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Friday, October 30, 2015

Lynyrd Skynyrd "Free Bird" Isolated Bass And Drums

Lynyrd Skynryd
A while back I wrote a post about the isolated guitar tracks from Lynyrd Skynyrd classic "Free Bird," but now it's time to give a listen to the isolated bass and drums, which are equally interesting.

At 9:22, this is a long one, but sit back and have a listen to some things I bet you never heard on the  song before. Just for the record, guitarist Ed King plays bass (the original bass player Leon Wilkerson have temporarily left the band) and Bob Burns is on drums.

1. The intro is kind of shaky time-wise, but falls into the pocket as soon the groove begins.

2. Listen to the the nice sounding short reverb on the snare. There's a lot of it here but you hardly hear it in the mix.

3. The bass is played with a pick but has a nice round sound. Sometimes you'll hear play two notes at a time, almost like a chord, especially at the stops around 6:30.

4. When the song kicks into the outro solo at 4:36, listen to how instrumental the bass is developing the song and increasing the excitement. A little on top of the beat sometimes but it works in the track.

5. Be sure to listen all the way to the end to hear the ending that never appears on the final mix on the record.


Nichole said...

Thanks for posting the isolated version. What a different listening experience. The bass is gorgeous. And the drums made me so relaxed... such a floating feeling way up to the ceiling :)

Unknown said...

Another big win from this isolated drums and bass is that it's obvious that the bass has been given a light chorus treatment and has some reverb on it too. Not what I would expect from southern rock. thanks for posting!

Unknown said...

The ending on the other hand sounds very dry. Maybe some different FX moves throughout the mix?
I hear an eventide type mice chorus on the intro but certainly not at the end.
I would love to hear the isolated bass.


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