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Bloviating Zeppelin

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Monday, March 05, 2007

Greatest Bass Players

About a year ago I postulated the best drummer was Ginger Baker. Many disagreed and proclaimed Neil Peart to be the best drummer of all. I claim now the temerity to list the best bass players extant (electric bass, that is):

1. Les Claypool (Primus)
2. Jack Bruce (Cream)
3. Felix Pappalardi (Mountain)
4. Chris Squire (Yes)
5. Geddy Lee (Rush)
6. Jaco Pastorius (Weather Report)
7. Bill Laswell (Material)
8. Sir Paul McCartney (The Beatles)
9. Jonas Hellborg (jazz)
10. Stanley Clarke (jazz)
11. Percy Jones (Brand X)
12. Leland Sklar (The Section
13. John Wetton (King Crimson)
14. Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)
15. Jack Casady (Hot Tuna)

These are in no particular order, by the way, except position #1. Your thoughts?



Blogger ABFreedom said...

Now that's a tough one. All of them are good as long as I don't fall asleep while listening to them and driving... LOL

Mon Mar 05, 05:26:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...



Mon Mar 05, 09:35:00 PM PST  
Blogger bigwhitehat said...

How can you leave out Billy Shehan or Tim Bogart?

Tue Mar 06, 07:47:00 AM PST  
Blogger bigwhitehat said...

Or Greg Lake?

Tue Mar 06, 07:48:00 AM PST  
Blogger Gayle said...

I'm not up on electric bass players, BZ, but I think it's awesome regarding Ab and Lone Pony. :)

Tue Mar 06, 11:45:00 AM PST  
Blogger ABFreedom said...

Ok.... i'm turning red over here ... Thanks again ... LOL

Tue Mar 06, 06:27:00 PM PST  
Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

03 06 07
heheheheh I havta agree about the guy from Primus. I never knew his name but have been loving his particular style for many years! hehehehehehe You certainly have a wide variety of musical taste! heheh:)

Tue Mar 06, 08:30:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

BWH: Sheehan, yeah, kinda -- but dammit, you're right, Tim Bogert -- good pick! Greg Lake was overrated but had a nice voice.

BEST bass player on CD and/or in concert is DEFINITELY Les Claypool. The man is incredible!


Wed Mar 07, 03:57:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Primus yes.

Wed Mar 07, 08:21:00 PM PST  
Blogger bigwhitehat said...

Blo, we should both be ashamed. We left out Entwistle.

Thu Mar 08, 06:29:00 AM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Stacy: yeah!!

BWH: omigosh! You're right (sound of my forehead being slapped)! John Entwhistle!


Thu Mar 08, 07:21:00 PM PST  
Blogger Gunny John said...

I was partial to Cliff Burton before he was killed, but abfreedom is right; there's a lot of greats to choose from.

Fri Mar 09, 12:44:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Gunny: in a way Cliff reminds me of Geezer Butler: a lot of notes picked in a remarkably rapid fashion. With a long neck and distant frets, you've got to have your act together in any account if you want to add the low end to speed metal.


Fri Mar 09, 08:50:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Gunny: you might want to know that I'm pushing 60 -- yes, that's how odd, eclectic or esoteric my musical tastes truly are.


Fri Mar 09, 08:51:00 PM PST  
Blogger Unknown said...

All of you forgot, or somehow don't know, about Victor Wooten! He, in my opinion, is far better than Claypool! Don't get me wrong, Claypool is great, but Wooten has more style. He doesn't have an annoying voice like Claypool, either! LOL Sorry, not a fan of his singing!

Sat Jan 26, 04:15:00 AM PST  

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