Posted by Datsgor on December 22, 2000 at 11:42:09:
In Reply to: Re: cliff burton? posted by phairphunk on December 22, 2000 at 03:37:21:
: If you've listened to Kill Em All and Master of Puppets, you should have heard why Cliff was great. On Kill Em All, there's the song "Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth)" which is basically just one big bass solo...and on MAster of Puppets, Cliff plays a great solo on the song "Orion." Many of the songs, yes, they were just simple metal. But Cliff also did all the harmonizing of the guitars for Metallica...charted it all out etc. But the biggest reason for him being so lauded can't be heard on the records...it was solely in Metallica's live performances...where he would play amazing bass solos.
: : I keep hearing all the hype about the late Cliff Burton but don't understand it
: : I've listened to Kill Em All, Ride the Lightning, and Master of Puppets but dont hear anything but typical "metal bassplaying" yeah he uses his fingers but so what? a lot of metal bassiss play fingerstyle
: : so fill me in. what is so great about Cliff? is it just because he was killed?
: : I dont mean to piss off any Burton or Metallica fans here, I'm being serious in my questions
: : thanks
: : marty
Well, lets try to shed some light on why the late Cliff Burton was so great. 1st, start with his recordings. Go back to Ride the Lightning, put on The Call Of Ktulu....listen to it very closely..you will hear a growling distroted wah bass(its very low in the mix) but once you hear it and identify it, you will begin to distinguish absolutly amazing bass playing in the technique and the imagination of writting. 2nd, go to Master of Puppets, put on Orion, first off the beginning is all bass and so is that little lead riff. O.K. then, after the mellow part when the song starts to build back up, the second"guitar" solo right before the song has the break and gets all heavy again is all bass..the solo is melodic, well thought out and simply amazing. But, the real treat of Cliff was seeing him live. I saw them back when Dave Mustaine was still in the band at a little place called The Stone here in San Francisco. I had never heard a player like him before. He was mesmorizing....his soloing and technigue for the time were years ahead of anybody else. I climbed on stage after the set to shake his hand and tell him what I thought about his playing and he stood there listening to me and shook my hand and said thank-you and thank-you for coming to the show. Over the years after the shows, he always had time for the fans.....always spent extra time outside.....I think that is what makes him so amazing of a player...and a person. peace to all..I think I will go cry now.
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