Best synth basslines of all time?

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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Postby recordbot » Thu Jan 07, 2016 4:35 pm

another Imagination song, new direction

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which reminds me of these

Hugh Masekela Don't Go Lose It Baby

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Jago Going to Go

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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Postby chimney chop » Thu Jan 14, 2016 9:42 pm

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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Postby thefonz003 » Mon Jan 25, 2016 11:50 pm

The Beach Boys' "It's OK" probably won't come up as a suggestion from anyone else, because they're not known for being a synth-y group and it wasn't a huge hit, and the bass line is buried a little bit in the mix. I like it, though, because it shows that synth bass can blend nicely with guitars, drums, and vocal harmonies in a (non-electro) pop song. It sounds like a Minimoog to me.
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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Postby Synthy1973 » Sat Sep 30, 2017 1:34 pm

Keeping in mind that favorites are a matter of personal choice regarding musical styles, my all-time favorite NASTIEST bass synthesizer (so far) if Bernie Worrell's bassline on "Night of the Thumpasorus Peoples" from the 1975 album, "Mothership Connection". :dancer: Then (of course) "Flashlight", "Aqua Boogie", "One Nation Under a Groove", "(Not Just) Knee Deep" among other P-Funk jams.

My favorite synth bass line is the one that got me interested "in" electronic music synthesizers way back in 1973/74, Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon" from the "Headhunters" album. :keys1: Herbie has another rather obscure bass synthesizer lead line funk jam with "Ready Or Not" from the "Feets Don't Fail Me Now" from around 1979.

Josef Zawinul's bass synth lead from "Birdland" (Weather Report's "Heavy Weather" LP) is also a personal favorite.

Any synth bass lines from Stevie Wonder ("Go Home" [also a bit obscure] from the "In Square Circle" album), Larry Dunn (of Earth Wind & Fire ["Let's Groove"]), George Duke ("Reach For It", "Dukey Stick", "Fame"), several FUNK bands (too many to count or list) from the 70's and 80's, Michael Jackson's blockbuster solo albums, Ray Parker Jr's. "For Those Who Like to Groove" and "Still In The Groove".

Most of my favorite synthesizer bass lines were originally performed on ARP, Moog, Oberheim and Prophet (Sequential Circuits) synthesizers (to the best of my knowledge). As you can see, my primary influences are from 70's fusion jazz and 70's/80's R&B musicians. :keys2: :headbang:
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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Postby Music Bird » Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:43 pm

I would go with Bananarama Venus, I Heard A Rumor, or Cruel Summer, or any of the basses in Ace of Base The Sign album. Also, same as the above person, too many 70's and 80's funk and R&B artists to name, as well as too many 90's rave and pop tracks and 80's synth tracks.
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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Postby Averagebear6 » Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:47 pm

How about the soundtrack for the movie The Sorcerer by Tangerine Dream.

Love those sounds which I imagine are Moog.
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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Postby briancarter » Sun Aug 26, 2018 5:53 pm

Killer thread!

I put as many of the suggested songs as I could find on this spotify playlist: ... pdPILKQAUV

Hope you find it useful.

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