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    Posted: October 12 2015 at 09:58
Which tracks does he really shine on?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 12 2015 at 10:07
Not the ones Gilmour played on.Cool
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 12 2015 at 11:12
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 12 2015 at 21:58
I guess Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun. Specially live.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 13 2015 at 00:23
Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun, One of These Days (though Gilmour also plays bass on that one), Echoes, Have a Cigar.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 13 2015 at 02:57
Originally posted by zravkapt zravkapt wrote:

Not the ones Gilmour played on.Cool
 
true enough that some of Animals bass playing was done by Gilmour at  Waters's insistance, since he  played rhythm guitar on those moments
 
And Waters played those bass parts live, both after the album's release, and long before its release... since both Dogs & Sheeps were existing even before WIWH's recording and were regularly on stage.
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 13 2015 at 03:51
Rog is a decent, solid bassist. I love his playing throughout the Pompeii film.
Also, I think the bass lines in Take Up Thy Stethoscope.......is really cool.
Atom Heart bass lines are superb too. Actually, Roger was the reason I picked up a bass in the first place !!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 13 2015 at 05:12
I've been getting into The Final Cut's "Not Now, John" as of late. Nothing spectacular but a true example of just how solid Waters was as a bass player. A great cut on an otherwise staid album.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 13 2015 at 05:13
I've been getting into The Final Cut's "Not Now, John" as of late. Nothing spectacular but a true example of just how solid Waters was as a bass player. A great cut on an otherwise staid album.

Edited by Rednight - October 13 2015 at 11:45
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 13 2015 at 11:10
To be brutally honest I never thought much of his playing or singing;....he did come up with some good material and concepts though.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 13 2015 at 11:33
Originally posted by Tom Ozric Tom Ozric wrote:

Rog is a decent, solid bassist. I love his playing throughout the Pompeii film.
Also, I think the bass lines in Take Up Thy Stethoscope.......is really cool.
Atom Heart bass lines are superb too. Actually, Roger was the reason I picked up a bass in the first place !!
This is my opinion too.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 13 2015 at 15:07
Don't forget Money! Also I really like roger at pigs, really cool thing he does just before gilmour strikes with his axe.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 13 2015 at 17:25
DG said he played bass 'on about half' of the tracks on the Wall including the fretless bass on Hey You.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 13 2015 at 21:42
Originally posted by DDPascalDD DDPascalDD wrote:

Don't forget Money! Also I really like roger at pigs, really cool thing he does just before gilmour strikes with his axe.


I think someone mentioned a little while ago around here that the bass on Pigs was played by Gilmour... though you might just as well not take my word for it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 14 2015 at 15:48
Originally posted by Dellinger Dellinger wrote:

Originally posted by DDPascalDD DDPascalDD wrote:

Don't forget Money! Also I really like roger at pigs, really cool thing he does just before gilmour strikes with his axe.


I think someone mentioned a little while ago around here that the bass on Pigs was played by Gilmour... though you might just as well not take my word for it.


You're absolutely right, it's a fretless bass and Roger doesn't do that.

An interesting thing about Money; the riff is played both by Waters on bass AND by Gilmour on the Leslie guitar.  That's how they get that great "fat" sound.  
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 15 2015 at 00:23
I love him, but he's an average bassist. Even Gilmour played a lot the bass in the studio albums. Some lines in The Piper are good, like TUTSAW, but he's a much better "artist" than he's a musician. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 16 2015 at 00:23
Always thought of him as a great artist and poet, rather than a singer or player.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 16 2015 at 11:34
Let There Be Light, one of the best Floyd songs.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 16 2015 at 13:24
"A Saucerful of Secrets" all round is a great case for Roger Waters bass work.
"Money" is an obvious, but "Two Suns In The Sunset" isn't. Despite the latter being a restrained bass line without the frantic of his early days. 
On a documentary Ron Geesin says Roger was not particularly good at the rhythms, but excellent at timing.
So on that basis, "The Final Cut" maybe should be listened to with that in mind?
Hugh Hopper was for me the better bass guitarist than PF and KC, but Roger Waters has a great sense of timing.
The more guitar songs from "Amused To Death" should be considered, except for "What God Wants Pt.1" and "It's A Miracle". (According to Wikipedia, someone else played on those tracks)
And if you don't listen to the lyrics, even "The Pros And Cons Of Hitchhiking" has solid bass playing.
Given there's barely a fill or solo on either album.
Hang on, surely Chris Squire is the better bass player than Roger Waters and Hugh Hopper?
Argh! All confused now!

Roger Waters not a great bass soloist, but the perfect bass player for a band.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 16 2015 at 14:58
Originally posted by sublime220 sublime220 wrote:

Let There Be More Light, one of the best Floyd songs.

That's one of the few where he 'shines' on a studio track. That opening bass riff was an inspiration for the main riff in Metallica's "Master Of Puppets".
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