Bottom line is the groove and Jaco is the one. McCartney not Top 10 and probably not Top 50. Just like all the drummers polls this is just a popularity contest, John Wetton should be high up on this list but there are Jazz Fusion bass players who can play rings around all these guys with one hand tied behind their backs, right…..Guys like Rick Laird, Tom Kennedy, Mbap Ettienne, Jaco, …………the true technicians ………. Just sayin’.. mark king 25, jj burnel 46 come on people what the hell is Mcartney doing in the top ten?????? Nice people. How you don’t have Jah Wobble in there is a definite over look. Stanley Clarke is awesome…. They backed up Gary U. S. Bonds, The Shirelles, Chuck Berry, etc. I mean c’mon… When someone pokes the “bear” and makes him angry he “get’s down to business, shall we?… It’s time to stop plyin games”…. The order is whack and bad!! And John Wetton. Or fromTower of Power … Francis “Rocco” Prestia !!! Where are Tim Bogert, Rick Laird and Paul Jackson ? You forgot Percy Jones, Ray Shulman, John Wetton, Greg Lake, David Pegg, Miroslave Vitous, Al Johnson, Michael Henderson, Dave Holland, Randy Jo Hobbs, Ralphe Armstrong, Jonas Helborg, John Lodge, and Glen Cornick … in fact, this list is devoid of a host of bassists that made HUGE contributions to 70’s Progressive Rock and Jazz Rock. No Ian Hill? I could be here all day I’m thankful for each of them, and all the other unsung heroes of bass. Nov 22, 2017 - Explore Red's board "Phil Lesh" on Pinterest. Placing Cliff Burton ,Paul McCartney and John Paul Jones over Jaco Pastorius is just insulting. Seriously??? paul mccartney better than marcus miller and the rest? He should be #1, and you left off several jazz bassists, including Leroy Vinnegar. Cette liste craint yen a plein qui mérite pas leur place. He had some of the most complex, melodic basslines ever. See the bass intro to ‘My Baby Left Me’ as irrefutable proof. Entwistle at #1 ROCK bass player I wouldn’t disagree with but ardent Chris Squire fans (I am one) might. I admit I am not as familiar with bass players as I am with lead guitarists, even with my favorite band Survivor. So why even open that door? Where are Lee Jackson, Janick Top,Jamaaladeen Tacuma, John Greaves, Rocketry Morton? Greg Ridley’s Spooky Tooth contributions all appreciated. McCartney is the best. Both of the bands Dave Pegg played in, Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull, have a history of remarkable bassists (take a bow, Ashley Hutchings and the late Glenn Cornick). He’s awesome – but not 3’rd… probably top 20 though…. there’s just too much and too many …. Francis Rocco Prestia from Tower of Power (Bear = Owsley; he had a vision for a team of people who would push the art of instrument and sound system building forward, and Rick was the missing piece). To me Jack Bruce will always the BEST. John Wetton? Phil at 80: Dave Schools Interviews Phil Lesh: “I’m A Bass Player But What Are You?” ... Yeah, in a way, because that was a good excuse to get together and see how it would flow. …….it’s impossible ……………. Probably not the first bass player to record a side-long bass solo (on Return to Forever’s 1978 live album) but perhaps the first to perform one you’d want to hear twice. Check him out. Jack Bruce should be #1 and what about Carmine Rojas? There’s always got to be one. What a bullshit popularity contest. Jet Harris is one of the greatest of all time …, Wow, cool. You have to have lived thru the 60’s to recognize the impact McCartney had on all the other bass players behind him. This list is wacked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I believe that the number 2 choice, however should have been Jack Bruce. Paul Jackson (HeadHunters) isn’t even on your list. Any list of bass players without Adam Clayton on it is at best incomplete but more likely an abomination. Colin Hodgkinson. No slight meant on his solid Imposters replacement Davey Farragher, but Bruce Thomas’ work on all the Elvis Costello & The Attractions albums was the stuff of greatness – fluid, inventive and always in three or four places at once. Not a bad list but Richard Sinclair of Caravan and Hatfield and the North etc should be on it and somewhere near the top. Love the John McVie/Mick Fleetwood axis. Personally, I would put Getty Lee as #1 and maybe flip flop John Entwistle with Flea but really, all of them are fantastic musicians. agree agree agree,overlooked always,where have these experts been living? Few bands had a Bass player as the integral string melody. Some real greats on here: Mingus, East, Lee, Miller, McCartney, Bruce…. Close. Short THUMPS on all the right places.Talk about understated bass. Half of these so called great bass players played in good bands that does not make them great. Putting the bottom end into The Wrecking Crew, Carol Kaye played the indelible parts on ‘Midnight Confessions’, ‘River Deep – Mountain High’, The Beach Boys’ ‘Good Vibrations’ and an estimated 10,000 other tracks. Having toured in Traffic and most recently in The Waterboys, David Hood was the mainstay of the fabled Muscle Shoals rhythm section The Swampers. Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for Grateful Dead Band Photo - Phil Lesh Bass Player - #L at the best online prices at eBay! This month, we will cover the popular American Christmas song called “Jingle Bell Rock” by the country singer known as Bobby Helms. Dig Lil Abner! Without any flashy solos, Wyman remains underrated, but listen to any of the basslines on ‘Shattered’ or ‘19th Nervous Breakdown’ and tell us you haven’t missed him since he’s been gone. The very first instrument visible was a blond M-85 with insane inlay and no strings. Geddy Lee is the best bassist on earth, so yes, seriously. John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (1965–1967) While I was influenced by the others Dunn’s “style” was my cornerstone. Where is Overend Watts? Half the times you think you’re hearing lead guitar on a Motörhead record (including the intro to ‘Ace Of Spades’), it’s really Lemmy wailing away. Hugh Hopper indeed. Same with Jack Casady and Ron Carter. he should be recognised as one of the greatest! She was equally good at grounding the improvisations or jumping right into the fray. Jack Cassady, John McVie and there should be a whole separate list for Jazz bassists. What about Greg Lake? The acoustic bass player had to tune down his bass for the first line and then he had to tune it back up again for the whole rest of it. Jack Casady formerly of the Jefferson Airplane and now Hot Tuna should be in the top ten without question. Without whom I wouldn’t be playing bass. This also shows the mother of pearl lines. Andy Fraser (Free). Tony Levin should be top 5. What???? Ridiculous list. Flea is the most entretaining but his creativity is limited without John Frusciante and he usually play similar riffs. The article says “sometimes they step out into the spotlight, like Paul Mc Cartney, Lemmy, Sting or Roger Waters”. McCartney took the bass mainstream and turned it into an instrument, interwoven with the guitars. As far as talent. Highly recommended for all Deadheads! You must not listen to Rush. Casady, Geddy Lee, the guy from Van Halen…meh! Having grown up in the 60’s I agree with Jack Bruce and John Entwistle – However I agree that Leon Wilkeson should definitely be on the list – what he did on base for Lynyrd Skynyrd is beyond belief and to not be included – criminal. Absolutely agreed. This list is not finish with only 50 bass players. hmmm…how can you quantify sound It’s subjective so who’s to say who’s best we are talking about, your favorites my favorites..Steve down the streets favorirte? And why is Mark Stoemer of the Killers not on this list? A nice list, half of which wouldn’t be worthy of lugging around Dusty Hill’s gig bag. While he largely moved on from playing bass during his solo career, you can always revisit the atmospheric bassline to ‘Walking On The Moon’, which remains a thing of beauty. He deserves that spot at the very least! etc….. i think Larry the mole taylor of canned heat and other groups should of been on the list, the top 5 cat touch Phil Leah let alone Ray Brown. No one even considers someone like Dusty Hill but he has made an indelible mark on history none the less. Just across the bay from where the Grateful Dead once lived and played, bassist Phil Lesh is selling his two-acre estate with nary a dancing bear in sight.. Great list. I was there when he did. but for me steve harris remain no.1. The late DEE MURRAY??!!! Great player. Speaker cabinets w/tie-dyed grille cloths were sitting all over the place, instruments of all sorts were hanging up. Technically Jaco would have to rate near the top. Trevor Bolder, Joey De Maio, Jimmy Bain, Rob Trujillo, Jason Newsted…. I personally would have Jonas Hellborg up there with Wooten, and he is not even on the list. you should have made this best rock n roll bass players of all time.Cause you excluded Mingus,Bernard Edwards,Pino Paladino and a few others.And James Jameson played on 37 number one albums nobody else gets close to this accept maybe Sir Paul McCartney !! this list ain’t worth squat without jack. Too bad he could do everything but get along with the frontman. Some great bass lines in the early Alice Cooper Band. He solidified Chicago’s rhythm section. He earned most of this money by being the bass player of popular band Grateful Dead. Sounds like your judges are a bit insular. I was starting get worried when I didn’t see John Entwistle untill … number 1! You got #1 and 2 correct. Since then he’s been Meat Loaf’s musical director and been both black and blue – with long stints in Joan Jett’s Blackhearts, Hall & Oates and the Blue Öyster Cult. Anyone who plays bass makes the world a groovier place! John Lodge – Moody Blues, Mark Andies was a great bassist and Spirit was always underrated. A little nod to a great bassist Gordon Rawley from Striffe, Razorback, and Nightwing. See more ideas about Phil, Grateful dead, Greatful dead. After the band’s disbandin… Mark Andes – Spirit Oct 13, 2020 - Explore bluesjana's board "Phil Lesh" on Pinterest. Phil Lesh (bass, vocals) Jackie Greene (guitar, vocals) Larry Campbell (guitar & more) Steve Molitz (keyboards) John Molo (drums) CD covers can be found at Flea a studio legend ……….and what about Walter Becker and Freddie Washington of Steely Dan ……..? I was handed the bass, plugged into an Alembic F2-B, a McIntosh 2100 and the K-151 in sealed box and told, “Go man! Paul McCartney? And where is Jeff Berlin? There are too many great ones left out to mention here.Lets take this list for face value and easy reading and continue to love and listen to our own favourites! Right up there with Victor Wooten who I was glad to see on the list. (A circuit called an emitter follower was installed in the instrument to lower the … athough NO is so obvious answer, Geezer Butler better than Charles Mingus!!! Phil was known as an innovative bass player, often improvising his own sound and style away from the conventional time keeping role of a bassist. very interesting indeed , as i’m planning a trip to Goa so i’m trying to jot down as many tracks as possible to possibly do on a karaoke. Carole Kaye, maybe #2. HE’S NOT ON THE LIST BECAUSE HE’S NOT ON ALL THE OTHER LISTS!!!!! (A circuit called an emitter follower was installed in the instrument to lower the pickups from high[ish] impedance to low impedance. What follows is the tale of meeting Phil, adapted from something I wrote up for a web site in 2007: Rick Turner was a musician from the Boston area, who started on the road to luthiery there, and continued both when he moved to NYC. And on the jazz side Max Bennett and Ron Carter. Nice list but Marcus Miller belongs in here. Yeah..what he said. Rick Danko from The Band and Bob Dylan needs to be on the list. But he earns immortality for doing both at once with Roxy Music, especially on the live album Viva!. To put Stanley Clarke at 17?! This list is a joke !!! Where is Glenn Hughes??? Peter Mars Cowling Check out his solo around the 2:17 mark of this terrific live video: But eventually I got a call from Rick. He played with Conway Twitty, Bob Dylan, James Brown, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Crosby & Nash, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Ry Cooder, J. J. Cale, Mother Earth, Lonnie Mack, Miles Davis, B.B. And, with Fleetwood Mac? Anyone whos not a bassist or know little about the bass and who weilds it, never use this list of bass players as a reference of who’s better than who. Where’s Herbie Flowers? I’m not claiming to be the best in the world. Agree with most on list….but Lynott, Mcgagan and Sting are sentimental choices in my mind….don’t really ever remember amazing bass playing from any of them. I was so blown away by the tone, the evenness, roundness and fullness that I didn’t have a moment to feel on the spot. Missing: Peter Overend Watts by Mott The Hoople, Gene Simmons by Kiss, Trevor Bolder by Spiders from Mars, Raf Benson by Latoscuro, Faso by Elio e le storie Tese, And many others. Look no further than his solo work or with pub rock supergroups Brinsley Schwarz, Rockpile and Little Village. Should be by music category IE: the absence of Nathan East (Fourplay) shows that it is not a fair list baed on ability. As I got older I really came to admire Lee Sklar and John McVie for their solid few-frills bottom end. Finally it popped up, Tom Fowler. I Believe in Bea Miller. The Meters’ founding bassist is also the most prolific member of his circle, leading countless spinoff bands and playing on notable sessions (including David Byrne’s Uh-Oh album). Much can be said about Ian Anderson, but he always brings the best musicians. I read the article – an interview with Rick Turner, all about Alembic. Her early 90s work set a soul revival in motion and established Meshell Ndegeocello as one of those mavericks who could build something original and modern out of the soul tradition, incorporating pop, rap and reggae into the mix. Jaco isn’t top 10, much less top 3. The rest of the list needs a serious re-shuffle. What about John Lodge of the Moody Blues? Great articles of music and audio without ads. You missed Mel Schacher (Grand Funk), who ruled the bottom end… and Chris Squire at #15? The greatest ever bassist was without a doubt the man who made Chicago Blues and much more…the great Willie Dixon. Jaco Pastorius and Stanley Clarke could run circles around any of the top 10, same with Mingus, Dave Holland, Ron Carter, Scott Lafaro, etc. Whomever constructed it ought to he feed to Tammy Fae Baker inbetween make up sessions. Absolutely right! Based on skill and creativity. he revolutionized the sound of the bass and showed how a bass could be used in music, inspiring many including geddy but will always out shine geddy, Where is Dave Schools? John Entwistle is my man… Unfortunately the best basplayer ever……. He should be in the top 25 at the very least. Any mid-to-late Rush track evinces how Geddy Lee could do fiendish complexity while still rocking hard enough to drive a power trio (watch him talk to uDiscover Music about his time with the band. Lesh provided bass, with Ross James and Grahame Lesh on guitar and vocals. 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