March 1, 2007

Good sweet baby jesus...

by Chris Randall

I just saw Burt Bacharach on "Later w/ Jools Holland" (it's obviously a c. 2005 episode) with Rufus Wainwright, doing "Go Ask Shakespeare" off Burt's "At This Time" album. Now, up front, I don't care for mid-tempo love pap one tiny bit. And I don't care for Rufus Wainwright the other tiny bit. However, I have two questions:

1. Who was the bass player at that gig? I assume it's the same one on the album.

2. What the fuck was up with his tone? It was a large helping of pwncakes covered in awesome sauce. It was completely off the hook, the best live bass sound I've ever heard. The sound on the Jools Holland show is uniformly spectacular to begin with, but this bass sound just grabbed me by the ears and jammed its knee in to my face. Holy shit.

Now, caveat: I've listened to the album version, and it isn't near as huge. Anyone know who that guy is and how he gets that shit? Must... have... now...



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Mar.02.2007 @ 10:09 PM
I guess I'm hep now... I just saw the original and that cat's got some pipes. Takes me back though... to before I was born.

Mar.05.2007 @ 5:47 PM
hope this late comment still finds it readers:
I watched the youtube version now for 3 times, and I think the song is prerecorded/sequenced. the drum sound is definitely guided by electronics (this mellow 1/8 hat along with the typical live hat sound), the strings sound jut too big (especially on the downgoing phrase), even the muted trumpet sounds more sampled than live to me. the cues by bacharach seem to be of use to tell the musicians when they should act-as-if, in my humble opinion.
bacharach plays a fender sound, then an acoustic piano with no visible preset switching. there is a clavinet bass note in between (maybe played by the stage keyboarder..), but all in all I am not conviced that the bass sound is really live.
any similar observations or counter-theories???

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