Monday, May 16, 2005

Paul's Bass Playing

Check out Side One of Abbey Road. Notice how Paul's bass-playing really shines on songs by the other boys..."Come Together", "Something", and "I Want You". His playing on his own tunes; "Oh, Darling" and "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" is adequate, but not nearly as melodic or inspiring as on John and George's tunes.

Why is that? I think it's because on the John and George songs, his bass playing was his main focus, and he was able to take the time and come up with fantastic accompaniment, whereas on his tunes, he's focused on singing, arrangement, other words, the entire song experience.

This may explain why his playing seemed to be less interesting once he broke with the Beatles.


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