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    Default Another Rolling Stone list - top 10 bassists....this one is pretty good....

    1. John Entwistle - The clear winner in our poll was John Entwistle of The Who. Known as both Ox and Thunderfingers, Entwistle was trained on the piano and French horn before switching to the bass. He played it like a lead instrument, creating a powerful, booming sound that often overshadowed Pete Townshend's guitar playing. His solo on "My Generation" is probably the most famous bass solo in rock history. The Who have carried on since his sudden death in 2002, but their music has lacked Entwistle's thunder and been considerably weaker as a result.




    2. Flea -Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea was originally inspired by bassists in the early 1980s Los Angeles punk scene, but when he got into Bootsy Collins in the mid-Eighties and tried out his "slap" style he found a signature sound. Over the years he's adopted more of a melodic touch, but he frequently funks it up like the Flea of old. In 2009 he joined forces with Thom Yorke in the supergroup Atoms for Peace, but he's currently finishing up the next Red Hot Chili Peppers album and planning a world tour.



    3. Paul McCartney - Paul McCartney gets so much attention for his brilliant songwriting in The Beatles that his stunning bass playing abilities are often overlooked. But listen to any Beatles songs and focus on his deeply melodic, flawless bass parts. He took on the role reluctantly after original bassist Stuart Sutcliffe left the group and nobody else wanted to take over his instrument. He soon mastered it, but also proved adept at guitar and drums - as he proved when Ringo Starr briefly quit during the making of 1968's The White Album and Paul took his place behind the kit in the studio with great ease.



    4. Geddy Lee - If Geddy Lee's only role in Rush was to play the bass he'd be unbelievably accomplished. The fact that he does it while singing and playing keyboards proves that the man is almost a freak of nature. Few singers in the history of rock could have handled this triple duty. The group has occasionally flirted with the idea of adding a fourth member to their stage show to ease Lee's load, but they always decide that fans only want to see the three members of Rush onstage. He manages it all by playing bass pedals during his keyboard parts. The band is currently performing their 1980 LP Moving Pictures on a world tour.



    5. Les Claypool - Les Claypool is one of the all-time best slap bass players. One of his early heroes was Geddy Lee. "When I saw my first Rush concert, I spent the whole time watching Geddy's hands," Claypool told Bass Player Magazine. "There were so many things I didn't know; I didn't even know there were such things as roundwound strings. I'd had that Memphis a year and a half without changing the strings, and here I was trying to sound like Geddy Lee and Chris Squire." Years later he developed his signature funky, slap bass sound that fueled his band Primus and his supergroup Oysterhead, which he formed in 2000 with Police drummer Stewart Copeland and Phish frontman Tren Anastasio.




    6. John Paul Jones - Before John Paul Jones even joined Led Zeppelin he was considered one of the best session bassists in all of England, playing on tracks by Donovan, Jeff Beck, Cat Stevens and many others. When he formed Zeppelin with singer Robert Plant, drummer Jon Bonham and Jones' fellow session ace Jimmy Page, they formed one of the most powerful rock groups in history. Jones was content to stay in the background, but he was undoubtedly the backbone of their entire sound. In 2009 he grew weary of waiting for Robert Plant to commit to a Zeppelin tour and he formed Them Crooked Vultures with Dave Grohl and Josh Homme



    7. Jaco Pastorius - Jaco Pastorius isn't a household name, but ask any serious bass player and they'll cite him as a legend virtually without peer. Pastorius began his musical career as a drummer, but an early wrist injury forced him to switch to the bass. He quickly mastered the instrument, becoming obsessed with jazz fusion. In the Seventies he was one of the most sought-after bassists in that field, playing with Weather Report, Joni Mitchell, Ian Hunter, Herbie Hancock and many others. His 1976 self-titled solo debut features contributions from Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Randy Brecker, David Sanborn and Sam & Dave. He struggled with bipolar disorder for much of his life, and died in 1982 after a vicious fight with a bouncer outside of a Florida club. He was just 35.



    8. Jack Bruce - Most musicians would have a very hard time distinguishing themselves if they wound up in a band with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, but Jack Bruce was so gifted on the bass that he did it with ease. Bruce began his career as jazz bassist, but he switched to rock in the early Sixties when R&B bands began surfacing all over London. He met Clapton when they both played in John Mayall's Blues Breakers, and they went on to form Cream – so named because all three musicians were seen as the cream of the crop. In the Seventies he tried his hand at everything from jazz fusion to world music to classical, but in 2005 he briefly reformed with Cream for a triumphant series of shows in London and New York.



    9. Cliff Burton - Metallica's early albums inspired generations of metal bands, and Cliff Burton's bass parts were studied by fans like they were the Talmud. His catalog is slim – just Kill 'Em All, Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets – but that was more than enough to secure his legacy for decades to come. Burton tragically died in September of 1986 when Metallica's tour bus flipped over while traveling through Sweden. He was just 24. The band carried on, but many diehards feel that they never matched the thunder of the Cliff Burton era.



    10. Victor Wooten - Last weekend we asked our readers to pick the top 10 bass players of all time. Coming in at Number 10 is Victor Wooten, of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. In many ways, Wooten picked up where Jaco Pastorius left off when he died in 1982. As the bassist in the Flecktones, Wooten has a funkier style than Pastorius, but both were masters of intricate jazz melodies as well as complex R&B arrangements. Every player in the Flecktones is a master, but when Wooten busts out a solo at a concert every jaw in the audience drops to the ground. He's guested with the Dave Matthews Band numerous times, often delivering an amazing solo on "#41."

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    guess nobody from here was on the poll as Billy Sheehan didn't make the cut!

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007 View Post
    guess nobody from here was on the poll as Billy Sheehan didn't make the cut!
    I LOVE Billy's work in Mr. Big....when I listen to the beginning of Take Cover I think "this is what bass is supposed to be". The guy is just outstanding on the new CD, he's so freakin' good it's incredible.

    I don't have a probelm with the list other than Billy being left off. Entwistle blew my mind the first time I saw a video of him playing with the Who. I'd never seen a bassist play like that. I'm not a rush fan but Geddy Lee is incredible on everything I've heard from them....I mean YYZ alone is like a clinic in how instrumentals should be done.

    the guy from Dream Theatre has blown my mind on some things as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007 View Post
    guess nobody from here was on the poll as Billy Sheehan didn't make the cut!
    I was thinking the same thing! Surely top 10 for me!!!

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    I actually don't agree with Cliff Burton on the list.

    Not that I don't like him, but saying he is top ten is a stretch to me.

    I really like the fact that Paul McCartney got his due in this list. The guy is a phenomenal player and often gets overlooked.

    I think Geddy sometimes gets overlooked as well just because he does so many things.

    And Entwhistle is No. 1 in my book as well.

    JPJ would be higher on my list, maybe #2, but that is just me, I think he gets seriously shortchanged in the discussion of Led Zeppelin as Bob and Jim get the lion's share of the credit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    I actually don't agree with Cliff Burton on the list.

    Not that I don't like him, but saying he is top ten is a stretch to me.

    I really like the fact that Paul McCartney got his due in this list. The guy is a phenomenal player and often gets overlooked.

    I think Geddy sometimes gets overlooked as well just because he does so many things.

    And Entwhistle is No. 1 in my book as well.

    JPJ would be higher on my list, maybe #2, but that is just me, I think he gets seriously shortchanged in the discussion of Led Zeppelin as Bob and Jim get the lion's share of the credit.
    DD, I might be wrong but I think you are a bassist (sorry if I am) what do you think of Sheehan? I know you don't like Eric Martin but you should pick up the new Mr. Big disk if you have not already, it's fantastic.

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    My top 10:

    1- Geddy Lee
    2- Entwhistle
    3 - JPJ
    4 - Jaco
    5 - Sir Paul
    6 - Billy Sheehan
    7 - Jack Bruce
    8 - Claypool
    9 - Michael Anthony
    10 - John Deacon

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007 View Post
    guess nobody from here was on the poll as Billy Sheehan didn't make the cut!
    Yeah, he should be in the top 5, EASY, as well as Doug Pinnick for King's X.
    Sheehan is the baddest. Not only does he have major chops, but GROOVES, to boot and knows when and how to employ both. Real nice guy, too.
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    That list is actually pretty good but immediately I would have added Stanley Clarke and Mick Karn instead of Mustaine and McCartney.

    Also, who was the guy from Chic? Was it Nile Rogers or Bernard Edwards? He was pretty phenomenal.

    And there is only one place for Jaco and that is at number one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by graeme View Post
    That list is actually pretty good but immediately I would have added Stanley Clarke and Mick Karn instead of Mustaine and McCartney.

    Also, who was the guy from Chic? Was it Nile Rogers or Bernard Edwards? He was pretty phenomenal.

    And there is only one place for Jaco and that is at number one.
    I have to agree with ya on Jaco. He's WAY to far down that list...




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    And we can't forget Rocco Prestia of Tower Of Power...good, God...





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    Billy should be on the list.

    I am surprised that Adam Clayton didn't make the list considering how Rolling Stone goes down on anything U2.

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    ...and dear lord...Pino Paladino:





    ...and on and on and on...

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    on a list of 10, you can't have everyone, but they pretty much shut out the funky bassists of the '70s - Bootsy, James Jamerson, Janice-Marie Johnson, Louis Johnson, etc. Danny Klein could get pretty funky at times, as can Adam Clayton.

    Tom Petersson, Tom Hamilton, Tony Levin, John McVie, Tiran Porter - and in the category of "I'm not the bass player, but when I play it I kick ass", I'd like to nominate Keith Richards!

    Nothin' beats a good bass groove!

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007 View Post
    on a list of 10, you can't have everyone, but they pretty much shut out the funky bassists of the '70s - Bootsy, James Jamerson, Janice-Marie Johnson, Louis Johnson, etc. Danny Klein could get pretty funky at times, as can Adam Clayton.

    Tom Petersson, Tom Hamilton, Tony Levin, John McVie, Tiran Porter - and in the category of "I'm not the bass player, but when I play it I kick ass", I'd like to nominate Keith Richards!

    Nothin' beats a good bass groove!
    AMEN. I have a soft spot for bass players as it really is the hardest gig in a band. If you don't believe me, try it sometime. The rest of the band can flub something here or there and 'cover it up' but the bass f-up's stand out like a sore thumb. LOL

    BTW, Billy, that's another stellar list of players...
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    Worked for me anyway. I still have colleagues asking me what it is like to fuck a green womanoid with seventeen breasts.
    Alternatively just walk in and inform everyone that alcoholism is indeed a disease and that they should be less judgemental and perhaps a little more supportive."
    - graeme on the addiction to this place.

    "something tells me that after the nuclear holocaust, there'll be twinkies, cockroaches, and a dave vs. sammy argument going on somewhere".
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