George Michael & the Best bass note of all time

So another icon of music is taken from the world.. what a year it’s been!  As is his way, Steven Wilson summed it up on his Twitter.

Another Icon gone – George Michael

On the 13th December a co-worker asked me for some recommended listening.  After finding out a little about his tastes, which leant in the pop-soul department (Craig David), in response I provided an over-extensive list which started with pop, that I suspected he had not heard.  Really – no list of Pop classics would be complete without George Michael being featured.

George was a thoughtful, considered and knew how to make a great song.  I recommended his album, Listen Without Prejudice… see the full list below.

My favourite bass note of all time – yes I have a favourite singular bass-note performed – is on the track George performed with Elton John; his version of Elton’s classic, ‘Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me’.  Dion Estus, a master on the bass guitar, played the note in question!

If the only thing George ever did was give a legend like Dion the stage to lay down his spirit for us to enjoy, it would be a precious gift indeed; however the voice George possessed and the phrasing, the strength of the notes chosen and held, with conviction, they are the reason why George was so much loved.

Here’s the clip of the song … and note in question is at the end of the descending bass run (5:03 to 5:06) at 5:05 – it makes me want to cry every time I hear it.. it’s so powerful and beautiful to me.  I’ll have to tab it out in tribute soon.

To inspire others was part of the Queen’s Christmas message this year and George did inspire.  Bustle.com is reporting that George was working on a documentary about the making of Listen Without Prejudice, which would be exciting news indeed, if it can see the light of day…

 

Pop – some recent stuff
Kimbra – Miracle  (2014)   – Australian artist doing great business in the USA
Chris Lago – Real Me (2014) & Everything Will Be Okay (2013)    – independent Canadian artist
Backstreet Boys – Show ‘Em What Your Made Of  (2013)      – terrific song
Duran Duran – Pressure Off and Paper Gods  (2015)    – surprisingly great album from the seasoned popsters
Janelle Monae – Tightrope  (2010)     – highly talented lady worth investing some time into checking out
Pop songs and albums- some older stuff you may not have heard 
Tears for Fears – Sowing the Seeds of Love (1989) – buy this album – it really laid the ground work for George’s….
George Michael – Listen without Prejudice (1990) – a mellow thoughtful album
The Spice Girls – Two Become One (1996)
TLC – Waterfalls (1994)
All Saints – Black Coffee (2000)
Alisha’s Attic – Great song writers, Alisha Rules The World was a great album

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