Pino on bass
tetrakarbon at hotmail.com
Tue Jun 1 10:47:50 CDT 2004
>From: Biggsk at aol.com
>The trick to a power trio - which the Who, Zep, Cream, Jimi Hendrix
>Experience - were, is that when the guitarist soloes the rest of the band
>some to compensate for the lack of a rhythm instrument (either another
>or keyboards). Cream nailed it; the Who nailed it, Hendrix got it 2/3
>(Redding on bass was OK - he was a guitarist actually) - Zep only got it a
>The trick to the Who's sound live was having, as an old friend once said, a
>lead guitar, a lead bass and a lead drummer. That is what all power trios
>Even with a keyboard and extra guitar in the Who today, the bass is lacking
>as the foundation.
Very well spoken. I agree completely. And for precisely this reason, it's
a bad idea to select a bassist simply on association with a famous band (I'm
not saying that was why John Paul Jones was brought up). I did hear Bill
Wyman mentioned, and that couldn't be any worse, IMHO. There needs to be a
strong sonic foundation for Townshend's soloing. And Zak, great as I think
he is, cannot fulfil that role all by himself.
Playing bass is less about skill than it is about attitude, it seems to me.
Guitarists can pick up a bass and play it, but they don't have the mindset -
what bass is supposed to sound like. :)
Anyway, that's why I'd stay away from JPJ or Wyman. And Palladino has shown
that he won't lay this foundation down (he certainly _could_, he's
talented), and so the sound of the Who falls flat (relatively). They're
still awesome - especially because Pete solos differently than he used to -
but it's a different sound. Different is good, but if a spark of that old
energy could come back, all the better!
It's a shame, and I hope they look into it. Maybe they should give Lake a
chance on stage?
-- Ned Ruggeri
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