Music on Mondays (6-8-15)—It’s not the first time in my life….

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

I’m pretty sure that in one of my past lives I was a bass guitar player.

I just love a good bass rhythm and riffs that drive the song along.

Probably my four favorite bass guitar players are, in order, Paul McCartney, Peter Cetera (Chicago), Wayne Nelson (Little River Band), and Tiran Porter (The Doobie Brothers).

Paul McCartney, of course, needs no introduction. My favorite Beatles song with his driving bass is “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” and my favorite post-Beatles song with that driving bass is “Silly Love Songs.”

I think Peter Cetera and Tiran Porter did the same thing with bass for their groups as McCartney did for The Beatles: good quality bass in virtually every song.

Little River Band had gone through two bass guitar players, Roger McLachlan (1975-1976) and George McArdle (1976-1979), before settling on Wayne Nelson (1980-1996, 1999-present).

I’m currently listening to the year 1983 in my non-classical music collection, the year in which Little River Band released their album “The Net.” I didn’t buy and Little River Band albums when they came out but I now have a complete collection of their music. I think “The Net” by far is their best album. Here it is in its entirety with all the great bass:

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The buying public, however, would disagree with me. “The Net” peaked at #61 on the Billboard 200 album chart and, after 32 years, still is not certified gold. That’s alright. It’s not the first time in my life that I’ve liked something that others didn’t………..LOL

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8 thoughts on “Music on Mondays (6-8-15)—It’s not the first time in my life….

    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Kaye has two things against her. First, she was a session musician so you never really could identify her without resorting to the credits; you never knew where she would show up. Second, she was not writing the songs so she didn’t get to put in great bass riffs so she could show off her stuff.



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