How can he not be so much higher??!?
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Phil Lesh Report Abuse
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If you care to know why should Lesh be higher in this list, you need to listen to an album called: From te Mars Hotel. Not only his writing, in Pride of Cucamonga and Unbroken Chain, is majestic, but also his sound. It is my humble opinion that PL should rank in the top 10. He truly revolutionised the sound of the bass.
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wow....hard to know where to start. I hate to judge but must say anyone not 'getting' Lesh's brilliance either lacks musical taste or fails to understand the importance of nuance in music. Lesh is a master and provided a bottom to the band that often displayed innovation and sheer talent.
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His sensibility can be interesting. His tone and texture is just awful. Technically adequate, nothing like some of these other players. But, much to appreciate anyway.
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The Grateful Dead were one of the best jam bands of all time. Listen to some of their live performances and you'll see how Phil was essentially and orchestra conductor with his bass (in a good way, not that he just waved his bass around like a conductor's baton, it was through his playing).
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Anyone who has seen him play knows that he is really a very proficient and innovative bassist. While with the GD he was able to hold a very chaotic sound together while adding a whole new element to it, and his solo ability was really outstanding. He was also a very consistent player, able to shine in almost every performance - I believe he is one of the most underrated bassists of all time.
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The comment above stating that Phil had no formal training and thus couldn't play seems uninformed to me. Phil Lesh had formal music training as a violinist prior to picking up the electric bass in the mid-1960's when it was still a relatively new instrument. He is considered an early pioneer and innovator of rock bass.
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Phil Lesh is overrated as is, the guy never took any formal training from a bassist, he doesn't play anything other than noodling around the melody line, he can't play solos worth a damn and he is famous because enough drug addicts bought their albums and attended their concerts. being famous doesn't they are any good, example: The Monkees. They out sold the Beatles, yet only one of them actually knew how to play an instrument.
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2 words... "Phil Bomb".
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I completely agree with my man physcadelic, could'nt have said it any better.
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Phil should be higher on the list simply for holding down and facilitating some of the greatest improvizations ever played. Also able to improvize in sync with Jerry's frantic noodling, truely a legend in his own right.
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Phil lesh is one of the most under-rated players of all time. The Greatful Dead would have never been the incredible music pioneers that they were without his talent. While Im a huge fan of Garcia, I have to say that Phil was just as important to the band as Garcia. The bass players above ^ may be more famous and flashy, but when it comes to sheer talent and inginueity Phil crushes nearly allof them
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Aston Barrett (Bob Marley & the Wailers) Report Abuse
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for me he is the one of the top 10. # 8 i guess. he deserves to be. he came to a third world country. a very talented person. thanks to the family man, one of the person who invented the reggae music. without him and his brotrher carlton, i guess bob would not be popular reggae artist right now.
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The Art of Walking Bass is invented by the great Reggae Bass Player... The Legendary Aston The Familyman Barrett.
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Very under rated. His simple patterns allow the other instruments to interweave between him. It's the notes he doesn't play that makes his bass so special. Sometimes he's right on the beat, sometimes slightly behind but the sound is always fat and round. He never overplays. He abides by the less is more concept.
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Family Man
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Mark King (Level 42) Report Abuse
C mon, how old are the kids posting here, Is this a joke? Mark King is phenominal! this white boy plays with some serious funk! and hes so ****ing fast on this instrument. He's from the U.K. still plays with Level 42 (a totally underated band from the 80's) unlike almost all controlled record company "music whores" that are pimped out like prostitues, but instead have chosen not to sell their souls and are appreciated for REAL music and the Mark's bass
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He should be in the top 10. Any bass player the sings and plays a bass like he does should be toward the top of the list!
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Amazing that he is not in the Top 3 !!!! GREAT bass player, really impressive live.
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In the 80's Mark King was voted best bass player in a poll of his contempories. Says it all really. This list is complete and utter rubbish, how any rock guitarist strumming a few noted could be ahead of someone as technical as Mark "The Bass" King is just idiotic
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One of the great bass players of all time, should be higher up the list
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Without a doubt in top 5 "percussive/slap" type players - personally I rank him #1 because of these facts - sings all the lead parts - has a catalog of what 200 songs ? - and can play fingerstyle etc.. Yes Victor Wooten and many other players have the same level of talent with "percussive" style playing - but do they sing all the lead vocals at the same time ?
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I have to agree. Mark Kings is up there as probably the best UK bass player to date.. He is an inspiration on how to hammer on a bass
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Mark King is god and No:1 in my book; seen him twice with Level 42 and blew me away both times! Listen to the music everyday just amazing.
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The man, the legend. Flea is NOTHING compared to this man. His slap is the best in the world, unquestionably. His fingerstyle is up there too- he has it all. It is hugely disrespectful to put him this low. Top 5 at the very least.
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The best I have seen, PERIOD
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Mark King is THE king, move him up! (Living it up, living up, I can feel it!)
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I concur, Mark King should be way up there!! I think he should be in the Top 5 at least...!!! hes bass is freakin amazing..really UNDERATED!!...Love games does indeed have some crazy ass bass!!
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QA results placed him in the top 75.
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I'm sure when this list is QA'd by real musicians they will realize why Mark King should be in the top 3. My vote is num 1 but I have to check up.
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Mark King is not only top 20, he is top five guys. I'm a bass player myself, and anyone who write, play, SLAP his bass the way he does, while singing, hahahaha...the guy is not even funny. Please guy, youtube him and please please appreciate the unorthodox talent this guy's got...once in a while comes a guy like Mark King, once in a while only...
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Slap bass specialist -- should be top 20 for sure.
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mark king is a fantastic bass player and is definitely ranked up there with the rest of them,he holds the world record for the fastest bass player of all time and frontman of british band level 42,great stage performer and singer
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Mark king is the king of slap bass....listen to Love Games if you want to hear some crazy ass bass playing.
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Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister (Motorhead, Hawkwind) Report Abuse
782 points - added 3 years ago by guest - 9 comments
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For me Lemmy is the best.
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to me lemmy is the best.... because the way he plays, makes up for 2 instruments, bass and guitar... who the hell can do that?
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Why the hell is Lemmy No.26? He should be atleast in the top 10.
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he is the best
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Why is Lemmy number 28 here? I think he should at least be in the top 12.
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Lemmy is god plain and simple.
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Just remember that the coolest indiviual on the face of the planet is a bass player!
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Lemmy's style is definitely original -- the way he plays bass like it's a hybrid between bass and rhythm guitar yet still maintaining a distinctive bass sound. I think you could almost take the guitarist out and have just Lemmy and a drummer and still have a heavy band (not to denigrate any of Motorhead's guitarists). Lemmy + Metallica, even with Rob Trujillo also on bass sounds awesome -- typically two basses would sound too muddy, but Lemmy is right there with James, adding some heaviness, while you can still hear Rob playing the bassline back in the rhythm section with Lars. Aside from bass, ever notice how when Lemmy plays with Metallica, it makes James Hetfield sounds like a higher range vocalist (mid-range, really, but just Lemmy's voice is so much lower and raspier), haha.
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If awesome took the form of a human, Lemmy could kill him with his stache.
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Mark King - Level 42 Report Abuse
770 points - added 4 years ago by guest - 3 comments
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this is a duplicate - see much higher up!!!
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He should be no.1! no doubt about it.
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Great bass player and singer/songwriter. Check him out with his band www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oMyet-lXEk and solo www.youtube.com/watch?v=93VqyeUz8Z8
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Kim Stone Report Abuse
756 points - added 2 years ago by guest - 2 comments
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Jazz Fusion.
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The Rippingtons..
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Justin Chancellor (Tool) Report Abuse
This guy pushes the bass to new limits. Listen to some of his stuff and you will see.
756 points - added 4 years ago by guest - 11 comments
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I think he ought to be higher in this list. His bass riff for Schism always lands itself as #2 or #3 for best bass riff. Usually just behind Another One Bites The Dust by Queen. How's that for the bassist here as #37? Also he should be #1 just for his characteristic tone. Gotta love that Wal.
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Justin IS THE BEST BASSIST without any doubt.
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I agree that Justin is one of the best and one of my personal favorite bass players. I wish I could play bass even half as well as he can. Justin is almost like a younger generation's Geddy Lee (and if you really listen to Tool and listen to Rush, that might make more sense that it sounds when you first hear it).
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Really? What a joke. He's a top ten maybe top five. Anyone who has heard Tool, even if they don't like it, will tell you that all the musicians are great but the musical schemes and writing and progressive techniques weren't for them. Anyone who has heard Tool will tell you Justin is one of the best of them all.
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i definitely think he needs to be moved up.
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He is the greatest bass player ever. Hands down #1.
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He has got to be one of the greatest, if not the single greatest bass player in terms of rhythmical progression.
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someones must be hi, #25? wtf!
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most creative bassist of all time
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WOW 49 really?
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wow how isnt he in the to 30 at least TOOL destroys
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Jason Sheff Report Abuse
Bassist for highly successful Chicago since 1983. Replaced Peter Cetera's vocals also. Multi talented and has created his own identity within the band.
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Jason is a very talented bassist as well as his vocal range. He can sing and play some great licks while he is doing it! He had some big shoes to fill when Peter left Chicago and he filled them very well .
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Jason joined Chicago in mid-1985 when Peter Cetera left to pursue a solo career.
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Jason Scheff..
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5 stars..
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Mick Karn Report Abuse
745 points - added 4 years ago by guest - 8 comments
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Watch his fingerwork on the live version of "Canton" ! Should be top 10, period.
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It's nice to see Karn in the top 50. No one plays like him. Best demonstrations of atypical abilities are on both albums Tin Drum & Gentlemen Take Polaroids. He won me over at first note on The Art Of Parties.
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This guy's bass lines are absolutely the most original and distinctive you'll hear. Mick sadly died of cancer this year, but check out all the YT vids of others playing his riffs and lines by searching Mick Karn bass.
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Yep.....R.I.P. MIck
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RIP Mick, your legend will outlive us all.
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very underrated. I advise any lovers of bass to listen to Japan's Quiet Life album. Any track will demonstrate his style and skill, but track 7, Alien, is my personal favourite - superb.
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Mick's bass work is absolutely mesmerizing. All the best to him and his family as he battles cancer.
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Great fretless specialist -- totally under-appreciated even today. Should be top 20.
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Mike Porcaro Report Abuse
Session bassist for many huge artists. You're an idiot if you don't know who he is. He's the real deal. Always been. Always will be.
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Mike Porcaro (born Michael Joseph Porcaro, May 29, 1955, South Windsor, Connecticut) is best noted as the bass player in the Grammy Award winning band, TOTO. (wikipedia)
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Mike is the real thing.
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Noel Redding (The Jimi Hendrix Experience) Report Abuse
667 points - added 3 years ago by guest - 5 comments
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A passable bass player at best with an awful live tone. I'll take Jack Cassidy or Billy Cox over him any day.
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Redding is a better player than Mark King? Dinnae think so.
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He was truly a great bassist. Just listen to tracks like "Fire", "You Got Me Floatin'", "She's So Fine"
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Jimi didn't think he was a great bass player; he went back and rerecorded some of Noel's bass parts in the studio. But then he was Jimi Hendrix...
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He was kind of like JPJ: overshadowed by an amazing guitarist and drummer.
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CURT SMITH (Tears For Fears) Report Abuse
Do i need to explain???
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Billy Sheehan (Niacin, Mr. Big, Steve Vai) Report Abuse
601 points - added 5 years ago by pxc0 - 9 comments
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What Joke !!! He is one of the best in the world !!! and Flea is ranked better than Billy PLEASE !!!
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This site I thought was the Greatest Bass Players of all time? I guess you should change it to the most popular band with a good bass player in it. To have Billy so low on this list is crazy. Who else but bass players are gonna go to this site? I would list him #one to #five depending on the type of music you lean to. There are some amazing bass players on youtube that would rank in this site.
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absolutely a joke! BIlly would eat all of these top 29 players whole without even chewing.
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30!! is it a joke??
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he should be on the top not flea.
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Talent is one thing, but have you ever heard Mr. Big? It was an 80's hair band at best.
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ARE YOU SERIOUS ALL THE WAY AT 28??? People really don't know their bass players.
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One of the most technically proficient bassists of the mid-late 1980's. Of course, David Lee Roth needing top talent (Sheehan, Vai, to make his solo career go anywhere (which it did for a while, anyway). Although, I think Sheehan will always be one of those musicians' musicians whose name will be well known among bassists more than popularity of any band he played for.
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Billy Sheehan was so amazing.. I think he is the best player in all the list here..
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John Mcvie ~ Fleetwood Mac Report Abuse
596 points - added 4 years ago by tboneya - 4 comments
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John McVie was lucky to be in Fleetwood Mac. Not a writer, a solid if unimpressive bass player and not a singer. Yet he is a millionaire, good for him.
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John McVie contribution to blues, blues rock, and the whole modern rock scene is priceless. NO WAY should he be here at 199, he is a top 10 player.
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why not in TOP 10?!?! incredible bass player! This list is totally messed up! Seriously though he is so underrated here!
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should be top 10... listen to early john mayall and fleetwood mac (1968-70)... very influential
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John Myung Report Abuse
AMAZING
585 points - added 5 years ago by guest - 23 comments
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This guy should be #1!!!
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Myung is #1 !!!
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This guy is absolutely incredible...top 3 for me
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John Myung is on my Top 5 list.
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john myung should be #1... try to listen how monstrous this guy can play...
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Number one on my list.
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This list sux. Myung should be No 1.
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This is guy is top 5 talent. Try to listen to DT more dude
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So, how many of these fellas play a 6-string bass? Why is this guy so underrated? I am lost.
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top three
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Top 10, 1st in this list for me coz he's so cool mate.
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top 3 for me
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BE OBJECTIVE GUYS!!!! Myung is the best bassist(techncly)!!listen up, and prove that im wrng!
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Currently 63 But should be Top 10! this man is a technician on the bass. Damn shame people!
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John Myung one of the best bass players of all times, top ten at least, next to geddy lee technically speaking.... I can't believe that he is 61, he's one of the greatest
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john myung is the great bassist i have heared.,.,he is definitely the best.,.,
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John Myung at 105! This is blasphemy!!!
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This man is so much better than 124. It's honestly scary to see him ranked below Nikkie Sixx or whatever the hell his name is, or the guy from the freaking sex pistols, or the guy from Rancid, or almost anybody else on this list. He truly should be an icon for the intense technicality of the stuff he plays, but sadly, some of the greatest are rarely recognized.
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While maybe not as influential as some of the higher ranking members, he definately has taken the bass and excelled at it in such an unprecedented way. Definately top five for me.
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Definitely top five for me!
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one of the greatest of all time
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Top ten indeed!
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The must unspoken band member of Dream Theater with an amazing talent. Myung's bass playing leaves me speechless. Top 10 if you ask me.
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Roger Glover Of Early Deep Purple. Just listen to the begining of highway star or any Deep Purple. He played like he was playing lead Guitar! Report Abuse
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