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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

"Whole Lotta Love" Isolated Bass Track

If you like listening to isolated tracks of classic records, here's a good one. It's John Paul Jones isolated bass track for Led Zeppelin's 1969 hit "Whole Lotta Love."

There are a lot of interesting things here. First of all, JPJ plays an 8 string bass, which is why the sound of the record is so thick (ha, now we know). Other things to listen for is the slight change of the riff at :29, then the mistakes at 1:05 and 1:10. It's amazing what we'd leave in back in those days that no one ever noticed. Also, listen to the tempo speed up slightly, then pull back, another thing that you don't notice in the track.


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Sidd said...

This is very interesting.

Unknown said...

Hey Bobby,
I think you got it wrong, I'm sorry. JPJ didn't use an 8 string bass, he just used octaves in a crafty way. Here's a link to the man himself explaining the trick (around 3:00).

Anonymous said...

We didn't notice the mistakes in the song then, and if it weren't for the isolated trak, wouldn't notice them today!

There are so many examples of mistakes made in old recordings that even when heard, we assumed them to be "creative accidents". I'm sorry, a lot of music of today is without soul and that's because musicians aren't allowed to take chances and have accidents stay in the music.


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