posted on Nov, 19 2005 @ 06:31 AM
A few thoughts:
The "best" bass player ever is, undoubtedly, some person that none of us has ever heard of who, in frustration, drank himself to death in his 20s.
Maybe, if s/he recorded something, later generations might discover it and venerate him/her.
My own favorite is, absolutely, Les Claypool. It's hard to measure his skill against others since much of his skill is displayed by the fact that
there's nobody else who plays quite like he does. He's unique and original.
Geddy Lee is tremendously talented, as is Flea.
McCartney truly was a groundbreaking bass player, and is also extremely talented. It's odd that he doesn't generally receive the acclaim he
deserves, but I've noticed that with the Beatles. It's as if the standards set by the band are so high that the individual musicians are seen as
only competent. As a bit of a side issue to illustrate that point-- Ringo is one of the most underrated drummers ever-- not much flash, but
absolutely dead on all the time, in every song.
The same could be said for John Entwistle, who, as a member of the Who, was sort of secondary to the image of the entire band.
I love the mention of Gene Simmons. Kiss is another of those bands that has such a strong group identity that people often forget how skilled the
individual members are.
In that regard too, I would mention Cliff Williams of AC/DC. He's not a standout on his own, but is a part of one of the most solid rhythm sections
ever in rock music. The same could be said of Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith-- another musician who's underrated simply because his band lives up to