5 Isolated Bass Tracks That Proves John Paul Jones’ Godly Bass Talent

5 Isolated Bass Tracks That Proves John Paul Jones’ Godly Bass Talent | Society Of Rock Videos

READING, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: John Paul Jones joins Seasick Steve as he performs live on the Main Stage during day two of Reading Festival 2011 on August 27, 2011 in Reading, England. (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)

John Paul Jones, born John Paul Baldwin, began his musical journey as a session musician, immersing himself in a whirlwind of two to three sessions a day, six to seven days a week. However, by 1968, the relentless pace of arranging 50 to 60 sessions a month left him feeling burned out and exhausted. Reflecting on this period, Jones remarked, “It was starting to kill me.”

As fate would have it, when Jimmy Page began assembling his new musical endeavor, Jones wasted no time expressing his interest in the bassist/keyboardist position. Page eagerly seized the opportunity to recruit him, recognizing the immense talent and versatility Jones brought to the table.

Thus, in 1968, the legendary quartet of Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Robert Plant, and John Bonham came together, forming what Plant aptly described as “a tumultuous, amazing combination of friends.”

Despite being a co-founder of Led Zeppelin, Jones did not always receive the same level of recognition and adulation as Page or Plant during their time with the band. Nevertheless, his contributions were invaluable, showcasing his godly talent on the bass. Here are five isolated bass tracks that underscore Jones’ remarkable skill:

Immigrant Song
This track not only highlights Jones’ bass parts but also showcases his prowess on the drums, underscoring the integral role he played in shaping the song’s iconic sound.

While this song is often lauded for Jimmy Page’s memorable guitar riff and solo, Jones’ steadfast support on the bass guitar deserves recognition for anchoring the track.

Whole Lotta Love
Beginning with a laid-back blues intro that gradually transitions into a jazz-infused structure, Jones’ semi-muted bass section adds depth and complexity to the song’s sonic landscape.

What Is and What Should Never Be
In a track dominated by Page’s electrifying guitar riff, Jones’ bass track provides a sweet and far-out counterpoint, enhancing the overall musical tapestry.

Ramble On
True to form, Jones approaches his role with seriousness and precision, complementing Page’s solos with finesse and helping solidify Led Zeppelin’s status as rock icons.

In each of these tracks, Jones’ bass playing serves as a vital component, contributing to Led Zeppelin’s distinctive sound and cementing his legacy as one of rock’s greatest musicians.

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