The Blog of Keith H. Mcilwain.Disciple of Jesus / Husband of Robyn / Father of 4 /United Methodist Pastor / Beatles fan / Steelers fan
Entwistle was a true virtuoso and I am glad you have recognized him. Listen to his playing on "Cold Water," and other tracks in the Quadrophenia rock opera. He stood far above McCartney's straight ahead, rather pedestrian bass playing. No one in R&R ever came close to what Entwistle did with a bass guitar.
I love Entwistle's work (obviously). But McCartney's mastery of melody gave him a different sense of basslines, and he came up with some of the greatest (and most tasteful) countermelodies in history, revolutionizing a "rhythm" instrument by making it a "melodic" instrument. It's the difference between virtuosity (Entwistle) and genius (McCartney). I stand by my choice!
Geddy Lee should be on your list!
Greg, I dig Geddy Lee's bass playing, but he's not as skilled or as influential as the folks I've named. These are some incredible musicians.
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