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A FB thread asked this and got me thinking. Here's a few of mine:

 

That's The Way of the World

Something About You

A Remark You Made

I Was Made to Love You

Bernadette

Midnight Train to Georgia

Roundabout

Coyote (Jaco on Joni Mitchell's Hejira)

 

 

Some of yours? Recommend some of your favorites, please.

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These are all over the place.

 

Flashlight - Parliament

Sour Girl - Stone Temple Pilots

Fallout - Henry Mancini

Tarkus - ELP

I Wish - Stevie Wonder

Back on the Chain Gang - Pretenders

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My favourite all time bass track was Scott Edwards on "I Will Survive"

 

Bernadette, Reach Out (I'll Be There), Standing In The Shadows Of Love... in fact any track by James Jamerson

 

Fixing A Hole, Penny Lane (McCartney)

 

The Nightfly (Marcus Miller), I.G.Y. (Anthony Jackson)

 

You Can Call Me Al (Bakithi Kumalo)

 

So What (Paul Chambers)

 

Slow Down (Reggie McBride for Keb Mo')

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I don"t know but Jeff Berlin probably played it. ð

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Theme to Barney Miller.

 

That theme Elliot/Ferguson gets credit for it, but it was guitarist Dan Ferguson that came up with it Allyn Ferguson's son. They were in the studio trying to come up with something for the theme and were getting tired. They took a break and on the break Dan picked up the bass and started messing around, his dad heard it, loved it and theme was born.

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Theme to Barney Miller.

 

That theme Elliot/Ferguson gets credit for it, but it was guitarist Dan Ferguson that came up with it Allyn Ferguson's son. They were in the studio trying to come up with something for the theme and were getting tired. They took a break and on the break Dan picked up the bass and started messing around, his dad heard it, loved it and theme was born.

 

Thanks. I didn"t know any of that! Thanks again.

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Can't believe no one has mentioned the greatest bass part of all time that only a few can actually play the feel right. What's Going On by Marvin Gaye. The legend James Jamerson pissed off laying in the floor created/played that part.

 

Story has it Marvin Gaye and his production team knew that was to be the big song of the album so wanted the best it could be. So they were in the studio with the Funk Brothers all day doing take after take after take. Night time came around and the Funk Brother had to leave to go play their club gig that had. Gaye told them to come back to the studio after they finish the club gig. Tired and ticked they came back and started working on it again. When they got the now famous track Jamerson was as I said drunk, ticked off, and laying in the floor on his back playing bass.

 

Also of note the album What's Going On was the first Motown album to have musician credits on the cover, that was thanks to Marvin Gaye insisting.

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I'll echo @drawback on You Can Call Me Al and add the following:

 

Rio - Duran Duran

You're the One That I Want - Grease Soundtrack

Silly Love Songs - Wings

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The Barney Miller theme!

 

Hadn"t heard that one in quite a while!

 

This would make a great set opener, maybe with a Hammond sound to cover the horn unison part. Skip the sax solo and you"ve got a nice little warm up tune.

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What"s Become Of The Broken Hearted.

 

 

Pretty much any bass parts that came out of Motown or the Sound of Philadelphia have the best grooves. Then Stax with Duck Dunn and Atlantic Records with Jerry Jemmott and Chuck Rainey. Larry Graham with Sly and Graham Central Station. Moving forward with Quincy Jones and again Chuck Rainy and then Louis Johnson. All the great production teams had their main bass player or two.

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I'm your Captain (Grand Funk)

Long Distance Runaround

Tarkus

Byrdland

Marie Laveau

Boogie On Reggae Woman

Tubular Bells (end of side 1, the actual T.B. theme, while the narrator announces instruments)

Good for Goodie (Moondog)

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Tempus Fugit - Yes

Ramble On - Led Zeppelin

Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) - Sly & The Family Stone

Pump It Up - Elvis Costello

YYZ - Rush

Chameleon - Herbie Hancock

Whipping Post - Allman Brothers

Too Shy - Kajagoogoo

Velcro Fly - ZZ Top

One Thing Leads to Another - The Fixx

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I have played most of these as a bass guitarist and they stand out as some of the most fun bass lines.

 

Living in the Past - Jethro Tull

Bourée - Jethro Tull

To Cry You a Song - Jethro Tull

Nothing is Easy - Jethro Tull

The Lemon Song - Led Zeppelin

What Is and What Should Never Be - Led Zeppelin

Moondance - Van Morrison

Teen Town - Weather Report

All My Loving - The Beatles

Eight Days a Week - The Beatles

Lost Woman - The Yardbirds

Fairies Wear Boots - Black Sabbath

American Pie - Don McClean

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I may not have the idea you had in mind but these are particularly beautiful bass lines or examples of how the bass compliments the music IMO.

 

Paul McCartney is a favorite but I could not pin it down to a single song there have been so many. It is his concept of bass covering everything from tone to presence in the mix to melodic choices and riffs that appeal to me.

 

You're the Only Woman ~Ambrosia

Beginnings ~Chicago

Black & White ~Sarah McLauchlan

All Along the Watchtower ~Dave Mason's version

Long Time Gone ~Crosby Stills & Nash

Someone mentioned Barney Miller so... Seinfeld scene intro/outros

 

And this version of Midnight Cowboy performed by Toots Thielemans

 

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