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Posted 19 November 2021 - 07:23 PM

Came up in JohnRoger's Geddy's Playlist thread, thought I would put it up to discussion!

So far we have two contenders: Yes' Fragile and Muse's Absolution

For Yes' Fragile there's three really big ones: Roundabout, Long Distance Runaround, and Heart Of The Sunrise

For Muse's Absolution there are two absolute titans: Time Is Running Out and Hysteria

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Posted 19 November 2021 - 07:29 PM

BSSM by RHCP

The Righteous And The Wicked
Naked In The Rain
Suck My Kiss
I Could Have Lied

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Posted 19 November 2021 - 07:31 PM

View Postinvisible airwave, on 19 November 2021 - 07:29 PM, said:

BSSM by RHCP

The Righteous And The Wicked
Naked In The Rain
Suck My Kiss
I Could Have Lied

Just not even gonna mention Give It Away are you? lol


EDIT: This is actually a great great choice. The bass drives most of the songs and nearly every line is top tier.

Edited by Entre_Perpetuo, 19 November 2021 - 07:31 PM.


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Posted 19 November 2021 - 07:52 PM

View PostEntre_Perpetuo, on 19 November 2021 - 07:31 PM, said:

View Postinvisible airwave, on 19 November 2021 - 07:29 PM, said:

BSSM by RHCP

The Righteous And The Wicked
Naked In The Rain
Suck My Kiss
I Could Have Lied

Just not even gonna mention Give It Away are you? lol


EDIT: This is actually a great great choice. The bass drives most of the songs and nearly every line is top tier.

Thought I'd give some album cuts some love especially Righteous for that intro leading to that eruption by Frusciante.

Fascination Street is my favorite bass riff of all time so I'm adding Disintegration for that alone.  Simon is back in The Cure after briefly leaving a few months ago as well.

Edited by invisible airwave, 19 November 2021 - 07:53 PM.


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Posted 20 November 2021 - 08:10 AM

Tool - Lateralus

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Posted 20 November 2021 - 11:29 AM

Quadrophenia?

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Posted 20 November 2021 - 01:33 PM

"Iconic"?  Zep II, Who's Next, Paranoid.

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Posted 20 November 2021 - 01:37 PM

I very much want to say that the first 3 Metallica albums fit in.  Cliff had his moments, and a few great bass songs.  But most of his playing, in reality was above average solid.  Not iconic. IMO. But he did raise the bar for what could be done in Metal.

Back in the day, his playing was a big deal.  This isn't post-death hype.

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Posted 20 November 2021 - 01:39 PM

Maiden's Killers album.

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Posted 20 November 2021 - 02:18 PM



Any of the early Bela fleck and the flecktones records. Victor is a beast.

My fave bass record is hemispheres.

Love me some Rick James too

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Posted 20 November 2021 - 03:10 PM

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Any of the early Bela fleck and the flecktones records. Victor is a beast.

My fave bass record is hemispheres.

Love me some Rick James too
Bootsy Collins' stuff would be considered iconic funk, for sure.

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Posted 20 November 2021 - 03:18 PM

I`m such a guitar-lover that my attitude is "keep out if it, four strings". Except for Geddy, Sheehan and Hamm. I`m just not musically sophisticated enough to appreciate the bottom end in the usual mix of instruments.

Although a song that is dominated by a bassline, like this, I adore -



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Posted 20 November 2021 - 04:54 PM

View Postgoose, on 20 November 2021 - 03:10 PM, said:

View Posttangy, on 20 November 2021 - 02:18 PM, said:



Any of the early Bela fleck and the flecktones records. Victor is a beast.

My fave bass record is hemispheres.

Love me some Rick James too
Bootsy Collins' stuff would be considered iconic funk, for sure.

Yeah. I guess a bass line that is sampled by other artists can be considered as proof its iconic?

Boots is the man!



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Posted 20 November 2021 - 04:55 PM

View Postgoose, on 20 November 2021 - 03:10 PM, said:

View Posttangy, on 20 November 2021 - 02:18 PM, said:



Any of the early Bela fleck and the flecktones records. Victor is a beast.

My fave bass record is hemispheres.

Love me some Rick James too
Bootsy Collins' stuff would be considered iconic funk, for sure.

Yeah. I guess a bass line that is sampled by other artists can be considered as proof its iconic?

Bootsy is the man!

Groove is in the heart!


Edited by tangy, 20 November 2021 - 04:56 PM.


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Posted 20 November 2021 - 04:58 PM

How's about steely Dan's aja.

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Posted 20 November 2021 - 09:03 PM

View Posttangy, on 20 November 2021 - 04:55 PM, said:

View Postgoose, on 20 November 2021 - 03:10 PM, said:

View Posttangy, on 20 November 2021 - 02:18 PM, said:



Any of the early Bela fleck and the flecktones records. Victor is a beast.

My fave bass record is hemispheres.

Love me some Rick James too
Bootsy Collins' stuff would be considered iconic funk, for sure.

Yeah. I guess a bass line that is sampled by other artists can be considered as proof its iconic?

That was my thinking.

Edited by goose, 20 November 2021 - 09:03 PM.


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Posted 20 November 2021 - 09:04 PM

View Posttangy, on 20 November 2021 - 04:58 PM, said:

How's about steely Dan's aja.

Black cow

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Posted 20 November 2021 - 09:08 PM

Upon listening to the 40th Anniversary remaster of "Too Fast For Love" I was amazed how they brought up Nikki's baselines.  They are underrated.  Pulsating Thunder!!!


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Posted 20 November 2021 - 10:47 PM

View Postgoose, on 20 November 2021 - 01:39 PM, said:

Maiden's Killers album.

I think you could pick any of the first seven Maiden albums here.

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Posted 21 November 2021 - 12:38 AM

Okay so far we have a few contenders:

Fragile
Absolution
Blood Sugar Sex Magic
Disintegration
Lateralus
Quadrophenia
Led Zeppelin II
Who's Next
Paranoid
Killers
Hemispheres
Aja
Too Fast For Love
Sailing The Seas Of Cheese

And a few other artists were mentioned but without specific albums. I'm (of course) thinking of doing some kind of a poll with these results, so if you'd like your favorite bassist in there, let's hear about a particular album or two!





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