Who's the best bass player of all time?

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Who's the best bass player of all time?

  1. Paul McCartney

    7 vote(s)
    25.0%
  2. John Entwistle

    9 vote(s)
    32.1%
  3. Flea

    6 vote(s)
    21.4%
  4. Victor Wooten

    5 vote(s)
    17.9%
  5. Chris Squire

    1 vote(s)
    3.6%
  1. B_Hickboy

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    Who's the best bass player of all time?
     
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    You seem to be skipping Jaco Pastorius?
     
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    Yeah, he was a true OlympiaN
     
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    Apart from Jaco and John from The Who (included), I think your list could do with the addition of a few of these:
    Tetsuya Ogawa
    Stanley Clarke (JAZZ)
    Cliff Burton
    P-nut
    Steve Harris
     
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    les claypool is pretty good...
    but are you talking technical ability, or song writing?
    Paul Mc Cartney has to be the best writer.
    there are many things to consider when you say the "best"...
    Hard to say
     
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    My favorite bass player's:
    Berry Oakley/Otiel Burbridge
    John Entwhistle
    John McVie
    Johnette Napolitano
    Jack Bruce
    Jaco
    Stanley Clarke
    Chris Hillman
    Chris Ethridge
    Jack Cassidy
    Rodger Waters
    Chris Squire
    Nick Olivieri
    Larry Graham
    James Jamerson
    Donald DUCK Dunn
    Geezer Butler
    Rodger Glover/Glenn Hughes
    Leland Sklar
    Billy Cox/Noel Redding
    Phil Lynott
    Felix Papalardi
    Tommy Shannon.......
    That's not all of em', but there the one's that i remember well.
     
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    Some other personal favorites are John Patitucci, Tony Levin, and Edgar Meyer.

    I saw Meyer at a performance with Bela Fleck and was pretty much blown away.
     
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    Gotta give props to John Myung in the soul-less machine like precision metal category. He doubles Petrucci (with greater consistency I'll add) almost the whole time...and those lines are hard enough on guitar.
     
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    Yes. I first learned of his amazing talent on a Ian Hunter record back in 1976. I was just blown way. Its sad that he died so young and in such a tragic way.
     
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    Jack Bruce
     
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    Stanley Clarke
    Charles Mingus
    Felix Papalardi
    Perhaps even John Troy from the Pousette Dart band.
    He can't read music but has a great tenor voice and
    can play by ear.
    C.B.:saevil:
     
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    Thats a great list.
     
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    Victor gets my vote, for his jam power, solo amazingness and his general all round ability to groove like nobody's business. I am not surprised though that the number 2 man, possibly even better than the mighty Vic is missing, and that is Michael Manring. Look him up and hold on to your jaw. That floor is hard.
     
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    What... no Jaco Pastorius? No Ron Carter? Where the hell is Louis Johnson on this list? Cliff Burton anyone? Les Claypool? Meshell Ndegeocello?

    Fuck it, I vote for Jimmy smith, 'cause he played bass lines that most bass players would struggle with, but his hands were too busy with his Hammond, so he used the foot pedals instead! :eek:

    But how can anyone beat Jaco's ridiculously melodic bass playing on "A Remark You Made"? Not many bass players can fill the listener with so much emotion. Really anything on Heavy Weather is mind blowing... Teen Town is another standout... Jaco played the drums on that one as well as the bass.
     
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    Great lists.

    Jazz: Ron Carter, Jaco, S. Clarke, and Mr. M.

    Rock: Entwhistle, Bruce, Lesh, Rocco Prestia (Tower of Power), Greg Lake, and Tony Levin (King Crimson) also rate at the top. A note able mention for Kenny Gradney from Little Feat.

    For presence, and physical skill Stanley Clarke is the best I have ever seen. There is NOTHING the man cannot do with a stand up bass, and he puts on a great show.
     
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