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The mind boggled, the knees buckled, and all rational thinking went out the window to read that John Taylor had been named The World’s Greatest Bass Guitarist.

John Taylor named greatest bass player

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For a minute there, I thought, What? James Taylor played bass?

But John Taylor, the good looking Duranite, and later with Power Station? The Best Bass Guitarist?

Had I missed his master works?

What about Jaco Pastorius, Stanley Clarke, hell, John Enwhistle, Joe Osborne, Leeland Sklaar. And then I realised that Paul McCartney had me at “I Saw Her Standing There”.

The weird thing about us music fans is that in our never-ending quest to be exclusive hipsters, we tend to lose sight of the most obvious.

McCartney played-and still plays- bass guitar like Chuckles Berry’s Johnny played guitar- that Hofner guitar- like a-ringing the bell.

Go back and listen to his playing on “Paperback Writer”, “Lady Madonna”, “Fixing A Hole”- in fact all of Sgt Pepper’s, but, especially on “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”- and you’ll hear how his bass playing became a rhythm instrument.

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Nothing against Ringo, but the bass drum and even snare are barely audible on, especially, the early Beatles recordings.

It was always McCartney’s bass lines- Sir Paul’s knighted bass lines- that gave so many Beatles tracks a bottom, and which drove them home whereas those brilliant lead vocals and harmonies covering every bit of emptiness on a recording like “Rain” provided the upper layer- the topping, the icing on the cake.

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John Taylor, The Best Bass Guitarist? That’s like a Ric Astley viral joke and a “Paul Is Dead” DJ prank.

Macca, McCartney, Paul, Sir Paul will always be known for his pretty and silly love songs and brilliant brand of pop, but let’s never forget that, apart from a voice he sometimes borrowed from Fats Domino- “Lady Madonna”-to the sweetness of “I Will” and his acoustic guitar playing on “Blackbird”, “Mother Nature’s Son” and another recording we take for granted in “Yesterday”, Paul McCartney, bass guitarist, added an extra dimension to every Beatles track.

It told its own stories while punctuating the lyrics, which no bass guitarist has been able to match for the very simple reason that Paul McCartney played with the Beatles.

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End of story and end of discussion about John Taylor coming remotely close to being Best anything except perhaps, Best Looking Member In Duran Duran.

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You were expecting fat boy Simon LeBon?

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  1. Justin says:

    Who the what? Who’s John Taylor, (though obviously you have explained) How about Noel Redding or John Paul Jones, you know, the guy’s that backed up the greats….. Agree about Paul McCartney holding it down and being completely overlooked by most.
    #lost

  2. scott moyer says:

    Paul did it All !!! Bass, Drums, Piano, Guitar, lead vocals, high harmonies, production, songwriting/ Lyrics, arrangements, conceptual art/album covers, and more. Nobody in any band anywhere accomplished as much as Paul in every area. He’s a one man band and hit songwriter 100 times over. Nobody comes close to what he has done and at such a high and consistent level.

    Paul’s melodic bass lines added character and strength to what would have otherwise been just ordinary bass lines. The moving & descending E major scale bass line starting on F#
    on All my Lovin’ was the melodic vehicle which transported the listener through the entire song. His bass lines were “signature” bass lines adding a distinct and unique “voice” to each song and serving as an added “Hook” which contributed to the selling of the song and deeply imprinting the song’s audio image into the hearts and minds of his audience.

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