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Tommy Shannon is better than Flea...

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Cadillac_Mike, Mar 7, 2021.

  1. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Doctor of Teleocity

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    Well, in the context of the RHCP's he's doing something right. I guess that's what I meant. It works in that band- now if you don't like them/Flea fine.

    I just would never compare what the two bass players do, more based on the genres they play.
     
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    Tommy was great before Double Trouble, let’s not forget he was also the bottom for Johnny Winter and a few others.
     
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    When I first saw this clip of Johnny and crew at Woodstock, I remember thinking "Man, look how shiny and new Tommy's white Jazz Bass is." Definitely looks a little different now. :D

     
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    Yeah, and in the interest of this thread actually containing a valid comparison:

    Tommy & Chris vs. Tommy & Uncle John???

    I'll go with the latter. Probably the best blues trio rhythm section in history.
     
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    I just got the Hendrix record Both Sides of the Sky. Jimi’s playing Tommy Shannon’s matching white headstock bass in his jam with Johnny Winter on that record.

    I love worthless trivia like that.
     
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    They are both great. And now I'm watching a cool rig rundown with Johnny Winter from 2012. What a character, miss him
     
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    Tommy Shannon has all the cred anybody needs.

    Flea is also a very good bass player, with a completely different idea of what makes a good show. Not my cup of tea, and RHCP mostly happened when I was not listening, but I like a lot of what I have heard.

    I love great bass players, and am always blown away by how many different ways there are to approach the instrument. It's worth just searching out and listening to bass players. Jaco, Berry Oakley, Carol Kaye, Jack Cassady, Phil Lesh, Victor Wooten, Willie Dixon - the list goes on. It's mind boggling.
     
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  9. Lost_N_Austin

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    This conversation has wandered and may has spun out of control - So How about comparing Carol Kaye to Tal Wikenfield?

    Carol Kaye.jpg

    tal wilkenfeld.jpg

    Both were/are great but for different environments.

    Lost_N_Austin
     
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    Oops! That's right. One of the very few with an absolutely unique style that defined the pocket for TOP.
     
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    Thanks for correcting that so I didn't have to!

    These guys are all great players. It's not a competition, and as Jaco used to say, I'm not competing.
    But there's this: Flea started - and supports - a music school for disadvantaged kids.
    Game, set, and match))
     
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    The 2 Jacks , Bruce and Casady , were playing bass chords before Flea ever soiled his first diaper . Oh yeah Jack Bruce could sing . Greg Lake . Shall we have a bit of balance . Tommy Shannon is a great . I have no ear for the slap bass style . I actually find it irritating .
     
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    Pssh. I was playing guitar before a lot of players were born and plenty of them are much better at it than I am. Being first isn’t always being best.
    My favorite Flea is the actor.
     
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    I have plenty of respect for SRV/DT, inclusive. But Flea has plenty of bass chops aside from that slappity hoo-hah. He can lay it down. No need to compare who’s better; as others have said, there’s plenty of room and ears for both approaches.
     
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    I love Flea. A great practitioner of Larry Graham-style slap/funk bass...and he can do more than that (dig deep into his guest-star appearances).

    But Tommy Shannon is The MAN as far as I’m concerned.

    Anybody who has Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Arc Angels and Storyville in the main part of their resume—before all the guest appearances—has got the juice.
     
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    I’ll never understand people who think music is a contest.o_O
     
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    Especially when the styles of play couldn’t be more different.
     
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    Ok, who's better Bootsy Collins or Will Lee?

    Oh. Wait....
     
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    Bootsy’s my dream band bass player.
     
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