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The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper's Melodic Bass Lines

Pet Sounds influenced the SPLHCB album in numerous ways. Paul McCartney cited that “God Only Knows” was his favourite track in the album; this gave him the inspiration to write the most melodic bass lines ever written.

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Pet Sounds, an album by the Beach Boys was inspired by the Beatles’ Rubber Soul Album. The Beach Boys wanted to create an album which had no fillers the same way Rubber Soul was. Pet Sounds later influenced the Beatles themselves which resulted to the Number 1 album in the Rolling Stone’s Magazine: Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (SPLHCB for short). Pet Sounds humbly falls under it at Number 2.

Pet Sounds influenced the SPLHCB album in numerous ways. Paul McCartney cited that “God Only Knows” was his favourite track in the album; this gave him the inspiration to write the most melodic bass lines ever written.

The Album starts with the title track “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. Paul McCartney’s bass performance here is like a rock repeatedly hitting you. This is the track where Paul McCartney is just warming up.

As the track segues to the next one: “With A Little Help From My Friends” you would expect the same bass playing with Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, but after a few seconds Paul McCartney starts playing melodic bass lines and filling the chords. Paul McCartney’s bass turns the simple tune to a complicated one.

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds pioneered the “Falling Bass”. The notes of the bass fall deeper as the song progresses. This is the same technique used in “Hotel California” by the Eagles.

The next track is “Getting Better” which has a hint of the tambura playing. The bass here is bouncing up and down giving you the mood of the song. Paul McCartney is playing the bass as a counter melody.

Expecting another track, Fixing A Hole is a slightly slower bass playing. The bass is rocking its way as it plays the short melodies. The bass adds to the aura of the song it’s very ambiguous. Paul McCartney is using simple riffs. The bass seems to continue forever.

The track with the best bass is Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite. The bass here is unpredictable like most of the instruments in the song; it seems to be going with the flow. Paul McCartney took time writing the bass melody for the song as seen in the Anthology. The bass changes tempo, rhythm and etc each time it produces a note in the counter melody.

Isolating the bass from the track Lovely Rita, you could hear the creativity of Paul McCartney. The bass plays steady beats melodic in nature. The bass in the track is supported by the piano.

The last track in the album is A Day In the Life. For a more comprehensive insight about the track please refer to: LINK

*  She's Leaving Home and Within or Without You do not have Paul McCartney playing the bass.

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Another great article on your series...

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