Paul's bass playing

Discussion in 'Music Reviews' started by tmbg19, Jul 9, 2016.

  1. tmbg19

    tmbg19 New Member

    I'm really a Stones guy, but I love the Beatles. Putting songwriting aside and just going with playing an instrument, it seems to me that Paul really put in the time practicing as the Beatles progressed. Ringo is consistently great and George put out really good solos and guitar sounds (his lead work on the last few records is crazy good), but Paul sounds like he tried to become a better bassist as the years went by. I just listened to Sgt. Pepper's with the headphones and was amazed with Paul's playing. His work on later albums is fantastic, but it really hit me as I listened today just how much his bass drove Pepper's. Songwriting is so important and Lennon wrote some amazing songs, but I want to give a shout out to McCartney. The Beatles later work would not have made it without his playing.
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  2. Cactus Bob

    Cactus Bob Desert Rat Subscriber

    Way Out West!
    Couldn't agree more. Your post is the inspiration for the record I'm spinning at this moment. Paul's bouncing bass lines & fine vocals on "Fixing a Hole" playing as I type, cheers!


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  3. dcmfan

    dcmfan AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Dallas, TX
    Paul worked his ass off to get the bass lines right.

    I read this last year, and Geoff Emerick tells story after story about the extra hours he and Paul spent before and after group sessions working alone to get the bass lines recorded perfectly.

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  4. MaxxVolume

    MaxxVolume Super Member

    Recently I was listening to "Abbey Road" (on R2R), and was particularly impressed by Paul`s bass work. He really gave that little Hofner a good workout....
  5. audiomagnate

    audiomagnate AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Oh yeah! If you want to hear Paul's bass (or Ringo's kick!) you have to snag the 50th Sgt Pepper's. Simply amazing.
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  6. Daddy Bone

    Daddy Bone New Member

    Los Angeles
    Rumor, conjecture and frequently cited quotes from Brian Wilson, George Martin and of course Paul, suggest Brian was so impressed with Rubber Soul, he worked diligently on Pet Sounds to try to top it. In response, Paul was so impressed by the bass playing on Pet Sounds, he meticulously crafted every bass note on Sergeant Pepper's in like response. Nothing like a little good healthy competition.
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  7. Johnno_Oz

    Johnno_Oz AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Sydney Australia
    The bass line on "Silly Love Songs" is a great riff. I picked up on it one night when listening to an AOR station at work. Every time I heard it from then on, I ignored the silly love song and just enjoyed the bass.

    Listened to the latest 50th anniv remaster of Sgt Pepper last night and Paul featured a lot more prominently out of the RHS speaker for sure!
  8. steven94

    steven94 AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Long Island N.Y.
    I have been listening to the Beatles more seriously the last couple of years and one thing that amazes me that i never realized was how good of a bass player he was. I still believe they were better together than apart IMO
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  9. Todd Dodds

    Todd Dodds AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Apart, they were George, and Ringo, and John (sometimes with a dizzy dame) and Paul (sometimes with a dizzy dame). Together, they were the Beatles. Come Together...please.
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  10. krazyeye

    krazyeye New Member

    I was listening to some isolated tracks of Paul's bass playing in the Beatles, and was amazed at how he was able to make his bass sound so rubbery. I play the bass, but I would never, in a million years, be able to mimic Paul's lines. It's almost like witchcraft.

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